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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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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: Press Watch, CNN and KBJR 6
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms deal with Ukraine  —  The ambassador is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee and will be revealing emails and texts to back up his claims.  —  WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the E.U. …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ken Starr: GOP Senators Might Consider Having to ‘Make a Trip’ to the White House After Sondland's Testimony  —  Moments before Wednesday's impeachment hearings and right after U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's opening statement was released, Fox News contributor Ken Starr wondered …
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Pence denies Gordon Sondland's claims that he knew of Ukraine dealings  —  Vice President Mike Pence is disputing EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's assertion that Pence, along with other top administration officials, was keenly aware of a campaign pressure Ukraine to probe the Ukrainian-based …
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sondland says he told Pence that Ukraine military aid appeared conditioned on political investigations
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment's trench warfare
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sondland's testimony will expose Trump's use of crime-boss language
Discussion: New York Times and ABC News
New York Times:
Read Gordon Sondland's Opening Statement
Discussion: The Atlantic, HuffPost and TheBlaze
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Pence office denies Sondland claim on Ukraine warning: ‘Never happened’
Discussion: IJR
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Republicans' star impeachment witness turned on them
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans should have thought twice before calling Volker and Morrison
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Vox and Taylor Marsh
The Daily Beast:   Sondland Was Talking to Zelensky Allies About Biden Investigations in Mid-May
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Who is Gordon Sondland? How is he involved in the impeachment inquiry?
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  —  The whistleblower's complaint touched off the impeachment inquiry against Trump.  —  The FBI has asked to interview the CIA whistleblower whose complaint touched off the Ukraine impeachment investigation, a source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News.
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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Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Trump Regularly 'Can't Remember What He's Said or Been Told,' White House Insider Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Clevenger / Roll Call:
What to wear? Republicans flag Vindman's sartorial choice
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A very bad impeachment hearings day for Donald Trump
Discussion: The Atlantic and Breitbart
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Lou Dobbs Guest Mocks Vindman: He's a ‘Deep State Crybaby’
Discussion: Washington Post and Contemptor
Josh Hammer / New York Post:
Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony
Discussion: Spectator USA and Fox News
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files  —  Rep. Nunes makes opening statement ahead of Ambassador Sondland's testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry  —  The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has sent a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff asking …
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
‘Bro-like’: Schiff aide was White House friend of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella
Discussion: TheBlaze and Redstate
Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh indicted on 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scandal  —  Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children's book series.
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New York Times:
Former Baltimore Mayor Indicted on Fraud Charges Tied to Children's Books
Discussion: Slate and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Slate
 
 
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