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10:05 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.
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.
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way  —  The deeper things get and the more likely impeachment is, the more President Donald Trump needs his Republican Party to stay loyal.  —  That's not lost on the president.  But what he may be losing over time is the ability …
Discussion: Politico
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Sean Duffy Gets Repeatedly Owned In Bonkers CNN Segment: 'My Nose Isn't a Heat-Seeking Missile for the President's Backside'  —  CNN's New Day hosted a duel between Republicans on Wednesday morning as former congressmen Sean Duffy and Charlie Dent squared off on whether Bill Taylor …
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 and The Guardian
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
Discussion: Reason and Raw Story
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
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
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?
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
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Prosecutors flagged possible ties between Ukrainian gas tycoon and Giuliani associates
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week and Raw Story
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi and McConnell are on an impeachment collision course  —  Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell are attacking each other in increasingly pointed terms as House Democrats burrow deeper into their impeachment inquiry.  —  But if the top two congressional leaders can't find a way to come together soon …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's worst week ever  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THIS IS QUICKLY SHAPING UP to be the worst week of President DONALD TRUMP'S presidency:  —  1) BILL TAYLOR, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, provided close to unassailable evidence that TRUMP was directly seeking …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Former Acting Attorney General: ‘Abuse of Power Is Not a Crime’  —  Matthew Whitaker also blasted the “global elitists and careerists” who are upset with Trump for “upsetting the apple cart” of the “world establishment.”  —  Following Tuesday's devastating House testimony by acting U.S. Ambassador …
Discussion: The Week
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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*
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
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
As Trump seeks reelection, a growing army of immigrant voters stands in his path  —  This is where a nation changes: a public school auditorium that moonlights as a veritable citizenship factory.  —  At the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, where murals honoring the arts and sciences adorn the walls …
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.
Matt Labash / New York Times:
Not Your Father's Masculinity  —  Meet the “new man”: whatever others say he is.  —  Mr. Labash is the author of “Fly Fishing With Darth Vader.”  —  John Wayne, that repository of testosterone — now considered an illicit substance in many states — once played a character who said …
Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America fears Warren is unstoppable  —  Democratic-leaning executives on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and across the corporate world are watching Elizabeth Warren's rise to frontrunner status in the Democratic primary with an increasing sense of existential panic.
Discussion: CleanTechnica
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Wall Street Journal:
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Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Support for impeaching Trump soars among independents: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: CNBC and The Hill
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘The White House is not to be trusted right now’
Washington Post:
Just in time for skating season, Trump's company scrubs his name from N.Y. ice rinks
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
New Evidence Hints at Another Justice Department Coverup
Discussion: emptywheel
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book