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3:05 PM ET, September 28, 2019


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Washington Post:
Trump told Russian officials in 2017 he wasn't concerned about Moscow's interference in U.S. election  —  President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow's interference in the U.S. election because the United States did the same …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump's Ukraine call sparks new questions over intelligence chief's firing  —  The president removed Dan Coats days after his conversation with Zelenskiy and insisted that Coats's deputy not get the job  —  Three days after his now infamous phone conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy …
White House restricted access to Trump's calls with Putin and Saudi crown prince
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
The Pentagon is doing its damnedest to avoid being dragged into the Ukraine mess
Discussion: Raw Story
The Boston Globe:
Forget impeachment.  Donald Trump needs to resign  —  THE VISCERAL REACTION I had to the summary of President Trump's phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was that he should resign the presidency.  So obvious and brazen was the abuse of presidential power …
Discussion: RedState and Palmer Report
Hearst Connecticut / Connecticut Post:
President Trump needs to step down  —  Even given the incredibly fast pace of news in the Trump era, the speed with which the Ukraine scandal has moved from vague complaint to impeachable offense has been stunning.  Though we're still at the beginning of the process, there is already a mountain …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ephrat Livni / Quartz:
Ukraine's president is being dubbed “Monica Zelensky” at home  —  Ukraine president Vlodymyr Zelensky probably always dreamed of being an internationally known household name, given his first chosen profession was acting.  —  But the actor-turned-president, who ran on an anti-corruption platform …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
If Democrats impeach Trump, a GOP House would probably impeach the next Democratic president  —  House Democrats are poised to impeach President Trump once they've spent more time following the leads in the whistleblower complaint.  But should they take that step in a heavily partisan process …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Republicans might oppose impeachment, but do they condone what Trump did?
Discussion: Defense One
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Susan Rice: Obama Put Call Transcripts On Top Secret Server, Too  —  Former national security adviser Susan Rice acknowledged last night that the Obama administration moved transcripts of conversations with foreign leaders onto the same top-secret server where the Trump administration stored …
Discussion: ABC News
Ari Fleischer / Fox News:
Dem drive to impeach Trump over Ukraine call is hysterical, hyperbolic and hypocritical
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Ukraine Scandal Is a Fitting Symbol of Trump's Presidency. It May Finally Be His Downfall.
Discussion: Slate
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Chief accused of slamming black teen's head into door: Trump is ‘last hope for white people’  —  A former New Jersey police chief standing trial for allegedly slamming a black teenager's head into a door jamb reportedly called President Trump “the last hope for white people” before the 2016 election.
Miami Herald:
Prosecutors: Army official at Mar-a-Lago uploaded suspected child porn to Russian website  —  A military official formerly in charge of all White House communications for the U.S. Army at Mar-a-Lago was sentenced to three years of probation on Friday after he made false statements …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jane Musgrave / Palm Beach Post:
Military officer at Mar-a-Lago disciplined for lying during child porn investigation
Discussion: Fox News
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Lindsey Graham loudly blabs about whistleblower controversy on commercial flight  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday gave a commercial flight a private preview of his appearance on CBS's “Face the Nation,” a source told Page Six, including calling the whistleblower controversy “Kavanaugh on steroids!”
Discussion: The Guardian
POLITICO Playbook: 'Don't overthink it'
Bud Kennedy / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
11,000 college votes in '18 turned Tarrant County purple.  Now campus voting may end  —  More than 11,000 votes were cast on local college campuses like UT Arlington and TCU last year — many for Democrats.  —  Now, county officials have no plans to offer college voting sites for the 2020 election.
Andrew Howard / The Arizona State Press:
McCain Institute head Kurt Volker steps down as US diplomat  —  Volker's resignation comes amid reports that he was involved in the Trump-Ukraine investigation
Keith Gessen / Columbia Journalism Review:   How I missed the Ukraine story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kurt Volker, Trump's Envoy for Ukraine, Resigns
Discussion: The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Trump, caught off guard, struggles to fight impeachment storm  —  As soon as President Trump learned he was facing an impeachment investigation on Tuesday, he upended his meetings with world leaders near the United Nations and rushed to his soaring skyscraper a few blocks away in midtown Manhattan.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Texas Democrat Forced To Apologize For Saying Gov. Greg Abbott ‘Hates Trees Because One Fell On Him’  —  Sometimes the mask slips.  —  Yesterday I attended a panel at the Texas Tribune Festival, an annual gathering of politicos and media figures in Austin, where both audience and speakers tend to be disproportionately leftist.
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Rudy Giuliani's former DOJ colleagues believe he committed crimes in pushing Biden probe  —  “I think the Giuliani that I know would prosecute the Giuliani of today,” said Jeffrey Harris, who worked closely with him in the 1980s.  —  On a Friday in late July, Rudy Giuliani boarded a plane …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Impeaching the Peach One  —  There are observers, including critics of President Trump, who are skeptical of the push for impeachment.  Not because he hasn't earned the contempt and sanction of Congress, but because the politics are too risky.  Will the public support an impeachment investigation …
Ivana Kottasová / CNN:
Boris Johnson has been referred to a police watchdog over his alleged relationship with an American businesswoman  —  (CNN)British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been referred to a police watchdog over his alleged relationship with an American businesswoman when he was mayor of London.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
For Trump, a high-velocity threat like none he's ever faced  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — From the moment Donald Trump became a national political figure, he has been shadowed by investigations and controversy.  —  They have been layered, lengthy and often inconclusive, leaving many Americans scandal-weary and numb to his behavior.
Discussion: and
Jeremy Hobson / WBUR:
Former Sen. Jeff Flake On The Trump Impeachment Inquiry 05:54 … Play  —  Following a whistleblower complaint about a phone call between President Trump and his counterpart in Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she supports an impeachment inquiry.  —  Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Public opinion polls show shift toward impeaching Trump
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Trump impeachment probe confronts ‘Russian way of doing politics’  —  Timothy Snyder, author of “On Tyranny,” talks with Rachel Maddow about how Russia has encouraged U.S. politics to drift away from the principles and accountability of democracy to something more accepting of their style of government corruption.
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Maher: If Don Jr. Did What Hunter Biden Did, ‘It Would Be all Rachel Maddow Was Talking About’
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
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Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Trump blasts ‘savages’ — Ocasio-Cortez, three other women of color, Schiff, Nadler
How Mitch McConnell could give impeachment the Merrick Garland treatment
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Leila Molana-Allen / Telegraph:
Jewish cousins reunited 75 years after fleeing Romania and believing each other killed in Holocaust
New York Times:
Sandeep Dhaliwal, Sikh Sheriff's Deputy, Is Fatally Shot Near Houston
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Is Impeachment the End of the Road for Most of the 2020 Field?
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Times public editor: The Ukraine whistle-blower, swing voters, and an enduring Twitter problem
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
The Latest: Judge to block rules for detained migrant kids
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
The Interior Secretary Wants to Enlarge a Dam. An Old Lobbying Client Would Benefit.
 Earlier Items: 
Bjorn Lomborg / Globe and Mail:
On climate change, humanity is not ‘evil’
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The best antidote for a bad election is a better election
Discussion: VICE
Washington Post:
Amateur pro-Trump ‘sleuths’ scramble to unmask whistleblower: ‘Your president has asked for your help’
Washington Post:
Moderates, all is not lost. Here's how we move forward.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
At Fox News, Trump Impeachment Inquiry Brings On-Air Sniping
Discussion: Washington Post
‘Total panic’ as ‘shell-shocked’ White House struggles to find impeachment footing
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Republicans Block FEC From Publishing Rule On Foreign Election Interference