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6:30 PM ET, October 23, 2019

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New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze by Early August, Undermining Trump Defense  —  Top officials were told in early August about the delay of $391 million in security assistance, undercutting a chief argument President Trump has used to deny any quid pro quo.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — To Democrats …
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump administration sought billions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine and abroad  —  Democrats have slammed White House insistence that Trump was focused on corruption - not Bidens - when he blocked Ukraine aid funds  —  The Trump administration …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sondland seeks to align himself with Taylor after bombshell testimony  —  What did Gordon Sondland know and when did he know it?  —  The bombshell testimony of veteran diplomat William Taylor, President Donald Trump's top envoy to Ukraine, has raised a crucial question of whether Trump admitted …
Washington Post:
The White House resorts to character assassination of courageous public servants
Discussion: Reason, Hullabaloo and Bloomberg
Wesley Morgan / Politico:   Pentagon official testifies about withheld military aid to Ukraine
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
An anonymous book? No thanks.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch, Townhall and Disrn
Kurt Bardella / The Atlantic:
Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan's Astounding Hypocrisy
Discussion: Bloomberg, twitchy.com and The Guardian
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
An overlooked Bill Taylor revelation hints at worse to come from Trump
Discussion: USA Today, The Atlantic and Raw Story
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Washington Post
HuffPost:
Republicans Try To Storm Impeachment Room, Break Rules In Process  —  Lawmakers bumrushed a secure room while improperly carrying their cell phones.  —  WASHINGTON ― In the latest attempts to make a circus out of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings …
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The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Literally Storm the Impeachment Hearings  —  Led by Matt Gaetz, a crew of about 25 members barged into a classified setting with their cell phones in hand.  It created a big mess.  —  House Republicans took their impeachment grievances to a more confrontational level on Wednesday …
Associated Press:
Pentagon official testifies on Ukraine in impeachment probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans briefly brought House Democrats' impeachment investigation to a halt Wednesday as around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official.
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why it's stupid to bring cellphones into a congressional SCIF  —  It is not very clever to bring a cellphone into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or a SCIF.  Doing so risks allowing hostile actors to collect sensitive information from safeguarded national security information networks.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Impeachment deposition delayed after Republicans storm proceedings
Discussion: Raw Story and Slate
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No. 2 GOP senator: ‘Picture coming out of’ diplomat's testimony ‘not a good one’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Mediaite
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Republicans storm closed impeachment hearing in protest
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Indicted Giuliani Associate Ties Case to Trump  —  The connection was made as two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan.  —  One of the two indicted associates of President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Wednesday tied the case …
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 …
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Evan Sully / Bloomberg:
Pentagon Tried to Block Inquiry Witness: Impeachment Update  — Check here for live updates on impeachment fight developments  — Republican protesters delay hearing with defense official  —  Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, is scheduled to testify during …
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Republicans Stormed Into The Impeachment Investigation's Secure Room, And It Was Absolute Madness  —  WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans put the “Storm Area 51” logic to the test Wednesday and barged into a secure area on Capitol Hill, interrupting a private impeachment deposition and occupying the space for a few hours.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Cooper testimony begins after five-hour delay caused by House Republicans barging into secure room
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
White House Aides Feared That Trump Had Another Ukraine Back Channel  —  Senior national security officials grew concerned about Kash Patel, a colleague who had previously been involved in Republicans' efforts to undermine the Russia investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House officials suspected …
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump lawyer: Trump can't be prosecuted for shooting someone  —  NEW YORK — Even if President Donald Trump shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, New York authorities could not punish him while he is in office, the president's lawyers argued Wednesday.
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Pete Williams / NBC News:   Trump's lawyers argue he can't be charged while in office — even if he shoots someone
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
MSNBC announces four all-star female moderators for November debate  —  The two-hour Democratic face off will take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia.  —  The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia will have four moderators, MSNBC announced on Wednesday — and all of them are women.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow among moderators for November Democratic debate
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Riccardi / New York Law Journal:
New York City Bar Calls for US AG William Barr's Recusal in Ukraine Matter  —  If Barr does not recuse himself, the bar association's statement said, “he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress.”
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Michael Riccardi / LAW.com:   New York City Bar Calls for US AG William Barr's Recusal in Ukraine Matter
CNN:
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.
New York Times:
Underground Lives: The Sunless World of Immigrants in Queens  —  Source: New York City Department of Buildings; Note: Complaint data from January 2014 through September 2019.  —  Additional reporting by Seungjae Seo.  Additional research by Susan Beachy.  Diagram by Evan Grothjan.  Map by Troy Griggs.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Judge orders State Department to release Ukraine records in 30 days  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge Wednesday gave the State Department 30 days to release Ukraine-related records, including communications between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Judge orders State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records
Discussion: Axios
Hannah Jones / City Pages:
Warrant issued for Republican challenger Danielle Stella's arrest  —  Republican Danielle Stella's campaign to take down Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has hit a bit of a snag.  There is currently a warrant out for her arrest after she failed to appear for a court hearing on Tuesday morning.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Meet the Fox reporter who is bedeviling Trump on Syria  —  When President Donald Trump claimed in a Monday cabinet meeting that “we never gave a commitment to the Kurds,” the U.S. ally recently abandoned in northern Syria, an immediate rebuke came from a source not easily dismissed as “fake news”: a Fox News correspondent.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Judges Republicans Are Doing It All For
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
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Discussion: emptywheel and The Hill
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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 Earlier Items: 
Pew Research Center:
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Discussion: CNN, Axios, TechCrunch and Vox
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Syria disagreement with Trump used as a pretext for Mattis's departure as Pentagon chief, new book says
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and Mediaite
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Mitt Romney, It's Time
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Sean Duffy Gets Repeatedly Owned In Bonkers CNN Segment: 'My Nose Isn't a Heat-Seeking Missile …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?