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12:20 AM ET, October 9, 2019


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New York Times:
White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry, Claiming Effort to Undo Trump's Election  —  WASHINGTON — The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” …
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 …
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.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
All the President's Men, Ukraine Edition
Washington Post:
Trump is betraying his oath of office. If Republicans don't step up, they will be, too.
Washington Post:
White House says it will not cooperate with House impeachment inquiry; Democrats subpoena State Dept. official
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.”
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” …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
White House official told whistleblower Trump Ukraine call was ‘frightening’  —  A White House official listening to President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president described the call as “crazy” and “frightening” and was “visibly shaken,” according to notes taken …
White House says Trump administration will not comply with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: RedState
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
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
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.
Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' Daughter-in-Law Dies at 46 After Cancer Diagnosis
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Fahrettin Altun / Washington Post:
The world must support Turkey's plan for northeastern Syria  —  Fahrettin Altun is Turkey's communications director.  —  During a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, President Trump agreed to transfer the leadership of the counter-Islamic State campaign to Turkey.
Defense One:
'It Didn't Have to Be This Way': Just-Retired CENTCOM General  —  Trump's decision “threatens to undo five years' worth of fighting against ISIS and will severely damage American credibility and reliability,” writes Joseph Votel, who until March led America's forces in the Mideast.
Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Turkey Readies Major Attack on Northeast Syria
Discussion: Bloomberg, RedState and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein endorses Joe Biden for president over Kamala Harris  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein is making her 2020 presidential endorsement official, The Chronicle has learned: She's backing former Vice President Joe Biden over a field that includes her California colleague, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
John Solomon foisted a bogus story on Fox News viewers.  His punishment?  A contract.  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity in late July presented a daring prediction about former FBI director James B. Comey.  A then-ongoing investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general, roared Hannity …
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 …
Fox News:
Durham investigation into origins of 2016 Trump campaign surveillance expands its scope  —  EXCLUSIVE - John Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Dems raise fresh quid-pro-quo questions about Ukraine missile sale  —  Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Trump want to take a fresh look at whether the sale of anti-tank missiles to Kiev last year was in any way connected to Ukraine's decision to halt investigations into Trump's campaign chairman.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Impeaching President Trump Is Popular  —  In the first few days after House Democrats announced impeachment proceedings against President Trump, a series of anti-Trump conservatives published columns arguing that they were making a giant tactical error.  Bret Stephens ("Pelosi's Bad Impeachment Call" …
Discussion: RedState, Politico, Raw Story and CNN
Tareq Haddad / Newsweek:
Betsy DeVos could face jail after judge rules she violated 2018 order on student loans  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been threatened with the possibility of jail after a judge deemed she was violating a court order for continuing to collect student debts on a now-defunct school.
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Top-Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say  —  First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro.  Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent.
Tim Mak / NPR:
Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 2016  —  The Russian government's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections singled out African-Americans as a target, a new Senate committee report concludes.  —  Using Facebook pages, Instagram content and Twitter posts …
Trump Weighs Weakening Obama Rules to Curb Corporate Inversions  — Change would narrow regulations on overseas tax breaks  — Republicans say rules aren't necessary after 2017 tax overhaul  —  Treasury Department officials are considering rolling back a tax rule aimed …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's latest curious choice for a Presidential Medal of Freedom
Discussion: Townhall and CNBC
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Promised to Eliminate the Deficit in 8 Years. So Far, He Has Increased it by 68%
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
CNN public editor: What actually is CNN?
Sara MacNeil / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Montgomery's Steven Reed makes history as city's first African American mayor
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Ukrainian Prosecutor Says First Invite From Giuliani Came Earlier Than Previously Known
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Lawmakers made Amendment 4 an ‘administrative nightmare,’ federal judge says
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Enlists Trey Gowdy to Help With Impeachment Fight
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Chuck Grassley:
Senators Seek Status Update on Criminal Referrals of Spurious Allegations Made During Kavanaugh Nomination
Discussion: Fox News
Phoenix Cronin / The Sun:
BECAUSE I SAID BO Boris Johnson plans to tell Queen she can't sack him even if he loses no confidence vote
John Harwood / CNBC:
Majority of Americans support impeachment inquiry into Trump, new NBC/WSJ poll says
Discussion: Washington Post and Slate
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Discussion: ZORA