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4:20 PM ET, September 27, 2019

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Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell: If House acts, Senate must have trial  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local):  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if the House goes ahead and impeaches President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNN
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats are taking a big impeachment risk.  It's not what you think.  —  House Democrats appear to be coalescing behind a strategy of narrowly focusing their impeachment inquiry on the latest explosive revelations involving President Trump's corrupt pressure on the Ukrainian president to interfere in a U.S. election on his behalf.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Democrats Have Trump on the Ropes.  They Must Act on Impeachment Now.  —  House Democrats have a lot of choices to make about impeachment, from whether to focus only on the recent Ukraine controversy or loop in other issues such as obstruction of justice and potential violations of the Emoluments Clauses.
Discussion: New York Times and The Atlantic
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Impeach him, anyway  —  Protesters demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump in New York on June 7, 2018.  Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images  —  The case for impeachment, even if it can't oust Trump.  —  In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton considers the problem of impeachment.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Killed the Seriousness of Impeachment  —  Impeachment proceedings used to be news of unquestionable gravity.  The week showed it's just more fodder for the ideological and culture wars.  —  John F. Harris is founding editor of POLITICO and author of “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.”
Discussion: Mediaite, Splinter and The Daily Caller
James Bennet / New York Times:   Why The Times Editorial Board Supports an Impeachment Inquiry
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Giuliani, Barr likely to be called to testify in impeachment inquiry, House intel Dem says
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Tim Mak / NPR:
NRA Was ‘Foreign Asset’ To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals  —  The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.
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NBC News:
Senate Democrats accuse NRA of promising access to U.S. officials in exchange for Russian business
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Ukraine Phone Call, Alarmed Aides Saw Trouble  —  WASHINGTON — No one bothered to put special limits on the number of people allowed to sit in the “listening room” in the White House to monitor the phone call because it was expected to be routine.  By the time the call was over 30 minutes later …
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Four debunked talking points used to discredit the whistleblower complaint
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Feinstein calls for ‘word-for-word’ transcript of Trump call at heart of impeachment inquiry
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Seven important and awful signs for Trump  —  The whistleblower complaint is so damning President Trump and his minions tried to conceal it from Congress and the public.  It is so damning that a long list of Senate Republicans claimed not to have read it or refused comment.
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Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo blames angry ‘leftists’ for impeachment of Trump and predicts ‘quote unquote inquiry’ will cause gridlock  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized “leftist” Democrats for pushing Congress into launching an impeachment inquiry of President Trump and predicted the probe would lead to government gridlock.
Discussion: Fox News
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Congress forces a Trump veto with rebuke on border wall funding
Discussion: Fox News, Splinter and The Daily Caller
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Two Republican governors say they support impeachment inquiry of Trump
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69  —  He contradicted a statement in President George W. Bush's State of the Union address.  A week later, his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, was outed as a C.I.A. agent.  —  Joseph C. Wilson, the long-serving American diplomat whose clash …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Inscrutable Mike Pence  —  PIETY AND POWER  —  Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House  —  After losing his first campaign for Congress, a penitent Mike Pence swore off the dark side of politics.  In a confessional essay in 1991, he wrote that “negative campaigning is wrong” and set out rules for himself for the future.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Week and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Kremlin says it hopes U.S. would not release Trump-Putin calls, like it did with Ukraine  —  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “we would like to hope that it wouldn't come to that in our relations.”  —  MOSCOW — Russia has voiced hope that the U.S. administration …
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Fingerprints Are All Over Trump's Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Pamela Brown / CNN:
First on CNN: White House says lawyers directed moving Ukraine transcript to highly secure system  —  Washington (CNN)The White House is acknowledging for the first time that officials did direct the Ukraine call transcript be filed in a separate classified system.
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New York Times:
Clinton's White House Faced Impeachment With Discipline. Trump's Approach Is Different.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Hullabaloo and The Week
Gabriel T. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Pence Advised Against Releasing Rough Transcript of Ukraine Call
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Nancy Pelosi: An Extremely Stable Genius  —  When asked if it was possible that impeachment might backfire, the Speaker of the House insisted that politics has nothing to do with it.  “It doesn't matter,” she said.  “He has given us no choice.”  Before we begin to grapple with the gravity …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Washington Post
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
More than 300 former officials call Trump's actions concerning Ukraine ‘profound national security concern’  —  More than 300 former U.S. national security and foreign policy officials have signed a statement warning that President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine are a “profound national security concern” …
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Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Calls For Formal Impeachment Inquiry Into Brett Kavanaugh  —  The presidential hopeful wrote that we must “get to work holding our leaders accountable” in the wake of a new sexual misconduct claim against the Supreme Court justice.  —  Presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris …
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Kamala Harris / ELLE:
Equal Justice Under Law? Prove It. Investigate Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Chris Wallace Clashes With Fox News Colleague Over Trump Defenders' ‘Deeply Misleading’ Spin on Ukraine  —  The ‘Fox News Sunday’ host clashed with colleague Sandra Smith after she echoed White House talking points on the whistleblower complaint.  —  The first question Fox News host Sandra Smith asked …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
We're Getting Ripped Off  —  In 2019, the average price of health insurance rose above $20,000 for families that obtain their coverage through work.  That's according to the latest survey of employer benefits from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that premiums increased by 5 percent for the second year in a row.
Jeremiah Poff / The College Fix:
Professor: Tom Brady's popularity is result of white supremacy  —  Scholar argues commercial Brady did reminiscent of Nazi propaganda  —  Tom Brady may be the most accomplished quarterback in the history of the National Football League and boast legions of fans, but it's safe to say that University …
Carol Hunter / Des Moines Register:
We hear you.  You're angry.  Here's what we are doing about it.  —  We took appropriate action because there is nothing more important in journalism than having readers' trust.  —  CONNECT  —  The Des Moines Register staff has heard from hundreds of people in the past few days upset …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump, the TV president, finally meets a media story he can't control  —  Donald Trump's presidency would have been impossible without his reality-TV fame from NBC's “The Apprentice.”  —  And he is skilled at dominating the visual medium that still matters so much — even in our digital age …
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Jeff Flake says ‘at least 35’ Republican senators would privately vote to impeach Trump  —  Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake made a bold claim on Thursday when he said “at least 35” GOP senators would privately vote for President Trump's impeachment.  —  Appearing at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival …
 
 
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Dan M. Clark / New York Law Journal:
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Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Audio of private meeting shows oil industry ripping into Trump administration
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Matt Drudge played a major role in the Clinton impeachment. Now he's back for another round.
Washington Post:
A D.C. police union is holding its holiday party at President Trump's hotel.  Some members are furious.
Discussion: Raw Story
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
Geraldo Rivera Says He'd Like to Beat Up ‘Rotten Snitch’ Whistleblower for Trump
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Impeachment Will Take Trump to a New Frontier of Haterdom
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump hasn't filled top watchdog jobs at Pentagon, CIA, other agencies
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA undercover officer, says ‘acting’ officials are part of the problem
Discussion: Financial Times
Jane Rosenzweig / New York Times:
The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Will Impeachment Reshape the 2020 Race?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How a conservative columnist helped push a flawed Ukraine narrative
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Republicans Face Impeachment Dilemma, Romney Is a Lonely Voice of Concern