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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Senate Intel panel opens bipartisan inquiry on Ukraine whistleblower  —  Even as the House is ramping up its investigation into the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the Senate Intelligence Committee has opened its own inquiry and is seeking a quick interview with the whistleblower …
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Washington Post:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of Trump, says his actions were a ‘betrayal of national security’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a dramatic turnaround by the Democratic leader that sets …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preparing to release whistleblower complaint to Congress  —  The White House is preparing to release to Congress by the end of the week both the whistleblower complaint and the Inspector General report that are at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump  —  Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Here's why Trump's Ukraine misdeeds are a big (impeachable) deal  —  Based simply on what President Trump has admitted to, combined with one piece of as-yet-uncontradicted reporting, Trump has committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine.  —  To understand why …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Discovering New Powers  —  Knowing he was new to all this, White House aides took pains early in President Donald Trump's term to chaperone him when he got on the phone with world leaders.  Former National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, the economic adviser Gary Cohn …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump impeachment probe live updates: Pelosi to announce formal inquiry  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats behind closed doors on Tuesday that she would announce she was moving with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a source in the room.
People.com:
Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Is Moving Closer to Impeachment with Biden/Ukraine Scandal: ‘We Are in a Crisis’  —  “I'm in favor of moving toward impeachment,” Clinton tells PEOPLE exclusively.  “I did not come to that decision easily or quickly, but this is an emergency as I see it”  —  FB
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Compare it to historical cases and it's clear this Trump-Ukraine story is impeachment material  —  President Trump appears to have made totally inappropriate requests of Ukraine's president — namely, that he investigate or prosecute Joe Biden and his son Hunter for violations of foreign law, real or imagined.
John Solomon / The Hill:
Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections  —  Earlier this month, during a bipartisan meeting in Kiev, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) delivered a pointed message to Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.  —  While choosing his words carefully, Murphy made clear …
Discussion: Politico, RedState, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?
John Harwood / CNBC:
House impeachment vote has suddenly become a real threat for Trump
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump: I'd Like to Withdraw My Guilty Plea and Change to ‘Not Guilty’
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's rationale for withholding aid to Ukraine changed overnight
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:   Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's Ukraine-scandal strategy — counterpunch, confuse and con — depends on the media
Nick Baumann / U.S. Political News …:   The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
ARLnow.com:
JUST IN: Beyer Now Supports Articles of Impeachment
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Any impeachment inquiry should avoid the Mueller investigation traps
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Lessons of Impeachment and the End of Trump's Impunity
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Nancy Pelosi Has Had Enough
Discussion: Townhall, Vox and Defense One
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Primary in Flux  —  Many see no need to choose between electability and issue alignment  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined former Vice President Joe Biden at the front of the pack in New Hampshire, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
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Jack Crowe / National Review:
Michigan City Clerk Charged with Altering Ballots in 2018 Midterms  —  Sherikia Hawkins was charged Monday with six felony counts for allegedly altering absentee ballots during the November 2018 election in her capacity as city clerk for the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich.
Discussion: Townhall
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John Yoo / New York Times:
Beware of Impeaching Trump.  It Could Hurt the Presidency.  —  We must avoid doing long-term harm to the president's ability to conduct foreign policy and protect our nation.  —  Mr. Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress  —  Officials are working out a deal to allow the person who filed the complaint against President Trump to share at least some of the details with investigators on Capitol Hill.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has determined …
Dell Cameron / io9:
U.S. Military Issues Warning to Troops About Incel Violence at Joker Screenings  —  The U.S. military has warned service members about the potential for a mass shooter at screenings of the Warner Bros. film Joker, which has sparked wide concerns from, among others, the families of those killed during …
Discussion: The Playlist, Deadline and IGN
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Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Aurora Shooting Victims Voice Fears Over ‘Joker’ in Letter to Warner Bros.
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules  —  Judges rule unanimously that PM's decision to prorogue parliament can be examined by judges  —  Play Video  —  The supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued …
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Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn says election is only way to settle Brexit crisis
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Donald Trump defends Boris Johnson against ‘nasty’ reporter
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources  —  President Zelensky came to office vowing to fight corruption, and it looks like he'll open a lot of cases shut by shady prosecutors.  But the focus is on Ukraine, not the U.S.  —  KYIV, Ukraine—The Daily Beast has learned …
Discussion: National Review and The Week
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Just Security:
Timeline: Trump, Giuliani, Biden, and Ukrainegate
Discussion: Washington Post, The Resurgent and KTLA
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist's challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’  —  A U.S. judge Tuesday dismissed an American journalist's lawsuit challenging his alleged placement on a “kill list” by U.S. authorities in Syria, after the Trump administration invoked the …
New York Times:
WeWork C.E.O., Adam Neumann, Stepping Down Under Pressure  —  WeWork's co-founder, Adam Neumann, is stepping down as chief executive of the embattled shared office space business, three people briefed on the decision said on Tuesday, a stunning fall for the entrepreneur who oversaw the meteoric rise …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Warren Is Spending Campaign Cash to Unseat Susan Collins  —  In an email sent to her campaign supporters, Warren's campaign manager said that they plan to devote staffers to helping win back the Senate.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) presidential campaign is putting resources into Maine …
 
 
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