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11:15 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.
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay  —  President Trump was pressed by reporters as to why he blocked aid a week before his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.  —  “But very importantly, Germany, France …
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.
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 …
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?
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hank Johnson becomes first Ga. congressman to back impeachment  —  U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, announced his support for an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, becoming the first Georgia congressman to endorse proceedings to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here's a timeline of Trump's latest scandal.  It's damning.  —  The floodgates are opening: Even as more Democrats are moving decisively toward supporting impeachment proceedings, we're now learning that President Trump himself ordered a freeze on aid to Ukraine, just before telling …
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
If the Ukraine allegations are true, there are criminal consequences  —  A whistleblower complaint reportedly describes a July phone call during which President Trump allegedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate debunked corruption allegations against former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay
New York Post:
Why is most of the media circling the wagons to protect Hunter Biden?
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:   Stevens backs impeachment inquiry for Trump amid Ukraine controversy
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How the ground is shifting on impeachment
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:   Since When Does Trump Care About Corruption?
The Daily Beast:
Trump Impeachment: House Dems Are Discussing a ‘Select Panel’ to Handle the Task
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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
The Daily Beast:
Supreme Court: Boris Johnson ‘Unlawfully’ Halted Democracy Over Brexit
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 …
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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: Power Line, The Week and Raw Story
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.
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
Mark Plotkin, D.C. political commentator and statehood champion, dies at 72  —  Mark Plotkin, an impish D.C. radio commentator and statehood activist who helped return Washington's historic city hall to municipal control in the 1990s, and who later spearheaded a campaign to get the slogan …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
It's ‘Dictator Day’ at the U.N. — with Trump in the middle  —  President Donald Trump kicks off the main session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday alongside a rogue's gallery of dictators, populist lectern-bangers and would-be autocrats.  —  The initial speaking order …
Discussion: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
Rowaida Abdelaziz / U.S. Political News …:
Nearly 3 Years Later, Congress Finally Holds First Muslim Ban Hearing  —  Congress has been slow to direct its attention to the rights of Muslim Americans.  —  Nearly three years after President Donald Trump unilaterally blocked tens of thousands of people, many of them Muslims …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump touts nationalism in UN address: ‘The future does not belong to globalists’  —  President Trump on Tuesday aggressively touted the importance of national sovereignty in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, calling for other nations to “love” and stand up for their countries and warning …
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.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Donald Trump's Ukraine Business Is the Beginning of the End  —  Mr. Madison thought it indispensable that some provision should be made for defending the Community agst. the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.  The imitation of the period of his service, was not a sufficient security.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.”
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Attacker yelled anti-LGBTQ slurs before shooting transgender woman: Police  —  Dallas police are searching for a man who shot a transgender woman several times over the weekend while yelling anti-LGBTQ slurs at her.  —  The 35-year-old woman was shot late Friday night in an attack that police …
 
 
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
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