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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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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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:   White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are ready to impeach Trump. So now what?
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   ‘Dam will start to break’: Hill GOP could back impeachment if Trump demanded Ukraine quid pro quo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Everything has changed with impeachment. But nothing really has.
Discussion: New York Post
Robin Wright / New Yorker:   Trump Faces Impeachment
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.
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Warren takes Democratic presidential nomination lead in California, new poll finds  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has jumped to a significant lead in the Democratic presidential race in California, solidifying her position as a front-runner for the party's nomination, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute …
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 …
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Viola Gienger / Just Security:   Timeline: Trump, Giuliani, Biden, and Ukrainegate
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden's Democratic rivals tiptoe around Trump-Ukraine grenade
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and LewRockwell
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment  —  Trump was always unfit, but that's not enough.  —  Impeachment is an inherently political process.  The framers designed it that way.  It is the ultimate way that one branch of the federal government can hold another branch accountable.
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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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's corruption must play a key role in impeachment hearings
Discussion: Breitbart, Glamour and Townhall
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump's courting of foreign political help is a 'betrayal …
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
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 …
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: Reason and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How the Impeachment Process Works
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman
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 …
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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: Salon, Raw Story and Associated Press
 
 
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