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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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump lashes out as Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’  —  President Trump lashed out anew at the Democrat-lead impeachment inquiry Wednesday as Gordon Sondland, the most significant witnesses to date, acknowledged there was a “quid pro quo” …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
'I don't know him very well': Trump fights back against Sondland's testimony  —  Clutching handwritten notes scrawled with a Sharpie, President Donald Trump on Wednesday fought back against bombshell impeachment testimony from Gordon Sondland that tied the president even closer …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back  —  President Trump's defense of his interactions with Ukraine hinges on the idea that he was fervently concerned about corruption in that country, so much so that he prioritized corruption investigations during his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25.
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’ involving Ukraine  —  Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday more bluntly than he had before that President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, sought to condition a White House invite for Ukraine's new president to demands …
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Adam Schiff, ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman and the impeachment ratings flop
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Times
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sondland says he told Pence that Ukraine military aid appeared conditioned on political investigations
Discussion: Redstate, Hot Air and Political Wire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A White House Now ‘Cannibalizing Itself’
Discussion: Press Watch, CNN and Washington Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sondland's testimony will expose Trump's use of crime-boss language
Discussion: New York Times and ABC News
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment's trench warfare
NBC News:
‘I was shocked,’ Sondland says about claim he was involved in ‘drug deal’ with Ukraine
Discussion: Vox
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms deal with Ukraine
Grace Segers / CBS News:   Trump “probably” won't testify in impeachment inquiry, new White House adviser Pam Bondi says
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Pence denies Gordon Sondland's claims that he knew of Ukraine dealings
Discussion: The Nation and Political Wire
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Pence Denies Discussing Ukraine Investigations with Sondland or Zelensky
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans should have thought twice before calling Volker and Morrison
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Vox
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: IJR
Wall Street Journal:   FBI Seeks Interview With Ukraine Whistleblower
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: FiveThirtyEight and Slate
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Mayor Wayne Messam:
I am Suspending My 2020 Presidential Campaign But I'm Not Finished Yet  —  I am Suspending My 2020 Presidential Campaign But I'm Not Finished Yet  —  I launched my 2020 Presidential Campaign eight months ago back in March as the son of Jamaican Immigrant parents.
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 …
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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 …
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.’
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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Associated Press:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘No schadenfreude will be had’: Biden coasts as opponents face firing squad
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins ‘strongly’ considers a Senate bid if Kemp doesn't tap him
Discussion: The Hill
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election