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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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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.
Discussion: CNN, Deseret News and Raw Story
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Pol: I Was Joking When I Asked Vindman To Be Our Defense Minister  —  Vindman was pressed by Republicans about whether he was secretly loyal to Ukraine because of a job offer he'd received.  But the offer itself was just a lighthearted joke.  —  During impeachment hearings on Tuesday morning …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Takes Aim at His Own White House Aides  —  “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 …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
10 things we learned from a marathon day of impeachment testimony  —  The House Intelligence Committee heard from Kurt Volker, Tim Morrison, Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams.  Here are our key takeaways.  —  Over a jampacked, nearly 12-hour stretch on Tuesday, four key figures …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Should Stop Making ‘Ukrainegate’ About Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman's uniform spoke loud. His humanity spoke louder.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Vindman Advised Ukraine Prez About Alleged Plot But Not His Commander-in-Chief
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and PEN
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC Host: GOP Hinting at Vindman Dual Loyalty ‘Perhaps Inspired’ by Fox News
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 …
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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 …
Josh Hammer / New York Post:   Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony
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 …
Washington Post:
Even Republicans' preferred witnesses are implicating Trump
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Kyle Baxter / The Bulwark:
The Unbelievable Gordon Sondland
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Is Gordon Sondland credible enough to be a good impeachment witness for either side?
Discussion: Slate
Abbey Marshall / Politico:
Big testimony revisions, bribery, and the ‘Gordon problem’: Biggest moments from Volker's and Morrison's hearing
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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
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 …
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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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: CNN and New York Post
New York Times:
They're Blue Collar, and They Like That Biden Is an Average Joe  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. has durable support from a multiracial coalition of working-class voters who view him as one of their own.  —  WEST POINT, Iowa — They are white and nonwhite alike, prefer Facebook over Twitter …
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
Saint Anselm poll: Buttigieg surges to 10 percentage point lead over Biden, Warren in NH
Discussion: Breitbart, TheBlaze and Political Wire
Elena Schneider / Politico:
'Everyone's going to come for Pete': Buttigieg faces debate spotlight
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
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
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: Raw Story and The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Intercept
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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
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Documents reveal massive ‘dark-money’ group boosted Democrats in 2018  —  The “green wave” of campaign cash that boosted Democrats and liberal causes in 2018 included an unprecedented gusher of secret money, new documents obtained by POLITICO show.  —  The Sixteen Thirty Fund …
Discussion: Axios
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Poll: Opposition by independents to impeachment inquiry jumps 10 points  —  Opposition by independent to the House's ongoing impeachment inquiry jumped 10 percentage points in the last week, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.  —  The poll showed 47 percent …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
Los Angeles Times:
$35 million in Pentagon aid hasn't reached Ukraine, despite White House assurances  —  More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that President Trump delayed, sparking the impeachment inquiry, has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
What's Really Happening At The New York Times  —  If you're following the news these days, you'll notice that a high percentage is about the New York Times — the headlines, the opinions, the tweets, the deeper question of what it is to cover the news straight in a twisted time.
 
 
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Luis Alonso Lugo / Associated Press:
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Malcolm Jenkins / Philadelphia Inquirer:
When picking new police commissioner, Mayor Kenney must listen to real Philadelphians
Discussion: 6abc and CBS Philly
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
No confirmation, no photo. CBP says Trump's image the only one allowed on agency walls.
New York Times:
After Keeping a Careful Distance From Trump, Nikki Haley Is All In
Will Bunch / staff:
Why America needs the truth on Trump's mysterious medical dash to Walter Reed
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Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:
U.S. Senate Passes Hong Kong Democracy Bill, Drawing China's Ire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
'I don't know what to believe' is an unpatriotic cop-out. Do better, Americans.