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11:55 AM ET, October 13, 2019


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New York Times:
Hundreds of ISIS Supporters Flee Detention Amid Turkish Airstrikes  —  The attacks caused about 700 Islamic State families to escape.  The American defense secretary said the U.S. would pull out about 1,000 troops from the area.  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of relatives …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility  —  President Trump has ordered a withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria in the face of a Turkish military offensive targeting Kurdish fighters in the region, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper …
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
U.S. “preparing to evacuate” remaining troops from northern Syria, defense secretary says  —  Washington — The U.S. is “preparing to evacuate” about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria “as safely and quickly as possible,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told “Face the Nation” in an interview airing Sunday.
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. troops withdraw from another Syrian town as Turkish forces block supply lines  —  BEIRUT — U.S. troops withdrew on Sunday from another town in Syria as Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper inside Syrian territory, seizing positions along a major highway that serves as the U.S. military's main supply route …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid growing chaos in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country's north to avoid an “untenable” conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press:
IS supporters escape as Turkish troops near key Syrian town  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria on Sunday, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people near a U.S.-led coalition base.
The Daily Beast:   Pentagon Boss: We're ‘Evacuating’ Syria.  U.S. Officials: No, We're Just Stepping Out of Turkey's Way.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Turkey says Syrian border town's center captured
Associated Press:
Trump says he's an ‘island of one’ on Syria
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
'We're ready to go at a moment's notice': Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Turkey sanctions
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Mediaite
David Cohen / Politico:
U.S. withdrawing last troops from northern Syria
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
New York Times:
Syrian Arab Fighters Backed by Turkey Kill Two Kurdish Prisoners
Discussion: The Guardian and Hullabaloo
Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Hunter Biden Steps Down from Chinese Board as Trump Attacks  — Democratic candidate's son releases statement through lawyer  — Trump, Giuliani have accused him of unsubstantiated corruption  —  Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company …
George Mesires:
A Statement on behalf of Hunter Biden, dated October 13, 2019  —  Hunter Biden's business activities have received significant press attention.  Since 2016, I have served as Hunter's lawyer.  In recent weeks, I have received numerous questions about those activities, many of which have been shaped …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden will step down from board of Chinese firm, his attorney says
Discussion: The Hill
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker: Warren extends lead across early states, New Hampshire and draws even with Biden in Iowa  —  Early-state Democratic voters say President Trump's allegations against Joe Biden have not affected their views of Biden and largely think they aren't true.
Discussion: Political Wire
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   How ‘White Guilt’ in the Age of Trump Shapes the Democratic Primary
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Conservatives look to crack Biden's black-and-white coalition
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Gordon Sondland to Testify He Took Trump's Denial of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo at His Word
New York Times:
12 Hours.  4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed.  One Culprit: Russia.  —  The Russians saved Bashar al-Assad's government.  A trove of Russian Air Force recordings obtained by The Times shows how bombing Syrian hospitals helped them do it.  —  The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
A Fort Worth Cop Killed A Black Woman Inside Her Home After Her Neighbor Called Police Because Her Door Was Open
Discussion: ABC News, UPI and New York Times
Bob Hennelly / Salon:
Giuliani was always a fraud.  Just ask the FDNY  —  As the image of “America's Mayor” was being rehabbed, 9/11 families saw how his malfeasance killed their loved ones  —  The anonymously sourced reports that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's global fixer …
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
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 …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
2014 photo 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.
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Washington Post:
How two Soviet-born emigres made it into elite Trump circles — and the center of the impeachment storm
Discussion: emptywheel
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 …
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Dems scramble to counter Trump with grassroots impeachment campaign  —  More than 100 Democrats gathered on a Wednesday call to get the party organized on an existential question: How to sell the public on impeaching Donald Trump.  —  For several years now, the impeachment push has been defined …
Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
Gov. John Bel Edwards to meet Eddie Rispone in runoff for Louisiana governor's race  —  Eddie Rispone (left) and John Bel Edwards (right)  —  Gov. John Bel Edwards supporters claps and celebrates with supporters at his /election party at the Renaissance Hotel Saturday night.  —  Buy Now
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Louisiana election heads to runoff with Democrat Edwards to face GOP's Rispone
Discussion: Politico, The Week, The Hill and The New Neo
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