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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Helped Rep. Devin Nunes' Investigations … The indicted Giuliani associate helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for the Republican congressman in 2018.  —  Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018 …
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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 …
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Leaves Us With No Other Option  —  The case is simple, and the evidence supporting impeachment is now crystal clear.  —  Mr. Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  —  History will remember Wednesday …
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, HuffPost and Breitbart
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Ambassador Sondland's Revenge  —  America doesn't have a “Gordon problem.”  It has a Trump problem.  —  On Wednesday morning, an obscure millionaire from Portland who was such an amateur at international diplomacy that one of his colleagues compared him to a car careening down a mountain road without …
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.
Politico:
Democrats say new Sondland leads won't slow impeachment drive  —  Gordon Sondland's blockbuster testimony Wednesday handed Democrats a road map that could yield a trove of damaging evidence in their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  —  But it won't change their impeachment timetable.
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
The Daily Beast:
Gordon Sondland Trashes Giuliani, Says 'We Followed the President's Orders'
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is Damning for Trump — and Himself
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Pompeo Emerges as a Major Trump Enabler in Ukraine Affair
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Sondland was devastating. But Republicans don't care about the facts.
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and Raw Story
David Rohde / New Yorker:   “We Followed the President's Orders”: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Likely Assures Trump's Impeachment
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Defense official testifies that Ukrainians asked about status …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Gordon Sondland's testimony torpedoes Republican defenses of Trump
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
NBC News:
FBI seeks to interview the whistleblower
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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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  —  The article offered conservatives and Trump loyalists a welcome alternative to the day's news.  —  A misleading claim about the head of the Ukrainian energy company at the heart …
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Ilya Zhegulev / Reuters:
Ukraine widens probe against Burisma founder to embezzlement of state funds
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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 …
C-SPAN.org:
Impeachment Hearing with Laura Cooper and David Hale  —  Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant Defense secretary, and David Hale, a State Department under secretary for political affairs, testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
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ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Laura Cooper, David Hale testify
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
PHOTO: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella shakes hands with Barack Obama in Oval Office  —  A year after Ukraine official and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella left President Trump's White House, a picture of him shaking Barack Obama's hand was published on a close friend's wedding website.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ABC News:
Tim Cook describes his vision as Apple breaks ground on Texas facility  —  As Apple broke ground at its newest facility, in Texas, CEO Tim Cook said the company was proud to make its “most powerful computer ever” in the U.S., and opened up about having the president's ear and navigating business …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
House passes bill expressing support for Hong Kong protestors, rebuking China
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: Townhall, Joe.My.God. and The Hill
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive Poll: Lara Trump Leads New York Congressional Primary by More than 30 Percent  —  President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump, Eric Trump's wife, is leading by more than 30 percent in the GOP primary in New York's second congressional district should she decide to run there …
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.
 
 
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David French / TIME:
Trump's Actions in Ukraine Weren't Just Wrong, They Were Dangerous
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Obama Moves Off Political Sidelines, Earlier Than He Expected
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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