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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Kept Pompeo Informed on Ukraine Pressure Campaign  —  The diplomat at the center of the impeachment inquiry looped in the secretary of state at key moments as American officials pushed for investigations sought by President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'It doesn't matter': House Republicans embrace ‘quid pro quo’  —  After saying they could not accept a quid pro quo, House Republicans say it no longer matters if President Trump tied $400 million in military aid earmarked for Ukraine to Kyiv agreeing to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Republicans' star impeachment witness turned on them  —  (CNN)Former US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was widely seen as Republicans' impeachment ace in the hole.  On Tuesday on Capitol Hill, it didn't work out that way.  —  Volker's opening statement repeatedly acknowledged …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A very bad impeachment hearings day for Donald Trump  —  Analysis: Four witnesses delivered testimony that was deeply damaging to Trump's remaining defenses against allegations that he was personally involved in an arms-for-investigations deal.  —  WASHINGTON — They both wore the uniforms …
Discussion: The Atlantic
The Daily Beast:
Sondland Was Talking to Zelensky Allies About Biden Investigations in Mid-May
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Even Republicans' preferred witnesses are implicating Trump
Discussion: New York Times
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This answer from Kurt Volker makes very little sense
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans should have thought twice before calling Volker and Morrison
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   We're All Kurt Volker  —  The “we” in the title is admittedly doing …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Spectacular Failure of the Trump Wranglers  —  Kurt Volker and many others tried to manage the President.  Impeachment is the result.  —  On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ari Feldman / The Forward:
Alexander Vindman's Family Under 24-Hour Security Monitoring After Twitter Targeting By Trump  —  The Army has placed Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine and a central figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and his family under 24-hour security monitoring …
The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Blasts Out Anti-Vindman Talking Points to Surrogates  —  It is the latest attack from the president's team on one of his employees.  —  The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees.
Josh Hammer / New York Post:
Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony
Discussion: Fox News
Adam Edelman / NBC News:   10 things we learned from a marathon day of impeachment testimony
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Pol: I Was Joking When I Asked Vindman To Be Our Defense Minister
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Should Stop Making ‘Ukrainegate’ About Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Lou Dobbs Guest Mocks Vindman: He's a ‘Deep State Crybaby’
Discussion: Washington Post and Contemptor
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment's trench warfare  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LET'S STEP BACK FOR ONE SECOND AND TAKE STOCK OF WHERE WE ARE ...  — IMPEACHMENT HASN'T WON ANY CONVERTS ... Despite hours and hours of testimony, reams of coverage and enough background briefings to make your eyes bleed, nobody is changing any votes here.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Washington Post:
‘Comes down to one guy’: In impeachment probe, all eyes turn to Gordon Sondland
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Political Wire
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
As President, Pete Buttigieg Wants to Give 25 Percent of Federal Contracts to Minorities.  As Mayor, He Gave 3 Percent.  —  One of the main tenets of Pete Buttigieg's plan to address racial inequality if he becomes president is a proposal to increase the number of federal contracting dollars …
Discussion: MIT Technology Review, GQ and USA Today
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Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley Used System for Unclassified Material to Send ‘Confidential’ Information  —  Newly released emails suggest that in 2017 the then-ambassador lost her password for classified communication and so used a different system.  —  North Korea had just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable …
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Obama's aides left notes in White House offices for Donald Trump's staff reading ‘You will fail’ and 'You're not going to make it', says press secretary Stephanie Grisham  — White House press secretary says Obama aides left mean notes behind when they departed the West Wing on January 20, 2017
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge intends to rule by Monday on House subpoena to Donald McGahn
Discussion: Political Wire
Yahoo News:
FBI seeks interview with CIA whistleblower  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI recently sought to question the CIA whistleblower who filed a complaint over President Trump's July 25 Ukraine call — a move that came after a vigorous internal debate within the bureau over how to respond to some of the issues raised …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say  —  Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is expected to be formally notified of the action on Wednesday.  —  The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
ANALYSIS: What if Trump was right about Ukraine?  —  One of the most important issues in President Trump's impeachment defense is also one of the least explored: To what degree were Trump's concerns about Ukraine valid?  It's well documented that the president fixated on Ukrainian activity …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Memo Given To Fusion GPS Described Ukrainian Lawmaker As Potential ‘Conduit’ For Publicizing Information
Sergii Leshchenko / KyivPost:
Republicans keep lying about me at impeachment hearings
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A White House Now ‘Cannibalizing Itself’  —  “On July 25th, along with several of my colleagues, I listened to a call between President Trump and President Zelensky, the content of which has since been publicly reported.  I found the July 25th phone call unusual because in contrast …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine's state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates.
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Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors to interview Ukrainian gas executive as part of probe into Giuliani and his associates
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Heather Schwedel / Slate:
An Interview With the Woman Who Strongly Needed Her Coffee During a Live Impeachment Hearing  —  Tuesday's award for the most amusing diversion from the minutia of the impeachment hearings goes to McClatchy congressional reporter Emma Dumain, who went minorly viral for chugging coffee …
Discussion: New York Post, Washington Post and CNN
TIME:
Mike Pompeo Is Searching for a Safe Exit from State Ahead of Senate Run, GOP Sources Say  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told three prominent Republicans in recent weeks that he plans to resign from the Trump Administration to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas in next year's elections.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and Raw Story
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Senate passes bill in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters  —  The Senate today unanimously passed legislation in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters by empowering the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Hong Kong or Chinese officials who take actions that violate human rights.
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Edward Wong / New York Times:   Senate Passes Bill to Support Hong Kong Protesters, Putting Pressure on Trump
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election  —  Democrats are unable to accept the fact that a bunch of voters will simply disagree with them.  —  ancy Pelosi just stated that 'it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump's fate.' @FoxNews In other words …
 
 
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
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USA Today:
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Discussion: The Guardian and WGN-TV
Washington Post:
Trump is spreading his ‘fake news’ rhetoric around the world. That's dangerous.
 Earlier Items: 
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Schiff's claim that the whistleblower has a ‘statutory right’ to anonymity
Discussion: Redstate
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Poll: Opposition by independents to impeachment inquiry jumps 10 points
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman's uniform spoke loud. His humanity spoke louder.
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Clinton Foundation Continues To Hemorrhage Money Following Hillary's Loss
Discussion: Twitchy
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Documents reveal massive ‘dark-money’ group boosted Democrats in 2018
Discussion: Axios
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
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