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4:40 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 …
Discussion: NewsHounds blog, FRC and Daily Kos
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
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump  —  President Trump has “declared war” against the House's impeachment inquiry, we're told, based on an eight page letter written by the White House counsel that openly declares a posture of maximal resistance, on the grounds that the inquiry is illegitimate.
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
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and The Week
Sean Illing / Vox:   Are we in a constitutional crisis yet?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas
Associated Press:
The Latest: Graham says Ukraine call has nothing impeachable
Discussion: Breitbart
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Obstruction Letter
Discussion: New Republic, ABC News and Law & Crime
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  —  Everyone knew that the decision by NBC News to bail on the Harvey Weinstein story was among the most cowardly media episodes of modern times.  The shorthand version goes like this: Ronan Farrow, a former MSNBC daytime anchor …
Discussion: Variety, The Daily Caller and The Week
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Official Charged With Leaking Classified Info to Two Journalists  —  The Justice Department says it appears Kyle Frese had a romantic relationship with one of two journalists he allegedly fed information.  —  A U.S. intelligence official has been arrested and charged …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top secret information to reporters
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Defense Intelligence Agency Employee Arrested In Leak Case
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
DOJ indicts intel employee for allegedly leaking to journalists
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Peter Schweizer / New York Times:
What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That's the Problem  —  We need a Washington Corrupt Practices Act to stop political families from self-dealing.  —  Mr. Schweizer is the author, most recently, of “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends.”
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Facebook denies Biden campaign's request to remove false Ukraine ad by Trump campaign
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing
Discussion: Mother Jones and Townhall
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 …
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 …
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
Jeanine Santucci / USA Today:
Elizabeth Warren defends story that she was fired for being pregnant after more details surface  —  Elizabeth Warren is vying for the Democratic Party nomination for 2020.  Here are five things you should know about the senator from Massachusetts.  —  CONNECT
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Elizabeth Warren pregnancy smear shows how poisoned the media world is
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
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 …
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trumka says fast action on trade pact with Canada and Mexico would be ‘colossal mistake’  —  Key labor leader tells Democrats to buck pressure from GOP, business groups and take more time  —  A key labor leader has warned House Democrats not to expedite approval of a new North American trade deal …
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Germany Synagogue Shooter Denied Holocaust in Apparent Video Uploaded to Twitch  —  A Twitch spokesperson confirmed the link to the video has been taken down. … The gunman who killed two people near a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday appears to have filmed his attack …
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Germany synagogue shooting: Suspect ‘broadcast attack livestream on Twitch’ …
Discussion: UPI
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.
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Melts Down And Falsely Claims Only 25% Want Him Impeached
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Be Alarmed by Armies of Tarantulas. They're Just Looking for Love.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Breitbart
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, now outside counsel to Trump, played key roles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin Campus / Campus Reform:
‘Make America Great Again’ listed on Calif. college's ‘white supremacy’ pyramid
Discussion: Breitbart
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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
Discussion: The Guardian and Althouse
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump