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9:10 AM ET, October 10, 2019


 Top Items: 
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
The House Can Play Hardball, Too.  It Can Arrest Giuliani.  —  Two ways that Democrats in the House can match the White House's aggressive tactics.  —  Josh Chafetz is the author of “Congress's Constitution.”  —  In his letter to House leadership, the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
White House aides try disappearing act amid impeachment talk  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — They've skipped the high-profile Sunday TV shows and avoided driveway chat sessions with reporters.  Few who are typically eager to defend the president have appeared at all on television this month.
Frank Bowman / Just Security:
White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘There is no discernible legal strategy’: Trump returns to his roots for impeachment battle
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats confident in obstruction case against Trump — but want more
Discussion: CNN and One America News Network
New York Times:
Death Toll Climbs as Turkish Offensive in Syria Enters 2nd Day  —  At least 16 Kurdish fighters were reported to have been killed as Turkish ground forces assaulted towns in northeastern Syria.  —  SANLIURFA, Turkey — Fighting lit up the sky early Thursday as Turkish troops pressed their air …
Fox News:
Turkey's Syria invasion: Member of US Special Forces says, ‘I am ashamed for the first time in my career’
Discussion: The Federalist
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Defying the World, Turkey Launches a War Against a U.S. Ally in Syria
NBC News:
Intel officials say ISIS could regroup after U.S. ‘betrayal’ of Kurds in Syria
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 …
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.
Here Are the Giuliani-Ukraine Notes Few Have Seen  —  Notes of Rudolph Giuliani's interviews with two former Ukrainian prosecutors include one's allegation that then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned him against investigating energy firm Burisma Holdings “as it was not in the interest of Joe and/or Hunter Biden.”
Discussion: Instapundit
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Trump adviser says China provided information about Hunter Biden
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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?
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Why are Republicans who voted to impeach Clinton so unmoved by Trump's actions?  —  This is a column about two impeachments and the boundless human capacity for rationalization and self-delusion.  —  The first time I wrote about the prospect of a president being impeached was on Jan. 21, 1998.
Washington Post:
GOP players in Benghazi probe drop strong defense of congressional oversight
Discussion: HuffPost
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
George Conway and other prominent conservatives call for ‘expeditious’ impeachment probe  —  More than a dozen prominent conservative lawyers, including George T. Conway III, offered their legal reasoning for an “expeditious” impeachment probe into President Trump, creating a document they hope …
Impeached and re-elected  —  It's looking more likely by the day that President Trump will be impeached by the House for his dealings with Ukraine.  But if he is acquitted by the Senate — and then goes on to win a second term — Democrats will face a predicament neither party has confronted in U.S. history.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple removed an app late Wednesday that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it, plunging the technology giant deeper into the complicated politics …
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Dear Republicans, Is This the Idol to Whom You Have Sold Your Souls?  —  In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has gone from saying that no, he didn't collude with a foreign dictatorship to interfere with the U.S. election, to doing it on live TV, asking the government of China to investigate Joe Biden and his son, for no clear reason.
Why Biden finally teed off on Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
Gabriel Schoenfeld / USA Today:
Trump is in free fall.  We need insights on his fitness from Mattis, Kelly and others.  Now.  —  With the future of our constitutional order in the balance, don't they have an obligation to speak the truth and inform the public about Trump?  —  CONNECT  —  The president of the United States …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Says He Knew of Heart Attack Three Days Before Disclosing It  —  “I think we did it appropriately and did it as quickly as we could,” Mr. Sanders said.  “No apologies.”  —  Bernie Sanders acknowledged on Wednesday that he knew he had suffered a heart attack three days …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Sanders says he ‘misspoke’ about scaling back rallies after heart attack, vows ‘vigorous’ 2020 campaign
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Farewell, Tomahawk Chop!  —  The Daily Caller reports on the latest victory for political correctness: “Braves Axe ‘Tomahawk Chop’ During Game Five After Complaint From Cardinal With Cherokee Heritage.” … Axing the tomahawk didn't do the Braves much good tonight, as they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Sees Impeachment Motivating Base  —  Advisers hope investigation will fire up president's core supporters, but some Republicans worry about alienating independents  —  Blistering fundraising emails.  TV ads attacking Democrats.  Protests in swing congressional districts.
Discussion: Political Wire
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
New poll shows ‘crisis of confidence’ in US elections  —  A year before the 2020 presidential elections, only half of Americans say they believe the vote will be conducted openly and fairly, according to a new survey that reveals a growing mistrust in the U.S. electoral system.
Discussion: Da Tech Guy Blog
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Yale Law School Establishes Religious-Liberty Clinic  —  I'm very pleased to learn that Yale law school has established a for-course-credit Free Exercise Clinic, under the direction of Professor Kate Stith.  Michael Helfand, a visiting professor from Pepperdine law school, will also lead the course.
Sonali Kohli / Los Angeles Times:
Only half of California students meet English standards and fewer meet math standards, test scores show  —  Just over half of public school students who took the state's standardized English language arts test performed at grade level, while only 4 in 10 are proficient in math …
Discussion: CalMatters and LAist
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Discussion: Fox News and NPR
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Russia Couldn't Stop This Putin Critic. Now It Has a New Tactic.
Discussion: UPI
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren's campaign clarifies she'll raise big-dollar money for the party as nominee
Discussion: Political Wire, Townhall and Fox News
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 Earlier Items: 
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Note to Republicans: Trump will betray you just like he betrayed the Kurds
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House Democrats want testimony from Trump's former Russia advisor
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Inside Fox News: How the impeachment fight is opening fresh divisions in the newsroom
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Karen Pence says she loves the way Trump treats young women
Discussion: HuffPost
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Sent Trump On A Wild Goose Chase With A Bunch Of Fake Internet Nonsense
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
NBC News chief Andy Lack preyed on female employees for sex: report
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Trump defends diplomat's wife who killed teenage Briton in crash: 'We've all done it'
Discussion: The Week and Politico