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2:10 AM ET, October 23, 2019

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Washington Post:
Opening statement of Ambassador William B. Taylor  —  William B. Taylor, the senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before impeachment investigators Tuesday.  Read the story here.  —  Don't see the document?  Click here to download the pdf.
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Washington Post:
Here's the quid pro quo proof, Lindsey Graham  —  SEN. LINDSEY O. Graham, one of President Trump's most ardent defenders in the Ukraine affair, has said he sees no evidence of wrongdoing in the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Mr. Trump pressed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens and 2016 election, U.S. envoy says he was told  —  America's top diplomat in Ukraine delivered a forceful blow to President Trump's account of his “perfect” dealings with that nation, telling lawmakers Tuesday …
Michael Warren / CNN:
5 explosive lines from Bill Taylor's statement
Discussion: Power Line and Shareblue Media
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   6 Key Revelations of Taylor's Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators
Associated Press:
Key takeaways from ambassador's testimony on Ukraine
Discussion: KTLA and Associated Press
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
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Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“MICHAEL COHEN IS NOW EVEN MORE VALUABLE THAN BEFORE”: THE PRESIDENT'S FORMER ATTORNEY OFFERS DIRT ON GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS  —  Cohen's SDNY cooperation could continue with new details about the Ukraine case.  Could it lighten his sentence?  —  History certainly felt like it was repeating itself.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Prosecutors flagged possible ties between Ukrainian gas tycoon and Giuliani associates  —  When two business associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, were arrested this month on charges that they funneled foreign money into U.S. elections, federal prosecutors working on a different case in Chicago took note.
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Indicted Giuliani associate Igor Fruman taps Manafort attorney
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month.
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Anonymous Trump official who wrote New York Times op-ed has a book coming out
Michael Calderone / Politico:
White House to cancel Times, Post subscriptions after Trump's ‘Hannity’ comments
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Ruoqi Zhang / The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Student Groups Condemn The Crimson's Coverage of Abolish ICE Rally
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Reason
The Daily Beast:
Trump Whines That Senate Republicans Are Failing Him on Impeachment and Not Owning Nearly Enough Libs  —  The president and his advisers want Republicans in the Senate to stage their own hearings to counteract what's happening in the House.  —  President Trump, his advisers …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
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Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block two election security bills
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Joe Biden said in 1998 that Clinton impeachment could be seen as ‘partisan lynching’  —  McCarthy breaks with Trump over ‘lynching’ comment  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump's comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry to a …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
How Centrist Democrats Botched the 2020 Primary  —  A specter is haunting “pro-business Democrats” — the specter of change they can't believe in.  —  With just over three months until Iowa gets caucusing, Elizabeth Warren is their party's front-runner.  She's running neck and neck …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Leaked Video Shows Elizabeth Warren Backing Away From Bernie's Medicare for All Plan
Washington Post:
Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party's prospects in 2020  —  When the 2020 Democratic presidential contest kicked off earlier this year, the massive field was hailed as the most diverse in history, with candidates who spanned the ideological spectrum and offered enough in a broad buffet of options to excite any voter.
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:   Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Going to Be ‘Very, Very Hard’ to Beat if He's Not Impeached
Politico:
We're talking about the president's racial rhetoric again  —  DONALD TRUMP, more than any modern-day president, has employed racially charged rhetoric.  Whether he means it or not, it forces a day of news coverage, standing up his allies against his foes.  And in this instance, for this day …
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NBC News:
Feds charge California investor who donated $900K to Trump inaugural committee  —  Imaad Zuberi pleaded guilty to making nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to various presidential election campaigns and other candidates for elected office.  —  A California venture capitalist …
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Marnie Cathcart / Justice Centre …:
BC Human Rights Tribunal rules in favour of female estheticians who refused to wax male genitalia  —  VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) is pleased to announce that the BC Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in favour of home estheticians' right to refuse to handle male genitalia against their will.
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Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
BREAKING: Jessica Yaniv loses cases against women who wouldn't “wax her balls”
Discussion: NB Blog and The Gateway Pundit
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump's D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group's Kurdish solidarity event  —  A Christian aid group that planned a gathering to honor and pray for the Kurdish people at President Trump's hotel in Washington were told by hotel staff this week that the event was canceled, according to two members of the aid group.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Support for impeaching Trump soars among independents - Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump surged among political independents and rose by three percentage points overall since last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide  —  Freshman Rep. Katie Hill is denying allegations that she had an improper relationship with a congressional staffer, and blamed the controversy on an “abusive husband” whom she is in the midst of divorcing.
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘The White House is not to be trusted right now’  —  Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, “iced out” and blindsided by presidential decisions he disagreed with, grew increasingly wary of President Donald Trump's leadership, even losing his cool in private meetings and plotting to quit nearly half …
Discussion: Defense One
Bloomberg:
Trump Floats Mulvaney Replacements Including Mnuchin and Conway  — Mulvaney's standing is unsteady following news conference  — Removing Mnuchin from Treasury could disturb volatile markets  —  Donald Trump has for weeks been privately testing the idea of replacing his chief of staff …
New York Times:
In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats  —  He brokered a White House meeting for Hungary's prime minister.  He spends $320,000 on parties and takes positions at odds with American policy.  He says he knows what President Trump wants.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
New Evidence Hints at Another Justice Department Coverup  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) released evidence on Tuesday that the Justice Department buried the whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian president by failing to refer the matter to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
Discussion: emptywheel
Washington Post:
Just in time for skating season, Trump's company scrubs his name from N.Y. ice rinks  —  NEW YORK — At two of President Trump's oldest businesses — a pair of ice rinks in Central Park, which Trump has run since the 1980s — Trump Organization employees did something unusual in the past few weeks.
Discussion: The Guardian and New York Times
Paul Cobler / Dallas Morning News:
World Series tradition on hold: No D.C. senator for Texans to bet against as Astros face Nationals  —  Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have no counterparts to bet against as Houston faces Washington, a capital city fighting for statehood — something they both oppose.
 
 
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
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Mike Fitts / Post and Courier:
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Fox News:
Durham's probe into possible FBI misconduct expanded based on new evidence, sources say
Discussion: Townhall
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Pressed on transgender comments, HUD's Carson says political correctness is ‘going to destroy our nation’
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Shareblue Media
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Steve Bannon launches radio show and podcast on impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Vox and Mediaite, more at Techmeme »
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
McConnell denies telling Trump his Ukraine call was “innocent”
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Loses a Critical Brexit Vote, Throwing the Process Into Disarray
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Discussion: National Review