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3:00 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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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. …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Notes of Call Between President Trump and Ukrainian President  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the White House's release of the notes of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine:
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: Mediaite
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: Splinter, KTLA, The Week, and KFOR-TV
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.
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 …
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.
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Democrats Say Trump's Ukraine Call Was “Far More Damning” Than They Expected  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reads like a “classic mafia-like shakedown,” House Intelligence committee Chair Adam Schiff said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now? Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats' double standard on Ukraine
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Lawmakers react to text of Trump's Ukraine call: ‘A classic mob shakedown’
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preparing to release whistleblower complaint to Congress
Guy Benson / Townhall:
The Transcript: Neither a ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Smoking Gun, Nor an Exoneration
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Washington Times
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Nancy Pelosi's impeachment waiting game paid off. Americans will turn on Donald Trump.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
How to Do Impeachment Right (And How the Dems Could Blow It)
Discussion: The Atlantic, New York Times and CNN
NBC News:
Trump asked Ukraine leader to look into why investigation of Biden's son ended, text of call shows
Discussion: Townhall, CNBC and Althouse
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   Trump Asked Ukraine President To Help With DOJ Probe Of 2016 Election Interference
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP vows to quash impeachment articles
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Pelosi's impeachment flip-flop changes everything
Discussion: theGrio
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment
Discussion: Splinter
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:
White House threatens to shut down legislative process during impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Constitution Daily and Daily Kos
Fox News:
WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had ‘political bias’
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.
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
Max Burns /
Trump realized that on foreign policy, there are few constraints on his power — and it may be his undoing  —  The Donald Trump who sued Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance last week is a president facing dwindling options.  Trump's lawsuit comes after Vance subpoenaed eight years of his tax returns …
Adam Klasfeld /   No Tax Return Privilege or Blanket Immunity, DA Tells 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.
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.
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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
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It's Succeeding.
Discussion: Instapundit
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
Newly-Hired NYT Reporter Accused Of Fabricating Accusation Against Another Reporter
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court not politicized, says Chief Justice Roberts
Liberty Street Economics:
Minimum Wage Impacts along the New York-Pennsylvania Border
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Think you have the president on the ropes? Try visiting a county fair in Trump Country.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘SHUT UP, MORON!’ Giuliani Erupts on Fox News Guest for Comments About His Ukraine Involvement
Discussion: Deadline, CNN and The Week
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
The World's Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns