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1:25 PM 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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Barrels Toward Impeachment Decisions as Democratic Resistance Crumbles  —  With a cascading rush of Democrats declaring their support for an impeachment push, House leaders are changing course.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats hurtled on Tuesday toward a consequential set of decisions …
Discussion: Political Wire, Fox News and Axios
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Trump Is Leaving Congress No Choice But to Impeach  —  You don't have to be a former prosecutor to understand what's going on.  Whistleblower laws are designed to protect against fraud and abuse in government.  They make it possible for government employees to step forward without fear of retaliation.
Discussion: Washington Post, Reason and The Week
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 …
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm Republican. Let's force the question of impeachment with the GOP.
Discussion: Denver Post
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Impeachment momentum spikes, as Pelosi weighs aggressive moves
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump scoffs at rising impeachment calls: 'It's nonsense'
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Pelosi quietly sounding out House Democrats about whether to impeach Trump, officials say
Washington Post:   Pelosi, top Democrats privately discuss creation of select committee for impeachment
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?
Discussion: The Bulwark and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How the ground is shifting on impeachment
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:   Since When Does Trump Care About Corruption?
Allan Smith / NBC News:
More Dems back impeachment action amid reports Trump ordered Ukraine aid frozen
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 …
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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: Associated Press, Townhall and Slate
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  —  Ms. Gabbard earned 2 percent support in a new poll in New Hampshire, enough to secure a spot on the stage in Ohio next month.  —  Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii became the 12th Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
It's ‘Dictator Day’ at the U.N. — with Trump in the middle
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
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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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.]
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 …
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren announces $10 million-plus ad buy in early states
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
The Daily Beast:
Not Just Ukraine: Rudy and Bannon Try a Whole New Way to Slime Biden  —  The president and his allies, from Peter Schweizer to Frank Gaffney, want to open a new front on the former VP's son even as their Ukraine gambit appears to have backfired.  —  The president's personal attorney …
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New York Post:
Why is most of the media circling the wagons to protect Hunter Biden?
 
 
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