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7:00 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, Daily Kos and Obsidian Wings
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of the Trump bluff that kicked off Turkey's invasion  —  The big picture: Trump would tell Erdoğan that if he wanted to invade Syria he would have to own whatever mess ensued, according to these sources.  Erdoğan would have to take care of ISIS …
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
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syrian Kurdish journalist killed in Turkish airstrike on civilian convoy  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Turkish air strike on a civilian convoy that killed journalist Saad Ahmed and injured at least four other reporters.  —  At about 4:15 pm today …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Elizabeth Tsurkov / The Forward:   ‘Oh My God, Why Are They Doing This?’ Northeastern Syrians Await Their Fate
Washington Post:
U.S. troops withdraw from another Syrian town as Turkish forces block supply lines
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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
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.  —  The Times obtained thousands of air force recordings, which reveal for the first time that Russia repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria.  —  PLAYLISTUp Next in VISUAL INVESTIGATIONS  —  Killing Khashoggi: How a Brutal Saudi Hit Job Unfolded
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
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Giuliani bungling gives Biden a new punchline
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media needs to focus on the real corruption
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
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
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Bernie Sanders: ‘The difference between Trump and me is he lies’
Discussion: Axios
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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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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Protecting whistleblower's identity is ‘our primary interest,’ Schiff says
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
How Rudy Giuliani's epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America's broken windows  —  It's been 27 long years now, but I can still vividly remember where I was on Sept. 16, 1992 — at my preinternet computer terminal in the New York Newsday newsroom, working on an innocuous story …
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Bob Hennelly / Salon:
Giuliani was always a fraud. Just ask the FDNY
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
Sign of solidarity? Trump and Giuliani had lunch at President's golf course
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
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
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.
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine.  He accused her of working for the DNC.  —  Nancy Amons, a longtime investigative reporter at Nashville's WSMV, had just seven minutes to interview Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while he was in town Friday to speak to a group about religious freedom.
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
President Trump and Bernard Arnault to Open New Louis Vuitton Factory in Jefferson County Texas  —  By bolstering the number of workers employed in its Texas facility, Louis Vuitton is making good on its support of the Pledge to America's Workers.  —  Donals Trump and Bernard Arnault
 
 
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David Shortell / CNN:
Barr slams attacks on religious values, says ‘moral upheaval’ leading to societal ills
Melody Petersen / Los Angeles Times:
In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended
Wall Street Journal:
China Emerges With Wins From U.S. Trade Truce
New York Times:
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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.’
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy
Discussion: Breitbart
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Defiant Dave Chappelle
Discussion: Althouse