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8:00 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 …
Patrick Reevell / ABC News:
Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelenskiy phone call: Ukrainian official  —  When Ukrainians voted to elect comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy as their next president in the spring of 2019, the fledgling administration was eager to coordinate a phone call with Kyiv's …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Breitbart
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Cracks emerge among Senate Republicans over Trump urging Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden  —  Several Senate Republicans were privately stunned Wednesday and questioned the White House's judgment after it released a rough transcript of President Trump's call with the Ukraine president …
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Ukraine Scandal Is Not One Phone Call.  It's a Massive Plot.  —  On July 25, President Trump held a phone call in which he repeatedly leaned on Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and Paul Manafort's prosecutors.  The episode is so blatantly inappropriate …
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. …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Pelosi, top Democrats favor quick, narrow Trump impeachment probe focused on Ukraine  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and senior House Democrats agreed in a private meeting Wednesday that they should narrow their impeachment investigation of President Trump to his dealings with the president of Ukraine …
NBC News:   Majority of House members now back some type of impeachment action against Trump
Sen. Rand Paul / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Rand Paul on the Fake Witch Hunts: BASTA!
Discussion: Hot Air, Fox News and NB Blog
Washington Post:
Trump was fixated on attacking Biden long before his call with Ukraine
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Fox News
Full Feed:
Ashton Kutcher Pushes For Trump Impeachment After Meeting Ukrainian President
Discussion: Splinter
POLITICO Playbook PM: Today in impeachment madness
Discussion: New York Times and Mother Jones
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:   Attorney general denies involvement with Ukraine scandal after Trump's memo implicates him
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats look to narrow impeachment focus to Trump-Ukraine scandal
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:   In seeking Ukraine favor, Trump was vulnerable to foreign spies: watchdog
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Live updates: House backs resolution calling for release of whistleblower report about Trump's call with Ukraine leader
Discussion: RedState
Representative Sharice Davids:
Rep. Sharice Davids Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry  —  Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump:  —  The people of Kansas' Third District elected me to represent our community and our values.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
AP sources: Lawmakers, staff to view whistleblower complaint
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Trump Says He Feels Pelosi Is “No Longer Speaker of the House”, Media Opens up a Can of Dumb in Response
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Trump campaign, GOP rake in millions in 24 hours after Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry
Discussion: PJ Media Home and New York Times
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Impeachment threatens derailment of congressional agenda
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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden nosedives in early-state polls
Bernie Sanders plans to escalate campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire as top aides question strategy
Discussion: Political Wire
David Welna / NPR:
Pentagon Letter Undercuts Trump Assertion On Delaying Aid To Ukraine Over Corruption  —  President Trump cited concerns about corruption as his rationale for blocking security assistance to Ukraine earlier this week.  But in a letter sent to four congressional committees in May of this year …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Aaron Calvin / Des Moines Register:
Meet Carson King, the ‘Iowa Legend’ who's raised more than $1 million for charity off of a sign asking for beer money  —  In the living room of Carson King's unassuming bungalow in Altoona, a sign hand-painted by his step-grandmother hangs on the wall with the message “King: Start unknown, finish unforgettable.”
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Actually Has 2 Whistleblowers To Worry About  —  Don't forget the whistleblower alleging possible interference with the IRS audit of the president's tax returns.  —  WASHINGTON ― An intelligence community whistleblower has stunned Washington with possible evidence …
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Cindy McCain says GOP no longer the ‘party that my husband and I belonged to’  —  Cindy McCain: John would be very disappointed  —  Washington (CNN)Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, said on a podcast released Wednesday that the Republican Party is “excluding people for the wrong reasons” …
Discussion: Politico
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants America To Talk About Poverty
Discussion: Common Dreams and New York Times
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How Republicans learned to love a pot bill
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Own Lawyers Suggested Democrats Would Have A Stronger Case To Get His Records If They Were Pursuing Impeachment
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Trump Turnberry resort singled out in airport's pitch to US military
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Greg Allen / NPR:
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Discussion: Roll Call
Daily Mail:
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