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10:20 AM ET, September 25, 2019

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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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
James Goldgeier / Washington Post:
What to expect when you are expecting a Trump ‘transcript’
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
CNN:
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: The Week and KFOR-TV
New York Times:
White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to Speak to Congress
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
Discussion: Splinter
People.com:
Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Is Moving Closer to Impeachment with Biden/Ukraine Scandal: ‘We Are in a Crisis’
Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
4 key questions about the Trump impeachment inquiry political fallout
Axios:
“Locked and loaded”: Washington braces for impeachment battle
Discussion: Associated Press, KTLA and Splinter
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Everything has changed with impeachment. But nothing really has.
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's corruption must play a key role in impeachment hearings
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Breitbart and Townhall
New York Times:
White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
Robert Creamer / USA Today:
5 reasons why Elizabeth Warren has the best chance to beat Donald Trump  —  In a Democratic field so large, every candidate has had a hard time making their mark.  Here's how the Massachusetts senator has been able to stand out.  —  CONNECT  —  Polling shows one of the most decisive factors …
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 …
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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Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Think you have the president on the ropes?  Try visiting a county fair in Trump Country.  —  Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist for The Post, is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor based in Hillsboro, Ohio.  —  HILLSBORO, Ohio —  President Trump is seen in the news …
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
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.
 
 
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