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9:55 PM ET, October 9, 2019

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Bloomberg:
Trump Urged Top Aide to Help Giuliani Client Facing DOJ Charges  — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to interfere in case  — 2017 episode bears hallmarks of Trump approach to Ukraine call  —  President Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade …
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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Washington Post:
Trump downplays U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds, saying 'they didn't help us in the Second World War'  —  President Trump said Wednesday that it would be “easy” for the United States to form new alliances if Syrian Kurds leave the fight against the Islamic State to fend off a Turkish attack …
Discussion: NBC News, HuffPost and Raw Story
Washington Post:
U.S. military is taking custody of two British men accused of involvement in Islamic State killings of American hostages  —  The U.S. military is taking custody of several dozen high-value Islamic State detainees, including two British men accused of involvement in the militant group's summary executions …
Dale Gavlak / America Magazine:   Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pompeo: U.S. didn't give Turkey a ‘green light’ to invade Syria
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Record support for Trump impeachment  —  Just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.  —  A new high of 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office, another 4 percent want him impeached …
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump
Frank Bowman / Just Security:
White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment  —  The White House letter of October 8 refusing all executive branch cooperation with the ongoing House impeachment inquiry is, simply put, a public relations exercise.  The legal arguments it intersperses between insults …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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Laurence Tribe / USA Today:
The time for waiting is over. The House must move on Trump impeachment articles now.
Noah Feldman / New York Times:   This Is a Constitutional Crisis. What Happens Next?
Sean Illing / Vox:
Are we in a constitutional crisis yet?
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump
CNN:
Spinning Trump turns to McConnell seeking to lock down GOP loyalty  —  Washington (CNN)Even as the White House appears to settle on the legal tactics to stave off Democrats' impeachment demands, uncertainty and unease over Trump's messaging approach remains high among his Republican allies …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats confident in obstruction case against Trump — but want more  —  House Democrats are increasingly confident they have all the evidence they need to impeach President Donald Trump for obstructing their investigations.  —  Lawmakers say White House counsel Pat Cipollone's letter sent Tuesday night …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The 'I'm rubber, you're glue' presidency: Trump turns to schoolyard taunts in impeachment battle
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
GOP players in Benghazi probe drop strong defense of congressional oversight
Discussion: HuffPost
Associated Press:
Defying impeachment inquiry, Trump makes charge more certain
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Political Wire
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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Sara Nathan / Page Six:
NBC News chief Andy Lack preyed on female employees for sex: report  —  NBC News chief Andrew Lack — once accused of mishandling sexual harassment complaints at the Peacock Network — preyed on female underlings and pursued sexual relationships with them, according to one of his alleged victims.
Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
NBC probably fired Megyn Kelly for her Matt Lauer coverage
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and Page Six
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
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Trump defends diplomat's wife who killed teenage Briton in crash: 'We've all done it'  —  Donald Trump has defended the wife of a US diplomat who killed a British teenager in a road accident, suggesting it is difficult to drive on the other side of the road and that “we've all done it”.  —  More follows...
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
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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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
People Get Fired From Their Jobs Without Being ‘Fired’ All The Time
Discussion: NBC News, Jacobin and emptywheel
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Pence aiming to release records of his own Ukraine calls  —  WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he is working with the White House counsel's office to release transcripts of his own calls with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Karen Pence says she loves the way Trump treats young women
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 …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Sanders says he ‘misspoke’ about scaling back rallies after heart attack, vows ‘vigorous’ 2020 campaign  —  Sanders also pushed back at criticism that his campaign was not transparent about his health, saying it “acted appropriately” before disclosing he had a heart attack.
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ukraine whistleblower never worked for political candidate, attorneys say  —  The whistleblower whose allegations about President Trump and Ukraine have sparked an impeachment inquiry “never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign, or party,” and spent their entire government career …
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Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
Whistleblower's lawyers say their client never worked for any political candidate
Discussion: Political Wire
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Dealing With China Isn't Worth the Moral Cost  —  We thought economic growth and technology would liberate China.  Instead, it corrupted us.  —  The People's Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world.
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Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Gaming Company's Statement Regarding Player Who Voiced Support For Hong Kong Was Different In Chinese
Discussion: twitchy.com, Fortune and VentureBeat
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spends $300 on hairdo at Last Tangle Salon in Washington, D.C.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has allowed life in Washington to go to her head — literally.  —  The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost …
 
 
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Inside Fox News: How the impeachment fight is opening fresh divisions in the newsroom
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Feinstein secures $20M to prevent Tijuana's sewage water from reaching US
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Trump's Syria decision tests the bounds of Republican support as he demands solidarity on impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Sent Trump On A Wild Goose Chase With A Bunch Of Fake Internet Nonsense
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Impeachment: The Democrats' chosen recourse to overturn 2016 election
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Anti-Trump Whistleblower Attorney Worked Directly For James Clapper
Discussion: RedState
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Focus on the GOP senators weighing history's judgment for Trump's fate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash
Paul Dallison / Politico:
Johnson asks Trump to make diplomat's wife return to UK
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Melts Down And Falsely Claims Only 25% Want Him Impeached
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Shift, Warren Will Forgo Big Money Events if Nominated. At Least Some of Them.