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7:35 AM ET, September 24, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president, officials say  —  President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured …
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Washington Post:
Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect  —  Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are all freshman Democrats.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The most noxious part of Ukraine-Biden whistleblower affair is Team Trump thinks we're all idiots  —  What offends me most about the whistleblower-Ukraine-Biden story isn't the obvious corruption of it all.  It's the way members of Team Trump assume we're all idiots who won't notice they've abruptly shifted their narrative.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Washington Post:
Pelosi quietly sounding out House Democrats about whether to impeach Trump, officials say  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been quietly sounding out top allies and lawmakers about whether the time has come to impeach President Trump, according to multiple Democratic officials …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Has Finally Forced the House to Impeach Him  —  The anticlimactic denouement of the Mueller report produced a mixture of relief and gloating for Republicans.  For President Trump it also produced something else: An almost intoxicating sense of impunity, a realization that his attempts …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Instead of ‘No Collusion!’  Trump Now Seems to Be Saying, So What if I Did?  —  WASHINGTON — The last time he was accused of collaborating with a foreign power to influence an election, he denied it and traveled the country practically chanting, “No collusion!”  This time, he is saying, in effect, so what if I did?
The Daily Beast:
Trump Impeachment: House Dems Are Discussing a ‘Select Panel’ to Handle the Task  —  The idea is being pushed by some members.  And it comes amid a more serious consideration of impeachment by party leadership.  —  As House Democrats find themselves once more navigating the tricky politics of impeachment …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How the ground is shifting on impeachment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, the political ground has shifted quite drastically on impeachment.  The operative question seems to have shifted from “Will the Democrats impeach President DONALD TRUMP?” to “When will they impeach the president?”
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The intelligence watchdog at the center of Ukraine firestorm
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Seismic change’: Democratic hold-outs rush toward impeachment
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How we'll know if the impeachment dam starts to break
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Washington Post:
In Ukraine, Trump's allies are corrupt oligarchs and Russian stooges
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNN, The Daily Beast and KTLA
Rebecca Elliott / Wall Street Journal:
President Trump Repeats Criticism of Biden in Impromptu U.N. Appearance
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
‘Inherent contempt’: How House Democrats could fine or even jail Trump officials who refuse to cooperate
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
On support for Ukraine, extra $140 million draws scrutiny
Discussion: Washington Post and The Atlantic
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans dodge questions on Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint
Discussion: CNBC, Denver Post and CNN
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Consequence of No Consequences
Discussion: CNN
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This is my final column.  I've been lucky.  —  I've been lucky.  —  In February 1968, I came down to Washington from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to do some research, stopped up at The Post and walked out with a job.  A week later, for reasons I never understood, I got a raise.
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Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Richard Cohen Leaves the Washington Post  —  Seriously, this is the whole thing: … Cohen joined the Post in 1968 and became an opinion writer in 1984.  He helped get the redesigned Post magazine off to an extremely rocky start only two years later with a piece that sympathized …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World  —  In many countries, journalists are being targeted because of the role they play in ensuring a free and informed society.  —  Mr. Sulzberger is the publisher of The New York Times.  —  [This Op-Ed was originally delivered as a talk at Brown University on Monday.]
John Howard / Capitol Weekly:
Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll  —  The latest monthly tracking poll for California's March 2020 Democratic primary election shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren increasing her share of the vote, for the first time pushing former Vice President Joe Biden down to third place among likely voters.
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Warren Pulls Ahead of Sanders for No. 2 Spot Among Democratic Primary Voters
Discussion: Raw Story
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Inside Pete Buttigieg's live-tweeting, all-access bus tour  —  The buttoned-down mayor opened his campaign bus in an homage to John McCain, a challenge to Joe Biden and a play to break open the 2020 race.  —  WATERLOO, Iowa — Driving along a wide-open stretch of Iowa highway …
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Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Pete Buttigieg: College football is ‘problematic’
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Humiliates Himself At UN By Whining About Obama's Nobel Prize  —  Trump is using his time at the UN to whine that Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize and he has not.  —  Trump was asked about getting a Nobel Prize, and he answered, “I think I am going to get a Nobel prize for a lot of things.
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump claims Nobel Peace Prize is rigged against him
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Survive Even This  —  Nobody is going to hold Donald Trump accountable for his alleged Ukrainian shenanigans because—as we've seen in his career and the first 32 months of his presidency—he's too good at deflecting investigators, irate Democrats and pesky reporters.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Democratic all-stars line up to back Trump impeachment
Representative Haley Stevens:
Stevens Statement on Reports of Abuse of Power by President Trump  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Reps Haley Stevens (MI-11) released the following statement:  —  “Over the last several days, I have been deeply alarmed by reports of serious abuse of power by President Trump.
Politico:
Trump snubs Jared Kushner's signature accomplishment  —  The president thinks criminal justice reform is a political loser, and hasn't been shy about saying so.  —  When President Donald Trump huddled with campaign aides in the late spring to discuss his bid for reelection …
The Daily Beast:
Not Just Ukraine: Rudy and Bannon Try a Whole New Way to Slime Biden  —  The president and his allies, from Peter Schweizer to Frank Gaffney, want to open a new front on the former VP's son even as their Ukraine gambit appears to have backfired.  —  The president's personal attorney …
Toby Eckert / Politico:
New York prosecutors reject Trump's immunity claim in tax returns case  —  President Donald Trump has no “sweeping immunity” from a criminal probe while he remains in office, New York prosecutors said in a court filing Monday urging a federal judge to reject Trump's effort to block a subpoena for his tax returns.
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NBC News:   Manhattan DA asks judge to toss Trump bid to keep tax returns secret
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Republicans Have Four Options on Trump and Ukraine. They're All Bad.
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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
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