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5:00 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:
Trump offered Ukrainian president Justice Dept. help for Biden investigation, memo shows  —  President Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart to work with the U.S. attorney general to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and offered to meet with the foreign leader at the White House …
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 …
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, Mediaite, Townhall and CNN
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Pelosi privately urges narrow Trump impeachment probe focused on Ukraine  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged fellow Democratic leaders in a private meeting Wednesday to keep the impeachment investigation narrowly focused on President Trump and his dealings with the president of Ukraine …
Washington Post:
Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
In seeking Ukraine favor, Trump was vulnerable to foreign spies: watchdog
Discussion: Political Wire
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Lawmakers react to text of Trump's Ukraine call: ‘A classic mob shakedown’
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and IJR
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
5 Moments In Donald Trump's Phone Call To Ukraine That Could Fuel The Impeachment Investigation
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Politico:   Q&A: What are the next steps on impeachment?
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
DOJ Axed Probe Of Trump Asking Ukraine President For ‘Favor’ On Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Ukraine president: “I don't want to be involved” in U.S. elections
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Breitbart
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
How to Do Impeachment Right (And How the Dems Could Blow It)
Discussion: The Atlantic, PinkNews and Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump denies that he pressured Ukraine's Zelensky to investigate Biden
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats' double standard on Ukraine
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 …
Discussion: The Stranger
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: WHOTV, Splinter and KTLA
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
AP sources: Lawmakers, staff to view whistleblower complaint
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Nancy Pelosi's impeachment waiting game paid off. Americans will turn on Donald Trump.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now? Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP cashes in on impeachment
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP vows to quash impeachment articles
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.
Robert Creamer / USA Today:   5 reasons why Elizabeth Warren has the best chance to beat Donald Trump
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.
Bernie Sanders plans to escalate campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire as top aides question strategy
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
‘One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump’  —  Mike Murphy, Fmr. Senior adviser to Mitt Romney and John McCain, tells MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that “'One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump.”
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Nicole Narea / Vox:
The Trump administration just inked another deal making it harder to claim asylum in the US
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse: Foreign Involvement in U.S. Elections Is ‘Really, Really Bad’
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
New smears, new bizarre tales: Trump made 79 false claims last week
Associated Press:
Deported Army veteran returns to U.S. in bid to become a citizen
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Cindy McCain says GOP no longer the ‘party that my husband and I belonged to’
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
Max Burns /
Trump realized that on foreign policy, there are few constraints on his power — and it may be his undoing
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Think you have the president on the ropes? Try visiting a county fair in Trump Country.
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
The World's Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns