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TMZ.com:
Matt Gaetz Says Storming Impeachment Hearings was Like ‘300’  —  Congressman Matt Gaetz sure is feeling himself after leading the blitz of House Republicans into private impeachment hearings — delaying them for hours — and he's glowing about scoring brownie points with POTUS.
Discussion: UPI
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's why the Matt Gaetz sit-in stunt was particularly weird  —  Allies of President Trump are still trying to get their sea legs in response to the still-expanding scandal involving Trump's efforts to compel Ukraine to launch investigations helpful to him.
Washington Post:
House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Republicans Stormed Into The Impeachment Investigation's Secure Room, And It Was Absolute Madness
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No. 2 GOP senator: ‘Picture coming out of’ diplomat's testimony ‘not a good one’
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Ursula Perano / Axios:   13 Republicans involved in impeachment protest already have access to hearings
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:   House Republicans May Have Committed Some Light Treason
The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Literally Storm the Impeachment Hearings
CNN:
Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney, sources say  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.  —  The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Raw Story
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CNN:
How two businessmen hustled to profit from access to Rudy Giuliani and the Trump administration  —  Washington (CNN)Long before they burst onto the national scene with their high-profile arrests at Dulles International Airport earlier this month, Soviet-born businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman …
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 …
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador to E.U. ‘does not recall’ threatening Ukraine over funding, attorney says  —  House Democrats say testimony provided Tuesday by William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, could prove devastating to President Trump, showing he had his E.U. ambassador attempt to extort Ukraine using taxpayer money.
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Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
Trump Pressed Ukraine's President to Act Out a Fake News Script, Live on CNN
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The President Has No Defense  —  It's hard to overstate …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and ABC News
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn: Not a bad idea to get U.S. troops out of the way if Turkey planned to ‘ethnically cleanse the Kurds’  —  The Texas Republican isn't happy about the abrupt U.S. withdrawal but lauded Trump's move, even if it left Kurdish allies unprotected.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn lauded …
Discussion: Contemptor and spiked
New York Times:
Trump's War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him  —  The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged.  —  WASHINGTON — Nameless, faceless and voiceless, the C.I.A. officer who first triggered …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Katie Hill says she had ‘inappropriate’ relationship with campaign staffer and is under House investigation  —  Rep. Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita) is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee after allegations that she engaged in an affair with a congressional aide were made public last week.
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Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:   Texts Reveal Concern About Katie Hill Drinking, Missing Flights
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
If Republicans don't stand by Trump, they risk losing their base forever  —  The Republican Party risks exile for longer than it has endured in the modern era if, in the absence of incontrovertible evidence of actual “high crimes and misdemeanors,” it deserts President Trump during the campaign to remove him from office.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Klobuchar qualifies for November debate  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) became the ninth candidate to qualify for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in November.  —  Klobuchar qualified after getting 3 percent support in a national poll conducted by Quinnipaic University that was released Thursday morning.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
MSNBC announces four all-star female moderators for November debate
Anna Momigliano / New York Times:
Italy Did Not Fuel U.S. Suspicion of Russian Meddling, Prime Minister Says  —  Casting holes in a Trump conspiracy theory, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed details of two visits to Rome by Attorney General William P. Barr.  —  ROME — Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB looking into longtime umpire Rob Drake's tweet  —  Longtime major league umpire Rob Drake tweeted that he planned to buy an assault rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!  #MAGA2020”, according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
State Dept. ordered to turn over Ukraine documents  —  WASHINGTON — In what could prove a highly consequential ruling, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to start turning over documents regarding potentially improper White House influence on diplomacy in Ukraine.
Discussion: RedState
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The Daily Beast:
Pompeo Gets Drawn Deeper—Way Deeper—Into the Ukraine Scandal
Melissa Leon / Fox News:
Judge orders State Department to produce Ukraine documents
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, UPI and ABC News
CNN:
Biden allies intensify push for super PAC after lackluster fundraising quarter  —  Washington (CNN)A coalition of top Democratic strategists and donors are intensifying conversations about setting up an outside group to bolster Joe Biden's presidential candidacy, people familiar with the matter tell CNN …
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and RedState
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Maggie Severns / Politico:   Biden is raising big money from big donors, so why is he behind?
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row  —  Javaid Rehman says 7 minors were put to death last year and 2 so far this year; killings come despite human rights law prohibiting death penalty for anyone under age 18  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran executed seven child offenders …
Wall Street Journal:
Schiff's Secret Bombshells  —  If the testimony is so damning for Trump, why not make it public?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Bombshell.  The walls are closing in.  Donald Trump's defense has collapsed.  The quid pro quo has been proven, the case for impeachment is obvious …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How America's far-left could help re-elect Donald Trump  —  If America's Democrats could adopt a rule on how not to lose elections, it should be to impose a gag on Hillary Clinton.  As it is, Mrs Clinton may already have tweaked the course of the 2020 presidential race.
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Education Official to Resign and Call for Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness  —  A. Wayne Johnson, appointed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, calls the student-loan system ‘fundamentally broken’  —  WASHINGTON—A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Watch AOC ask Mark Zuckerberg if she can run fake Facebook ads, too  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came prepared with questions for Mark Zuckerberg when he appeared on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019.  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  Zuckerberg's answer on whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Daniel Tovrov / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dropshipping journalism  —  No one working at Newsweek can tell me why it still exists  —  On March 20, Nancy Cooper, the editor in chief of Newsweek, sent an email to her editorial staff.  The subject was “What is a Newsweek story?”—an odd question at an eighty-six-year-old newsmagazine once considered …
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Mental Impairment Means He Cannot Think Strategically or in Abstract Terms,’ Claims Professor of Psychiatry  —  A psychiatry professor claimed President Donald Trump is so mentally impaired that he cannot think in abstract terms and can only view things in a one-dimensional way.
 
 
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
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Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: GU Politics and The Daily Caller
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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