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10:30 PM ET, September 24, 2019

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Washington Post:
Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined  —  President Trump's attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists …
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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump's courting of foreign political help is a ‘betrayal of national security’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the extraordinary step Tuesday of initiating impeachment proceedings against President Trump, accusing him of violating the Constitution …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Impeaching Trump On Russia Was Unpopular.  Will Ukraine Be Different?  —  Rather suddenly, we are on a trajectory toward the potential impeachment of President Trump.  —  Both close allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and vulnerable Democrats in swing districts have signaled their desire …
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:
White House threatens to shut down legislative process during impeachment inquiry  —  Something might have finally ended Infrastructure Week: House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.  —  Hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump Faces Impeachment  —  On Tuesday morning, President Trump stepped through the doors of the United Nations to speak about the weighty woes of the world to his peers from across six continents.  His appearance at the General Assembly was supposed to be a diversion from the turmoil engulfing his Administration.
Discussion: Out Magazine
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Ambassador Roped Into Rudy's Quest to Smear Biden
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   On impeachment, the worm has turned
Mimi Rocah / NBC News:
Trump won't be prosecuted for Ukraine call about Biden. But Rudy Giuliani can.
John Solomon / The Hill:
Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, Breitbart and RedState
NBC News:
Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump
John Harwood / CNBC:
House impeachment vote has suddenly become a real threat for Trump
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:   Compare it to historical cases and it's clear this Trump-Ukraine story is impeachment material
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How an Impeachment Process Inquiry Works
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm a Republican. Let's force the question of impeachment with the GOP.
Discussion: Brookings and Raw Story
Li Zhou / Vox:
Even Senate Republicans want the White House to share a whistleblower report on Trump with Congress
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
New York Times:
Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine, Chronicler of the Highbrow and Lowbrow  —  After more than 50 years of chronicling the highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant and despicable characters of the city whose name it took, New York Magazine has a new owner.  —  On Tuesday, Vox Media agreed to acquire New York Media …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime  —  Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano told Shepard Smith today that if President Donald Trump did what he's said he did on the phone call with the president of Ukraine, that's a crime.  —  “The president admits that on the phone call …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: I'd Like to Withdraw My Guilty Plea and Change to ‘Not Guilty’
Discussion: Vox and Hot Air
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman  —  Freshman Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced a resolution aimed at removing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) from his role as the top Democrat on the panel responsible for handling impeachment proceedings.
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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Yahoo News:
‘A shift to Schiff’: With growing calls for Trump impeachment, Democratic leadership plots a new course
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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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.
Nick Baumann / U.S. Political News …:
The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right  —  Snowden should've gone through “official channels,” his critics yelped.  Here's what happens when you do.  —  Edward Snowden did it all wrong, his critics thundered.  —  The former National Security Agency subcontractor should have used …
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump
Discussion: American Greatness
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 …
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Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Aurora Shooting Victims Voice Fears Over ‘Joker’ in Letter to Warner Bros.
 
 
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Why the House Democratic Caucus Was Able to Move So Rapidly Toward Impeachment
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Majority Whip James Clyburn:
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U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist's challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’
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Tony Podesta, Vin Weber say they were told Justice Department dropped probe into whether …
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