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2:25 PM ET, October 23, 2019


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New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze by 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Trump Will Be Impeached
Discussion: New York Times
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Rick Perry: I never heard the President say Biden
ABC News:
The Note: GOP weariness grows as Trump defenses give way
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Trump Backed GOP Plan to Protest Inquiry: 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 to testify during …
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Republicans storm closed impeachment hearing in protest  —  More than a dozen House Republicans attempted to force entry Wednesday into the closed-door hearing where Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense, is scheduled to testify in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and Ukraine.
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP lawmakers storm closed impeachment proceeding and demand access
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Daily Kos
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, Political Wire and MSNBC
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
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.
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 …
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Mitt Romney, It's Time
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   GOP senators warn Trump he risks political harm from impeachment with chaotic approach
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says U.S. will lift sanctions on Turkey, calling cease-fire in Syria ‘permanent’
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:
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Syria disagreement with Trump used as a pretext for Mattis's departure as Pentagon chief, new book says  —  “Holding the Line,” by a former staff member, details the retired general losing influence with Trump.  —  Increasingly embattled and isolated, former defense secretary Jim Mattis used …
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: Axios, Vox and TechCrunch
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Vice President Mike Pence's Big Brother Is Sitting In On Congress's Closed-Door Impeachment Depositions  —  WASHINGTON — As dozens of House members in charge of the impeachment investigations sit in on closed-door depositions about Ukraine, at least one person in the room has unusually close ties …
Kurt Bardella / The Atlantic:
Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan's Astounding Hypocrisy  —  For eight years, House Republicans searched for a “smoking gun” that could unravel the presidency of Barack Obama.  They presided over hundreds of oversight hearings, issued more than 100 subpoenas, held the attorney general in contempt of Congress …
Discussion: Bloomberg, and Slate
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Rick Wiles: ‘There Is Going to Be Violence in America’ if Trump is Removed From Office  —  End Times broadcaster, rabid anti-Semite, and ardent conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles warned on his “TruNews” program last night that if President Donald Trump is removed from office, Trump supporters who …
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
After Meeting with Matt Lauer, He Has a Compelling Story, But Is There a Fair Place to Tell It?  —  Tuesday, I took a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New York so that I could spend most of the day speaking with former NBC News anchor Matt Lauer about his version of the events that resulted …
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Hannah Jones / City Pages:
Warrant issued for Republican challenger Danielle Stella's arrest
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathleen Ronayne / NBC4 Washington:
Harris, Colleagues Seek Ukraine Info Via Public Records Law
Jacob Howland / The James G. Martin Center …:
The Intimidation Game: Bullying and Retaliation at the University of Tulsa
Discussion: National Review
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
We've Already Seen Twice As Many Presidential TV Ads As At This Point In The 2016 Election
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Stephen Miller pushback: ‘Permanent bureaucracy a mortal threat to America’
Discussion: Instapundit and Raw Story
Jared Whitley / Real Clear Politics:
Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Shut Up?
Discussion: Power Line
Special Counsel Temporarily Suspends Knowing Hatch Act Violators Without Pay
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Giuliani-Style ‘Shadow’ Diplomacy: Par for the Course of U.S. History
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Rachel Holliday Smith / The City:
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Matt Labash / New York Times:
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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: Breitbart and CleanTechnica
Washington Post:
How a Beltway power couple and a political newcomer learned to thrive in the Trump era
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Katie Couric Steamrolls Sheryl Sandberg in Roving Vanity Fair Summit Interview
Tim Skubick / WLNS-TV:
Poll shows U.S. Senate race a toss-up