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October 31, 2019
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"Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Impeachment Inferno."

In This Episode

The House of Representatives votes to endorse the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, a parade of the President’s employees testify against him, and the Democratic candidates descend on Des Moines for the biggest event of the Iowa caucuses.

Show notes

House Vote to Formalize Impeachment 

  • CBS News: “House Democrats unveil plan for public impeachment hearings” 
  • WaPo: “What will the House impeachment inquiry resolution actually do?” 
  • NYT: “Democrats Unveil Proposed Rules for Public Impeachment Proceedings” 
  • LA Times: “House to take first vote on Trump impeachment inquiry this week” 
  • CBS News: “”A footnote in history”: The uncharted road to the impeachment and removal of a president” 
  • NYT: “Fact-Checking 5 Claims About the Impeachment Inquiry” 
  • Politico: “Democrats’ internal squabbles overshadow damning testimony”
  • Vox: “5 takeaways from House Democrats’ resolution on the impeachment inquiry” 
  • The Atlantic: “The Democrats Call Trump’s Bluff” 
  • NYT: “Impeachment Inquiry Is Legal, Judge Rules, Giving Democrats a Victory” 
  • NYT: “Democrats Slow Impeachment Timeline to Sharpen Their Public Case” 
  • CNN: “House vote won’t stop Republicans from railing against impeachment process” 
  • The Hill: “Graham blasts new House impeachment process” 
  • WaPo: “Live updates: Republicans press unfairness argument as Democrats push impeachment resolution forward, call more witnesses” 
  • AP: “The Latest: White House blasts House impeachment resolution” 
  • Politico: “House impeachment vote scrambles Senate Republicans’ Trump defense” 
  • WaPo: “Live updates: House committees seek testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton in impeachment inquiry” 
  • ABC News: “House Dems confident they’ll pass resolution on impeachment process on Thursday” 
  • Vox: “What you need to know about the House impeachment inquiry resolution” 
  • Politico: “House Democrats closing ranks behind impeachment inquiry vote” 
  • LA Times: “House to take first vote on Trump impeachment inquiry this week” 


Vindman Testifies

  • NYT: “Meet Alexander Vindman, the Colonel Who Testified on Trump’s Phone Call” 
  • WaPo: “Vindman offers a firsthand account of critical episodes in alleged quid pro quo” 
  • NPR: “Who Is Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman?” (10/29)
  • ABC News: “Who is Alexander Vindman, the Army officer defying the White House to testify about Trump’s Ukraine call?” (10/29)
  • CNN: “Missing words and a screaming match: Inside a wild day of impeachment testimony” 
  • NBC News: “’Extremely disturbing’: Top Democrats alarmed over Vindman’s testimony on Trump-Ukraine call” 
  • WaPo: “Firsthand account of Trump’s Ukraine call puts GOP in bind, emboldens Democrats” 
  • PBS: “Vindman testified he tried to fill in omissions in Trump Ukraine transcript” 
  • NYT: “White House Ukraine Expert Sought to Correct Transcript of Trump Call” 
  • NPR: “READ: Ukraine Expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s Opening Statement” 
  • NYT: “After Vindman’s Testimony Went Public, Right-Wing Conspiracies Fired Up” 
  • The Intercept: “Republicans Accuse Colonel Vindman, a Jew Who Fled Soviet Persecution, of Dual Loyalty” 
  • WaPo: “Trump and his allies attack Purple Heart recipient to defend against impeachment”
  • Daily Beast: “Sean Duffy Goes After Decorated War Vet Alexander Vindman: ‘He Speaks Ukrainian’” 
  • Politico: “’He’s a patriot’: Republicans defend key impeachment witness from attacks” 
  • NBC News: “’Shameful,’ ‘despicable’: Republicans and Democrats decry attacks on impeachment witness Vindman” 
  • HuffPo: “Republicans Defend Key Witness Who Expressed Concern About Trump’s Ukraine Call” 
  • CNN: “Liz Cheney calls attacks on White House Ukraine expert’s patriotism ‘shameful’” 
  • Politico: “Top NSC Russia official to step down ahead of impeachment testimony” (10/30)
  • WaPo: “The Latest: Bolton won’t testify without subpoena” 
  • NPR: “Bolton Asked To Testify In Impeachment Probe But Likely Won’t Unless Courts Make Him” 
  • NPR: “State Department Officials To Testify Giuliani Was Seen As ‘Obstacle’ On Ukraine” 
  • NBC News: “State Department officials provide details about Giuliani’s role in Ukraine” 
  • ABC News: “State Department officials testify in Trump impeachment probe; say Mulvaney put ‘informal’ hold on Ukraine aid” 
  • WaPo: “Testimony from career diplomats outlines Trump’s dark view of Ukraine” 


  • Bloomberg: Joe Biden in Danger of Humiliating Loss in Iowa, Top Democrats Warn 
  • CNN: CNN Poll: Sanders and Warren fight for home field in New Hampshire

field in New Hampshire

  • CNN: The changing Democratic electorate could upend Iowa’s role in 2020 
  • Des Moines Register – Joe Biden describes his health care plan using Pete Buttigieg’s term, ‘Medicare for all who want it’
  • NYT: The Many Ways That Joe Biden Trips Over His Own Tongue
  • CNN: Ex-Biden aides lead newly launched super PAC
  • CNN: Joe Biden was denied communion at Catholic church in South Carolina
  • FiveThirtyEight – How Much Do Iowa And New Hampshire Really Matter For 2020? 
  • The Hill – Biden insists he plans on doing ‘very well’ in Iowa, New Hampshire
  • Politico: Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cash 
  • NYT: Kamala Harris Campaign Cuts Staff in Effort to Keep Up With Top Rivals 
  • Axios: Kamala Harris will lay off dozens of campaign staffers  
  • Politico: ‘The West barely exists’: California primary falls flat 
  • Axios: Kamala Harris: “Of course” it’s different to run for president as a black woman 
  • NYT: Democrats Have the Most Racially Diverse Field Ever. The Top Tier Is All White
  • WaPo: Drawn-out impeachment process sparks concerns about disruptions to Democratic presidential primary
  • WaPo: The Trailer: The Democrats’ fast shift to the left on Israel
  • FiveThirtyEight – Buttigieg’s Centrist Pivot May Be Winning Him A New Base
  • The Hill – Buttigieg campaign draws comparisons to Obama ahead of key Iowa event

2019 Elections

  • Reuters – Virginia state elections offer early political test ahead of 2020 U.S. race 
  • WAMU: Your Northern Virginia Voter Guide To The November Elections
  • NYT: Kentucky Governor’s Race Tests Impact of Impeachment in States
  •  Politico: Democrats flood Virginia legislative elections with cash