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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:
House Speaker Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump  —  BREAKING: The announcement later Tuesday from Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) comes amid reports that President Trump may have pressured a foreign leader to investigate former vice president and potential 2020 campaign rival Joe Biden and his family.
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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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 …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections  —  Earlier this month, during a bipartisan meeting in Kiev, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) delivered a pointed message to Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.  —  While choosing his words carefully, Murphy made clear …
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources  —  President Zelensky came to office vowing to fight corruption, and it looks like he'll open a lot of cases shut by shady prosecutors.  But the focus is on Ukraine, not the U.S.  —  KYIV, Ukraine—The Daily Beast has learned …
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm a Republican. Let's force the question of impeachment with the GOP.
Discussion: Raw Story
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Biden will come just shy of calling for Trump's impeachment over Ukraine allegations
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hank Johnson becomes first Ga. congressman to back impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
ARLnow.com:
JUST IN: Beyer Now Supports Articles of Impeachment
Discussion: CNBC, Axios and Vox
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump scoffs at rising impeachment calls: 'It's nonsense'
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay
NBC News:
Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
Washington Post:
Pelosi quietly sounding out House Democrats about whether to impeach Trump, officials say
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Impeachment momentum spikes, as Pelosi weighs aggressive moves
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Primary in Flux  —  Many see no need to choose between electability and issue alignment  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined former Vice President Joe Biden at the front of the pack in New Hampshire, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Tulsi Gabbard Qualifies for Next Debate, Bringing Lineup to 12
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Gabbard qualifies for fourth presidential debate
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Compare it to historical cases and it's clear this Trump-Ukraine story is impeachment material  —  President Trump appears to have made totally inappropriate requests of Ukraine's president — namely, that he investigate or prosecute Joe Biden and his son Hunter for violations of foreign law, real or imagined.
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Here's why Trump's Ukraine misdeeds are a big (impeachable) deal  —  Based simply on what President Trump has admitted to, combined with one piece of as-yet-uncontradicted reporting, Trump has committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine.  —  To understand why …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?  —  Four reasons the president might welcome articles of impeachment.  —  When it comes to determining when it makes sense to impeach a president, congressional Democrats are working with 200 words in the Constitution, three significant historical precedents …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
We're Likely Headed for Impeachment
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Lessons of Impeachment and the End of Trump's Impunity
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross falls asleep at United Nations during Trump's speech  — Ross is playing a part in trade talks with China, which Trump talked about during his address to the General Assembly.  — Video from Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia in May 2017 showed Ross napping with headphones on …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
It's ‘Dictator Day’ at the U.N. — with Trump in the middle
Discussion: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules  —  Judges rule unanimously that PM's decision to prorogue parliament can be examined by judges  —  Play Video  —  The supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued …
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Washington Post:
Britain's Supreme Court rules Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament illegally
Discussion: Spectator USA
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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New York Times:
WeWork C.E.O., Adam Neumann, Stepping Down Under Pressure  —  WeWork's co-founder, Adam Neumann, is stepping down as chief executive of the embattled shared office space business, three people briefed on the decision said on Tuesday, a stunning fall for the entrepreneur who oversaw the meteoric rise …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Warren Is Spending Campaign Cash to Unseat Susan Collins  —  In an email sent to her campaign supporters, Warren's campaign manager said that they plan to devote staffers to helping win back the Senate.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) presidential campaign is putting resources into Maine …
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.]
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, Raw Story and The Week
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.
Department of Homeland Security:
Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces End to Widespread Catch and Release  —  WASHINGTON - During a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today in Washington, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the combined impact of DHS initiatives that will effectively end …
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