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12:35 AM ET, October 13, 2019


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Washington Post:
Trump's envoy to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump  —  The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Trump in a phone call …
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire, Raw Story and NPR
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: Roll Call
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 …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Gordon Sondland to Testify He Took Trump's Denial of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo at His Word  —  The U.S. ambassador to the EU to say he couldn't independently verify president's assertion  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. ambassador to the European Union plans to tell Congress that President Trump personally assured …
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump says he's an ‘island of one’ on Syria  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's an “island of one” for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.  —  Trump's decision drew swift bipartisan criticism in the U.S. and abroad that he was endangering regional stability …
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Senior female Kurdish political leader killed in ambush in Syria
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
New York Times:   Militants Backed by Turkey Kill at Least Two Prisoners in Syria
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?’”
Washington Post:
Turkey's invasion of Syria puts Islamic State fight on hold at a critical time
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Discussion: New York Times
Jack Howland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Woman killed in own home when Fort Worth officer shoots her, police and witness say  —  A white Fort Worth officer fatally shot a black woman inside her home early Saturday morning after police were called to the house to do a welfare check, according to police and the neighbor who called them.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
2014 photograph shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate  —  A photograph of President Donald Trump posing with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was posted online in March 2014, two years prior to what had been their first known interaction.
Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday night to sue top congressional Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the House impeachment inquiry into the President.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Impeachment has put Trump in a different place. He's showing it every day.
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
I Was Protested At Bard College For Being A Jew  —  When I was asked to speak at last week's conference on racism and anti-Semitism at Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center, I think my heart actually skipped a beat.  —  Arendt, the German-born political philosopher who fled the Nazis in the 1930s …
New York Times:
In Show of Support, Trump Meets With Giuliani Over Lunch  —  The president's multiple shows of support for his personal lawyer on Saturday seemed meant to tamp down questions about Mr. Giuliani's standing.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump had lunch on Saturday with Rudolph W. Giuliani amid revelations …
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and Washington Times
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.
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) …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Trump Bounces Back  —  I wrote here and here that, although the Democrats' impeachment claims are frivolous, they have hurt President Trump in the polls.  Trump's history is that he tends to rise in the polls until a negative news cycle hits-which happens often-and then he will drop back down.
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Louisiana election heads to runoff with Democrat Edwards to face GOP's Rispone  —  Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, will have to face a runoff election in November as he failed to garner at least 50 percent of the votes in Saturday's election.
Discussion: Politico and The New Neo
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Telegraph, CNBC and Task & Purpose
Manhattan US attorney in the spotlight with another high profile investigation of Trump's inner circle  —  (CNN) — With the indictment Thursday of associates of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, New York federal prosecutors are yet again behind a criminal case that threatens Trump's inner circle.
LaVendrick Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Tarrant County sheriff's son arrested on indecent exposure charge  —  Sergei Waybourn was arrested, days after Sheriff Bill Waybourn's comments about undocumented immigrants sparked controversy.  —  The son of Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn was arrested Friday on charges of public intoxication …
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Harry Reid warns Democrats: Trump is a ‘very, very smart man’ who won't be easily beaten in 2020
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