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7:45 PM ET, October 12, 2019


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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria  —  Turkish forces who launched multiple artillery rounds near a U.S. Special Operations outpost in northeastern Syria on Friday have known for months that Americans were there …
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 …
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 …
Senior female Kurdish political leader killed in ambush in Syria
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
New York Times:
Trump's Abrupt Shifts in Middle East Unnerve U.S. Allies
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?’”
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria
Reuters:   Iran offers to mediate between Syrian Kurds, Turkey
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
2014 photograph shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate  —  Trump has sought to distance himself from Lev Parnas as evidence of their ties mounts.  —  President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.  A photograph of President Donald Trump posing …
Washington Post:
How two Soviet-born emigres made it into elite Trump circles — and the center of the impeachment storm  —  Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-born emigre, appeared at a dark time in Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Less than a month before the election, major GOP donors had been spooked …
Discussion: Vox and Roll Call
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Stop talking’: Trump advisers want Giuliani dumped
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.
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: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
A Fort Worth Cop Killed A Black Woman Inside Her Home After Her Neighbor Called Police Because Her Door Was Open  —  A black woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, after her neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her.
Jack Howland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Woman killed in own home when Fort Worth officer shoots her, police and witness say
Discussion: WFAA-TV and The Daily Beast
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.
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: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Bill Gates Met With Jeffrey Epstein Many Times, Despite His Past  —  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) …
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Sondland faces local backlash denying Trump deal in Ukraine  —  President Trump's man in Brussels found events spinning out of control when he arrived in Washington, D.C., expecting to testify before House committees this week.  —  Gordon Sondland, appointed U.S. ambassador to the European Union …
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 …
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Bernie Sanders draws contrast with Elizabeth Warren: 'She is a capitalist through her bones.  I'm not.'  —  With Sen. Elizabeth Warren continuing to climb in Democratic presidential primary polls, in part, at the expense of his own campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an interview on Saturday with ABC News' …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
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Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Trump's China Deal Yields Plenty of Questions, and Critics
Discussion: Raw Story
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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Mathias Döpfner / Politico:
Never again ‘never again’
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What, Exactly, Is Tulsi Gabbard Up To?
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
It is wrong — and corrosive — to conflate ‘unfavorable news’ and ‘fake news’