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10:50 AM ET, October 10, 2019


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Dow Jones Newswires:
Two Foreign-Born Men Who Helped Giuliani on Ukraine Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charges  —  Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later on Thursday  —  WASHINGTON—Two foreign-born donors to a pro- Trump fundraising committee who helped Rudy Giuliani's efforts …
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
George Conway says White House advisers should step down  —  Conservative attorney George Conway encouraged President Donald Trump's closest aides in the West Wing to resign, specifically swiping at White House counsel Pat Cipollone for his response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: CAFE
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘What legal strategy?’:  Trump relies on Trump to survive impeachment  —  For a president steeped in marketing and branding, impeachment offers new terrain on which to run the Trump playbook of defining an issue, waging war and then never backing down.  —  And the White House's new strategy …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The 'I'm rubber, you're glue' presidency: Trump turns to schoolyard taunts in impeachment battle
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Law & Crime
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Trump's resistance to the impeachment inquiry is a genuine constitutional crisis
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
New York Times:
Shells Fired Into Turkey as Syria Offensive Continues for 2nd Day  —  At least 16 Kurdish fighters were reported to have been killed as Turkish ground forces assaulted towns in northeastern Syria.  Kurdish forces appeared to return fire across the border.  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says potential ISIS escapees will ‘be escaping to Europe’
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
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Trump adviser says China provided information about Hunter Biden  —  Michael Pillsbury, an informal White House adviser on China, said he received information about the business activities of Hunter Biden during a visit to Beijing in the same week Donald Trump urged China to probe the son of Joe Biden.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Biden campaign slams New York Times for op-ed by conservative author behind Ukraine claims
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and HuffPost
Why Biden finally teed off on Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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: RedState and Instapundit
Arden Farhi / CBS News:
Read the whistleblower's memo about Trump's Ukraine call, as described to CBS News
Tulsi Considers Boycotting Debate … I want to thank you all very much for your support.  I need to share something with you.  It is very important.  —  There are so many of you who I've met in Iowa and New Hampshire who have expressed to me how frustrated you are that the DNC …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios, Reason and Political Wire
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.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Shifted Authority Over Ukraine Aid Amid Legal Concerns  —  House Democrats are investigating why a political appointee was given control of dispensing military aid after career budget staff questioned the legality of delaying the funds  —  WASHINGTON—The White House gave …
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans bemoaning the fate of the Kurds have no one to blame but themselves  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) put out a written statement on Wednesday declaring, “On Monday, I said that President Trump's decision to abandon the Kurds, our major ally in the fight against ISIS, was terribly unwise.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios and Shareblue Media
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Note to Republicans: Trump will betray you just like he betrayed the Kurds
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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.
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: CBS San Francisco, CNN and Reason
Frank Bowman / Just Security:
White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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.
New York Times:   Bernie Sanders Says He Knew of Heart Attack Three Days Before Disclosing It
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Only hyperpartisanship will save Trump
Discussion: Roll Call and Breitbart
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Voting Rights Act's Days May Be Numbered
Jacob Ogles / Advocate:
Pete Buttigieg Lays Out His Agenda for LGBTQ Equality
Associated Press:
Ukraine president: ‘No blackmail’ in conversation with Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Sees Impeachment Motivating Base
Discussion: Political Wire
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Yale Law School Establishes Religious-Liberty Clinic
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Russia Couldn't Stop This Putin Critic. Now It Has a New Tactic.
Discussion: UPI
Washington Post:
Ousted Ukraine envoy expected to testify in impeachment probe despite White House vow …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Karen Pence says she loves the way Trump treats young women
Discussion: HuffPost
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
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Matt Drudge, an influential figure in conservative media, sours on Trump as he faces impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story