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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.
The Daily Beast:
Gordon Sondland Trashes Giuliani, Says 'We Followed the President's Orders'  —  “We weren't happy with the president's directive to talk with Rudy,” he said.  “We did not want to involve Mr. Giuliani.”  —  U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Photographer captures Trump's handwritten talking points responding to Sondland  —  The president stopped to speak to reporters outside the White House amid impeachment testimony in Congress.  —  The president brought his own talking points, written out by hand, possibly with one of those Sharpies he's known to prefer.
Discussion: The Root
David Rohde / New Yorker:   “We Followed the President's Orders”: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Likely Assures Trump's Impeachment
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Leaves Us With No Other Option
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, HuffPost and Breitbart
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is Damning for Trump — and Himself
Discussion: Washington Post
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sondland says he told Pence that Ukraine military aid appeared conditioned on political investigations
Discussion: Axios, Redstate, CNN and Hot Air
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Gordon Sondland's testimony torpedoes Republican defenses of Trump
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Laura Cooper, David Hale testify
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’ involving Ukraine
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sondland's testimony will expose Trump's use of crime-boss language
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby  —  DNA testing has established, “with scientific certainty,” that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child's mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts.
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Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge News:
Ukrainian Indictment Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million  —  An indictment drawn up by Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky claims that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million for their ‘services’ …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
On 77th Birthday, Grandpa Joe Biden Welcomes Sixth Grandchild
Discussion: Washington Times and Twitchy
NBC News:
As Sondland testified, a misleading Ukraine story spread among conservatives on social media
John Solomon Reports:   The Ukraine scandal timeline Democrats and their media allies don't want America to see
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Vindman's Lawyer Asks Fox News to Retract Espionage Allegation  —  A guest on the Ingraham Angle, a Fox show, suggested that Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment hearings, was guilty of spying.  —  Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman is hitting back at the smear campaign against him.
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 …
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NBC News:
FBI seeks to interview the whistleblower
Discussion: Fox News
Conrad Duncan / Yahoo News:
Mike Pompeo planning to resign because Trump ‘hurting his reputation’, report claims  —  Donald Trump's secretary of state has reportedly told three prominent  —  Republicans that he is planning to resign from the White House to run for a Senate seat.  —  Mike Pompeo had planned to stay …
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds shifts in Wisconsin public opinion favorable to President Trump on impeachment and presidential election preferences  —  MILWAUKEE - Even as hearings that could lead to President Donald Trump's impeachment heat up, a new Marquette University Law School poll …
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 …
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Trump Regularly 'Can't Remember What He's Said or Been Told,' White House Insider Says  —  President Donald Trump regularly struggles to “remember what he's said or been told,” an anonymous senior government official behind a new exposé on the inner workings of the White House has claimed.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Biden campaign emails post-debate fundraising pitch prior to debate  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden asked supporters if he made them “proud” with his Wednesday night debate performance — about six hours before the debate.  —  “I'm leaving the fifth Democratic debate now.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, Vox, Redstate and Fox News
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘Did I make you proud?’:  Biden team blasts out post-debate fundraising plea hours before debate kicks off
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ady Barkan / The Nation:
Why I'm Endorsing Elizabeth Warren  —  Elizabeth or Bernie?  It's a difficult and wonderful choice to have.  —  I have spent my entire career at the messy and vital intersection of movement-building, electoral politics, and governance.  And for the past three years, I've done that work under …
Scott Spencer / The Keyword:
An update on our political ads policy  —  We're proud that people around the world use Google to find relevant information about elections and that candidates use Google and search ads to raise small-dollar donations that help fund their campaigns.  We're also committed to a wide range …
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun-Times:
Jussie Smollett files malicious prosecution counterclaim against Chicago  —  Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges were dropped in March 2019.  Sun-Times file photo  —  The actor's lawyers also say the city cannot recover costs because it already accepted $10,000 from Smollett ‘as payment in full.’
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney wins election to chair House Oversight Committee  —  She'll be the first woman to head the panel.  —  Rep. Carolyn Maloney.  J. Scott Applewhite, File/AP Photo
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg spending $15M-$20M to register half million voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As he moves toward a presidential announcement, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is rolling out plans to spend an estimated $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive designed …
David French / TIME:
Trump's Actions in Ukraine Weren't Just Wrong, They Were Dangerous  —  French is a TIME columnist.  A lawyer and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, he is a best-selling author whose next book will be The Great American Divorce.  —  One of the problems with understanding …
 
 
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
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