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3:25 PM ET, September 23, 2019

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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Donald Trump vs. the United States of America  —  The full picture reveals a man who presents a clear and present danger to the country.  —  Sometimes it's worth stepping back to look at the full picture.  —  He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
The strategic case for impeaching President Trump  —  Welcome to some zero-sum game theory.  —  The facts are dribbling out about President Trump's efforts to seek official foreign assistance to take actions that would harm his domestic political rivals.  Those facts are rather appalling …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump just poured rocket fuel on the impeachment fire  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IMPEACHMENT IS BECOMING more and more likely.  Some will tell you it's approaching a certainty.  Think of it this way: President DONALD TRUMP has just admitted that he — the president of the United States …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
It's time, Speaker Pelosi  —  Let's imagine for the moment a hypothetical in which Nancy Pelosi continues along the current course, keeping it somewhat vague on her final intentions until, in the end, the drive to impeach President Trump concludes without the Speaker endorsing or allowing any full House vote on impeachment articles.
Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Trump pulls ‘reverse-Nixon’ over Ukraine call: ‘I AM A CROOK!’  —  As expected, liberals spent most of the weekend screaming “IMPEACH!” over news that President Donald Trump had again done something that is likely an impeachable offense.  —  This time around it involves a phone call …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Impeachment pressure escalates as Democrats demand release of whistleblower's Trump complaint
New York Times:
As Trump Confirms He Discussed Biden With Ukraine, Pressure to Impeach Builds
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer demands hearings, subpoena over whistleblower complaint
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How the Media Helped Trump Carry Out His Ukraine Smear  —  On May 1, the New York Times published a story that contained the most important facets of the Ukraine story.  The Times reported that President Trump, through his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was pressing Ukraine's government to investigate Joe Biden.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP rival Bill Weld says Trump has committed ‘treason, pure and simple’  —  Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination next year, on Monday accused him of “treason” for pressing the leader of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump just inched toward spilling the beans on Ukraine  —  President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani has been defending his client as if Trump offered Ukraine a quid pro quo in exchange for investigating their political opponents.  Yet this weekend, Trump denied pressuring Ukraine to do anything.
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Says He Can't Guarantee That Trump Didn't Threaten Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ilya Zhegulev / Reuters:
Ukraine wants to stay out of U.S. domestic politics: presidential official
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Ukraine Call
Discussion: New York Post
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Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids fill this town's schools.  Their bus driver is leading the backlash.  —  WORTHINGTON, Minn. — It was the first day of school, so Don Brink was behind the wheel of his bus, its yellow paint glistening in the drizzling dawn.  Wearing jeans and a John Deere cap …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Democrats are stuck in a doom loop of premature polling  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:   Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Randi Weingarten / Politico:   The false choice over “Medicare for All”
Brian Kahn / Earther:
It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark New Climate Lawsuit  —  UNITED NATIONS—On Monday, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people filed a potentially world-changing lawsuit.  On an abnormally steamy day in New York, when sweat built on the brows of the dark-suited diplomats funneling …
Discussion: The Week
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Greta Thunberg / The Guardian:
If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Common Dreams
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The “Cancel Culture” Con  —  On April 1, 1964, Herbert Ruhe, an ex-CIA agent formerly stationed in Vietnam, submitted a surveillance report to the office of the Manhattan District Attorney about a person of interest to city officials.  On the basis of the material Ruhe had gathered the previous night …
Ryan W. Miller / USA Today:
Climate change activists ‘shut down DC’ and disrupt morning commutes at busy intersections  —  WASHINGTON - Activists calling for action on climate change were disrupting morning commutes across Washington, D.C., Monday morning, just days after hundreds of thousands demonstrated alongside school children …
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Ott Ummelas / Bloomberg:
Police Begin Search After Danske's Ex-CEO in Estonia Goes Missing  —  Police in Estonia are looking for the man who used to run the Danske Bank unit now at the center of a money-laundering scandal that's triggered multiple criminal investigations.  —  Aivar Rehe, who was the chief executive officer …
Popular Information:
Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians  —  The “I Love America” Facebook page boasts 1.1 million fans, with viral content that reaches more Facebook users than some of the largest media outlets in the United States.
PoPville:
Climate Change Protest Starting to Shutdown Streets  —  Thanks to Hanna and Clint for sending from 4th and New York Ave, NW.  Updates as we get more reports.  —  UPDATED reports:  —  Clint writes: “Climate protest is redirecting all traffic coming off 395N at NY Ave into downtown.”
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DNC raises threshold to make November debate stage  —  The Democratic National Committee announced the qualification criteria for the fifth presidential primary debate in November, a modest increase unlikely to lead to a significant reduction in the number of participating candidates.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican National Committee paid over $160,000 to law firm defending Corey Lewandowski a month …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he is worthy of a Nobel Prize ‘for a lot of things’ — but isn't treated fairly
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Boris Johnson Faces a New Scandal, and ‘People See Blood in the Water’
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
‘Doug Jones is a racist’: Senator accused by fellow Democrat of wanting black Alabama officials to ‘pick the cotton’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Primary Challenges Complicate GOP's Hold on the Senate
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Magazine:
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Off the charts’: White House turnover is breaking records
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
As the national debt has risen, Trump officials kept saying it would fall
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign pessimistic about winning Michigan again
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week