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5:55 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”
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump just destroyed his own Syria strategy
Eli Okun / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A small crack in Democrats' impeachment messaging
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Salon
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?  —  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 …
Democrats plot next phase in impeachment including new wave of subpoenas  —  Cooper: This 5-hour gap in the texts is important  —  (CNN)House Democrats are preparing a flurry of subpoenas in the face of the Trump administration's stonewalling of their impeachment investigation …
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: Reason
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow exposes the rot at NBC News
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and The Daily Caller
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Elizabeth Warren pregnancy smear shows how poisoned the media world is
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Republicans to Trump: Shut Up About Your Impeachment
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
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...
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 …
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.
Pete Kotz / City Pages:
Armed conspiracy group will defend Republicans at Minneapolis Trump rally … No one's expecting Donald Trump's Thursday rally in Minneapolis to go seamlessly.  Some 20,000 mostly out-of-towners will descend on the Target Center.  An even larger crowd of locals will be frothing outside.
Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
Liberal candidate apologizes for suggesting black Canadians ‘love’ Trudeau for wearing blackface  —  Judy Sgro says her comments were insensitive  —  A Toronto-area Liberal candidate is apologizing for suggesting people “in the black community” like Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau more because he dressed up in blackface.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Quillette
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BuzzFeed News:
Two Key Players In The Ukraine Controversy Spent Lavishly As They Dug For Dirt on Biden
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Cassi Feldman / The Appeal:
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.
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Rihanna Talks Fenty, That Long-Awaited Album, and President Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Oltermann / The Guardian:
Germany: mass shooting attempt that killed two was antisemitic attack, minister says
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trumka says fast action on trade pact with Canada and Mexico would be ‘colossal mistake’
Discussion: Slate, Axios and Politico
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and The Daily Beast
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's burn-down-the-House plan
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump