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2:45 PM 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: Mother Jones and Progress Pond
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New York Times:
Pullback Leaves Green Berets Feeling ‘Ashamed,’ and Kurdish Allies Describing ‘Betrayal’  —  WASHINGTON — American commandos were working alongside Kurdish forces at an outpost in eastern Syria last year when they were attacked by columns of Syrian government tanks and hundreds of troops, including Russian mercenaries.
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
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.
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 …
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: Slate, HuffPost and NBC News
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
The Daily Beast:   Pentagon Boss: We're ‘Evacuating’ Syria.  U.S. Officials: No, We're Just Stepping Out of Turkey's Way.
Bethan McKernan / The Guardian:
At least 750 Isis affiliates escape Syria camp after Turkish shelling
Discussion: The Week, Hullabaloo and New York Times
Ryan Browne / CNN:   Defense secretary says Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from northern Syria
CBS News:
Transcript: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on “Face the Nation,” October 13, 2019
Discussion: National Review, NPR and UPI
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Bernie Sanders: ‘The difference between Trump and me is he lies’
Discussion: Axios and NBC News
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 …
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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 …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Giuliani bungling gives Biden a new punchline  —  'America's mayor' is now a punchline, fundraising tool and political shield for Joe Biden.  —  With Rudy Giuliani emerging as the face of Donald Trump's star-crossed operation to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine, the former vice president …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Hunter Biden to step down from board of Chinese company
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   How ‘White Guilt’ in the Age of Trump Shapes the Democratic Primary
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Sanders draws line between himself and Warren: A ‘capitalist to her bones’
Discussion: The Week and Common Dreams
New York Times:
12 Hours.  4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed.  One Culprit: Russia.  —  The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to an investigation by The New York Times.
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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
CNN:
Sign of solidarity? Trump and Giuliani had lunch at President's golf course
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 …
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Associated Press:   Ambassador to testify no quid pro quo assurance was Trump's
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 …
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 President Donald Trump.  —  For several years, the impeachment push …
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CNN:
Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Protecting whistleblower's identity is ‘our primary interest,’ Schiff says
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Wall Street Journal:
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New York Times:
Making America Worse
Bloomberg:
Is the World Economy Sliding Into First Recession Since 2009?
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Griff Witte / Washington Post:
They're the refugees that Trump tried to stop.  But now they're here, and they're ‘becoming Americans.’
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Liz Goodwin / The Boston Globe:
They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy
Discussion: Breitbart
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Discussion: The Daily Caller