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5:00 PM ET, September 23, 2019

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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
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.
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
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:
Graham urges Trump to release more details of call with Ukrainian president  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday repeatedly encouraged President Donald Trump to release further details of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump reportedly pressured …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP rival Bill Weld says Trump has committed ‘treason, pure and simple’
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump just poured rocket fuel on the impeachment fire
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
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Analysis: Trump's tactics leave Dems looking for answers
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Impeachment pressure escalates as Democrats demand release of whistleblower's Trump complaint
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Republicans Have Four Options on Trump and Ukraine. They're All Bad.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:   U.S. Soldier Who Discussed Bomb Plot Is Arrested in Kansas, Authorities Say
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Elizabeth Warren's choice: ‘Medicare for All’ purity or a path to beating Donald Trump?  —  Medicare for All is one of the most hotly debated topics in the 2020 election.  But what is it?  And how will it work?  We explain. … CONNECT  —  TWEET  —  LINKEDIN  —  COMMENT  —  EMAIL
Discussion: DemCast and Iowa Starting Line
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Democrats are stuck in a doom loop of premature polling
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Politico
John Howard / Capitol Weekly:   Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll
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
Discussion: Fortune
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Considering impeachment A$AP: As Trump twice tried trampling the rule of law abroad for his own …
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
New York Times:
The Urgent Search for a Cyber Silver Bullet Against Iran
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Judith Butler / Jewish Currents:
Bari Weiss's Unasked Questions
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts