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4:30 PM ET, October 9, 2019

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Arden Farhi / CBS News:
Read the whistleblower's memo about Trump's Ukraine call, as described to CBS News  —  Washington — CBS News has learned the full contents of what appears to be a memo written by the whistleblower one day after President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.
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NBC News:
Donald Trump's longtime business connections in Turkey back in the spotlight  —  The president's decision to remove troops from Northern Syria has put renewed focus on his relationship with Turkish President Erdogan.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull U.S. troops …
Discussion: NewsHounds blog, FRC and Daily Kos
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump just destroyed his own Syria strategy
Laurence Tribe / USA Today:
The time for waiting is over.  The House must move on Trump impeachment articles now.  —  The Constitution makes clear the House can conduct its Trump impeachment inquiry however it wants.  It should move fast.  America has no time to spare.  —  CONNECT
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump  —  President Trump has “declared war” against the House's impeachment inquiry, we're told, based on an eight page letter written by the White House counsel that openly declares a posture of maximal resistance, on the grounds that the inquiry is illegitimate.
Noah Feldman / New York Times:
This Is a Constitutional Crisis.  What Happens Next?  —  With a full-on confrontation between the House and the president, no simple resolution is available.  —  Mr. Feldman is a law professor.  —  For the first time since President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the White House tapes …
Sean Illing / Vox:   Are we in a constitutional crisis yet?
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Obstruction Letter
Discussion: New Republic, ABC News and Law & Crime
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer  —  In his first interview about the explosive ‘Catch and Kill,’ the journalist reveals fresh claims of secret payouts and how Lauer may have played a role in the network's decision …
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Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague  —  Ronan Farrow's new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow exposes the rot at NBC News
Discussion: Variety, The Daily Caller and The Week
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Official Charged With Leaking Classified Info to Two Journalists  —  The Justice Department says it appears Kyle Frese had a romantic relationship with one of two journalists he allegedly fed information.  —  A U.S. intelligence official has been arrested and charged …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top secret information to reporters
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Defense Intelligence Agency Employee Arrested In Leak Case
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
DOJ indicts intel employee for allegedly leaking to journalists
Discussion: Political Wire
Esquire:
Donald Trump Allegedly Hid Behind a Tapestry to Grope a Woman at Mar-a-Lago in the Early 2000s  —  tape was the opening salvo in the story of Donald Trump's transgressions against women, think again.  In  —  All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Biden calls for Trump to be impeached  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday for the first time said President Trump should be impeached.  —  “Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts,” Biden told a crowd of supporters in Rochester …
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Peter Schweizer / New York Times:
What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That's the Problem
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Facebook denies Biden campaign's request to remove false Ukraine ad by Trump campaign
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing
Discussion: Mother Jones and Townhall
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mulvaney sidelined as Trump's impeachment crisis rages  —  Mick Mulvaney has gone noticeably quiet over the past week, just as the president's impeachment fight picks up.  —  The White House's acting chief of staff has not appeared on any major TV shows to defend President Donald Trump …
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The Daily Beast:
Republicans to Trump: Shut Up About Your Impeachment
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas
Associated Press:
The Latest: Graham says Ukraine call has nothing impeachable
Discussion: Breitbart
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
‘Nothing to See Here’: Diplomats Urged to Play Down Release of Ukraine Aid  —  A series of internal State Department emails reflect diplomats' frustration with the unexpected freeze on funding that Congress had already approved.  —  WASHINGTON — American diplomats who had pushed …
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Washington Post:
Clinton email critics do a role reversal as Trump administration draws fire for private phone use  —  More than four years after a squad of House Republicans led a charge against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her handling of sensitive diplomatic information …
Paige Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
Joni Ernst Refuses To Condemn Soliciting Foreign Interference  —  Three times in a row yesterday, Sen. Joni Ernst dodged questions about whether it's appropriate for a president to ask a foreign power to investigate a political rival.  —  After a round of questions from a CNN reporter looking for a …
Discussion: Political Wire
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Matt Drudge, an influential figure in conservative media, sours on Trump as he faces impeachment  —  New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump, facing an ever-deepening scandal that threatens to swallow his presidency, appears to have lost a key ally in conservative media: The Drudge Report.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Elizabeth Warren pregnancy smear shows how poisoned the media world is  —  A news report can be narrowly factual, and still plenty unfair.  —  And so it was with a “revelation” regarding one element of Elizabeth Warren's personal history, oft-told on the campaign trail …
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VICE:
Germany Synagogue Shooter Denied Holocaust in Apparent Video Uploaded to Twitch  —  A Twitch spokesperson confirmed the link to the video has been taken down. … The gunman who killed two people near a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday appears to have filmed his attack …
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Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Germany synagogue shooting: Suspect ‘broadcast attack livestream on Twitch’ …
Discussion: UPI
Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘Render to God and Trump’: Ralph Reed calls for 2020 obedience to Trump  —  One of Donald Trump's most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Joe Biden's Family Has Been Cashing in on His Career for Decades.  Democrats Need to Acknowledge That.  —  Hunter Biden, left, and his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, attend the World Food Program USA's annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award ceremony on April 12, 2016, in Washington …
 
 
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trumka says fast action on trade pact with Canada and Mexico would be ‘colossal mistake’
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Breitbart
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, now outside counsel to Trump, played key roles …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's burn-down-the-House plan
Discussion: The Guardian and Althouse
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