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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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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 …
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.
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
Josh Hammer / New York Post:
Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony  —  The commander in chief ought to fire Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council, for rank insubordination.  That is the key take­away from Tuesday's hearings in the Democratic impeachment push.
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Even Republicans' preferred witnesses are implicating Trump
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This answer from Kurt Volker makes very little sense
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   We're All Kurt Volker  —  The “we” in the title is admittedly doing …
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Vindman Advised Ukraine Prez About Alleged Plot But Not His Commander-in-Chief
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC Host: GOP Hinting at Vindman Dual Loyalty ‘Perhaps Inspired’ by Fox News
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: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
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Los Angeles Times:
$35 million in Pentagon aid hasn't reached Ukraine, despite White House assurances
Discussion: The Week, Talking Points Memo and Axios
Washington Post:
‘Comes down to one guy’: In impeachment probe, all eyes turn to Gordon Sondland
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Sondland testimony could be pivotal point of impeachment showdown
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Is Gordon Sondland credible enough to be a good impeachment witness for either side?
Discussion: Slate
Kyle Baxter / The Bulwark:
The Unbelievable Gordon Sondland
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 …
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
There Are Two Rhodes Scholars Running For President.  Only One Gets Mentioned.  —  Media outlets mention that Pete Buttigieg was a Rhodes scholar far more often than they mention that Cory Booker was one too.  —  A major part of Pete Buttigieg's appeal is his brain.
Discussion: Slate
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Saint Anselm poll: Buttigieg surges to 10 percentage point lead over Biden, Warren in NH
Discussion: Breitbart, TheBlaze and 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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors to interview Ukrainian gas executive as part of probe into Giuliani and his associates
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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 and CNN
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
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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Rachel Yang / EW.com:
Julia Roberts was suggested to play Harriet Tubman by studio exec, says Harriet screenwriter  —  “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn't be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago.  No one is going to know the difference.’”  —  FB  —  TYPE
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 …
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
Sergii Leshchenko / KyivPost:
Republicans keep lying about me at impeachment hearings  —  Ukrainian journalist and then-member of parliament Sergii Leshchenko holds pages showing alleged payments to Donald Trump's then-presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort from a a secret ledger of the political party …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Memo Given To Fusion GPS Described Ukrainian Lawmaker As Potential ‘Conduit’ For Publicizing Information
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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USA Today:
American Medical Association calls for full vaping ban: Keep nicotine products ‘out of the hands of young people’
Discussion: The Guardian and WGN-TV
Washington Post:
Trump is spreading his ‘fake news’ rhetoric around the world. That's dangerous.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Boehner returns to Capitol transformed from heated partisanship to cauldron of constitutional standoff
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
After Keeping a Careful Distance From Trump, Nikki Haley Is All In
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
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Will Bunch / staff:
Why America needs the truth on Trump's mysterious medical dash to Walter Reed
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
New York Times:
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