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10:20 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.
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.
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 …
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
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?
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 …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:   Stevens backs impeachment inquiry for Trump amid Ukraine controversy
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How the ground is shifting on impeachment
New York Post:
Why is most of the media circling the wagons to protect Hunter Biden?
The Daily Beast:
Trump Impeachment: House Dems Are Discussing a ‘Select Panel’ to Handle the Task
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Said to Have Frozen Aid to Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader
Washington Post:
In Ukraine, Trump's allies are corrupt oligarchs and Russian stooges
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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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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Was Unlawful, U.K. Supreme Court Rules  —  LONDON — The British Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament, dealing him another heavy blow and thrusting the nation's politics into even deeper turmoil …
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 …
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules
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.]
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: The Week and Common Dreams
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Since When Does Trump Care About Corruption?  —  Only when it distracts from his own self-dealing.  —  Yes, it's appalling that a president of the United States would attempt to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on a political opponent.  Yes, that would amount to colluding …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:   Opposing Trump's corrupt abuse of power is today's form of patriotism
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This is my final column.  I've been lucky.  —  I've been lucky.  —  In February 1968, I came down to Washington from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to do some research, stopped up at The Post and walked out with a job.  A week later, for reasons I never understood, I got a raise.
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Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Richard Cohen Leaves the Washington Post
Scott Adams / Scott Adam's Blog:
A Message for Children About Climate Change  —  I'm sorry adults have frightened you about climate change and how it might affect your future.  You might be less afraid if you knew some facts that adults intentionally do not explain to you.  I'll tell you here.
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’
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
‘Way too extreme’: Some Democrats warn against moving left  —  BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — The Democrats of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, crowded onto the steps of a local courthouse, dozens of union men protesting a looming power plant closure that would put their livelihoods at risk.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Warren Pulls Ahead of Sanders for No. 2 Spot Among Democratic Primary Voters  —  Massachusetts senator trails Biden by 12 points, 32% to 20%  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on Sept. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.  A new poll finds her in second place among Democratic primary voters.
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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John Howard / Capitol Weekly:
Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
It's ‘Dictator Day’ at the U.N. — with Trump in the middle
Discussion: Raw Story
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Attacker yelled anti-LGBTQ slurs before shooting transgender woman: Police
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Two women at the heart of the civil rights movement have died. Rest in power.
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Two of Trump's Republican challengers to debate without him
Discussion: CNN and Reason
The Guardian:
Dismay at Gates Foundation prize for Narendra Modi
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Won't Book Guest Again After “Disgraceful” Comments About Greta Thunberg
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Ruaridh Nicoll / The Guardian:
Haiti: photojournalist shot in face as senator opens fire outside parliament
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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