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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 …
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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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Dems Torn Over How Much to Punish Rudy Giuliani for Ignoring Subpoena  —  Should Trump's personal attorney be jailed for his stonewalling of a congressional subpoena—or would a court fight only delay the impeachment inquiry unnecessarily?  —  House Democrats are torn over how to respond …
ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Valiquette / NBC New York:   FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Fourth defendant in Giuliani associates' case arrested at New York airport
NBC News:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will no longer comply with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: NPR, Shareblue Media and The Hill
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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Axios:
Turkey's Erdoğan says he won't meet with Pence and Pompeo  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Sky News Wednesday that he will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently leading a delegation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to discuss a ceasefire in northern Syria.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans drop their revolt against Trump on Syria  —  The Republican rebellion against President Donald Trump was short-lived.  —  Republicans unleashed perhaps their most aggressive outcry of the Trump era after he abandoned the U.S.' Kurdish allies and ceded northeastern Syria to Turkey.
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Defends Syria Pullout, Drawing Rebuke From Ally Graham
Discussion: The Atlantic
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
GOP senators say Erdoğan White House invitation should be revoked
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Live Updates: Erdogan Snubs Pence: ‘When Trump Comes, I Will Meet With Him’
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
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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Washington Post:
Mulvaney emerges as a key facilitator of the campaign to pressure Ukraine  —  In late May, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney organized a meeting that stripped control of the country's relationship with Ukraine from those who had the most expertise at the National Security Council and the State Department.
NBC News:
House Democrats ask U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to appear for questioning
Discussion: 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
Iliana Magra / New York Times:   Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Son's Death
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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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump  —  Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden went off on Elizabeth Warren's “ridiculous” healthcare plan, and accused the Massachusetts senator …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential voice among young liberals
Associated Press:
Combative Biden hits Trump, Warren after debate
Discussion: Fox News
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Dear Centrist Democrats: There Are No Moderate Republicans to Work With
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
The simmering debate over Big Tech explodes on the Democratic debate stage
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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%.
Wall Street Journal:
Self-funding Billionaire Tom Steyer Floods Early-State Airwaves  —  Steyer's $48 million amounts to roughly $37,000 per word he spoke in Tuesday's debate  —  Billionaire Tom Steyer appeared on the Democratic presidential debate stage for the first time Tuesday night, but voters in early states …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
California billionaire Tom Steyer spent $47 million in 84 days on presidential bid
Discussion: New Republic, Vox and twitchy.com
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Cash on Hand Is Dwarfed by Rivals' Hoards
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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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why more questions remain after Hunter Biden's interview
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 …
David Shulkin / TIME:
I Ran the VA Under President Trump Until He Fired Me.  Our First Trump Tower Meeting Was a Job Interview Unlike Any Other  —  David Shulkin, a physician and former healthcare executive, was an under secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama and the Secretary of the VA under President Trump.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell eyes quick impeachment trial in Senate  —  The Senate majority leader told Republicans he hoped to wrap up any impeachment trial for Trump by the end of the year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Mark Wilson/Getty Images  —  Senate Republicans are preparing …
 
 
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Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Booker reveals some of the ‘constructive criticism’ his girlfriend Rosario Dawson gave him after debate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Washington Post:
Kim Jong Un rides white horse on sacred mountain - and plans ‘great operation’
Discussion: Axios
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Lachlan Murdoch Talks Post-Disney Strategy, Studio Plans and Fox News Infighting
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
‘Confidential informants’ part of Manhattan DA Cy Vance's investigation involving President Trump's tax returns