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3:55 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 …
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 …
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: CNN, Raw Story and News & Guts Media
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Sean Duffy Gets Repeatedly Owned In Bonkers CNN Segment: 'My Nose Isn't a Heat-Seeking Missile …
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Trump Will Be Impeached
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Impeachment deposition delayed after Republicans storm proceedings  —  Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secure facility inside the Capitol where impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses, forcing a delay to the proceedings on the heels of damning new revelations …
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Cooper testimony begins after five-hour delay caused by House Republicans barging into secure room  —  The group of GOP representatives, who are not on the committees hearing the depositions, delayed closed-door testimony from Laura Cooper, the Pentagon official who oversees Ukraine policy.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Republicans storm closed impeachment hearing in protest
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Evan Sully / Bloomberg:
Cooper Testimony Starts After GOP Disruption: 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 …
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:   Vice President Mike Pence's Big Brother Is Sitting In On Congress's Closed-Door Impeachment Depositions
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Nunes protégé fed Ukraine info to Trump  —  A protégé of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes was among those passing negative information about Ukraine to President Donald Trump earlier this year, fueling the president's belief that Ukraine was brimming with corruption …
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.
Pete Williams / NBC News:   Trump's lawyers argue he can't be charged while in office — even if he shoots someone
Washington Post:   In court hearing, Trump lawyer argues a sitting president would be immune from prosecution …
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.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Little Change for Dem Field
Discussion: The Hill
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: Politico, Axios, MSNBC and Political Wire
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   McConnell to Republicans: Defend Trump on process
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi and McConnell are on an impeachment collision course
Discussion: The Hill
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   GOP senators warn Trump he risks political harm from impeachment with chaotic approach
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.”
Michael Riccardi /   New York City Bar Calls for US AG William Barr's Recusal in Ukraine Matter
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.
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:
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
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Susan Collins Will Oppose Controversial Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi  —  She is the first Republican senator to come out against Trump's court pick, who has a record of opposing rights for women, LGBTQ people and minorities.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Wednesday that she will vote …
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘Abuse of Power Is Not a Crime’: Trump's Former Attorney General Defines His Credo  —  It is through his attorneys general that President Trump has always expressed his authoritarian vision in its purest form.  He first appointed Jeff Sessions solely because, Trump said, he believed Sessions was “loyal.”
Discussion: Vox, The Hill, HuffPost and Washington Times
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Former Acting Attorney General: ‘Abuse of Power Is Not a Crime’
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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 …
Pew Research Center:
National Politics on Twitter: Small Share of U.S. Adults Produce Majority of Tweets  —  Those who strongly disapprove of Trump produce majority of tweets from U.S. adults that mention national politics  —  The social media platform Twitter plays a prominent role in how politicians …
Discussion: CNN, Axios, Vox and TechCrunch
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Bernie Sanders Pledges to End Practice of Prosecuting Whistleblowers Under the Espionage Act
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Judge orders State Department to release Ukraine records in 30 days
Discussion: Political Wire
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Texas House speaker won't seek reelection in wake of scandal
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump on the Situation in Northern Syria
Discussion: CNSNews
Kurt Bardella / The Atlantic:
Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan's Astounding Hypocrisy
Discussion: Bloomberg, Slate and The Guardian
Jacob Howland / The James G. Martin Center …:
The Intimidation Game: Bullying and Retaliation at the University of Tulsa
Discussion: National Review
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Syria disagreement with Trump used as a pretext for Mattis's departure as Pentagon chief, new book says
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
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Discussion: DeadState and Mediaite
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Mitt Romney, It's Time
Rachel Holliday Smith / The City:
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Matt Labash / New York Times:
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Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America freaks out over Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Breitbart and CleanTechnica
Washington Post:
How a Beltway power couple and a political newcomer learned to thrive in the Trump era