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9:15 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.
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.
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
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
We're Likely Headed for Impeachment  —  House Democrats are fed up with Donald Trump's lawlessness.  Watergate offers a blueprint for what to do next.  —  Folks, I think the president of the United States is going to be impeached.  —  The signals are clear.
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 …
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?
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: The Week and Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Said to Have Frozen Aid to Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader  —  The revelation came as leading congressional Democrats demanded that the administration turn over documentation about the matter and calls for impeachment grew.  —  President Trump personally ordered his staff to freeze …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Stevens backs impeachment inquiry for Trump amid Ukraine controversy  —  Washington — Freshman Rep. Haley Stevens on Tuesday became the last of Michigan's seven House Democrats to join calls for an impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump.  —  Stevens of Rochester Hills said in a statement …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Impeachment: House Dems Are Discussing a ‘Select Panel’ to Handle the Task
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How we'll know if the impeachment dam starts to break
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Seismic change’: Democratic hold-outs rush toward impeachment
BBC:
Live Reporting  —  Cabinet phone meeting expected today  —  ITV political editor tweets...  He adds: “The PM is expected to fly home overnight tonight, a few hours earlier than planned, so that he can be in Parliament tomorrow.”  —  'It's time we took things forward' - Johnson
Discussion: Slate
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The Daily Beast:
Supreme Court: Boris Johnson ‘Unlawfully’ Halted Democracy Over Brexit  —  The highest court in the U.K. ruled that the prime minister's decision to suspend Parliament was “unlawful, void, and of no effect.”  —  BRIGHTON, England—The Supreme Court handed down one of the most momentous legal verdicts …
Washington Post:
Britain's Supreme Court rules Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament illegally  —  LONDON — Britain's highest court dealt a major blow on Tuesday to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ruling that his controversial decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, in a landmark judgment …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules
Bloomberg:   U.K. Court Calls Johnson's Parliament Suspension ‘Unlawful’
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Proposes a Wealth Tax, Taking Aim at Billionaires  —  Mr. Sanders is embracing an idea at the center of Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign.  His proposal goes further in who would be taxed and how much money would be raised.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Bernie Sanders plots a wealth tax of his own
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico, Vox and CNBC
John Howard / Capitol Weekly:
Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
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.]
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 …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:   This is my final column. I've been lucky.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg's bus tour is no Straight Talk Express  —  WATERLOO, Iowa — Driving along a wide-open stretch of Iowa highway, Pete Buttigieg told a clutch of reporters that beef jerky was his favorite road snack, he misses his two dogs, Buddy and Truman, and that he packed four white …
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Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Pete Buttigieg: College football is ‘problematic’
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 …
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Washington Post:
In Ukraine, Trump's allies are corrupt oligarchs and Russian stooges
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump snubs Jared Kushner's signature accomplishment  —  When President Donald Trump huddled with campaign aides in the late spring to discuss his bid for reelection, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told his father-in-law he should highlight last year's historic passage of the First Step Act …
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Many Spy Targets Were There in Russiagate?  One ... or Four?  —  It has been more than a year since it was revealed that federal agents secured warrants to surveil onetime Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page both before and after the election.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Won't Book Guest Again After “Disgraceful” Comments About Greta Thunberg  —  Autism advocate groups spoke out in statements to The Hollywood Reporter after Michael Knowles called the teen activist a “mentally ill Swedish child.”  —  A Fox News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Two of Trump's Republican challengers to debate without him  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joe Walsh and Bill Weld, two of the three Republicans challenging President Donald Trump for their party's 2020 presidential nomination, are set to meet in a debate on Tuesday, hoping to bring attention to their long-shot candidacies.
Discussion: CNN and Reason
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
How TikTok Holds Our Attention  —  On the popular short-video app, young people are churning through images and sounds at warp speed, repurposing reality into ironic, bite-size content.  —  Marcella is eighteen and lives in a Texas suburb so quiet that it sometimes seems like a ghost town.
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Iowa Democrats split on whether to continue caucus system, new poll shows  —  (CNN)Likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa are divided on whether it is more important to continue the state's caucus tradition as the first test of Democratic presidential candidates or to switch to a primary …
Ricochet:
Climate Hysteria Is Harming Our Kids  —  Every week, the rhetoric is ramped up: “Surviving climate change means an end to burning fossil fuels.  Prepare yourself for sacrifices,” the LA Times warns.  The Guardian writes, “World ‘gravely’ unprepared for effects of climate crisis.”
 
 
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Opposing Trump's corrupt abuse of power is today's form of patriotism
The Guardian:
Dismay at Gates Foundation prize for Narendra Modi
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Warren Pulls Ahead of Sanders for No. 2 Spot Among Democratic Primary Voters
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 Earlier Items: 
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Whoa: Text Messages Reveal NYT Reporter Told Kavanaugh Source What To Say
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Survive Even This  —  Nobody is going to hold …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Megan Sheets / Daily Mail:
Conservative commentator and climate change denier Dinesh D'Souza compares teen eco-warrior …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Humiliates Himself At UN By Whining About Obama's Nobel Prize