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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Plans Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump  —  Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce on Tuesday that the House will begin …
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Don't Focus on Ukraine Aid.  Focus on the Phone Call.  —  Trump put self-interest above national interest.  That's abuse of power.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  4:21  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email  —  The Washington Post unloaded another seminal scoop Monday night …
Yahoo News:
‘A shift to Schiff’: With growing calls for Trump impeachment, Democratic leadership plots a new course  —  WASHINGTON — With advocates of impeachment growing bolder, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are beginning to consider several options for starting formal proceedings …
John Harwood / CNBC:   House impeachment vote has suddenly become a real threat for Trump
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm a Republican. Let's force the question of impeachment with the GOP.
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
CNBC:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expected to announce impeachment inquiry
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
We're Likely Headed for Impeachment
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he'll release transcript of his call with Ukraine's president
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Vanity Fair
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Biden will come just shy of calling for Trump's impeachment over Ukraine allegations
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Trump Is Leaving Congress No Choice But to Impeach
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Trump Takes the U.N. Stage, an Eye on Troubles Back Home
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Lessons of Impeachment and the End of Trump's Impunity
Washington Post:   Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine, says he wants other countries to help pay
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump scoffs at rising impeachment calls: 'It's nonsense'
Discussion: Breitbart
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
It's ‘Dictator Day’ at the U.N. — with Trump in the middle
Discussion: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
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, Breitbart and Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
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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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
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Comscore Inc. and Former CEO with Accounting and Disclosure Fraud  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged global information and media analytics firm, Comscore, Inc., and its former CEO with engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue by approximately $50 million …
 
 
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross falls asleep at United Nations during Trump's speech
Discussion: The Guardian and New York Post
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources
Discussion: National Review and The Week
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James Flynn / Quillette:
My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Banned
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Donald Trump's Ukraine Business Is the Beginning of the End
Discussion: Raw Story
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg's bus tour is no Straight Talk Express
Discussion: Splinter