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2:50 PM ET, October 9, 2019

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NBC News:
Donald Trump's longtime business connections in Turkey back in the spotlight  —  The president's decision to remove troops from Northern Syria has put renewed focus on his relationship with Turkish President Erdogan.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull U.S. troops …
Discussion: FRC and Daily Kos
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”  —  In an interview with Axios on Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned President Trump in his harshest language yet for deciding to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, suggesting Trump is violating …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mulvaney sidelined as Trump's impeachment crisis rages  —  Mick Mulvaney has gone noticeably quiet over the past week, just as the president's impeachment fight picks up.  —  The White House's acting chief of staff has not appeared on any major TV shows to defend President Donald Trump …
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement when the White House asserted that the Administration will not comply with House Committee subpoenas as part of the impeachment inquiry …
The Daily Beast:
Republicans to Trump: Shut Up About Your Impeachment  —  Veterans of past impeachment battles say the way to win them is to pretend that it's not affecting your job.  Trump, by contrast, is obsessing over it.  —  As President Donald Trump navigates an impeachment process that is upending his presidency …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Graham says Ukraine call has nothing impeachable
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Post:
Why can't Dems treat Trump as fairly as Republicans did Bill Clinton?
Discussion: Fox News
Laurence Tribe / USA Today:
The time for waiting is over.  The House must move on Trump impeachment articles now.  —  The Constitution makes clear the House can conduct its Trump impeachment inquiry however it wants.  It should move fast.  America has no time to spare.  —  CONNECT
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Noah Feldman / New York Times:
This Is a Constitutional Crisis.  What Happens Next?  —  With a full-on confrontation between the House and the president, no simple resolution is available.  —  Mr. Feldman is a law professor.  —  For the first time since President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the White House tapes …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump  —  President Trump has “declared war” against the House's impeachment inquiry, we're told, based on an eight page letter written by the White House counsel that openly declares a posture of maximal resistance, on the grounds that the inquiry is illegitimate.
Sean Illing / Vox:   Are we in a constitutional crisis yet?
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Obstruction Letter
Discussion: ABC News and Law & Crime
Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague  —  Ronan Farrow's new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube …
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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 …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:   The Black Cube Chronicles: The Double Agent
Esquire:
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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Biden calls for Trump to be impeached  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday for the first time said President Trump should be impeached.  —  “Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts,” Biden told a crowd of supporters in Rochester …
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Peter Schweizer / New York Times:
What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That's the Problem
Discussion: Breitbart
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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Washington Post:   Clinton email critics do a role reversal as Trump administration draws fire for private phone use
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Shift, Warren Says She'll Forgo Big Money Events if Nominated  —  Skipping fund-raisers has been a big part of her message as she has risen in the Democratic primary.  She had previously said she would not unilaterally disarm against President Trump in a general election.
VICE:
Germany Synagogue Shooter Denied Holocaust in Apparent Video Uploaded to Twitch  —  A Twitch spokesperson confirmed the link to the video has been taken down. … The gunman who killed two people near a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday appears to have filmed his attack …
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Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Germany synagogue shooting: Suspect ‘broadcast attack livestream on Twitch’ …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and UPI
Pete Kotz / City Pages:
Armed conspiracy group will defend Republicans at Minneapolis Trump rally … No one's expecting Donald Trump's Thursday rally in Minneapolis to go seamlessly.  Some 20,000 mostly out-of-towners will descend on the Target Center.  An even larger crowd of locals will be frothing outside.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘Render to God and Trump’: Ralph Reed calls for 2020 obedience to Trump  —  One of Donald Trump's most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president.
Eli Okun / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A small crack in Democrats' impeachment messaging  —  SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI has led a fairly unified Democratic charge toward impeachment.  She's said consistently that Democrats don't need a formal vote to move forward, but a few cracks have started to show.
Discussion: Washington Post and BuzzFeed News
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Army Is Treating Two Soldiers for Vaping-Related Lung Illness
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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 …
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions  —  New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers  —  The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil …
Discussion: The Week
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Official Charged With Leaking Classified Info to Two Journalists  —  The Justice Department says it appears Kyle Frese had a romantic relationship with one of two journalists he allegedly fed information.  —  A U.S. intelligence official has been arrested and charged …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Breitbart
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Hillary Clinton is joking about running again in 2020, right?  —  (CNN)Hillary Clinton is not running for president for a third time in 2020.  —  That sentence is, I believe, accurate.  And will remain accurate over the next 14 months. … That said — and, yes, there is a “that said” …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and New York Post
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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
With Abortion Rights On The Line, Planned Parenthood Announces 2020 Push  —  With abortion-rights activists playing defense from statehouses to the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new campaign push focused on the 2020 elections.  —  The organization is announcing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Behind The Network Of Outside, Left-Wing Groups Pushing Racial Policies In Cities, Counties Across America
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, now outside counsel to Trump, played key roles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Ohio Progressive Morgan Harper Raised $323,000 in First Quarter of House Race
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
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Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin Campus / Campus Reform:
‘Make America Great Again’ listed on Calif. college's ‘white supremacy’ pyramid
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Patreon:
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NBC News:
Trump starts the impeachment battle with a majority against him
Beto O'Rourke / Medium:
Leveling the Playing Field
Discussion: CNN, Salon and The Daily Caller
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It Took A Long Time For Republicans To Abandon Nixon
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's burn-down-the-House plan
Discussion: Althouse
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Khashoggi's Murder Should Have Made Saudi Arabia A Pariah. 7 Men Made Sure That Didn't Happen.
Discussion: Just Security
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year