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8:50 PM ET, September 24, 2019

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Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preparing to release whistleblower complaint to Congress  —  The White House is preparing to release to Congress by the end of the week both the whistleblower complaint and the Inspector General report that are at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry …
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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 …
Washington Post:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of Trump, says his actions were a ‘betrayal of national security’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a dramatic turnaround by the Democratic leader that sets …
New York Times:
White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress  —  Officials are working out a deal to allow the person who filed the complaint against President Trump to share at least some of the details with investigators on Capitol Hill.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has determined …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Announces 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 announced on Tuesday that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry …
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 …
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 …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Discovering New Powers  —  Knowing he was new to all this, White House aides took pains early in President Donald Trump's term to chaperone him when he got on the phone with world leaders.  Former National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, the economic adviser Gary Cohn …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Impeaching Trump On Russia Was Unpopular.  Will Ukraine Be Different?  —  Rather suddenly, we are on a trajectory toward the potential impeachment of President Trump.  —  Both close allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and vulnerable Democrats in swing districts have signaled their desire …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: I'd Like to Withdraw My Guilty Plea and Change to ‘Not Guilty’  —  The Ukraine scandal has been sitting in plain sight for months, and Donald Trump has made scarcely any effort to conceal his scheme.  The president sent his personal attorney to urge Ukraine to investigate his political rival.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   On impeachment, the worm has turned
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump Faces Impeachment
Discussion: Out Magazine
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?
John Harwood / CNBC:
House impeachment vote has suddenly become a real threat for Trump
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump impeachment probe live updates: Pelosi to announce formal inquiry
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's rationale for withholding aid to Ukraine changed overnight
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's Ukraine-scandal strategy — counterpunch, confuse and con — depends on the media
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime
Discussion: Political Wire
ARLnow.com:
JUST IN: Beyer Now Supports Articles of Impeachment
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Nancy Pelosi Has Had Enough
Discussion: Townhall, Defense One and Vox
NBC News:
Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Lessons of Impeachment and the End of Trump's Impunity
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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Jack Crowe / National Review:
Michigan City Clerk Charged with Altering Ballots in 2018 Midterms  —  Sherikia Hawkins was charged Monday with six felony counts for allegedly altering absentee ballots during the November 2018 election in her capacity as city clerk for the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich.
Discussion: Townhall
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John Yoo / New York Times:
Beware of Impeaching Trump.  It Could Hurt the Presidency.  —  We must avoid doing long-term harm to the president's ability to conduct foreign policy and protect our nation.  —  Mr. Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nick Baumann / U.S. Political News …:
The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right  —  Snowden should've gone through “official channels,” his critics yelped.  Here's what happens when you do.  —  Edward Snowden did it all wrong, his critics thundered.  —  The former National Security Agency subcontractor should have used …
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump
Discussion: American Greatness
Dell Cameron / io9:
U.S. Military Issues Warning to Troops About Incel Violence at Joker Screenings  —  The U.S. military has warned service members about the potential for a mass shooter at screenings of the Warner Bros. film Joker, which has sparked wide concerns from, among others, the families of those killed during …
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Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Aurora Shooting Victims Voice Fears Over ‘Joker’ in Letter to Warner Bros.
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 …
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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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 …
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn says election is only way to settle Brexit crisis  —  LONDON — The U.K.'s current political crisis “can only be settled with a general election” — but only after the threat of a no-deal Brexit is “taken off the table,” Jeremy Corbyn said Tuesday.
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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Donald Trump defends Boris Johnson against ‘nasty’ reporter
 
 
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Washington Post:
Tony Podesta, Vin Weber say they were told Justice Department dropped probe into whether …
Discussion: Politico and emptywheel
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
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James Flynn / Quillette:
My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Banned
Discussion: Breitbart and Samizdata
Mike Murphy / Washington Post:
I'm a Republican. Let's force the question of impeachment with the GOP.
Discussion: Brookings and Raw Story
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