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6:25 PM ET, October 13, 2019

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New York Times:
U.S. Forces Leave ‘High Value’ ISIS Detainees Behind in Retreat From Syria  —  About 700 family members of Islamic State fighters escaped a Kurdish-run camp in northern Syria as Turkish-led assault unleashes chaos.  —  The American military was unable to carry out a plan to transfer about five dozen …
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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: Politico, Obsidian Wings and Daily Kos
Elizabeth Tsurkov / The Forward:
‘Oh My God, Why Are They Doing This?’  Northeastern Syrians Await Their Fate  —  A massive humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Syria.  Over 130,000 civilians have been displaced in a once relatively stable region.  Dozens of civilians have been killed or injured.
Mazloum Abdi / Foreign Policy:
If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People  —  The Kurds' commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.  —  The world first heard of us, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), amid the chaos of our country's civil war.
Discussion: Defense One and CNN
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
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
The Daily Beast:
U.S. ‘Withdraws’ Forces to Let Turks Advance on America's Allies
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ryan Browne / CNN:   Defense secretary says Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from northern Syria
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Bernie Sanders: ‘The difference between Trump and me is he lies’
Discussion: Axios
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media needs to focus on the real corruption
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
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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New York Times:   Russia Bombed Four Syrian Hospitals. We Have Proof.
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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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Sanders draws line between himself and Warren: A ‘capitalist to her bones’
Discussion: The Week and Common Dreams
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Adam Schiff says whistleblower may not testify in impeachment probe  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff indicated Sunday that the whistleblower at the heart of Democrats' impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump might not testify over concerns about the person's safety.
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Associated Press:   Ambassador to testify no quid pro quo assurance was Trump's
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Protecting whistleblower's identity is ‘our primary interest,’ Schiff says
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Casey Michel / The Daily Beast:
Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon  —  Journalism's leading conspiracy theorist has finally found his natural home.  But he was a fact-masseuse long before Trump came along.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Over the weekend, Fox News announced …
CBS News:
Transcript: Senator Ted Cruz on “Face the Nation”, October 13, 2019  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with Senator Ted Cruz that aired Sunday, October 13, 2019, on “Face the Nation”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: Welcome back to Face the Nation.  We spoke yesterday with Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Ted Cruz: ‘Of course’ Trump was wrong to ask China to probe Bidens
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark  — Says impeachment now in ‘grand jury’ phase of investigation  — Whistleblower testimony not needed to determine what happened  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
There's yet another level to the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine  —  IT'S BECOMING evident that the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine was not limited to the president's pressure for politicized investigations that could help his reelection campaign.
New York Times:
Amid 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 …
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CNN:
Sign of solidarity? Trump and Giuliani had lunch at President's golf course
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
 
 
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Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
How Rudy Giuliani's epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America's broken windows
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine. He accused her of working for the DNC.
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Ronan Farrow Depicts a Chilling Cover-up at NBC
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
President Trump and Bernard Arnault to Open New Louis Vuitton Factory in Jefferson County Texas
ABC7:
Governor Newsom signs measure banning ‘lunch shaming’ in California
David Shortell / CNN:
Barr slams attacks on religious values, says ‘moral upheaval’ leading to societal ills
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Moves to Restart Taliban Peace Process
Melody Petersen / Los Angeles Times:
In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
China Emerges With Wins From U.S. Trade Truce
New York Times:
Making America Worse
Bloomberg:
Is the World Economy Sliding Into First Recession Since 2009?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
Gov. John Bel Edwards to meet Eddie Rispone in runoff for Louisiana governor's race
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Liz Goodwin / The Boston Globe:
They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Bob Hennelly / Salon:
Giuliani was always a fraud. Just ask the FDNY
Discussion: New York Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy
Discussion: Breitbart
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Defiant Dave Chappelle
Discussion: Althouse