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10:00 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
Newsweek:   Exclusive: Kurdish allies learned of Trump's Syria pullout on Twitter: “We were like, ‘What is this sh*t?’”
New York Times:
Trump's Abrupt Shifts in Middle East Unnerve U.S. Allies
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Akil Marceau / Haaretz:
Kurdish Leader: Trump Just Stuck a Knife in the Back of America's Brothers-in-arms
Reuters:   Iran offers to mediate between Syrian Kurds, Turkey
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: 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: Vox and 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 …
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 April 2014, two years prior to what had been their first known interaction.
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.
Associated Press:
Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday stood behind personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of his highest-profile and most vocal defenders, amid reports that federal prosecutors in the city Giuliani led as mayor are eyeing him for possible lobbying violations.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Stop talking’: Trump advisers want Giuliani dumped
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
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: CNBC and Washington Post
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: TheBlaze and Washington Times
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
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Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Bernie Sanders draws contrast with Elizabeth Warren: 'She is a capitalist through her bones.  I'm not.'
Discussion: Associated Press
Brett Forrest / Wall Street Journal:
The FBI Lost Our Son
Brent Staples / New York Times:
How Italians Became ‘White’
Wall Street Journal:
The Turk and the President  —  The Syrian retreat is all too typical …
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA to encourage female aviators
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Impeachment Support Grows, but So Does the Public Divide
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
U.S. foreign policy is for sale. Who else is buying?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The Trump campaign and Russian government are apparently on the same moral plane
Mathias Döpfner / Politico:
Never again ‘never again’
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
What, Exactly, Is Tulsi Gabbard Up To?
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
It is wrong — and corrosive — to conflate ‘unfavorable news’ and ‘fake news’