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8:20 AM ET, September 25, 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 at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, according …
Fox News:
WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had ‘political bias’  —  A senior Trump administration official told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower …
Reuters:
Trump's ‘transcript’ of Ukraine call unlikely to be verbatim  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details from a phone call made by Donald Trump that has led the U.S. House of Representatives to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against the president isn't likely to come from a recording or be verbatim …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Ambassador Roped Into Rudy's Quest to Smear Biden  —  And that ambassador was involved with the now-infamous phone call that has Washington headed towards an impeachment inquiry.  —  Rudy Giuliani's contacts with officials at the State Department as part of his controversial efforts …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now?  Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case  —  WASHINGTON — For months, dozens of House Democrats anxiously avoided even the mention of impeaching President Trump — right up until the moment that they demanded it.  —  The sudden embrace of an impeachment inquiry …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Inside Trumpworld, public defiance vs. private anxiety over impeachment  —  In public, Trumpworld is casting the Democratic impeachment inquiry as more white noise.  —  In private, White House aides and allies say the impeachment momentum now presents a serious threat to the rest …
New York Times:
White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to Speak to Congress  —  As House Democrats moved to begin a formal impeachment inquiry, the administration also prepared to release a redacted version of the whistle-blower's complaint.  —  White House and intelligence officials were working …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats' double standard on Ukraine  —  We don't yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine's president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden.  But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine …
Associated Press:
Trump greets impeachment inquiry with confidence, irritation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-eight floors above Manhattan, President Donald Trump watched his legacy change and his political future grow more uncertain.  —  The president, back in his hometown of New York for the U.N. General Assembly …
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 …
New York Times:   White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's Pinocchio-laden claims about Joe Biden, Ukraine and polls
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are ready to impeach Trump. So now what?
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   ‘Dam will start to break’: Hill GOP could back impeachment if Trump demanded Ukraine quid pro quo
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Trump campaign ramps up fundraising in response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and RedState
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   On impeachment, the worm has turned
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump's courting of foreign political help is a 'betrayal …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:   Trump Faces Impeachment
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Everything has changed with impeachment. But nothing really has.
Discussion: New York Post
Tim O'Donnell / The Week:
Senate votes 100-0 to release Trump whistleblower complaint  —  The Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution Tuesday calling for the whistleblower complaint related to President Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be released to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Discussion: American Greatness and CNN
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Chris Sikich / Indianapolis Star:
In first public appearance since leaving office, Coats discusses Trump whistleblower complaint  —  In his first public appearance since stepping down as director of national intelligence, Dan Coats indicated he's keeping some secrets to himself.  —  Coats, an often outspoken former senator …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  September 25, 2019 - Warren Continues To Climb While Biden Slips Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democratic Primary Is Neck And Neck  —  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is essentially tied with former Vice President Joe Biden in today's Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Why the House Democratic Caucus Was Able to Move So Rapidly Toward Impeachment  —  On Wednesday, September 18, as Democrats prepped for a series of private meetings, it was clear that nerves had been frayed.  August had been a challenge for the party's rank-and-file, as activists and angry citizens …
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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.
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Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
‘Nightmare’ for global postal system if Trump pulls out, U.N. body says
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Trump administration rule could end free school lunches for about 500,000 children
Bloomberg:
Johnson Will Seek General Election Soon, Cox Says: Brexit Update
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden's Democratic rivals tiptoe around Trump-Ukraine grenade
Discussion: The Hill, LewRockwell and Breitbart
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David French / National Review:
The Sixth Circuit Pounds Another Nail in the Coffin of the University Speech Code
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman
Nick Baumann / HuffPost:
The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist's challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’
Viola Gienger / Just Security:
Timeline: Trump, Giuliani, Biden, and Ukrainegate
John Yoo / New York Times:
Beware of Impeaching Trump. It Could Hurt the Presidency.
Discussion: Reason and Lawyers, Guns & Money