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1:20 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
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 …
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 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.
U.S. Political News, Opinion and Analysis:
Whistleblower's Complaint Is Make-Or-Break Moment On Impeachment  —  Democrats have big questions to answer related to Trump's call with the Ukrainian president.  —  WASHINGTON — While support for impeachment has grown steadily in the House — 136 of 235 House Democrats currently …
Discussion: The Week, CNN, KTLA and Washington Post
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Trump pulls ‘reverse-Nixon’ over Ukraine call: ‘I AM A CROOK!’
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer demands hearings, subpoena over whistleblower complaint
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Want to Impeach Trump? Call Congress.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Trump, Unrestrained  —  America's vulnerability is exploited by its president.
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.
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Says He Can't Guarantee That Trump Didn't Threaten Ukraine Aid  — Trump appeared to acknowledge discussing Biden with Ukraine  — Episode previews 2020 election narrative if Biden is nominee  —  Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani didn't rule out the possibility …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:   Trump's Ukraine Call
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump just inched toward spilling the beans on Ukraine
Discussion: Just Security and Political Wire
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump, Biden and Ukraine: Sorting Out the Accusations
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 …
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” …
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.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Magazine:   A to F+: Grading the Presidential Candidates on Their Labor Plans Worker rights are shaping up a key issue in 2020.
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:   Pete Buttigieg Has Some Thoughts About Ideology — Even If He Rejects Your Labels
Greta Thunberg / The Guardian:
If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them  —  We are in the middle of a climate breakdown, and all they can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth  —  This is all wrong.  I shouldn't be standing here.  I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Rebecca Hersher / NPR:
U.N. Climate Summit Sets Stage For New National Emissions Promises
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 …
Washington Post:
Shut Down D.C.: ‘Climate rebels’ gather at sites across D.C., aiming to bring city to a ‘standstill’
Discussion: The Week
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Iran's foreign minister says diplomacy with the U.S. is over  —  NEW YORK — There will be a lot of Iran-related diplomatic action this week here in New York during the United Nations General Assembly, but any prospect of direct interaction between U.S. and Iranian officials is now officially eliminated …
New York Times:   A Year Later, Iran Finds Evaporating Sympathy at the U.N.
Judith Butler / Jewish Currents:
Bari Weiss's Unasked Questions  —  Discussed in this essay: How to Fight Anti-Semitism, by Bari Weiss.  Crown, 2019.  224 pages.  —  ONE YEAR AGO THIS OCTOBER, a white nationalist opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's tight-knit Jewish neighborhood, Squirrel Hill.
John-Paul Pagano / National Review:   Blood Libel: The Conspiracy Theory That Jews Are ‘Anti-Human’
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Snap Detailed Facebook's Aggressive Tactics in ‘Project Voldemort’ Dossier  —  Antitrust investigation gives competitors chance to air complaints about Facebook's hardball tactics  —  Facebook Inc. FB -1.75% for most of the past decade was Silicon Valley's 800-pound gorilla, squashing rivals …
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.”
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Nunes: Whistleblower Complaint Has “Hallmarks Of The Russia Hoax”; Ukraine Scandal Likely End Of Biden's Campaign
Discussion: NB Blog
Frank Chung /
Chilling video shows Chinese police transferring hundreds of blindfolded, shackled prisoners
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
Buttigieg Staffer Attended Anti-Semitic Farrakhan Sermon
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Day One Agenda  —  The Next Administration: Using Presidential Power for Good
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Off the charts’: White House turnover is breaking records
Discussion: Axios and Shareblue Media
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