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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi's Failure to Launch  —  The House speaker's hesitation on impeachment empowers a lawless president.  —  Elizabeth Warren on Friday evening sent out a series of tweets that, in addition to calling out Donald Trump for his criminality, rebuked Congress for enabling him.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Blurts Out to Reporters That He Pressured Ukraine to Smear Biden  —  Over the past two days, President Trump has drained most of the remaining mystery from the world's least mysterious crime drama.  In a series of comments to the media, the president casually revealed that yes …
Discussion: RedState, NPR and The Week
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 …
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.
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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The most noxious part of Ukraine-Biden whistleblower affair is Team Trump thinks we're all idiots  —  What offends me most about the whistleblower-Ukraine-Biden story isn't the obvious corruption of it all.  It's the way members of Team Trump assume we're all idiots who won't notice they've abruptly shifted their narrative.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pressure on Pelosi grows as moderate Dems eye impeachment  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing real pressure to embrace impeachment, as a growing number of freshman Democrats in swing districts rethink their stance after President Donald Trump's alleged attempt to pressure Ukrainian officials for his own political gain.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Donald Trump vs. the United States of America
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP rival Bill Weld says Trump has committed ‘treason, pure and simple’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   How we'll know if the impeachment dam starts to break
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Says He Can't Guarantee That Trump Didn't Threaten Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Republicans Have Four Options on Trump and Ukraine. They're All Bad.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Impeachment pressure escalates as Democrats demand release of whistleblower's Trump complaint
Discussion: Politico, Common Dreams and Fox News
John Howard / Capitol Weekly:
Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll  —  The latest monthly tracking poll for California's March 2020 Democratic primary election shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren increasing her share of the vote, for the first time pushing former Vice President Joe Biden down to third place among likely voters.
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Politico
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Elizabeth Warren's choice: ‘Medicare for All’ purity or a path to beating Donald Trump?
Discussion: DemCast and Iowa Starting Line
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Democrats are stuck in a doom loop of premature polling
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Analysis: Trump's tactics leave Dems looking for answers
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House press secretary says daily briefings aren't coming back any time soon  —  White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Monday that she is not likely to conduct a White House press briefing anytime in the near future, deriding the once-regular sessions as an act of “theater” …
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Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Trump pulls ‘reverse-Nixon’ over Ukraine call: ‘I AM A CROOK!’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pence Gave Ukraine the Message Too
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DNC raises threshold to make November debate stage  —  The Democratic National Committee has slightly raised the bar to qualify for the November primary debate in a move unlikely to significantly reduce the number of participating candidates.  —  Candidates will need to clear 3 percent …
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Fernandeza / Democrats:
DNC Announces Qualification Criteria For Fifth Presidential Primary Debate  —  Today, the DNC announced the qualification criteria for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, which will take place in November.  Like the September/October debate qualification criteria …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI arrests Army soldier who allegedly discussed plans to bomb major American news network  —  The FBI has arrested a U.S. soldier who allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major American news network, planned to travel to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group Azov Battalion …
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
Brian Kahn / Earther:
It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark Climate Complaint  —  UNITED NATIONS—On Monday, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people filed a potentially world-changing climate complaint.  On an abnormally steamy day in New York, when sweat built on the brows of the dark-suited diplomats funneling …
Discussion: New York Times, Glamour and The Week
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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 …
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Conducting Criminal Probe of Juul  —  E-cigarette maker facing several federal, state investigations into its marketing  —  Federal prosecutors in California are conducting a criminal probe into e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., according to people familiar with the matter …
Discussion: The Week, The Verge and New York Post
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
Two #MeToo Books Were Just Published.  One Is Great.  The Other Shows You What Not To Do.  —  Early in She Said, the new book by New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on their investigation into Harvey Weinstein, the reporters describe the way that he-said/she-said dynamics prevent stories …
Discussion: CNSNews
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Pete Buttigieg: College football is ‘problematic’  —  The Notre Dame fan and presidential hopeful thinks the amateur model 'isn't fair anymore'  —  ELKADER, IOWA — Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said he had moral qualms about being a college football fan and found it “problematic” on Monday.
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Boris Johnson Faces a New Scandal, and ‘People See Blood in the Water’  —  LONDON — On Prime Minister Boris Johnson's turbulent path to Downing Street, serial philandering and ethical sloppiness became part of his schtick, blots on a career so chaotic and beguiling that the British public always seemed to forgive the mistakes.
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 …
 
 
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
What the #%&@?! Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Considering impeachment A$AP: As Trump twice tried trampling the rule of law abroad for his own …
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NRA Board Retroactively Approved Transactions Benefiting Insiders
Amelia Koehn / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: McCabe Memo Details How DOJ's Rosenstein Proposed Wearing a Wire into Oval Office …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump slams world leaders for religious freedom hypocrisy, commits $25M to the cause at UN summit
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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
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts