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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 …
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Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Impeachment Is Not a Fair Fight, and on Day One It Showed  —  If it looked like House Republicans were throwing a lot of mud at the wall to see what might stick during the first day of public impeachment hearings, that's because they had settled into a strategy many defense attorneys adopt …
Just Security:
Highlights of Taylor-Kent Hearing and Connections to Other Witnesses
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Reuters:
Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang
Discussion: Mediaite
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
Dems trot out new charge as initial focus of impeachment hearings falls flat
Discussion: Geller Report News
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:
Axios' Swan Says Trump Team, White House Thinks They Won First Day of Impeachment Hearings: ‘They Feel Great Today’
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:   The Impeachment Hearings Get Off to a Subdued Start
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Diplomats who look and sound the part provide vivid testimony about Trump and Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Blade
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Plenty of substance but little drama on first day of impeachment hearings
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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Anton Troianovski / New York Times:   As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help
Matthias Williams / Reuters:
U.S. envoy Sondland did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukraine minister
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Erdogan upends Oval meeting to play anti-Kurd film on iPad  —  An Oval Office meeting yesterday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his iPad and made the group watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Political Wire and Mediaite
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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.) …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM  —  Subscribe  —  ☕ Good Thursday morning.  Today's Smart Brevity™ count: 1,198 words ... 4½ minutes.  —  1 big thing ... Scoop: Erdoğan upends Oval meeting to play anti-Kurd film on iPad  —  An Oval Office meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğ …
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
How Trump's ‘Green Light’ Moment in Syria Shook the World
Discussion: NPR and The Intercept
YouTube:
Deval Patrick Announcement Video  —  In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone:  —  I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.
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CNN:
Deval Patrick announces presidential campaign
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   A New Candidate for Obama's Rightful Heir
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
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Best Defense on Impeachment Undermines His Case for Re-Election  —  Insubordinate bureaucrats may save him from being removed from office, but they also show him to be a weak president.  —  The best defense of President Donald Trump on the first day of the House's public impeachment hearings came …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
George Kent and the Bow Tie of History
Discussion: PolitiFact, Vox and The Daily Beast
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Impeaching a president requires both a lens and a mirror
Discussion: MSNBC and Deseret News
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his ‘parody’ of Trump-Zelensky call
Discussion: Associated Press
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Mocks Bill Taylor, George Kent as ‘Self-Important Nerds’ Who ‘Believe in Their Own Superiority’  —  As the impeachment hearing was underway today, Rush Limbaugh said that both Bill Taylor and George Kent are “self-important nerds” who are only upset because the president wouldn't do foreign policy their way.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Nixon WH Lawyer John Dean: First Day of Trump Hearings Yielded More Damning Testimony Than All of Watergate
NBC News:
White House looks both to be in the impeachment fray — and appear above it
Discussion: The Bulwark, Politico and Reuters
CNN:
Exclusive: Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments  —  The hotel's biggest selling point though, according to a copy of the brochure seen by CNN, is the one thing that the Trump family insists it didn't take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Democrats and Republicans are telling us about Wednesday's impeachment show  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  DAY ONE IS OVER, and it's hard to encapsulate six hours of hearings in a single headline.  We spent the evening in the Capitol chatting up lawmakers, aides and reporters …
Blake Flayton / New York Times:
On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism  —  I am a young, gay, left-wing Jew.  Yet I am called an “apartheid-enabler,” a “baby killer” and a “colonial apologist.”  —  Mr. Flayton is a sophomore at George Washington University.  —  I have never done 23-and-me, nor have I “ancestry.com'd” myself.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Has a History of Demeaning Comments About Women  —  As he prepares a presidential run, Mr. Bloomberg's crude remarks are likely to draw scrutiny.  His team issued a statement saying that some of them were “disrespectful and wrong.”  —  It was a cheeky birthday gift …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC plunges into Louisiana gov's race amid signs of trouble  —  The Republican National Committee is pouring another $1 million into the Louisiana governor's race ahead of Saturday's runoff — a move that comes amid mounting GOP concerns about losing a second major election in a conservative state in as many weeks.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Bloomberg:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Plurality in battleground states support Trump's impeachment: poll
Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Probe: State Department Punished Staffer Over Iranian Heritage, Politics
Discussion: Politico and The Cut
utahpolicy.com:
Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the 2020 Utah governor's race on Thursday
Discussion: Deseret News and The Hill
Washington Post:
Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and The Week
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Profiles in Thinking About Courage: inside ‘A Warning’ by Anonymous
Discussion: The Guardian