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8:30 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:
U.S. military is taking custody of two British men accused of involvement in Islamic State killings of American hostages
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump just destroyed his own Syria strategy
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds was the president at his malignant and incompetent worst
Washington Post:
Turkey launches offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”
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 …
Sara Nathan / Page Six:   NBC News chief Andy Lack preyed on female employees for sex: report
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
NBC probably fired Megyn Kelly for her Matt Lauer coverage
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Page Six and Mediaite
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow exposes the rot at NBC News
Discussion: Variety, The Daily Caller and The Week
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
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
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
CNN:   Spinning Trump turns to McConnell seeking to lock down GOP loyalty
Democrats plot next phase in impeachment including new wave of subpoenas
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trey Gowdy out at Fox News amid talks to join Trump defense team
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
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: Jacobin, NBC News and Common Dreams
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
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 …
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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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
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
East Bay developer James Tong guilty of illegally contributing to Swalwell campaigns
 Earlier Items: 
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: Raw Story and Axios
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and The Daily Beast
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions
Discussion: UPI and The Week, more at Mediagazer »