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11:40 PM ET, October 9, 2019


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Trump Urged Top Aide to Help Giuliani Client Facing DOJ Charges  — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to interfere in case  — 2017 episode bears hallmarks of Trump approach to Ukraine call  —  President Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade …
Washington Post:
Trump downplays U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds, saying 'they didn't help us in the Second World War'  —  President Trump said Wednesday that it would be “easy” for the United States to form new alliances if Syrian Kurds leave the fight against the Islamic State to fend off a Turkish attack …
Fox News:
Turkey's Syria invasion: Member of US Special Forces says, ‘I am ashamed for the first time in my career’  —  A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria told Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on Wednesday they were witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump's Republican allies condemn president after ‘sickening’ Turkish incursion  —  Turkey's incursion into Syria on Wednesday is prompting fresh bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump's moves and more congressional threats to hamstring Turkey economically, with some Republicans calling …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump has ushered in a grotesque coda to the war against ISIS  —  By acquiescing to Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria on Wednesday, President Trump has opened the door to what could become a genuine nightmare for the United States and its allies: the revival of the deadly terrorist organization …
Discussion: Associated Press, Hullabaloo and CNBC
Dale Gavlak / America Magazine:   Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others
Arden Farhi / CBS News:
Read the whistleblower's memo about Trump's Ukraine call, as described to CBS News  —  Washington — CBS News has learned the full contents of what appears to be a memo written by the whistleblower one day after President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Record support for Trump impeachment  —  Just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.  —  A new high of 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office, another 4 percent want him impeached …
Fox News:
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The 'I'm rubber, you're glue' presidency: Trump turns to schoolyard taunts in impeachment battle  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  After House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the Oval Office occupant countered with a creative offer of his own: Impeach me?
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
GOP players in Benghazi probe drop strong defense of congressional oversight
Discussion: HuffPost
Heather Caygle / Politico:   Democrats confident in obstruction case against Trump — but want more
Trump warns McConnell about disloyal Republicans  —  Washington (CNN)Even as the White House appears to settle on the legal tactics to stave off Democrats' impeachment demands, uncertainty and unease over Trump's messaging approach remains high among his Republican allies, who see the ever-growing inquiry consuming the White House.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Focus on the GOP senators weighing history's judgment for Trump's fate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Matt Drudge, an influential figure in conservative media, sours on Trump as he faces impeachment  —  New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump, facing an ever-deepening scandal that threatens to swallow his presidency, appears to have lost a key ally in conservative media: The Drudge Report.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
‘Nothing to See Here’: Diplomats Urged to Play Down Release of Ukraine Aid  —  A series of internal State Department emails reflect diplomats' frustration with the unexpected freeze on funding that Congress had already approved.  —  WASHINGTON — American diplomats who had pushed …
Washington Post:
Ousted Ukraine envoy expected to testify in impeachment probe despite White House vow not to cooperate, congressional aides say  —  Congressional investigators expect that Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will appear as planned for a Friday deposition in the House's ongoing …
Keith E. Whittington / Lawfare:
Must the House Vote to Authorize an Impeachment Inquiry?  —  Since taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm election of 2018, the Democrats have been exploring how it might be possible to pursue an impeachment inquiry while retaining some plausible deniability about whether they are actually doing so.
Discussion: CNN, Reason and CBS San Francisco
Frank Bowman / Just Security:
White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Noah Feldman / New York Times:   This Is a Constitutional Crisis. What Happens Next?
Laurence Tribe / USA Today:
The time for waiting is over. The House must move on Trump impeachment articles now.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer  —  In his first interview about the explosive ‘Catch and Kill,’ the journalist reveals fresh claims of secret payouts and how Lauer may have played a role in the network's decision …
Sara Nathan / Page Six:   NBC News chief Andy Lack preyed on female employees for sex: report
Donald Trump Allegedly Hid Behind a Tapestry to Grope a Woman at Mar-a-Lago in the Early 2000s  —  tape was the opening salvo in the story of Donald Trump's transgressions against women, think again.  In  —  All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Allegedly Assaulted Dozens of Additional Women, New Book Claims
Discussion: VICE, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Trump defends diplomat's wife who killed teenage Briton in crash: 'We've all done it'  —  Donald Trump has defended the wife of a US diplomat who killed a British teenager in a road accident, suggesting it is difficult to drive on the other side of the road and that “we've all done it”.  —  More follows...
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Karen Pence says she loves the way Trump treats young women  —  In a shocking move, Second Lady Karen Pence told a Minnesota audience that she loves the way President Donald Trump treats young women.  —  “Tonight, in Minnesota, state the campaign really wants to win, @SecondLady is on stage praising POTUS.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House Democrats want testimony from Trump's former Russia advisor  —  The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine have requested that his former Russia advisor Fiona Hill appear for a deposition on Oct. 14, as well as turn over several documents dating back to January of 2017.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Defense official arrested for leaking information to journalists  —  The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Defense Intelligence Agency official for allegedly leaking classified information to journalists, including one with whom he was apparently in a relationship.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spends $300 on hairdo at Last Tangle Salon in Washington, D.C.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has allowed life in Washington to go to her head — literally.  —  The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Sanders says he ‘misspoke’ about scaling back rallies after heart attack, vows ‘vigorous’ 2020 campaign  —  Sanders also pushed back at criticism that his campaign was not transparent about his health, saying it “acted appropriately” before disclosing he had a heart attack.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Elizabeth Warren pregnancy smear shows how poisoned the media world is  —  A news report can be narrowly factual, and still plenty unfair.  —  And so it was with a “revelation” regarding one element of Elizabeth Warren's personal history, oft-told on the campaign trail …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Dealing With China Isn't Worth the Moral Cost  —  We thought economic growth and technology would liberate China.  Instead, it corrupted us.  —  The People's Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world.
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Gaming Company's Statement Regarding Player Who Voiced Support For Hong Kong Was Different In Chinese
Discussion:, VentureBeat and Fortune
Paige Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
Joni Ernst Refuses To Condemn Soliciting Foreign Interference  —  Three times in a row yesterday, Sen. Joni Ernst dodged questions about whether it's appropriate for a president to ask a foreign power to investigate a political rival.  —  After a round of questions from a CNN reporter looking for a …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Inside Fox News: How the impeachment fight is opening fresh divisions in the newsroom  —  One of the most important fights over the impeachment inquiry of President Trump is playing out on the airwaves of Fox News.  —  Back in 1996, Fox had to pay cable providers to carry it …
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
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Discussion: Politico
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Sent Trump On A Wild Goose Chase With A Bunch Of Fake Internet Nonsense
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Impeachment: The Democrats' chosen recourse to overturn 2016 election
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Calls for Trump Impeachment for First Time
 Earlier Items: 
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Anti-Trump Whistleblower Attorney Worked Directly For James Clapper
Discussion: RedState
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and RedState