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12:45 PM ET, September 25, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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. …
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.
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: KTLA, FOX6Now.com, The Week and KFOR-TV
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
5 Moments In Donald Trump's Phone Call To Ukraine That Could Fuel The Impeachment Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump asked the president of Ukraine to do him a “favor” and investigate the origins of the Russia probe as well as former vice president Joe Biden, according to a transcript of the July 25 call.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, New York Times and KFOR-TV
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: Daily Kos and 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Trump asked Ukraine leader to look into why investigation of Biden's son ended, text of call shows  —  The president's phone call — made from the White House residence to Zelenskiy — lasted for 30 minutes.  —  President Donald Trump, in a midsummer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy …
Discussion: Townhall, CNBC and Althouse
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The Ukraine transcript is not a dud, it is bad news for Trump
Discussion: Mediaite
Axios:
“Locked and loaded”: Washington braces for impeachment battle
Discussion: RedState, Associated Press and Splinter
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans split over Trump urging Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden
Discussion: Townhall
Rep. Joaquin Castro marks / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:   Pelosi Statement on Notes of Call Between President Trump and Ukrainian President
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:
White House threatens to shut down legislative process during impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
Hillary Clinton on Ukraine call: Trump ‘has betrayed our country’
Discussion: Breitbart
John Santucci / ABC News:   Trump urged Ukraine to work with Barr and Giuliani to probe Biden: Call transcript
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
Discussion: Splinter
Peter Schweizer / Fox News:
Biden Ukraine dealings - 7 essential facts
Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
4 key questions about the Trump impeachment inquiry political fallout
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   ‘Dam will start to break’: Hill GOP could back impeachment if Trump demanded Ukraine quid pro quo
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and USA Today
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: Deadline, CNN and The Week
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Napolitano: What Trump Has Admitted to Is a Crime
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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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 …
Discussion: Salon, The Week and Politico
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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: FOX59 and CNN
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