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7:10 AM ET, October 9, 2019

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement when the White House asserted that the Administration will not comply with House Committee subpoenas as part of the impeachment inquiry …
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Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump's Bluff: ‘You Are Not Above The Law’  —  The White House refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, calling it an “unconstitutional” effort to overturn the 2016 election.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) castigated President Donald Trump's refusal …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Gregg Re / Fox News:
GOP rep introduces resolution to expel Nancy Pelosi from House  —  A Louisiana Republican congressman introduced a resolution Tuesday to expel Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., from the House of Representatives, the latest sign that frustration in the GOP is building as Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
The shelter-in-place strategy to survive Trump's impeachment
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Washington Post:
Pentagon won't take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say
Discussion: Defense One
Elliot Ackerman / New York Times:   Trump Betrays an Ally at the Turkish Border
Bloomberg:
Turkish Troops Begin Crossing Into Syria After U.S. Stands Aside
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Kurds mobilize in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump's Ukraine Call Was ‘Crazy’ and ‘Frightening,’ Official Told Whistle-Blower  —  The whistle-blower wrote a memo describing an official who heard the call as “visibly shaken” by it.  —  WASHINGTON — A White House official who listened to President Trump's July phone call …
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CNN:
Inside the White House's effort to contain Ukraine call fallout  —  (CNN)By the time President Donald Trump's line with Volodymyr Zelensky went quiet, the scramble began.  —  In the hours and days after the Ukrainian President signed-off — “Thank you Mr. President, bye-bye” …
The Boston Globe:
Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis  —  Rainè Riggs, the daughter-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, died Saturday shortly after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Sanders Says He Will ‘Change the Nature’ of His Campaign After Heart Attack  —  The Vermont senator also acknowledged that voters would take his health into account when deciding whether to support him.  —  BURLINGTON, Vt. — Senator Bernie Sanders, in a striking concession …
Discussion: Splinter
Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' Daughter-in-Law Dies at 46 After Cancer Diagnosis
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WJAC-TV
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
Ukraine Continued: How a Crucial Witness Escaped  —  A classified State Department assessment concluded in 2018 that Ukraine's former Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko—who is at the center of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump—had allowed a vital potential witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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CNN:
First on CNN: Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and two top State Department officials to deal with his private attorney Rudy Giuliani when the Ukrainian President sought …
WSFA-TV:
Steven Reed makes history as Montgomery's first black mayor  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed has defeated David Woods and will become Montgomery's next mayor.  —  He makes history as the city's first black mayor.  —  With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Reed had 67 percent of the votes.
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Sara MacNeil / The Montgomery Advertiser:   Montgomery's Steven Reed makes history as city's first African American mayor
Associated Press:   Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge signals Dems may get to see Mueller's secrets  —  A federal judge signaled Tuesday that she might give House Democrats access to some of Robert Mueller's remaining secrets.  —  During a two-hour hearing, Beryl Howell, chief judge for the U.S. District Court, challenged the Justice Department …
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:   DOJ: If Watergate Happened Today, We'd Block Evidence From Congress
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   DOJ: Congress has yet to see Mueller team's notes from McGahn, Hicks interviews
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Whistleblower had tie to Democratic candidate  —  In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed “some indicia of an arguable political bias ... in favor of a rival political candidate.”
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  October 8, 2019 - Voters Remain Divided On Impeachment, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Warren And Biden Top Democratic Primary Field  —  After another week with impeachment in the news, registered voters nationwide are still divided on impeaching and removing President …
politics.theonion.com:
GOP Lawmakers Watch Silently As Trump Strangles Each Of Their Loved Ones In Turn  —  WASHINGTON—Opting to take more of a wait-and-see approach instead of rushing to pass judgment, Republican lawmakers reportedly looked on in silence Tuesday as President Trump worked his way through each …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
All the President's Men, Ukraine Edition  —  Perry, Sondland, Pompeo, Giuliani and Barr have roles in an affair showcasing the Trump administration's political, financial and legal opportunism.  —  Consider some of the gentlemen working for President Donald Trump.
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Trump is betraying his oath of office. If Republicans don't step up, they will be, too.
Chrissy Stroop / Rewire.News:
Dinos and Demons and Swedes, Oh My!  It May Be Cartoonish, but Evangelical Radicalism Isn't Just a Sideshow  —  Satanic Temple Considers Legal Action Against School Censorship … Dinos and Demons and Swedes, oh my!  In the span of just a few days last week, American evangelicals …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies' wake  —  Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate.  But he's still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake.  —  In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's latest curious choice for a Presidential Medal of Freedom  —  It was nearly a year ago when Donald Trump decided to give the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the wife of Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson.  A Washington Post analysis noted …
Discussion: Townhall and CNBC
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics  —  If you watched ESPN yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident …
Bloomberg:
Cohen Takes Starring Role in DA's Pursuit of Trump's Business  —  A team of investigators from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office visited former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in prison about a month ago and asked a broad set of questions about the president's business …
 
 
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Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague
Discussion: Slate and New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Impeachment in Secret  —  Closed hearings and selective leaks won't persuade the public.
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Promised to Eliminate the Deficit in 8 Years. So Far, He Has Increased it by 68%
Tim Mak / NPR:
Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 2016
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
CNN public editor: What actually is CNN?
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Lawmakers made Amendment 4 an ‘administrative nightmare,’ federal judge says
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Justice Department labels Devin Nunes' claim on Russia a conspiracy theory
Chuck Grassley:
Senators Seek Status Update on Criminal Referrals of Spurious Allegations Made During Kavanaugh Nomination
Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Dems raise fresh quid-pro-quo questions about Ukraine missile sale
John Harwood / CNBC:
Majority of Americans support impeachment inquiry into Trump, new NBC/WSJ poll says
Discussion: Slate
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
John Solomon foisted a bogus story on Fox News viewers. His punishment? A contract.
Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs Weakening Obama Rules to Curb Corporate Inversions
Discussion: Common Dreams and Political Wire