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3:40 PM ET, September 25, 2019


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Washington Post:
Acting director of national intelligence threatened to resign if he couldn't speak freely before Congress  —  The acting Director of National Intelligence threatened to resign over concerns that the White House might attempt to force him to stonewall Congress when he testifies Thursday …
Washington Post:
Transcript of Trump's call with Ukrainian president shows him offering U.S. assistance for Biden investigation  —  President Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart to work with the U.S. attorney general to investigate the conduct of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and offered to meet …
New York Times:
Trump Asks Ukraine's Leader to ‘Do Us a Favor’ and Also Urges Inquiry of Biden  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump urged the president of Ukraine to contact Attorney General William P. Barr about opening a potential corruption investigation connected to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The Ukraine transcript is not a dud, it is bad news for Trump  —  The release of the transcript President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not the dud that Trump and his allies have been presenting it to be.  It's very bad news for Trump.
Discussion: Washington Times and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined  —  President Trump's attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
White House mistakenly sends Trump-Ukraine talking points to Democrats  —  In the hours after the release Wednesday of the rough transcript of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the White House circulated an email with proposed talking points for Trump's defenders.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans split over Trump urging Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden  —  Several Senate Republicans were stunned Wednesday and questioned the White House's judgment after it released a rough transcript of President Trump's call with the Ukraine president that showed Trump offering …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Ryan Lucas / NPR:
Trump Asked Ukrainian President For ‘A Favor’ On Biden; DOJ Says No Charges  —  President Trump told Ukraine's president that “a lot of people want to find out” about former Vice President Joe Biden family's activities in Ukraine — and asked him to be in touch with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General Bill Barr.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Notes of Call Between President Trump and Ukrainian President  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the White House's release of the notes of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine:
Trump incredulous after his moves on transparency failed to stop Pelosi  —  Analyst: Impeachment is a black mark on a presidency  —  New York (CNN)President Donald Trump was incredulous Tuesday as he sat in Trump Tower and watched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announce she was launching …
Discussion: Splinter, KTLA, The Week, KFOR-TV and Mediaite
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Pelosi Tells Trump: ‘You Have Come Into My Wheelhouse’  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi was once the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.  She is drawing on that experience as she opens an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Lawmakers react to text of Trump's Ukraine call: ‘A classic mob shakedown’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, referred to the call as “a smoking gun.”  —  Schiff: Trump acted like a ‘mafia boss’ during his call with Ukraine
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and The Guardian
David French / National Review:
The Trump-Ukraine Transcript Contains Evidence of a Quid Pro Quo  —  I haven't been a litigator since 2015.  I haven't conducted a proper cross-examination since 2014.  But if I couldn't walk a witness, judge, and jury through the transcript of Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
What Is CrowdStrike and Why Is Donald Trump Blabbering About It to Ukraine  —  Donald Trump talked about a cybersecurity firm in a phone call with the Ukraine President that is now the focus of an impeachment inquiry.  —  The White House released a memo that included a transcript …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now? Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
In seeking Ukraine favor, Trump was vulnerable to foreign spies: watchdog
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats' double standard on Ukraine
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
How to Do Impeachment Right (And How the Dems Could Blow It)
Discussion: The Atlantic, PinkNews and CNN
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Ukraine president: “I don't want to be involved” in U.S. elections
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Nancy Pelosi's impeachment waiting game paid off. Americans will turn on Donald Trump.
Max Burns /   Trump realized that on foreign policy, there are few constraints on his power — and it may be his undoing
Guy Benson / Townhall:
The Transcript: Neither a ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Smoking Gun, Nor an Exoneration
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and NBC News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP cashes in on impeachment
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   Trump Asked Ukraine President To Help With DOJ Probe Of 2016 Election Interference
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP vows to quash impeachment articles
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preparing to release whistleblower complaint to Congress
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Pelosi's impeachment flip-flop changes everything
Discussion: Politico and theGrio
NBC News:
Trump asked Ukraine leader to look into why investigation of Biden's son ended, text of call shows
Discussion: Politico, Townhall, Althouse and CNBC
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
Discussion: Splinter
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  September 25, 2019 - Warren Continues To Climb While Biden Slips Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democratic Primary Is Neck And Neck  —  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is essentially tied with former Vice President Joe Biden in today's Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden nosedives in early-state polls  —  Joe Biden's poll numbers are crumbling in the early nominating states that matter most.  —  Once the dominant front-runner in the Democratic primary, Biden is now marginally trailing Elizabeth Warren in the first caucus state of Iowa and the first primary state of New Hampshire.
Daily Mail:
‘She should be getting treatment’: Leading Australian psychologist says he's worried about the mental well-being of ‘entitled’ autistic climate change poster girl Greta Thunberg  —  A leading psychologist has voiced his concern about the mental well-being of autistic teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
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Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Cindy McCain says GOP no longer the ‘party that my husband and I belonged to’
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
‘One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump’
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate again rebukes Trump on national emergency declaration
Greg Allen / NPR:
Veterans Affairs Secretary Evicts Members Of Congress From Offices In VA Hospitals
Discussion: Roll Call
Adam Klasfeld /
No Tax Return Privilege or Blanket Immunity, DA Tells Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
Newly-Hired NYT Reporter Accused Of Fabricating Accusation Against Another Reporter
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Think you have the president on the ropes? Try visiting a county fair in Trump Country.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘SHUT UP, MORON!’ Giuliani Erupts on Fox News Guest for Comments About His Ukraine Involvement
Discussion: Deadline, CNN and The Week
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
The World's Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Trump administration rule could end free school lunches for about 500,000 children