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8:15 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 …
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The President Has No Defense  —  It's hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump's defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.  —  On its face, Taylor's testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks.
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
The Daily Beast:   Pompeo Gets Drawn Deeper—Way Deeper—Into the Ukraine Scandal
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
John Bolton, welcome to the Resistance?
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
Melissa Leon / Fox News:
Judge orders State Department to produce Ukraine documents
Discussion: ABC News
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
An anonymous book? No thanks.
Washington Post:
The White House resorts to character assassination of courageous public servants
Discussion: Reason, Hullabaloo and Bloomberg
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.
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why it's stupid to bring cellphones into a congressional SCIF
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:   House Republicans May Have Committed Some Light Treason
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's why the Matt Gaetz sit-in stunt was particularly weird
Discussion: archive.fo
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:
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 …
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:
Pentagon's Ukraine expert provides impeachment testimony after Republican protest causes 5-hour delay  —  The planned impeachment testimony from a Pentagon official responsible for Ukraine policy resumed Wednesday afternoon after several of President Trump's congressional allies staged …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No. 2 GOP senator: ‘Picture coming out of’ diplomat's testimony ‘not a good one’
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
CBS News:
Top Republicans demand Democrats call whistleblower to testify publicly
Discussion: Axios and The Federalist Papers
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
Kurt Bardella / The Atlantic:
Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan's Astounding Hypocrisy
Discussion: Bloomberg, twitchy.com and The Guardian
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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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
 
 
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