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8:45 PM ET, October 9, 2019


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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.
Dale Gavlak / America Magazine:
Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others  —  AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Turkish warplanes have begun attacking northeastern Syria, causing widespread panic among Christian and other religious communities caught up in the aerial bombardments.
Washington Post:
Trump downplays U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds, saying 'they didn't help us in the Second World War'
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
U.S. military is taking custody of two British men accused of involvement in Islamic State killings of American hostages
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds was the president at his malignant and incompetent worst
Eli Okun / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A small crack in Democrats' impeachment messaging
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump
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...
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
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
Discussion: NBC News, Jacobin and Common Dreams
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 …
Democrats plot next phase in impeachment including new wave of subpoenas
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Pentagon Analyst Is Charged in Leaks of Classified Reports  —  The arrest was the latest in the Trump administration's aggressive pursuit of government workers who share classified information with journalists.  —  WASHINGTON — A Pentagon counterterrorism analyst shared classified information …
Discussion: The Federalist
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
Whistleblower's lawyers say their client never worked for any political candidate  —  The lawyers representing a whistleblower whose complaint has plunged President Donald Trump into impeachment proceedings describe the person as a civil servant who has never worked for or advised any political candidate, campaign or party.
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 …
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
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Calls for Trump Impeachment for First Time
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall, Politico and The Root
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Anti-Trump Whistleblower Attorney Worked Directly For James Clapper
Discussion: RedState
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
How Illinois Schools Teach Preschoolers To Celebrate Transgenderism
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
BuzzFeed News:
Two Key Players In The Ukraine Controversy Spent Lavishly As They Dug For Dirt on Biden
Discussion: DemCast
Paul Dallison / Politico:
Johnson asks Trump to make diplomat's wife return to UK
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and The Daily Beast
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Shift, Warren Will Forgo Big Money Events if Nominated. At Least Some of Them.
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions
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