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9:45 PM ET, October 12, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump's envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn't certain  —  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
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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 …
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 …
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CNN:
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 …
Kurdistan24:
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
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Stop talking’: Trump advisers want Giuliani dumped
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
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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.
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.
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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 …
CNN:
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.
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 …
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
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
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren escalates war with Zuckerberg and Facebook  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday morning accused Facebook of turning itself into a “disinformation-for-profit machine” and called on people to sign up with her presidential campaign in order to “hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable.”
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' …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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