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7:00 PM ET, October 7, 2019


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James LaPorta / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Official Who Heard Call Says Trump Got ‘Rolled’ By Turkey and ‘Has No Spine’  —  Donald Trump got “rolled” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a National Security Council source with direct knowledge of the discussions told Newsweek.  —  In a scheduled phone call …
New York Times:
President Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy  —  WASHINGTON — In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away …
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
McConnell joins other Republicans in rebuking Trump's Syria withdrawal  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly rebuked President Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria, saying that a supermajority in the Senate disagreed with the president's abrupt announcement.
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
‘POTUS went rogue’: Trump's Syria move blindsides national security leaders  —  The White House's announcement that U.S. forces are pulling back from northeastern Syria to allow a Turkish offensive there took the Pentagon and the government's Syria point man by surprise ⁠ …
In Turkey Vs. Kurds Dispute, Trump Chooses The Side Where He Has A Condo Complex  —  The administration is letting Turkey move into northern Syria to wipe out the Kurds, who have long fought Islamic State terrorism alongside the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump's abandonment …
Washington Post:
Trump's Syria decision reflects his stunning ignorance of the situation
Discussion: The Atlantic, Bloomberg and ABC News
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time
Discussion: New York Times
Statement Attributable to Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Mr. Jonathan Hoffman
Discussion: Breaking Defense
Associated Press:
Trump defends Syria decision as GOP leaders push back
Discussion: Axios and Little Green Footballs
Mariam Khan / ABC News:   Republicans slam Trump's decision on US forces in Syria that puts allies at risk
New York Times:
Trump Taxes: President Ordered to Turn Over Returns to Manhattan D.A.  —  A judge rejected the president's argument that he was immune from criminal investigations.  —  A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations …
NBC News:
Judge tosses Trump lawsuit seeking to keep tax returns hidden
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
‘South Park’ Scrubbed From Chinese Internet After Critical Episode  —  After the “Band in China” episode mocked Hollywood for shaping its content to please the Chinese government, Beijing has responded by deleting all clips, episodes and discussions of the Comedy Central show.
Joe Tsai:
Open letter to all NBA fans:  —  When I bought controlling interest …
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman: Trump wrong to seek help from Ukraine, China  —  While he still says impeachment is too extreme, Sen. Rob Portman readily acknowledged today that President Donald Trump should not have asked the Ukraine or China for help investigating former Vice President Joe Biden.
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney, Murphy Statement on President's Syria Announcement  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism …
Syria decision exposes Trump to political peril  —  President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. military from northern Syria — abandoning the Kurds to what many believe will be slaughter at the hands of Turkey — is shaking the already fragile situation with Republicans who have been defending him.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Miami Herald:
Florida businessmen with Giuliani, Ukraine ties won't comply with impeachment inquiry  —  Two South Florida businessman who peddled supposedly explosive information from Ukraine about corruption involving Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton will not comply with a request for documents and depositions …
The Daily Beast:
Lawyer Claims Congress Is ‘Harassing’ Rudy Giuliani's Allies—by Asking Them for Ukraine Documents
Discussion: Associated Press and Law & Crime
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
County Records Contradict Warren's Claim She Was Fired Over Pregnancy  —  RIVERDALE, N.J.—The Riverdale Board of Education approved a second-year teaching contract for a young Elizabeth Warren, documents show, contradicting the Democratic presidential candidate's repeated claims that she was asked …
Ken Frydman / New York Times:
What Happened to Rudy Giuliani?  —  The man I worked for in 1993 is not the man who now lies for Donald Trump.  —  Mr. Frydman was press secretary for Rudolph W. Giuliani during the 1993 mayoral campaign.  —  On Oct. 8, 1994, my wife Liz Bruder and I were married in City Hall by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Demoralized State Department personnel question Pompeo's role in Ukraine crisis  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned Monday morning from a European trip to a State Department workforce that is increasingly demoralized and resentful under his leadership, amid a growing belief …
Washington Post:
House Democrats consider masking identity of whistleblower from Trump's GOP allies in Congress  —  House Democrats eager to protect a whistleblower who raised alarms over President Trump pressuring a foreign leader to investigate a political rival are considering testimony at a remote location …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Omar Files For Divorce Five Weeks After Telling Reporter On Video That She Wasn't Separated
Discussion: American Greatness
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Ilhan Omar files for divorce from husband Ahmed Hirsi amid affair allegations
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Devin Nunes: Intelligence Community Inspector General ‘Knowingly Changed’ Whistleblower Complaint Form  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG), with whom an intelligence official filed …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Intel Community IG Stonewalling Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Giuliani's answer to impeach inquiry: Sue Schiff  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, says he is working with outside lawyers to prepare lawsuits against prominent Democrats such as House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff of California and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Frank Miele / Real Clear Politics:   The Curious Case of the Incurious Press
Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘We Absolutely Could Not Do That’: When Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the Question  —  WASHINGTON — One day in October 1992, four Republican congressmen showed up in the Oval Office with an audacious recommendation.  President George Bush was losing his re-election race …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court asked to decide if Electoral College voters are bound to the state's winner  —  What is the Electoral College?  —  Washington (CNN)Three presidential electors in Washington state who voted for Colin Powell in 2016 rather than Hillary Clinton and were fined under state law …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Abortion, Guns And Gay Rights On The Docket For Supreme Court's New Term
Discussion: Washington Post
John Harwood / CNBC:
Polls begin to signal rising impeachment threat to Trump  — Despite last week's hailstorm of bad news, President Trump's job approval rating stood virtually unchanged.  — Except for Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and a few others, GOP members of the House and Senate have either defended …
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic:
Top Military Officers Unload on Trump  —  For most of the past two decades, American troops have been deployed all over the world—to about 150 countries.  During that time, hundreds of thousands of young men and women have experienced combat, and a generation of officers have come of age dealing with the practical realities of war.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Associated Press:
Democrat Amy Klobuchar raises $4.8M for presidential bid
Discussion: Politico
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
House Democrats call for ambassador to E.U. Sondland to resign
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Israel Was Surprised by Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Syria, Allow Turkey to Start Operation
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As interviews get tougher, Team Trump doubles down on avoidance
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
CREW Requests Investigation of Attorney General Barr
Asha Rangappa /
Running Covert Propaganda Against Americans Is Illegal. Trump Tried It Anyway.
New York Daily News:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney taken to the hospital after suffering medical episode in Manhattan
Discussion: Associated Press
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FBI Crackdown on Atomwaffen Division Heats Up With New Arrests
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Democrat Mark Kelly outpaces Republican Martha McSally in latest Senate fundraising tally
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
‘I Gave the Other Guy a Shot’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story