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3:55 PM ET, September 23, 2019

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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.
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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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi's Failure to Launch
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Says He Can't Guarantee That Trump Didn't Threaten Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Mother Jones
Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Trump pulls ‘reverse-Nixon’ over Ukraine call: ‘I AM A CROOK!’
Fox News:
Source says whistleblower didn't have ‘firsthand knowledge’ of Trump call with Ukraine president
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Impeachment pressure escalates as Democrats demand release of whistleblower's Trump complaint
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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.
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.
Ilya Zhegulev / Reuters:
Ukraine wants to stay out of U.S. domestic politics: presidential official
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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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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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Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Analysis: Trump's tactics leave Dems looking for answers
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:   Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
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
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he is worthy of a Nobel Prize ‘for a lot of things’ — but isn't treated fairly  —  President Trump claimed Monday that he deserves a Nobel Prize for “a lot of things” but complained that the committee that hands out the awards does so unfairly.  —  The comment came during …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump claims Nobel Peace Prize is rigged against him
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump slams world leaders for religious freedom hypocrisy, commits $25M to the cause at UN summit
Discussion: Breitbart
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican National Committee paid over $160,000 to law firm defending Corey Lewandowski a month …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Kahn / Earther:
It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark New Climate Lawsuit
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
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
Randi Weingarten / Politico:
The false choice over “Medicare for All”
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Primary Challenges Complicate GOP's Hold on the Senate
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Off the charts’: White House turnover is breaking records
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts