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11:55 AM ET, October 23, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Contradicting Trump, Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze Before It Became Public  —  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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Opening statement of Ambassador William B. Taylor
Washington Post:
Here's the quid pro quo proof, Lindsey Graham
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
New testimony undercuts Trump's claim of no quid pro quo on Ukraine. How will Washington respond?
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: House Republicans barge into secure room, disrupt planned testimony in Trump impeachment inquiry  —  A group of House Republicans barged into a secure room at the Capitol on Wednesday where the latest witness in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry was set to testify, temporarily shutting down the proceedings.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How much more of Donald Trump can Republicans possibly take?  —  Burnett reveals most explosive lines from Taylor's testimony  —  (CNN)Everyone has a breaking point.  —  It's worth remembering that fact at this moment as congressional Republicans find themselves confronted with a cavalcade …
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way
Discussion: Politico
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   GOP senators warn Trump he risks political harm from impeachment with chaotic approach
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
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Mitt Romney, It's Time  —  Donald Trump has never feared another elected Republican.  Over the course of five years, he has bullied and insulted, mocked and complained about nearly every GOP officeholder past and present, including George W. Bush and Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeff Flake.
Jared Whitley / Real Clear Politics:
Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Shut Up?
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?  —  Analysis: Washington is bracing for the prospect that president may seek to let funding lapse in a bid to blame Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — Impeachment, meet government shutdown.  —  With funding for federal operations set to expire Nov. 21 …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and MSNBC
Heather Caygle / Politico:   Pelosi and McConnell are on an impeachment collision course
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's worst week ever
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘Abuse of Power Is Not a Crime’: Trump's Former Attorney General Defines His Credo
Discussion: Political Wire and HuffPost
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.
New York Times:
‘What Is Going to Happen to Us?’ Inside ISIS Prison, Children Ask Their Fate
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.
Special Counsel Temporarily Suspends Knowing Hatch Act Violators Without Pay  —  The two Defense Logistics Agency employees were aware of the law limiting political activity and in one case had received extensive training.  —  The Office of Special Counsel on Friday announced it had imposed …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 …
Rachel Holliday Smith / The City:
How Manhattan's City Bakery Crumbled, Under Weight of Debts  —  Walking into City Bakery on West 18th Street in Manhattan, it was hard to imagine the popular eatery with the best hot chocolate in New York and a famous pretzel croissant could ever crumble.  —  The roomy, bustling cafe brimmed …
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.
Vincent Wood / The Independent:
Hong Kong protests: China extradition bill officially killed as Beijing ‘considers replacing Carrie Lam’  —  'It's too little, too late' protestors say after controversial legislation formally withdrawn  —  Hong Kong authorities have formally withdrawn the unpopular extradition bill that sparked a months-long protest movement.
Discussion: Townhall
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Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Giuliani-Style ‘Shadow’ Diplomacy: Par for the Course of U.S. History
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Julie Tsirkin / NBC News:
Senators launch bipartisan climate change initiative
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Axios and UPI
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
As Trump seeks reelection, a growing army of immigrant voters stands in his path
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
As a Centrist Path Opens, Pete Buttigieg Moves Toward It
Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America freaks out over Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: CleanTechnica
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
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Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Impeachment Will Fail  —  Two elements of the turbulent current …
Discussion: New York Sun
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's ‘Lynching’
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
White House, Battling Impeachment, Looks to Coordinate With Hill GOP
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
We're about to hear a lot about Watergate. Here's how to tell if you're getting the real story.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Katie Couric Steamrolls Sheryl Sandberg in Roving Vanity Fair Summit Interview
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Support for impeaching Trump soars among independents: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: CNBC and The Hill
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump's D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group's Kurdish solidarity event
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘The White House is not to be trusted right now’
Joe Biden said in 1998 that Clinton impeachment could be seen as ‘partisan lynching’