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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo  —  In a substantial update to his initial account, Gordon D. Sondland recounted how he told Ukrainian officials military aid was tied to their commitment to investigations President Trump wanted.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sondland reverses himself on Ukraine, confirming quid pro quo  —  Gordon Sondland, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry, revealed that he told a top Ukrainian official that hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid would “likely” be held up unless the country's government announced investigations …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘It kept getting more insidious’: What Sondland and Volker told Trump impeachment investigators  —  House impeachment investigators on Tuesday released the transcripts of the hours-long testimony of two diplomats involved in carrying out an alleged shadow foreign policy campaign aimed …
NBC News:
Sondland changes testimony, acknowledges delivering quid pro quo message to Ukraine
Discussion: MSNBC and Liberty Unyielding
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Mulvaney Summoned to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:   It Was a Corrupt Quid Pro Quo
NBC News:
Here's how to watch tonight's elections in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia
VIDEO: Leaked ABC News Insider Recording EXPOSES #EpsteinCoverup “We had Clinton, We had Everything” … • “I've Had This Story for Three Years...  (ABC) Would Not Put It on The Air” says Good Morning America Breaking News Anchor, and 20/20 Co-Anchor Amy Robach.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
ABC's Excuse for Failing to Report on Jeffrey Epstein Makes Absolutely No Sense  —  James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, has released an explosive “hot mic” video of Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach venting …
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Pence aide likely to testify in impeachment inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)A senior adviser to Vice President Mike Pence is likely to comply with a request to testify on Thursday in front of the committees leading the impeachment inquiry, multiple sources say.  —  Jennifer Williams …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Olear / Newsweek:
Mike Pence knew |  Opinion  —  The Zelensky call accomplished what the Mueller report could not.  Once again, the president abused his power and tried to cover it up.  This time, it will cost him.  As a consequence of the Ukraine scandal, the House will impeach Donald Trump, and the Senate will find ample cause to convict him.
Joe Biden / Medium:
I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career  —  The other day I was accused by one of my opponents of running in the wrong primary.  Pretty amazing.  On one level, it is kind of funny.  —  I have fought for the Democratic party my whole career.  I know what we stand for, who we stand with and what we believe.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
The latest impeachment transcripts reveal how deeply embarrassing this process is for Republicans defending Donald Trump  —  ‘Our GOP colleagues basically have nothing except some discredited old conspiracy theories’  —  As Donald Trump strode onstage to deliver remarks at a Lexington …
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Inside Adam Schiff's Impeachment Game Plan
Discussion: Raw Story and
Washington Post:
House GOP eyes committee shake-up ahead of Trump impeachment hearings
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says Sen. Elizabeth Warren ‘vilifies successful people’  — Dimon on Sen. Warren: “She uses some pretty harsh words, you know, some would say vilifies successful people,” he said.  “I don't like vilifying anybody.  I think we should applaud successful people.”
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren slams Twitter for a policy that bans ads from groups fighting climate change
Discussion: Slate, more at Techmeme »
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would acquit President Donald Trump if an impeachment trial were held today.  —  “I will say I'm pretty sure how it's likely to end,” McConnell told reporters.
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Daily Caller
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump called woman who says he sexually assaulted her, phone records show  —  More than a decade ago, Donald Trump made phone calls from his cell phone to a former candidate on “The Apprentice” around the same time that she says he sexually assaulted her, according to phone records made public Tuesday.
ABC News:
Phone records provide ‘irrefutable proof’ of sexual assault allegations against Trump, lawyer says
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
‘Who built this beautiful place?’  Despite Trump's visits to his properties, some of his businesses show new signs of financial decline.  —  “What a beautiful ballroom,” President Trump said as he walked into a campaign fundraiser recently at a hotel in downtown Chicago.  —  Donors laughed.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Struggling Trump Tower Chicago cuts amenities, costs to get by
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Medical emergencies and Milo Yiannopoulos: Roger Stone's trial opens  —  Only minutes after the first potential juror took the witness stand, Roger Stone abruptly left the courtroom, apparently ill. Moments later, a spectator started moaning and collapsed.  —  Everyone from the judge …
NBC News:
Roger Stone's food poisoning forces him to leave jury selection in his trial
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts  —  Rep. Devin Nunes' attorney last month demanded that his 2018 Democratic political opponent pressure an anonymous social media writer to delete comments on Twitter that mock Republican Nunes “day and night.”
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
At least 10 members of Mormon family brutally killed in Mexico; about a dozen still missing  —  Daniel Gonzalez Adrianna RodriguezArizona Republic  —  MEXICO CITY — At least 10 members of a prominent Mormon family, three mothers and their young children, were killed in a shooting attack …
New York Times:
9 Members of Mormon Family in Mexico Are Killed in Ambush
Washington Post:
“The Mueller Report Illustrated” to be published by The Washington Post and Scribner  —  A graphic nonfiction book of the special counsel's obstruction investigation  —  Scribner and The Washington Post, which teamed together in April 2019 to produce the #1 bestselling book edition of The Mueller Report …
Washington Post:
Mueller Report Illustrated
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Inside TikTok: A culture clash where U.S. views about censorship often were overridden by the Chinese bosses  —  Managers insist they are revamping policies to give American staff greater autonomy from Beijing.  —  The wildly popular short-video app TikTok has become one of the world's …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Hawley takes aim at TikTok and China in congressional hearing
Alex Roarty / Wichita Eagle:
Trump wants to win even more rural votes in 2020.  Democrats are scrambling to catch up  —  Corey Bauch is eager to explain why he regrets not voting for Donald Trump.  —  The 44-year old-agreed to meet with me last week in this rural Wisconsin town (population of 1,500), where he has lived most of his life.
Partisan Opinion on Trump Digs in  —  Public support for impeachment inquiry, but few have a lot of trust in it  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Donald Trump's approval rating remains stable as the impeachment inquiry intensifies, with evidence that both sides of public opinion are digging in.
Adam Schiff / USA Today:
Schiff: Trump betrayed America.  Soon the public will hear from patriots who defended it.  —  The Ukraine call was one piece of a larger operation to redirect US foreign policy to benefit Trump's personal interests, not the national interest.  —  A little over one month has passed since …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
“They Allowed It”: A Justice Department Employee Said She Was Raped By A Senior Official.  New Documents Show A Pattern Of Harassment At The Department.  —  WASHINGTON — In December 2018, the Justice Department's inspector general dropped a bombshell: Investigators had “substantiated” …
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BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Allegedly Talked Biden Dirt With Ukraine's Former Prime Minister
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Trump ally Alan Dershowitz and ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh are lobbying for an Israeli billionaire …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Allies Are Spreading Dirt About Bannon Behind the Scenes
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