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“Welcome to the Schiff-show.”

Bill Taylor drops a bombshell on the first day of the impeachment hearings while Republicans peddle conspiracies, Democratic presidential candidates prepare to be Senate jurors, and Deval Patrick enters the primary. Then former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal offers his legal and Constitutional analysis of the hearing and talks about his new book, “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.”

Show notes

Impeachment hearings 

  • WaPo: New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign 
  • NYT: Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure 
  • NYT: Key Moments From the First Public Impeachment Hearing 
  • Axios: Trump impeachment hearing: Highlights from Bill Taylor and George Kent’s testimony 
  • Politico: Democrats land damning new evidence in impeachment testimony 
  • Politico: Taylor’s bombshell and 12 more big impeachment hearing moments 
  • Lawfare: What to Make of the First Day of Impeachment Hearings 
  • Vox: 4 takeaways from the first impeachment hearing 
  • NYT: What Trump Is Hiding From the Impeachment Hearings 
  • New Yorker: Trump Impeachment Hearings: Adam Schiff Emphasizes the Constitutional Stakes 
  • Politico: Dem impeachment strategy: It’s about Trump — not the diplomats 
  • Esquire: The Opening Statements from Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff at the Impeachment Hearing Said Everything 
  • CNBC: After Schiff refers to debunked ‘CrowdStrike conspiracy,’ security company’s stock jumps 11%
  • WaPo: Democrats’ impeachment lawyer cut his teeth prosecuting mobsters, Wall Street cheats
  • WaPo: Who is Stephen R. Castor, the GOP staff attorney in the impeachment hearings?
  • Mother Jones: The Republican Impeachment Lawyer Is Bombing His Television Debut
  • AP: Battle-Tested Attorneys to Face Off in Impeachment Inquiry
  • CNN: Staff lawyers to take star role in first public hearings on impeachment
  • Vox: Bill Taylor dropped a bombshell in his impeachment hearing opening statement 
  • NYT: Read William Taylor’s Prepared Opening Statement From the Impeachment Hearing
  • NYT: Read George Kent’s Prepared Opening Statement From the Impeachment Hearing 
  • Politico: One big reveal, whistleblower fights, and an obsession with Hunter Biden: Biggest impeachment hearing moments
  • The Atlantic: William Taylor’s Big Impeachment Reveal 
  • Lawfare: The Story the Impeachment Depositions Tell 
  • Vox: What George Kent’s bow tie says about his impeachment testimony 
  • WaPo: Ambassador Taylor lays out how he understood the quid pro quo
  • WaPo: George Kent, top State Department Ukraine expert, helps Democrats debunk GOP theories 
  • WaPo: GOP begins impeachment hearings by grasping at a series of illogical straws 
  • WaPo: Devin Nunes’s opening statement at the public impeachment hearing, annotated
  • Mother Jones: Republicans Spent the First Day of Impeachment Hearings in an Alternate Reality
  • Daily Beast: Devin Nunes Pushes Bogus ‘Ukrainian Collusion’ Conspiracies During Impeachment Hearing 
  • CNN: George Conway says he is ‘horrified’ over GOP’s impeachment defense of Trump 
  • Vox: House Republicans were still fixated on the whistleblower at this week’s 
  • Vox: Republicans made absurd defenses of Trump during the impeachment hearing — with one notable exception 
  • New Yorker: The House Republicans’ Impeachment Defense Is Full of Holes
  • Slate: The GOP’s Impeachment Strategy Is Self-Refuting 
  • Media Matters: Trump’s Ukraine scandal is a Fox News story – Fox helped get Trump into this mess, and it’s the key to getting him out of it 
  • Politico: In Republican lawmaker’s impeachment tweets, a hidden message? 
  • NYT: MSNBC’s Surprise Guest: George Conway, Husband of Kellyanne 
  • NYT: Trump Impeachment Inquiry Spurs Shadow Disinformation War 
  • Axios: Trump denies discussing Ukraine investigations with Sondland in July phone call 
  • Politico: White House tries to project calm even as GOP launches impeachment counter-offensive 
  • Politico: Trump says he’s not watching impeachment hearing — then critiques it 
  • Talking Points Memo: Trump: ‘I Know Nothing About’ Taylor’s Bombshell Claim During Public Testimony
  • WaPo: Aides are counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff changes course again 
  • NYT: Trump Has Considered Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General 
  • WaPo: Trump welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan to White House, offers thanks for tentative cease-fire in northern Syria 
  • Politico: Trump says U.S. left troops in Syria ‘only for the oil,’ appearing to contradict Pentagon 
  • Bloomberg: Erdogan Says He Gave Trump Back Letter Warning Not to Be ‘Fool’
  • WaPo: ‘I don’t remember’ Trump asking for news conference clearing him of wrongdoing in Ukraine call, Barr says
  • CNN: Public impeachment hearings scheduled for this week: Here’s what you need to know
  • CBS: Official who heard Trump ask about Ukraine “investigations” set to appear before committees 
  • Roll Call: House Democrats have aggressive schedule of impeachment hearings before Thanksgiving
  • Slate: A Guide to All the People in This Week’s Impeachment Hearings
  • Crooked: DON’T LET REPUBLICANS PRETEND UKRAINE WAS A ONE OFF 
  • NBC News: DOD watchdog will not investigate aid to Ukraine, cites impeachment inquiry overlap 

2020

  • NY Mag: What We Know — and Don’t Know — About Trump’s Potential Impeachment Trial
  • WaPo: Burr predicts Senate impeachment trial would last six to eight weeks 
  • ABC News: Chief Justice John Roberts, who’s clashed with Trump, would oversee impeachment trial 
  • CNN: A fractured Senate looks to the past for impeachment trial game plan 
  • CNN: Senate beginning preparations for an impeachment trial 
  • Politico: The impeachment calculus Democrats don’t want to talk about 
  • NY Mag: Could a Long Impeachment Trial Derail the Senators Running for President?
  • NPR: ‘A Disaster’: Impeachment Could Sideline Senators In 2020 Presidential Campaign
  • NY Mag: Several 2020 Democrats Could See Boost From Lack of Day-Job Distractions
  • NBC News: Impeachment haunts the campaign trail as candidates compete against the bigger story
  • RollCall: Impeachment threatens to freeze Democratic presidential race
  • Reuters: Impeachment trial could complicate Democratic senators’ U.S. presidential bids
  • HuffPo: 2020 Senate Democrats Brush Off Concerns About Lengthy Impeachment Trial
  • LA Times: GOP is already thinking about how to turn a Senate impeachment trial to Trump’s advantage
  • Politico: Trump’s impeachment trial hinges on McConnell and Schumer
  • NBC News: McConnell says Trump impeachment trial ‘would not lead to a removal’ if held today
  • CNN: GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone
  • The Hill: McConnell has complicated history on impeachment
  • NYT: As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable
  • WaPo: McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
  • Politico: Poll: Buttigieg first in Iowa
  • Axios: Pete Buttigieg surges to the top of new Iowa poll
  • Reuters: Buttigieg rises in Iowa to lead Democratic White House pack: poll
  • The Hill: Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa
  • NPR: Buttigieg Is On The Rise, But Has Work To Do Winning Over Young Voters
  • Time: Pete Buttigieg Rises in Iowa But Fails to Export That Midwestern Charm
  • Bloomberg: Pete Buttigieg Embraces Top-Tier Status With New Message of Unity
  • Vanity Fair: CAN THE PETE BUTTIGIEG BOOMLET SURVIVE IOWA?
  • WaPo: Pete Buttigieg drives for the middle ground between Biden and Warren
  • NYT: Pete Buttigieg Is an Iowa Front-Runner. Will That Help Him Anywhere Else?
  • The Hill: Buttigieg says he didn’t mean to predict a two-way race with Warren
  • Politico: In Iowa, Biden confronts a growing threat: Pete Buttigieg
  • Slate: The Surge
  • WaPo: Klobuchar says a woman with Buttigieg’s experience would not make it to debate stage because of ‘different standard’
  • NYT: Why Pete Buttigieg Annoys His Democratic Rivals
  • The Hill: Now in top tier, Buttigieg becomes target of 2020 attacks
  • The Week: Kamala Harris called a Pete Buttigieg comment ‘naive’ — and Buttigieg agreed
  • The Guardian: Can Pete Buttigieg’s moderate message win over purple Iowa?
  • WSJ: Buttigieg Barnstormers Flock to Iowa to Boost Candidate
  • Chicago Tribune: Inside Pete Buttigieg’s Iowa surge: Loud crowds, strong ground game as he emerges as moderate alternative to Joe Biden in 2020 
  • CNN: Pete Buttigieg touts rising organizing power in optimistic Iowa speech 
  • WSJ: Democratic Voters, Donors Give Buttigieg a Fresh Look
  • FiveThirtyEight: So … About That Buttigieg Surge?
  • Axios: Deval Patrick to enter 2020 Democratic presidential race
  • Boston Globe: Patrick said to be launching presidential campaign as early as Thursday
  • NYT: Deval Patrick Tells Democrats He Will Run in 2020 Presidential Race
  • CNN: Deval Patrick tells allies he’s running for president
  • NYT: Deval Patrick, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Is Considering 2020 Presidential Race
  • NYT: Deval Patrick Won’t Run in 2020, Citing ‘Cruelty’ of the Process
  • WSJ: Democrats’ Jitters Lead Bloomberg, Patrick to Give Race Second Look 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Why Even More Democrats Are Thinking About Entering The Presidential Race
  • NYT: Why Bloomberg and Deval Patrick Changed Their Minds About 2020
  • Politico: ‘The field has gotten worse’: Donors see promise in Deval Patrick bid
  • NY Mag: Obama Buddy Deval Patrick Latest to Mull Late Presidential Bid
  • NY Mag: Could Deval Patrick Shake Up the Primary?
  • Politico: Deval Patrick bid would ‘complicate Elizabeth Warren’s life’
  • WBUR: What Would A Deval Patrick Run Mean For The 2020 Democratic Race?
  • Politico: Michael Bloomberg, Deval Patrick blindside Dem primary field
  • The Atlantic: A New Candidate for Obama’s Rightful Heir 
  • Axios: How Deval Patrick’s Bain Capital experience could play into 2020
  • WaPo: Sorry, Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg. You’re not what the Democratic primary is missing.
  • Boston Globe: The highs and lows of Deval Patrick’s tenure as governor
  • Boston Globe: The bad news for Deval Patrick