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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Ambassador's cellphone call to Trump from Kyiv restaurant was a stunning breach of security, former officials say  —  A U.S. ambassador's cellphone call to President Trump from a restaurant in the capital of Ukraine last summer was a stunning breach of security, exposing the conversation …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Crazy for Trump: On the G.O.P. Plan to Keep Impeachment Partisan  —  The hearings open with diplomatic gravitas—and nutty conspiracy theories.  —  It didn't take long for the crazy to start.  Even before the first two witnesses in the public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump had been sworn …
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
Dems trot out new charge as initial focus of impeachment hearings falls flat  —  Wednesday's first impeachment hearings showed Democrats have shifted the focus to bribery.  There is a strategy here.  —  Most of the debate over President Trump's dealings with the Ukrainian government …
Discussion: Geller Report News
Just Security:
Highlights of Taylor-Kent Hearing and Connections to Other Witnesses  —  House Democrats kicked off public impeachment hearings on Wednesday with the testimony of Bill Taylor, the current top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the current deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
George Kent and the Bow Tie of History  —  As the impeachment hearings began, the first witness made an unexpected fashion statement — and everyone noticed.  —  Amid all the debate and various through-the-mirror interpretations of Day 1 of the public impeachment inquiry, all the grandstanding …
Discussion: PolitiFact, Vox and The Daily Beast
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
The Impeachment Hearings Get Off to a Subdued Start  —  “It's not as outlandish as it could be.”  Ambassador Bill Taylor's description of the Trump administration's backchannels to the Ukraine could have just as easily applied to the first day of the impeachment hearings itself.
Reuters:
Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers tried their hand at reality television with mixed results on Wednesday as they presented arguments to the American public for the impeachment of a former star of the genre, Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Diplomats who look and sound the part provide vivid testimony about Trump and Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Blade
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his ‘parody’ of Trump-Zelensky call
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:   George Kent, top State Department Ukraine expert, helps Democrats debunk GOP theories
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Impeachment Is Not a Fair Fight, and on Day One It Showed
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Hill and ABC News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Plenty of substance but little drama on first day of impeachment hearings
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Slate
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
At hearing, Republicans carry forward Trump's effort to make lies into truths
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
President Trump calls public impeachment testimony a ‘joke’
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump denies discussing Ukraine investigations with Sondland in July phone call
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
Testimony at 1st impeachment hearing: Trump asked about Ukraine ‘investigations’
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Congress can seek eight years of Trump's tax records, appeals court rules  —  Congress can seek eight years of President Trump's tax records, according to a federal appeals court order Wednesday that moves the separation-of-powers conflict one step closer to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: HuffPost, Axios and Political Wire
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Rejects Trump's Appeal in Fight to Keep Financial Records From Congress  —  The decision almost certainly paves the way for a major Supreme Court case over President Trump's stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts.  —  WASHINGTON — A full federal appeals court on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren buys CNBC commercial time to blast billionaires in a fiery new campaign ad  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is firing back against a group of billionaires who have criticized her plans with a new TV ad set to air on CNBC later this week.  — The ad takes aim at longtime investor …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   A New Candidate for Obama's Rightful Heir
CBS News:
Deval Patrick expected to announce he is running for president
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Washington Post:
Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries  —  Some Republican senators and their advisers are privately discussing whether to pressure GOP leaders to stage a lengthy impeachment trial beginning in January to scramble the Democratic presidential race …
Discussion: The Week and Breitbart
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell suggests he will not cut short impeachment trial
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Plurality in battleground states support Trump's impeachment: poll  —  A plurality of voters in key battleground states support impeaching and removing President Trump from office, according to new data from Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC.  —  Priorities USA surveyed 2,500 voters in Florida …
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New York Times:
Manafort's 2016 Gambit: A Back Channel From Trump Camp to Labor
Discussion: The Hill
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
For dignity's sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket  —  Of course Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) took his seat Wednesday morning, at the opening of the public impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, wearing nothing but his shirtsleeves.  No suit jacket.  That's how Jordan dresses.  It's his power move.
New York Times:
He Invited Donald Trump Jr. to Campus.  Now He's Facing Impeachment.  —  The student body president of the University of Florida is under fire for using student fees to host one of President Trump's sons.  —  A sitting president is facing impeachment, accused of collusion and abusing his power.
The Daily Beast:
Probe: State Department Punished Staffer Over Iranian Heritage, Politics  —  That's the conclusion of the much-delayed Office of the Inspector General's inquiry into claims of political retaliation against State Department officials.  —  A long-awaited State Department watchdog report …
Discussion: The Cut, Politico and NBC News
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Trump aides retaliated against State staffer of Iranian descent, probe finds
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Democrats call for Stephen Miller to resign after leak of xenophobic emails  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center released a cache of hundreds of emails Tuesday leaked by a former Breitbart writer who corresponded with Miller between 2015 and 2016.  —  Several prominent Democrats have called …
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utahpolicy.com:
Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the 2020 Utah governor's race on Thursday  —  Former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to formally announce Thursday he's running for governor next year, UtahPolicy.com learned Wednesday night.  —  Huntsman, 59, will make a swing through Southern Utah …
Discussion: Deseret News and The Hill
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people.  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) …
BuzzFeed News:
An Italian Newspaper Has Published An Audio Recording From Someone Claiming To Be Joseph Mifsud  —  An Italian newspaper has received an audio recording from someone who claims to be Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign.
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
John Durham interviewed Australian diplomat whose tip prompted Trump-Russia investigation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
'I don't remember' Trump asking for news conference clearing him of wrongdoing in Ukraine call, Barr says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Profiles in Thinking About Courage: inside ‘A Warning’ by Anonymous
Discussion: The Guardian