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7:00 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.
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”
Washington Post:
U.S. military is taking custody of two British men accused of involvement in Islamic State killings of American hostages
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump just destroyed his own Syria strategy
Washington Post:
Turkey launches offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria
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 …
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 …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
NBC probably fired Megyn Kelly for her Matt Lauer coverage
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and Page Six
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow exposes the rot at NBC News
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and The Daily Caller
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
Noah Feldman / New York Times:   This Is a Constitutional Crisis. What Happens Next?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump
Sean Illing / Vox:
Are we in a constitutional crisis yet?
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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...
Wall Street Journal:
Counterterrorism Analyst Arrested for Leaking to Two Journalists  —  Classified reports allegedly released to CNBC and NBC had to do with foreign country's weapons systems  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va—A U.S. counterterrorism analyst was arrested at the Defense Intelligence Agency where he worked …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Defense Intelligence Agency Employee Arrested In Leak Case
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top secret information to reporters
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
People Get Fired From Their Jobs Without Being ‘Fired’ All The Time  —  Yes, this sort of discrimination happened in the 1970s, when Elizabeth Warren was a teacher.  But it still happens today.  —  On Monday, a conservative news outlet published what some took to be damning evidence …
Discussion: Jacobin, NBC News and Common Dreams
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Washington Post:   Clinton email critics do a role reversal as Trump administration draws fire for private phone use
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 …
Democrats plot next phase in impeachment including new wave of subpoenas
Democrats confident in obstruction case against Trump — but want more
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump
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.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
On eve of trade talks, Trump declines to hit China for pressuring the NBA in the dispute over Hong Kong protests
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
BuzzFeed News:
Two Key Players In The Ukraine Controversy Spent Lavishly As They Dug For Dirt on Biden  —  For Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian American businessman who joined Rudy Giuliani in a back-channel campaign to unearth damaging information about Joe Biden, the money kept flowing.
Discussion: DemCast and The Daily Beast
Eli Okun / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A small crack in Democrats' impeachment messaging
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Melts Down And Falsely Claims Only 25% Want Him Impeached  —  Trump tweeted: … Trump's claim is flat out false.  In the latest Washington Post poll, 58% support impeachment, and 49% support removing Trump from office.  The 25% number that Trump quoted has been the number of Republicans …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Shift, Warren Will Forgo Big Money Events if Nominated.  At Least Some of Them.  —  Elizabeth Warren seeks to find a balance — disavowing fund-raisers with the wealthy contributors while promising not to actually disarm in a potential matchup with President Trump.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Focus on the GOP senators weighing history's judgment for Trump's fate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash
Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
Liberal candidate apologizes for suggesting black Canadians ‘love’ Trudeau for wearing blackface
Discussion: Spectator USA and Quillette
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
East Bay developer James Tong guilty of illegally contributing to Swalwell campaigns
Paul Dallison / Politico:
Johnson asks Trump to make diplomat's wife return to UK
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
The famously secluded Amish are the target of a Republican campaign to drum up Pennsylvania votes for Trump
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Be Alarmed by Armies of Tarantulas. They're Just Looking for Love.
 Earlier Items: 
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Rihanna Talks Fenty, That Long-Awaited Album, and President Trump
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and The Daily Beast
Peter Schweizer / New York Times:
What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That's the Problem
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
It Took A Long Time For Republicans To Abandon Nixon
Discussion: Fox News
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions
Discussion: UPI