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9:45 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Pompeo Gets Drawn Deeper—Way Deeper—Into the Ukraine Scandal  —  Amb.  Taylor's deposition moved the Secretary of State the center of the impeachment probe.  House Democrats are redoubling efforts to get him to answer their questions.  —  Whatever hope Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Associated Press:
Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office  —  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine's newly elected leader told advisers he was worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate Democrat Joe Biden.
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The President Has No Defense  —  It's hard to overstate …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Mediaite
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador to E.U. ‘does not recall’ threatening Ukraine over funding, attorney says
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
John Bolton, welcome to the Resistance?
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
An anonymous book? No thanks.
Washington Post:
The White House resorts to character assassination of courageous public servants
Discussion: Reason, Bloomberg and Hullabaloo
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 …
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CNN:
Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney, sources say  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.  —  The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
CNN:
How two businessmen hustled to profit from access to Rudy Giuliani and the Trump administration  —  Washington (CNN)Long before they burst onto the national scene with their high-profile arrests at Dulles International Airport earlier this month, Soviet-born businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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 …
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No. 2 GOP senator: ‘Picture coming out of’ diplomat's testimony ‘not a good one’  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said on Wednesday that it was difficult to draw “hard, fast conclusions” from a top U.S. diplomat's closed-door testimony but that the “picture” from initial reports was “not a good one.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:   House Republicans May Have Committed Some Light Treason
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why it's stupid to bring cellphones into a congressional SCIF
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's why the Matt Gaetz sit-in stunt was particularly weird
Discussion: archive.fo and emptywheel
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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Billy House / Bloomberg:
Whistle-Blower Won't Appear, Republicans Say: Impeachment Update  — Check here for live updates on impeachment fight developments  — Defense Department tried to prevent official from testifying  —  Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of Defense, testified …
Washington Post:
House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump told Republicans to fight. They took the brawl underground.
Washington Post:
Republicans storm closed-door impeachment hearing as escalating Ukraine scandal threatens Trump
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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New York Times:
Trump's War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him  —  The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged.  —  WASHINGTON — Nameless, faceless and voiceless, the C.I.A. officer who first triggered …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB looking into longtime umpire Rob Drake's tweet  —  Longtime major league umpire Rob Drake tweeted that he planned to buy an assault rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!  #MAGA2020”, according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN.
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Katie Hill says she had ‘inappropriate’ relationship with campaign staffer and is under House investigation  —  Rep. Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita) is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee after allegations that she engaged in an affair with a congressional aide were made public last week.
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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: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Newsweek:
Exclusive: U.S. Has Plan to Send Tanks and Troops to ‘Secure’ Syria Oil Fields Amid Withdrawal  —  The United States has drawn up a plan to send troops and tanks to guard Syria's eastern oil fields amid a withdrawal from the country's north, Newsweek has learned.
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
State Dept. ordered to turn over Ukraine documents  —  WASHINGTON — In what could prove a highly consequential ruling, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to start turning over documents regarding potentially improper White House influence on diplomacy in Ukraine.
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
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Melissa Leon / Fox News:
Judge orders State Department to produce Ukraine documents
Discussion: ABC News and Occupy Democrats
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Watch AOC ask Mark Zuckerberg if she can run fake Facebook ads, too  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came prepared with questions for Mark Zuckerberg when he appeared on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019.  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  Zuckerberg's answer on whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Daniel Tovrov / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dropshipping journalism  —  No one working at Newsweek can tell me why it still exists  —  On March 20, Nancy Cooper, the editor in chief of Newsweek, sent an email to her editorial staff.  The subject was “What is a Newsweek story?”—an odd question at an eighty-six-year-old newsmagazine once considered …
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.
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.”
Bloomberg:
How to Halt Global Warming for $300 Billion  — UN scientists say reclaiming wasteland could capture carbon  — Global effort would stall emissions growth for up to 20 years  —  $300 billion.  That's the money needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years …
ABC News:
Trump campaign scoops up Biden's Latino voter web address, trolls his voter outreach  —  It didn't take long for the Trump campaign to figure out how to troll former Vice President Joe Biden moments after his campaign announced a Latino voter outreach program on Wednesday.
Discussion: RedState and New York Post
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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New York Times:
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Hannah Jones / City Pages:
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