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5:55 PM ET, October 12, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and The Week
New York Times:
Militants Backed by Turkey Kill at Least Two Prisoners in Syria  —  The killings of Kurdish prisoners by Arab rebels raised the specter of wider sectarian warfare as fighting in northwestern Syria escalates.  —  Turkish-backed militants fighting in Syria killed at least two Kurdish prisoners on Saturday …
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Mattis warns ISIS could resurge: ‘Enemy gets the vote’ after Trump's announced troop pullout  —  The ‘enemy gets the vote’, we say in the military," Mattis said. “  And in this case, if we don't keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge.  Former Defense Secretary James Mattis …
Senior female Kurdish political leader killed in ambush in Syria  —  ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - The Future Syria Party's Secretary-General, Hevrin Khalaf, was killed on Saturday when Turkish-backed groups tried to take control of a point on the international M4 road.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
New York Times:
Trump's Abandonment of the Kurds in Syria Has Other Allies Worried
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Newsweek:   Exclusive: Kurdish allies learned of Trump's Syria pullout on Twitter: “We were like, ‘What is this sh*t?’”
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man.
Discussion: Althouse
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria
Reuters:   Iran offers to mediate between Syrian Kurds, Turkey
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.
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 …
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: NBC News
Rudy Giuliani tells CNN he's unaware he's under investigation for Ukraine involvement  —  Trump: 'I don't know' if Giuliani is still my attorney  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that he's not aware he's under investigation for his involvement …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump's presidency  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many eyes that saw what he said.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Ex-Republican: Do we still agree on beating Trump?  After your LGBTQ forum, I'm not sure.  —  I'm not asking you to betray your principles, but Republican culture warriors are lying in wait.  Why let them divide us where we already agree?  —  CONNECT  —  Dear Democrats:  —  We've been together for a while now.
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
New York Times:
A Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein That Bill Gates Now ‘Regrets’  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison, managed to lure an astonishing array of rich, powerful and famous men into his orbit.  —  There were billionaires (Leslie Wexner and Leon Black) …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Impeachment has put Trump in a different place.  He's showing it every day.  —  President Trump delivered a characteristic performance Thursday night in Minneapolis.  His 100-minute rally speech was complete with scattered vulgarities, caustic attacks on political opponents …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times and TheBlaze
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Brent Staples / New York Times:
How Italians Became ‘White’  —  Mr. Staples is a member of the editorial board.  —  Congress envisioned a white, Protestant and culturally homogeneous America when it declared in 1790 that only “free white persons, who have, or shall migrate into the United States” were eligible to become naturalized citizens.
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 …
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
California law bans for-profit, private prisons, including immigration detention centers  —  “We are joining a national effort, and California is leading this, in which we are going to divest from these abusive systems,” said an immigration advocate.  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As Impeachment Divide Persists, More Voters Embrace an Inquiry  —  Americans are as divided over impeachment as they are over President Trump.  But support for the Democrats' inquiry is building even in places Mr. Trump won, and among politically crucial independents.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
U.S. foreign policy is for sale.  Who else is buying?  —  Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, a pro-Trumper or a never-Trumper, an inhabitant of a blue state or a red state, you owe it to yourself and your country to read the text of the statement prepared for Congress by former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Foreign Policy:
Pompeo's State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale
Discussion: The Guardian
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Wall Street Journal:
The Turk and the President  —  The Syrian retreat is all too typical …
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Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Trump's China Deal Yields Plenty of Questions, and Critics
Discussion: Raw Story
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign and Russian government are apparently on the same moral plane
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The Babylon Bee:
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Nancy Amons / WSMV-TV:
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