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10:25 PM ET, October 22, 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.
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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
Washington Post:
Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens and 2016 election, U.S. envoy says he was told  —  America's top diplomat in Ukraine delivered a forceful blow to President Trump's account of his “perfect” dealings with that nation, telling lawmakers Tuesday …
New York Times:
Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations  —  In closed-door testimony, a Democratic lawmaker said, William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, drew a “direct line” between President Trump's withholding of security aid and his demand for investigations.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Top U.S. envoy ties Trump directly to Ukraine quid pro quo  —  The top U.S. envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that President Donald Trump sought to withhold critical military aid to Ukraine and refuse a White House meeting with the country's president unless …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   6 Key Revelations of Taylor's Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators
Peter Baker / New York Times:   An Envoy's Damning Account of Trump's Ukraine Pressure and Its Consequences
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Democrat: Top diplomat's testimony on Ukraine is ‘sea change’ in impeachment probe
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As key witness steps forward, Trump's embrace of autocrats draws more scrutiny
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.
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Anonymous Trump official who wrote New York Times op-ed has a book coming out  —  (CNN)The anonymous senior Trump administration official whose 2018 New York Times op-ed was called treasonous by President Donald Trump has written a new book about Trump titled “A Warning” that will be published next month, CNN has learned.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
White House to cancel Times, Post subscriptions after Trump's ‘Hannity’ comments  —  The White House said Tuesday it will not be renewing subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, two papers the president frequently attacks as “fake” and which he suggested canceling the previous night in a TV appearance.
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 …
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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: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Indicted Giuliani associate Igor Fruman taps Manafort attorney
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Trump considering Kellyanne Conway as his next chief of staff after Mick Mulvaney's quid pro quo disaster: Bloomberg
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Steve Bannon launches radio show and podcast on impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Leaked Video Shows Elizabeth Warren Backing Away From Bernie's Medicare for All Plan
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’
NBC News:
Graham and Fox News expert showed Trump a map to change his mind about Syria withdrawal  —  It wasn't the first time Trump has been shown a map detailing economic assets to convince him not to order U.S. troops home, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — In the days after President Donald Trump paved …
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Politico:
We're talking about the president's racial rhetoric again
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Rallies Aren't a Sideshow. They Are the Campaign.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Contemptor
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Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block two election security bills
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
California Rep. Katie Hill (D) denies affair with staffer and calls accusations of sexual impropriety a ‘smear’
CNN:
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 …
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Going to Be ‘Very, Very Hard’ to Beat if He's Not Impeached
Discussion: KGW-TV
NBC News:
Feds charge California investor who donated $900K to Trump inaugural committee  —  Imaad Zuberi pleaded guilty to making nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to various presidential election campaigns and other candidates for elected office.  —  A California venture capitalist …
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Kristine Phillips / USA Today:
Donor who gave $900,000 to Trump's inaugural committee to plead guilty to foreign lobbying, other charges
Discussion: Law & Crime
New York Times:
In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats  —  He brokered a White House meeting for Hungary's prime minister.  He spends $320,000 on parties and takes positions at odds with American policy.  He says he knows what President Trump wants.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Loses a Critical Brexit Vote, Throwing the Process Into Disarray  —  Lawmakers voted down a measure to compress the timetable to debate the new withdrawal deal, in a rebuke to the prime minister  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a damaging setback Tuesday …
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Ryan Heath / Politico:
Britain takes another Brexit baby step
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
Marnie Cathcart / Justice Centre …:
BC Human Rights Tribunal rules in favour of female estheticians who refused to wax male genitalia  —  VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) is pleased to announce that the BC Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in favour of home estheticians' right to refuse to handle male genitalia against their will.
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Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
BREAKING: Jessica Yaniv loses cases against women who wouldn't “wax her balls”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NB Blog
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
New Evidence Hints at Another Justice Department Coverup  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) released evidence on Tuesday that the Justice Department buried the whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian president by failing to refer the matter to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
Discussion: emptywheel
Geneva Sands / CNN:
Kirstjen Nielsen says she left DHS because ‘saying no’ wasn't enough  —  Washington (CNN)Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday said she left office because “saying no” and refusing to do things that others in the administration wanted was “not going to be enough.”
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Nielsen on leaving Trump administration: ‘Saying no and refusing to do it myself was not going to be enough’
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
WeWork Needed a Bailout—But Adam Neumann Still Leaves a Billionaire  — SoftBank rescue values office-sharing firm at about $8 billion  — Founder Neumann is expected to sell about $1 billion of stock  —  WeWork's value has tumbled, about 2,000 employees are being cut and many investors …
Discussion: Vox and Mediaite, more at Techmeme »
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Trump's sick trivialization of lynching — and two senators' outrageous justifications  —  President Trump had long been a cancer on the presidency and American society.  By invoking lynching, the tool of white supremacy to subjugate African Americans since their liberation …
Discussion: Shareblue Media, CNN and ABC News
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans quit trying to rein in Trump after ‘lynching’ tweet
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
 
 
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Pressed on transgender comments, HUD's Carson says political correctness is ‘going to destroy our nation’
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
‘Watership Down’ and the Crisis of Liberalism
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite reversal, Trump's Doral promotion will now be used against him in court
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
Justin Slaughter / American Prospect:
How Democrats Can Insulate New Laws From a Hostile Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Just in time for skating season, Trump's company scrubs his name from N.Y. ice rinks
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Smug, Elitist Senator Attacks Middle-Class Journalist As a Smug Elitist
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Andrei V. Kozyrev / New York Times:
The America I Knew as Russia's Foreign Minister Is Gone
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
McConnell denies telling Trump his Ukraine call was “innocent”
Washington Post:
Russia, Turkey agree to jointly remove Kurdish fighters along Turkey's border in northern Syria as U.S. withdraws troops
Discussion: The Week