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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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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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘SHUT UP, MORON!’  Giuliani Erupts on Fox News Guest for Comments About His Ukraine Involvement  —  After his wild interview with Laura Ingraham on Ukraine tonight, Giuliani returned to the broadcast later in the hour to respond to a comment by one of the Fox host's guests.
Discussion: CNN and The Week, more at Mediagazer »
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   ‘Dam will start to break’: Hill GOP could back impeachment if Trump demanded Ukraine quid pro quo
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime
Discussion: The Daily Beast
People.com:
Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Is Moving Closer to Impeachment with Biden/Ukraine Scandal: ‘We Are in a Crisis’
Peter Schweizer / Fox News:
Biden Ukraine dealings - 7 essential facts
Elizabeth Matamoros / Washington Free Beacon:
Burisma ‘Clearly’ Paid Hunter Biden to Sell Influence, Says CNN Contributor
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now?  Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case  —  WASHINGTON — For months, dozens of House Democrats anxiously avoided even the mention of impeaching President Trump — right up until the moment that they demanded it.  —  The sudden embrace of an impeachment inquiry …
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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to Speak to Congress  —  As House Democrats moved to begin a formal impeachment inquiry, the administration also prepared to release a redacted version of the whistle-blower's complaint.  —  White House and intelligence officials were working …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
Discussion: Splinter
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Everything has changed with impeachment. But nothing really has.
New York Times:   White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's corruption must play a key role in impeachment hearings
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Breitbart and Glamour
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are ready to impeach Trump. So now what?
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.
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Warren takes Democratic presidential nomination lead in California, new poll finds  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has jumped to a significant lead in the Democratic presidential race in California, solidifying her position as a front-runner for the party's nomination, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute …
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.
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 …
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.
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Chris Sikich / Indianapolis Star:
In first public appearance since leaving office, Coats discusses Trump whistleblower complaint
Discussion: CNN
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
The World's Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns  —  WASHINGTON — Earth's oceans are under severe strain from climate change, a major new United Nations report warns, threatening everything from the ability to harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts.
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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
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.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How the Impeachment Process Works
Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France  —  Google will not pay press publishers in France to display their content and will instead change the way articles appear in search results, a senior executive said on Wednesday.  —  The announcement pours cold water on publishers' hopes of obtaining …
 
 
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Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
I'm a Conservative, and Nancy Pelosi Is Right On Here. Where Are the Elected Republicans?
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Trump administration rule could end free school lunches for about 500,000 children
Bloomberg:
Johnson Will Seek General Election Soon, Cox Says: Brexit Update
 Earlier Items: 
David French / National Review:
The Sixth Circuit Pounds Another Nail in the Coffin of the University Speech Code
Nick Baumann / HuffPost:
The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist's challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’
John Yoo / New York Times:
Beware of Impeaching Trump. It Could Hurt the Presidency.
Discussion: Reason and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Michigan City Clerk Charged with Altering Ballots in 2018 Midterms