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6:05 AM ET, September 23, 2019


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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump, Biden and Ukraine: Sorting Out the Accusations  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is trying to deflect attention from a firestorm of controversy around revelations that he pressed Ukraine's leader to investigate a domestic political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
New York Times:
As Trump Confirms He Discussed Biden With Ukraine, Pressure to Impeach Builds  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned of a “new chapter of lawlessness” and a turning point in the House investigation of President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he accused …
James Downie / Washington Post:
Begin impeachment hearings now  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), like many senior House Democrats, has for months expressed skepticism about starting impeachment hearings against President Trump.  But in the wake of the revelations about Trump's July 25 phone call …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Acknowledges Discussing Biden in Call With Ukrainian Leader  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine's president as Democrats ramped up calls for an investigation into whether he improperly pressured …
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Yikes: Biden Loses His Cool With Fox News Reporter  —  During Saturday's Steak Fry at the Iowa State Fair, former Vice President Joe Biden snapped at Fox News' Peter Doocy for not “asking the right question.”  —  The Fox News reporter asked Biden about a whistleblower's claims …
Rep. Joaquin Castro marks / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague to All Members on Whistleblower Complaint  —  On Thursday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing.  At that time, we expect him to obey the law and turn over the whistleblower's full complaint to the Committee.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Press Is Embracing False Equivalence—Again
Discussion: Balloon Juice and NPR
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Romney: Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival ‘would be troubling in the extreme’
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
The whistleblower complaint has Congress and Trump at an impasse. Here's what the law says.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Washington Post:   'We've been very weak': House Democrats decry their oversight of Trump, push Pelosi on impeachment
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.
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.  He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort …
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Boris Johnson: Don't expect ‘New York breakthrough’ on Brexit
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign pessimistic about winning Michigan again  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Donald Trump has long heralded Michigan as the crown jewel of his 2016 victory.  But the president's campaign team is increasingly grim about a repeat performance in the traditionally blue Rust Belt state.
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Another New York Times Editor Made Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments  —  Another high level employee of the New York Times made racist, antisemitic, and disparaging comments on social media.  —  Jazmine Hughes, an associate editor of the New York Times Magazine …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin dies at 72  —  Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin died Sunday at the age of 72.  —  Plotkin was a staple on WTOP for 10 years.  He hosted “The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin” on Fridays, through which he delivered his colorful commentaries on air.
Florida grandmother outraged after 6-year-old arrested for ‘tantrum’  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (CNN/WKMG) — A Florida grandmother was shocked to find out her 6-year-old granddaughter had been arrested Thursday for throwing a tantrum.  —  Meralyn Kirkland says Kaia's journey to the juvenile detention center …
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Wire
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP allies warn vaping ban will sink Trump in 2020  —  Conservative leaders are circulating data to White House staff that claims adults who vape will turn on President Trump if he follows through with his planned ban on flavored e-cigarettes, Axios has learned.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Trump's takeover of GOP forces many House Republicans to head for the exits  —  Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell's surprise retirement began with a President Trump tweet.  —  Moments after Trump's July 14 missive telling four U.S. congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries of origin …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
The end of an American tradition: The Amtrak dining car  —  Harrison Keely's most fond memories of riding Amtrak all include snapshots of the dining car.  The shiny silverware and white linens.  Enjoying thick slices of French toast covered with powdered sugar and drenched in syrup while taking in the scenery.
Discussion: New York Post
John Harwood / CNBC:
Voters are equally uneasy about Trump and his potential Democratic rivals, NBC/WSJ poll says  — A 58% majority of registered voters express unease about voting for President Trump, but slightly more say the same about Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, while Elizabeth Warren fares only slightly better.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: A record share of voters dislike Trump personally, but Democrats face challenges of their own
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