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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week …
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Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Scrutinize Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Business Dealings, Finances  —  Trump lawyer's bank records have been examined; witnesses are questioned about work for a Ukraine mayor, efforts to oust U.S. ambassador  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are examining Rudy Giuliani's business dealings …
Washington Post:
Giuliani was paid $500,000 by company founded by arrested associate  —  President Trump's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani was paid $500,000 last year by a company founded by one of his business associates who was arrested last week and charged with campaign finance violations.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Suspects a Spiteful John Bolton Is Behind Some of the Ukraine Leaks  —  Trump fears the leaks are now coming from the people he chose to serve—and that only increases the paranoia currently infecting the West Wing.  —  At a critical juncture in his presidency, facing …
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New York Times:
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’  —  WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser …
Axios:
House Democrats' sprawling Ukraine investigation is spilling across the Trump administration  —  The White House is tense — and some aides are frantic — as Democrats on Capitol Hill tap a gusher of revelations that paint an increasingly vivid portrait of President Trump's unrestrained conduct of foreign policy.
NBC News:
White House tried to limit what former Russia aide Fiona Hill could say to Congress, letters show  —  The White House did not try and block her from testifying but told her lawyers about areas that could fall under executive privilege.  —  The White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill …
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Official George Kent Testifies in Impeachment Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The revenge of John Bolton?
Discussion: The Week and Contemptor
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's impeachment barricade crumbles
Discussion: Political Wire
YouTube:
Makes More Sense |  Pete Buttigieg for President … To stay connected with the campaign:  —  About Pete:  —  Pete Buttigieg is a husband, Afghanistan veteran, and the Mayor of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana.  —  Pete is running for president because this is a now or never moment for our nation.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg puts money behind digital ad knocking ‘Medicare for All’ Democrats by name
Discussion: Political Wire
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Support drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren Limits Donations From Some Bank, Tech Execs
Discussion: Medium, Axios, Political Wire and The Verge
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Poll: Warren faces high expectations ahead of debate
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
New York Times:
Russia Troops Patrol Between Turkish and Syrian Forces, Filling an American Void  —  The announcement signaled that Russia is moving to fill a security vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal and illustrates the loss of American influence in the war.  —  CEYLANPINAR, Turkey …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to U.S. soldiers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Russia Savors U.S. Missteps in Syria, and Seizes Opportunity
Discussion: National Review, Mediaite and Slate
NBC News:
More than 160,000 have fled northern Syria as Turkish offensive escalates
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Syria Mess
Discussion: Political Wire
Victoria Thompson / ABC News:
Exclusive: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: Hunter Biden defends foreign ventures but concedes political ‘mistake’  —  As President Donald Trump continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president's son defended …
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BBC:
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border  —  A British couple say they have been detained in the US after accidentally crossing the border from Canada.  —  David Connors, 30, and his wife Eileen, 24, say they are being held in Pennsylvania with their three-month-old baby and are “traumatised”.
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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A British family on vacation accidentally drove into the U.S. They've spent days detained with their 3-month-old baby.  —  The Connors family didn't plan to be on the unmarked road.  —  Originally from the United Kingdom, the two couples and their three young children were driving near …
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
LeBron James undermines values he's espoused in most disgraceful moment of career  —  On behalf of the 327 million American citizens who generally believe that freedom is good and authoritarian regimes are less good, let me apologize to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career  —  PPP's newest Maine poll finds that Susan Collins is in trouble for reelection...and that she's likely to find herself in more trouble no matter what side of impeachment she comes down on.  —  Collins is unpopular, with only 35% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 50% who disapprove.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Greg Weiner / The Bulwark:
Continue the Investigation.  Begin the Impeachment.  —  The most compelling evidence for impeachment is now in the public record.  White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's refusal to cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry is an attack not on its recipients—House Democrats who …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Bulwark Podcast
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Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Rep. Peter DeFazio calls for audit into Elaine Chao's alleged Kentucky favors
Discussion: The Hill
Ericka Andersen / New York Times:
Why Are Democrats Jilting G.O.P. Voters Who Want to Like Them?  —  Candidates are leaving potential Republican converts without options.  —  Ms. Andersen is a freelance writer in Indianapolis.  —  Under President Trump, a small slice of America's electorate seeks a reason to call the Democratic Party home for the very first time.
Washington Post:
‘Disruptive diplomat’ Gordon Sondland, a key figure in Trump impeachment furor, long coveted ambassadorship  —  Gordon Sondland was streaking over the West Coast in his Learjet in 2016 when the bad news came.  Jeb Bush's campaign was on the phone.  He was bowing out of the race for the White House.
Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo drops the n-word during live radio interview  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the N-word during a live radio interview Tuesday while discussing racism against Italian-Americans.  —  Cuomo called into WAMC radio where he was asked about the controversy surrounding Indigenous Peoples' Day …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Law & Crime
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren  —  She faced sexism, split with a husband and found her voice teaching law in Houston  —  HOUSTON — Elizabeth Warren hadn't stepped foot on the University of Houston Law Center campus in nearly 15 years, not since she'd left her first full-time teaching job there.
Discussion: Althouse
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense  —  A president who rose to political prominence on birtherism — and then won the White House obsessed with Hillary Clinton's emails — is latching onto scraps of conspiracy theories to build his political defense against impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Is this Barr's cry for help?  —  On Friday, in a closed-door speech at the University of Notre Dame, Attorney General William P. Barr talked at length about a “campaign to destroy the traditional moral order.”  —  The alleged perpetrator of this campaign?  —  “Militant secularists,” …
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Trump Betrayed the Kurds.  He Couldn't Help Himself.  —  President Donald Trump's betrayal of the Kurds stung deeply.  “They trusted us and we broke that trust.  It's a stain on the American conscience.”  These, according to The New York Times, are the searing words of an Army officer …
 
 
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ProPublica:
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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Scott Rasmussen:
Weekly Update: 50% Favor Impeachment And Removal of President Trump; 38% Oppose
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
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