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8:45 AM ET, October 23, 2019


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Washington Post:
Opening statement of Ambassador William B. Taylor  —  William B. Taylor, the senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before impeachment investigators Tuesday.  Read the story here.  —  Don't see the document?  Click here to download the pdf.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
An Envoy's Damning Account of Trump's Ukraine Pressure and Its Consequences  —  William B. Taylor Jr. laid out in visceral terms the potentially life-or-death stakes of what he saw as an illegitimate scheme to pressure Kiev for political help by suspending American security aid.
Washington Post:
Here's the quid pro quo proof, Lindsey Graham  —  SEN. LINDSEY O. Graham, one of President Trump's most ardent defenders in the Ukraine affair, has said he sees no evidence of wrongdoing in the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Mr. Trump pressed …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Trump Will Be Impeached  —  Remember when I said last week that October 17 was the worst day of the Trump presidency?  Well, October 22 and has now come along to break the record.  This is the day that, I think, has ensured Donald Trump's impeachment.  Not his removal.  But impeachment will be bad enough.
Michael Warren / CNN:
5 explosive lines from Bill Taylor's statement  —  Cooper: This could be most consequential day for Trump  —  Washington (CNN)The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified behind closed doors Tuesday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's worst week ever
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
New testimony undercuts Trump's claim of no quid pro quo on Ukraine. How will Washington respond?
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:   ‘Alarming circumstances’: A distressed diplomat tells a tale of venal intrigue
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Key takeaways from ambassador's testimony on Ukraine
Discussion: KTLA and Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens and 2016 election, U.S. envoy says he was told
New York Times:
Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   6 Key Revelations of Taylor's Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Democrat: Top diplomat's testimony on Ukraine is ‘sea change’ in impeachment probe
The Daily Beast:
Trump Whines That Senate Republicans Are Failing Him on Impeachment and Not Owning Nearly Enough Libs  —  The president and his advisers want Republicans in the Senate to stage their own hearings to counteract what's happening in the House.  —  President Trump, his advisers …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP senators warn Trump he risks political harm from impeachment with chaotic approach  —  Senate Republicans are warning President Trump that he risks bungling impeachment politically and alienating voters, even as he survives a Senate trial, without a focused strategy prosecuted by competent political professionals.
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block two election security bills
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Steve Bannon launches radio show and podcast on impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
BuzzFeed News:
Federal Investigators Are Probing Suspicious Financial Transactions By Two Giuliani Associates Who Ran A Back-Channel Campaign  —  A federal grand jury investigating activities surrounding Rudy Giuliani's back-channel campaign in Ukraine has demanded legal documents that include records …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“MICHAEL COHEN IS NOW EVEN MORE VALUABLE THAN BEFORE”: THE PRESIDENT'S FORMER ATTORNEY OFFERS DIRT ON GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS  —  Cohen's SDNY cooperation could continue with new details about the Ukraine case.  Could it lighten his sentence?  —  History certainly felt like it was repeating itself.
Washington Post:
Prosecutors flagged possible ties between Ukrainian gas tycoon and Giuliani associates  —  When two business associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, were arrested this month on charges that they funneled foreign money into U.S. elections, federal prosecutors working on a different case in Chicago took note.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week and Raw Story
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  October 23, 2019 - Approval Of Impeachment Inquiry Reaches 55 Percent, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Disapprove Of Trump's Decision On Syria 2-1  —  Approval among American voters of the U.S. House impeachment inquiry, an inquiry to determine whether …
The Harvard Crimson:
A Note To Readers  —  To our readers:  —  Last month, The Crimson covered a rally organized by campus group Act on a Dream that called for the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  During the course of our reporting, Crimson reporters requested comment from ICE …
Discussion: Washington Times
CNN Poll: Biden's lead in Democratic primary hits widest margin since April  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for president has rebounded, and now stands at its widest margin since April, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Anonymous Trump official who wrote New York Times op-ed has a book coming out
Tim Skubick / WLNS-TV:
Poll shows U.S. Senate race a toss-up  —  6 News is releasing some exclusive statewide polling data tonight confirming that the race for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats is a dead heat.  —  That's bad news for the Democrats and good news for the Republicans.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Dick's Sporting Goods CEO quietly tests presidential bid  —  Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods and a longtime Republican donor, is testing the waters for a possible third-party presidential bid that could scramble the dynamics of the 2020 general election.
Joe Biden said in 1998 that Clinton impeachment could be seen as ‘partisan lynching’  —  McCarthy breaks with Trump over ‘lynching’ comment  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump's comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry to a …
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump's D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group's Kurdish solidarity event  —  A Christian aid group that planned a gathering to honor and pray for the Kurdish people at President Trump's hotel in Washington were told by hotel staff this week that the event was canceled, according to two members of the aid group.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Support for impeaching Trump soars among independents: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump surged among political independents and rose by three percentage points overall since last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Discussion: CNBC and The Hill
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Katie Couric Steamrolls Sheryl Sandberg in Roving Vanity Fair Summit Interview  —  Sending a jolt through a luxurious and excessively polite afternoon in Beverly Hills, veteran journalist Katie Couric delivered a relentless series of hardball questions to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday.
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘The White House is not to be trusted right now’  —  Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, “iced out” and blindsided by presidential decisions he disagreed with, grew increasingly wary of President Donald Trump's leadership, even losing his cool in private meetings and plotting to quit nearly half …
Discussion: Defense One
Washington Post:
Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party's prospects in 2020  —  When the 2020 Democratic presidential contest kicked off earlier this year, the massive field was hailed as the most diverse in history, with candidates who spanned the ideological spectrum and offered enough in a broad buffet of options to excite any voter.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
White House, Battling Impeachment, Looks to Coordinate With Hill GOP  —  Regular calls, talking points mark an attempt to sharpen the message from Trump allies  —  President Trump has signed off on regular conference calls between senior White House aides and select Republican lawmakers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
How Centrist Democrats Botched the 2020 Primary  —  A specter is haunting “pro-business Democrats” — the specter of change they can't believe in.  —  With just over three months until Iowa gets caucusing, Elizabeth Warren is their party's front-runner.  She's running neck and neck …
Washington Post:
How a Beltway power couple and a political newcomer learned to thrive in the Trump era  —  When Brad Parscale was looking for advice about how to navigate Washington after running the digital strategy for Donald Trump's upstart presidential campaign in 2016, the brash political newcomer turned to a Beltway power couple.
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Impeachment Will Fail  —  Two elements of the turbulent current American political scene became clearer over the past week.  One is the determination, attested to by almost all Washington insiders whatever side they are on, of the Democratic leadership to force an impeachment trial of the president.
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's ‘Lynching’  —  The President keeps asking friends to defend the indefensible.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Donald Trump made himself a political celebrity in 2016 by persuading news media to talk about—Donald Trump.  He did it mainly by the expedient of saying outrageous things …
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Jacob and Jack and Milo and Me  —  An afternoon with the doctors of chaos and their latest bombshell revelations.  —  I don't think I met Nancy Pelosi's drug dealer on Tuesday when I was hanging out with Jacob Wohl.  But I'm not entirely sure.  —  *Record scratch*  —  *Freeze frame*
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Fox News:
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Pressed on transgender comments, HUD's Carson says political correctness is ‘going to destroy our nation’
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 Earlier Items: 
Geneva Sands / CNN:
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Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
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Discussion: emptywheel
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide
New York Times:
In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats
Discussion: Hullabaloo