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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement when the White House asserted that the Administration will not comply with House Committee subpoenas as part of the impeachment inquiry …
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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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Obstruction Letter  —  Over the past few days, Democrats have been warning with more and more urgency that the Trump administration's response to an impeachment inquiry might represent obstruction of justice.  —  White House Counsel Pat Cipollone explained the administration's view yesterday …
Discussion: ABC News, NPR and The Root
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘There really is no appealing the process of impeachment,’ says ex-Clinton White House counsel  —  Good morning, Power People and welcome back.  As my wise colleague Shane Harris tweeted about the impeachment inquiry saga: “if it feels hard to keep up, it's because it is.”  Tips, comments, recipes?
Nick Visser / HuffPost:   Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump's Bluff: ‘You Are Not Above The Law’
New York Post:
Why can't Dems treat Trump as fairly as Republicans did Bill Clinton?
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
The Black Cube Chronicles: The Double Agent  —  How a whistle-blower exposed Harvey Weinstein's attempts to suppress allegations of sexual assault and harassment.  —  This is the final installment in a three-part series.  Read Part I here and Part II here.  Support The New Yorker's award-winning journalism by subscribing here.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The GOP's impeachment strategy gets sharper
Bloomberg:
Turkey Begins Offensive in Syria After U.S. Stands Aside
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”  —  In an interview with Axios on Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned President Trump in his harshest language yet for deciding to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, suggesting Trump is violating …
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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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump  —  Half of voters support the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, shows that 50 percent of registered voters surveyed …
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QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  October 8, 2019 - Voters Remain Divided On Impeachment, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Warren And Biden Top Democratic Primary Field  —  After another week with impeachment in the news, registered voters nationwide are still divided on impeaching and removing President …
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Facebook denies Biden campaign's request to remove false Ukraine ad by Trump campaign  —  CNN reporter debunks Trump's whistleblower claim  —  (CNN)Facebook denied a request from Joe Biden's campaign to take down a video ad by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign that falsely accuses …
Discussion: Political Wire and NB Blog
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WSFA-TV:
Steven Reed makes history as Montgomery's first black mayor  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed has defeated David Woods and will become Montgomery's next mayor.  —  He makes history as the city's first black mayor.  —  With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Reed had 67 percent of the votes.
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New York Times:
Montgomery, Ala., Elects Steven Reed, Its First Black Mayor
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Associated Press:   Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history
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
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump's Ukraine Call Was ‘Crazy’ and ‘Frightening,’ Official Told Whistle-Blower  —  The whistle-blower wrote a memo describing an official who heard the call as “visibly shaken” by it.  —  WASHINGTON — A White House official who listened to President Trump's July phone call …
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.
Fox News:
Mueller was pursuing FBI director job when he met with Trump in 2017, administration officials say  —  EXCLUSIVE - Multiple administration officials tell Fox News that when Robert Mueller met with President Trump in May of 2017, Mueller was indeed pursuing the open post as the director of the FBI …
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Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
Ukraine Continued: How a Crucial Witness Escaped
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Whistleblower had tie to Democratic candidate  —  In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed “some indicia of an arguable political bias ... in favor of a rival political candidate.”
CNN:
First on CNN: Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and two top State Department officials to deal with his private attorney Rudy Giuliani when the Ukrainian President sought …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Trump ally on Fox News calls whistleblowers ‘suicide bombers,’ accuses Democrats of ‘regicide’  —  Former U.S. attorney Joseph E. diGenova turned to European history Tuesday night to describe the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump, calling their efforts “regicide,” the act of killing a king.
Discussion: Axios
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions  —  New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers  —  The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil …
Ben Geman / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren targets environmental justice in new climate plan  —  2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put environmental justice at the center of responding to climate change.  —  Why it matters: Her plan, which was unveiled Wednesday and focuses on addressing the disproportionate pollution burdens …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
James Walker / Newsweek:
Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Says Trump is a ‘Domestic Enemy of the Constitution,’ Encourages Others to Come Forward  —  The Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has urged government employees concerned about Donald Trump's conduct to become whistleblowers.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Boston Globe:
Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis  —  Rainè Riggs, the daughter-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, died Saturday shortly after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Trump campaign's massive Facebook impeachment ad buy  —  President Trump's campaign has poured millions of ad dollars into issues that resonate with his base.  Immigration was the driver.  Now, it's impeachment.  —  Why it matters: This is a stark reflection of Trump's fight-like-hell gambit.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies' wake  —  Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate.  But he's still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake.  —  In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands …
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Khashoggi's Murder Should Have Made Saudi Arabia A Pariah.  7 Men Made Sure That Didn't Happen.  —  Meet the key figures behind the scenes, from a journalist-turned-lobbyist to an evangelical writer, in the effort to preserve the kingdom's image after the killing.
Discussion: Just Security
politics.theonion.com:
GOP Lawmakers Watch Silently As Trump Strangles Each Of Their Loved Ones In Turn  —  WASHINGTON—Opting to take more of a wait-and-see approach instead of rushing to pass judgment, Republican lawmakers reportedly looked on in silence Tuesday as President Trump worked his way through each …
 
 
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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
It Took A Long Time For Republicans To Abandon Nixon
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood announces $45M campaign to defeat Trump, flip Senate
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
David Kerley / ABC News:
American Airlines to resume flying beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX jet in January
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Warren's Pregnancy Story Is All Too Common. We Know Because We Live It.
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
Scottish court reserves right to ask EU for Brexit delay
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Impeachment threat is helping GOP recruit new candidates
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's latest curious choice for a Presidential Medal of Freedom
Discussion: Townhall and CNBC
Bloomberg:
Cohen Takes Starring Role in DA's Pursuit of Trump's Business
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Promised to Eliminate the Deficit in 8 Years. So Far, He Has Increased it by 68%
Chrissy Stroop / Rewire.News:
Dinos and Demons and Swedes, Oh My!  It May Be Cartoonish, but Evangelical Radicalism Isn't Just a Sideshow
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year
Discussion: National Review