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12:00 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay  —  President Trump confirmed Tuesday that he withheld military aid from Ukraine, saying he did so over his concerns that the United States was contributing more to Ukraine than European countries were.
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 …
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm a Republican. It's time to put GOP senators on the spot with impeachment.
Discussion: Denver Post and Mercury News
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The most noxious part of Ukraine-Biden whistleblower affair is Team Trump thinks we're all idiots
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Allan Smith / NBC News:
More Dems back impeachment action amid reports Trump ordered Ukraine aid frozen
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Resurgent
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump scoffs at rising impeachment calls: 'It's nonsense'
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
New York Post:
Why is most of the media circling the wagons to protect Hunter Biden?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How the ground is shifting on impeachment
Discussion: Associated Press, Reason, KTLA and The Week
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:   Stevens backs impeachment inquiry for Trump amid Ukraine controversy
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:   Since When Does Trump Care About Corruption?
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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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 …
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
The Daily Beast:
Supreme Court: Boris Johnson ‘Unlawfully’ Halted Democracy Over Brexit
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.]
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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 …
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
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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
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
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
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.
NBC News:
How anti-vaxxers target grieving moms and turn them into crusaders  —  Anti-vaccine advocates find women whose babies have died unexpectedly and convince them vaccines are to blame.  —  Fifteen miles west of Minneapolis, a billboard looms over a field of tall grass beside Highway 55.
 
 
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