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12:15 PM ET, October 12, 2019


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New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work  —  Prosecutors are investigating whether the president's lawyer broke laws meant to prevent covert foreign influence on the government.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump's …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Stop talking’: Trump advisers want Giuliani dumped  —  For weeks, prominent Republican advisers have been privately imploring President Donald Trump to sideline Rudy Giuliani after a barrage of inconsistent, combative and occasionally cringe-inducing media interviews, according to three people familiar with the conversations.
Discussion: The Guardian, The Week and Raw Story
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
America Exports Its Corruption to Ukraine  —  Once upon a time, we spread ideals of democracy and rule of law.  Now?  We send Giuliani.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — In 2014, Ukraine's wildly corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Russia after mass protests on the Maidan, Kiev's central square.
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN and Deseret News
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Indicted Giuliani associate worked on behalf of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash
Discussion: New York Post
NBC News:
Lutsenko is unnamed Ukrainian who led plot to oust Yovanovitch, says official
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Raw, angry, uncensored: Welcome to Trump's impeachment-era campaign
Discussion: New York Times
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Indicted Giuliani associate attended private '16 election night party for ‘friend’ Trump
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
James Comey Would Like to Help  —  The former F.B.I. director wants an end to the Trump presidency.  And yes, he knows you might think he caused it.  —  James Comey slumps strategically in restaurants — all 6-foot-8 of him, drooping faux-furtively with his back to the room …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Exclusive: Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US ‘you are leaving us to be slaughtered’  —  (CNN)The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Goodbye, America.  Goodbye, Freedom Man.  —  Under Trump, the U.S. becomes the world's fair-weather friend.  —  The time is the early 1980s.  The place is the South China Sea.  A sailor aboard the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier, spots a leaky boat jammed with people fleeing tyranny in Indochina.
Discussion: Althouse
Reuters:   Iran offers to mediate between Syrian Kurds, Turkey
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria
Exclusive: Turkey bombs US special forces in Syria attack, apparently by mistake
Associated Press:   The Latest: Pentagon says US came under fire from Turks
New York Times:
Kevin McAleenan Is Out as Acting Homeland Security Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers …
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
Why Trump's Fourth Secretary of Homeland Security Just Resigned  —  When Kevin McAleenan became the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, in April, a D.H.S. official, who knew McAleenan personally, told me, “I'm not sure how he can finesse things with this Administration.”
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Warren's same-sex marriage quip captures what some find exciting — and others distressing — about her  —  About 90 minutes into Thursday's forum on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, a gay rights leader posed a question to Sen. Elizabeth Warren: How would she respond if a voter approached her and said …
Foreign Policy:
Pompeo's State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale  —  As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers' legal defense fund.  —  The fast-moving impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump has dragged the State Department into the center …
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC News
The Hill:
White House accidentally sends Ukraine talking points to Democrats again
Discussion: The Week
Financial Times:
China makes few concessions in trade truce with US  —  After five months of constant escalations in their long-running trade war with the US, Chinese officials on Friday finally secured a respite.  —  In return for a series of modest concessions, most of which had been offered …
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:   Trump announces partial trade deal with China, lifting hopes that tensions could ease
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Harry Reid warns Democrats: Trump is a ‘very, very smart man’ who won't be easily beaten in 2020  —  Harry Reid: How Democrats can beat Trump in Nevada  —  Watch the full interview on “The Axe Files” Saturday at 7 p.m. on CNN.  —  Washington (CNN)Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper  —  Hunter Biden: The mere mention of his name seemingly triggers the vapors among cable-TV hosts and their guests.  —  When President Donald Trump turned to the Bidens and Ukraine in a speech, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut off …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
What, Exactly, Is Tulsi Gabbard Up To?  —  As she injects chaos into the 2020 Democratic primary by accusing her own party of “rigging” the election, an array of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists and Russians have praised her.  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Favorite Impeachment Lawyer Is ...Trump Himself  —  President Donald Trump has slowly but surely bent the Office of the White House Counsel to his will.  —  On Tuesday, the Office of the White House Counsel delivered an eight-page letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Nancy Amons / WSMV-TV:
News4 talks one-on-one with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  —  NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The US Secretary of State visited Nashville on Friday and sat down for a one-on-one interview with News4 where he spoke about several issues, but there was one question he refused to answer.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Pompeo refuses to say if he met with Giuliani on February Warsaw trip
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Boing Boing
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Why Shep Smith finally walked out of Fox News for good  —  New York (CNN Buiness)Last month Shep Smith decided that he had simply had enough.  —  With President Trump actively distorting the truth and many of his own colleagues helping him do it, the Fox News star prided himself on anchoring …
Mathias Döpfner / Politico:
Never again ‘never again’  —  One certainly cannot accuse Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany's governing CDU party, of speaking in overly drastic terms.  She sees Wednesday's attack in the city of Halle as a “wake-up call.”  It is alarm clocks that send out wake-up calls.
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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign and Russian government are apparently on the same moral plane
Indicted: Rudy Giuliani Allies Arrested At Airport Boasted Of Trump Relationship, Mar-A-Lago Stays
Annalisa Quinn / NPR:
In ‘Catch And Kill,’ Ronan Farrow Offers A Damning Portrait Of A Conflicted NBC
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
It is wrong — and corrosive — to conflate ‘unfavorable news’ and ‘fake news’
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace: For All the GOP Criticisms of Whistleblower, ‘The Basic Allegation Has Been Largely Confirmed’
UK ‘softens Brexit position’ in final push for deal
Ed Whelan / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Ruling on Subpoena of Trump Financial Records
Discussion: New York Sun
 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Last Night, We Saw Fascism In the Streets [Updated]
New York Times:
Those Foreign Business Ties? The Trump Sons Have Plenty Too
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Who's the Secret Russian in the Indictment of Giuliani's Pals? We Found Some Clues.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
The Free Beacon Fired A Top Reporter For A “Financial Transaction” With Someone He Frequently Covered
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and Pence plan 11th-hour mission to save Kentucky governor
Discussion: Associated Press
David Priess / Washington Post:
The Senate is likelier to remove Trump after impeachment than you think
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
New York Times:
Trump Taxes: Justice Dept. Asks Judges to Block Subpoena
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Kamala's Fake Lover: Jacob Wohl Told Me It Was for a Spike TV Show
Discussion: HuffPost