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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
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Fourth defendant in Giuliani associates' case arrested at New York airport
Joe Valiquette / NBC New York:   FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates
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  —  LONDON — The parents of British teenager Harry Dunn met with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, only to be told that the woman British police say was involved in the car crash …
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
Discussion: Political Wire
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: The best and worst moment for each candidate in Tuesday's debate
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and The Nation
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential voice among young liberals
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Dear Centrist Democrats: There Are No Moderate Republicans to Work With
Associated Press:
Combative Biden hits Trump, Warren after debate
Discussion: Fox News
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
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.
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Bloomberg:   Trump Defends His Syria Pullout While House Delivers Rebuke
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria
Discussion: Just Security and Foreign Policy
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
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.
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%.
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 and Vox
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
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: The Hill
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.
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 …
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Rick Perry won't commit to answering subpoena  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry refused to say Wednesday whether he would answer a House subpoena seeking information on his role in the Ukraine controversy that sparked Democrats' impeachment probe.  —  “The House has sent a subpoena …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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NBC News:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will no longer comply with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: NPR, Shareblue Media and The Hill
 
 
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest …
Nico Lang / Out Magazine:
The CNN Debate Was an Insult to LGBTQ+ People
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Trump picks Colorado Springs author of Illuminati books for education board
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Chalkbeat
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo signs law aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power, closes ‘double jeopardy’ loophole
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Winners and Losers of the Democratic Debate
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kentucky governor's race tied: poll
Discussion: Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Kim Jong Un rides white horse on sacred mountain - and plans ‘great operation’
Discussion: Axios
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
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