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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 …
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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 at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, according …
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Ambassador Roped Into Rudy's Quest to Smear Biden  —  And that ambassador was involved with the now-infamous phone call that has Washington headed towards an impeachment inquiry.  —  Rudy Giuliani's contacts with officials at the State Department as part of his controversial efforts …
Fox News:
WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had ‘political bias’  —  A senior Trump administration official told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower …
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:
White House threatens to shut down legislative process during impeachment inquiry  —  Something might have finally ended Infrastructure Week: House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.  —  Hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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:
Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump's courting of foreign political help is a ‘betrayal of national security’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the extraordinary step Tuesday of initiating impeachment proceedings against President Trump, accusing him of violating the Constitution …
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 …
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: Reason and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Inside Trumpworld, public defiance vs. private anxiety over impeachment  —  In public, Trumpworld is casting the Democratic impeachment inquiry as more white noise.  —  In private, White House aides and allies say the impeachment momentum now presents a serious threat to the rest …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime  —  Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano told Shepard Smith today that if President Donald Trump did what he's said he did on the phone call with the president of Ukraine, that's a crime.  —  “The president admits that on the phone call …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats' double standard on Ukraine  —  We don't yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine's president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden.  But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Trump campaign ramps up fundraising in response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   On impeachment, the worm has turned
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: I'd Like to Withdraw My Guilty Plea and Change to ‘Not Guilty’
Discussion: Vox and Hot Air
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump Faces Impeachment
Discussion: Out Magazine
John Harwood / CNBC:
House impeachment vote has suddenly become a real threat for Trump
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
If we legitimize Trump's behavior, it'll be open season on our politics
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump says he has authorized release of transcript of call with the Ukrainian president
NBC News:
Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?
Tim O'Donnell / The Week:
Senate votes 100-0 to release Trump whistleblower complaint  —  The Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution Tuesday calling for the whistleblower complaint related to President Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be released to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Discussion: CNN
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Chris Sikich / Indianapolis Star:
In first public appearance since leaving office, Coats discusses Trump whistleblower complaint  —  In his first public appearance since stepping down as director of national intelligence, Dan Coats indicated he's keeping some secrets to himself.  —  Coats, an often outspoken former senator …
Discussion: CNN and FOX59
Li Zhou / Vox:
Even Senate Republicans want the White House to share a whistleblower report on Trump
Discussion: Slate and National Journal
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman  —  Freshman Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced a resolution aimed at removing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) from his role as the top Democrat on the panel responsible for handling impeachment proceedings.
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How an Impeachment Process Inquiry Works
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump
Yahoo News:
‘A shift to Schiff’: With growing calls for Trump impeachment, Democratic leadership plots a new course
New York Times:
Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine, Chronicler of the Highbrow and Lowbrow  —  After more than 50 years of chronicling the highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant and despicable characters of the city whose name it took, New York Magazine has a new owner.  —  On Tuesday, Vox Media agreed to acquire New York Media …
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.
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Reuters:
Trump's ‘transcript’ of Ukraine call unlikely to be verbatim  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details from a phone call made by Donald Trump that has led the U.S. House of Representatives to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against the president isn't likely to come from a recording or be verbatim …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Why the House Democratic Caucus Was Able to Move So Rapidly Toward Impeachment  —  On Wednesday, September 18, as Democrats prepped for a series of private meetings, it was clear that nerves had been frayed.  August had been a challenge for the party's rank-and-file, as activists and angry citizens …
Nick Baumann / HuffPost:
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: Breitbart and American Greatness
 
 
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David French / National Review:
The Sixth Circuit Pounds Another Nail in the Coffin of the University Speech Code
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Rouhani downplays chance of Trump UN meeting, says president took trust away from relationship, in Fox News interview
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist's challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’
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