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5:30 PM ET, October 23, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why it's stupid to bring cellphones into a congressional SCIF  —  It is not very clever to bring a cellphone into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or a SCIF.  Doing so risks allowing hostile actors to collect sensitive information from safeguarded national security information networks.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Slate
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:
Pentagon Tried to Block Inquiry Witness: 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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, The Guardian and Slate
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 …
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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Sean Duffy Gets Repeatedly Owned In Bonkers CNN Segment: 'My Nose Isn't a Heat-Seeking Missile …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How much more of Donald Trump can Republicans possibly take?
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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Joe Biden blasts Trump for ‘squandering’ a strong economy and forgetting the middle class
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Little Change for Dem Field
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Judge orders State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records
Discussion: Axios
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
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
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.
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: Iowa Starting Line and The Hill
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Taylor Hatmaker / The Daily Beast:
Big Tech Trumpkin Palmer Luckey's Latest Troll? Donating to AOC.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Meet the Fox reporter who is bedeviling Trump on Syria
Discussion: CNN
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Scoop: Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network
Discussion: The Hill
John Cornyn / El Paso Times:
After El Paso and Odessa shootings, my plan to reduce mass violence: Sen. John Cornyn
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Politico and The Hill
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Texas House speaker won't seek reelection in wake of scandal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to Republicans: Defend Trump on process
Pew Research Center:
National Politics on Twitter: Small Share of U.S. Adults Produce Majority of Tweets
Discussion: CNN, Axios, Vox and TechCrunch
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Syria disagreement with Trump used as a pretext for Mattis's departure as Pentagon chief, new book says
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
After Meeting with Matt Lauer, He Has a Compelling Story, But Is There a Fair Place to Tell It?
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
We've Already Seen Twice As Many Presidential TV Ads As At This Point In The 2016 Election
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Rick Wiles: ‘There Is Going to Be Violence in America’ if Trump is Removed From Office
Discussion: DeadState and Mediaite
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Mitt Romney, It's Time
Matt Labash / New York Times:
Not Your Father's Masculinity  —  Meet the “new man”: whatever others say he is.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?