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Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies  —  The president's businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials.  One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.”  —  Stay up to date with email updates …
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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Which Trump Will Take the Fall for Years of Tax Fraud?  —  Junior and Eric, it's time to prove your loyalty.  —  Last February, not long before he reported to prison, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified that his boss had regularly inflated his personal assets when it served his purposes to do so …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
CNN:
Federal investigation of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe  —  (CNN)For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised …
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ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash linked to Giuliani pals' gas deals and Biden dirt digging
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME
Joe Valiquette / NBC New York:   FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell eyes quick impeachment trial in Senate  —  Senate Republicans are preparing for a speedy impeachment trial that concludes before the end of the year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles …
Discussion: NBC News, Axios, The Hill and Political Wire
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy  —  Senate Republicans are calling President Trump's pullout of American troops from northern Syria a blunder that economic sanctions on Turkey will be useless to remedy.  —  The Trump administration and lawmakers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal  —  Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey's incursion against a United States ally.
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham to Pat Robertson: 'I'll become Trump's worst nightmare' if he doesn't stop slaughter of Kurds
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Democrats walk out of Syria meeting with Trump, saying he was insulting and went on a ‘nasty diatribe’
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Pompeo adviser to decry politicization of State Dept. in impeachment probe testimony  —  Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until his sudden resignation last week, will tell House impeachment investigators Wednesday that career diplomats …
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New York Times:
Former Top State Dept. Aide Tells Impeachment Investigators He Quit Over Ukraine
New York Times:
Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk  —  A former top White House adviser viewed Mr. Sondland, a Trump donor and the ambassador to the European Union, as a risk because he was so unprepared for his job.  —  WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy …
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NBC News:
House Democrats ask U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to appear for questioning
Discussion: Axios and Law & Crime
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Grieving Parents ‘Ambushed’ by Trump, Who Had Teen's Killer Waiting at White House  —  The president had hoped to surprise the parents of dead British teen Harry Dunn with a meeting with the woman who killed him—all in front of the media.  —  Correspondent-At-Large
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Michael Holden / Reuters:
U.S. security chief ‘heaped pain’ on grieving parents of UK teen: lawyer  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's national security adviser heaped pain and grief on the parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash by trying to hold a meeting at the White House between them and a U.S. diplomat's wife …
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Trump stuns Harry Dunn's parents, says woman in crash that killed their son is nearby and able to meet
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Day after debate, Elizabeth Warren's campaign says it's reviewing ‘other revenue options’ for Medicare for All  —  Buttigieg and Warren go head-to-head over health care  —  Westerville, Ohio (CNN)Elizabeth Warren's campaign said on Wednesday that it is studying a range of options for paying for …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Dear Centrist Democrats: There Are No Moderate Republicans to Work With
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: The best and worst moment for each candidate in Tuesday's debate
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Politico
Associated Press:
Combative Biden hits Trump, Warren after debate
Discussion: Indianapolis Star and The Hill
Bloomberg:
Trump-Erdogan Call Led to Lengthy Quest to Avoid Halkbank Trial  — Barr, working with Mnuchin, sought a deferred prosecution deal  — Prosecutors filed charges when Trump sought to punish Erdogan  —  President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal …
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David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria
Discussion: Just Security, Axios and Foreign Policy
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden, Bleeding Cash, Spent Nearly $1 Million on Private Jets  —  Per the ex-veep's FEC data, roughly one out of every 16 dollars raised by the campaign has been spent on such aviation.  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is bleeding cash.  And a big reason why appears to be an antiquated …
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives work through an impeachment inquiry regarding alleged abuses of office by President Donald Trump, approval of Congress is now at 25%.
Tufayel Ahmed / Newsweek:
Trump Teen Rape Allegation Resurfaces, Ronan Farrow Claims National Enquirer Tried to Protect Him in New Book  —  Amid behind-the-scenes details of his explosive reporting on Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Five ways the debate could have — and should have — been much, much better  —  Can a televised debate in 2019 really serve the public interest?  —  Given the state of American media and politics, it seems like a long shot.  We're just too addicted to horse-race politics …
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Nico Lang / Out Magazine:
The CNN Debate Was an Insult to LGBTQ+ People
Discussion: twitchy.com
HuffPost:
Matthew Shepard's Parents Slam AG Barr For Supporting Trans Discrimination  —  The couple's scathing remarks came at a Justice Department event marking the anniversary of a hate-crime bill named after their murdered son.  —  The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998 …
Discussion: The Hill
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David Crary / Associated Press:
Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights
Discussion: ABC News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Schiff pressed Volker to say Ukraine felt pressure from Trump  —  In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Sorry, but Democrats need to talk about Hunter Biden  —  Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA  —  Democrats are afraid to talk about Hunter Biden.  Trump won't be.  —  Democrats need to talk about Hunter Biden.  Sorry, but they do.  —  The fourth Democratic presidential …
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Anna Orso / Inquirer.com:
Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly.  One person showed up  —  The bell in the Independence Hall tower rung at 9 a.m., and Mark Sanford took a deep breath.  He grabbed a giant check for “one trillion dollars,” stood next to a tiny wooden podium …
 
 
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Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Trump picks Colorado Springs author of Illuminati books for education board
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Chalkbeat
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Twitter says it wants to solve the “journalists' careers end because someone digs up an old tweet” problem
Discussion: VICE, Breitbart, Instapundit and The Verge
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo signs law aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power, closes ‘double jeopardy’ loophole
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
David Shulkin / TIME:
I Ran the VA Under President Trump Until He Fired Me. …
Lanny A. Breuer / Washington Post:
I represented Clinton during his impeachment. I have advice for Pat Cipollone.
Discussion: Raw Story