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12:15 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Mother Jones
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump plays unusual role of warm-up act at massive Modi rally in Houston
Discussion: The Week, Politico and CNN
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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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Truth, Lies, and the Nonsense Trump-Biden-Ukraine False Equivalency  —  One of these guys was pressuring the Ukraine to help him out in an election.  The other was pressuring the Ukraine to end corruption.  They are not the same.  —  Watching the media cycle around President Trump's apparent abuse …
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.
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Says He Can't Guarantee That Trump Didn't Threaten Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:   Trump's Ukraine Call
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 …
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 …
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New York Times:   A Year Later, Iran Finds Evaporating Sympathy at the U.N.
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities
Discussion: New York Times and Foreign Policy
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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Washington Post:
Shut Down D.C.: ‘Climate rebels’ gather at sites across D.C., aiming to bring city to a ‘standstill’
Discussion: The Week
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
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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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.”
Discussion: Fox News, VICE and The Daily Caller
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Off the charts’: White House turnover is breaking records  —  ‘I think we have tremendous stability,’ Trump told reporters last week  —  The top echelon of the Trump administration has become a high-speed revolving door — with turnover in 78 percent of the positions, a new study has found.
Discussion: Axios
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts  —  Donald Trump's lawyers insist they don't need to form an impeachment defense team.  —  Yet here's what they have: At least 30 White House and Justice Department attorneys who have worked on related issues.
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
As the national debt has risen, Trump officials kept saying it would fall  —  When Republicans cut corporate and individual taxes in 2017, they promised two things: It would grow the economy and it would not add to the national debt.  Neither of those have borne out.
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
WTOP:
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP allies warn vaping ban will sink Trump in 2020
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller