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9:25 PM ET, October 13, 2019

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New York Times:
America's Former Allies in Syria Team Up With Damascus Government  —  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 transfer about five dozen “high value” …
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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 …
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.
CNN:
Retired Marine Gen. John Allen: 'There is blood on Trump's hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies'  —  Washington (CNN)A retired four-star Marine general on Sunday bluntly criticized President Donald Trump over the ongoing Turkish military offensive in northern Syria, saying …
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: The Defense Post and CNN
The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Spoiled a Deal That Might Have Saved the Kurds, Former Top Official Says  —  Forsaken by the U.S. and under attack by Turkish troops, the Kurds are turning to Russia for help.  The last time they tried to do so, the Americans worked to talk them out of it.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, Daily Kos and Politico
Washington Post:   Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops
Elizabeth Tsurkov / The Forward:
‘Oh My God, Why Are They Doing This?’ Northeastern Syrians Await Their Fate
Discussion: The Defense Post
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syrian Kurdish journalist killed in Turkish airstrike on civilian convoy
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:   Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine
CNN:
Defense secretary: Trump orders withdrawal of remaining US troops from northern Syria
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
New York Times:
Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort  —  WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters …
Axios:
Elizabeth Warren is still Trumpworld's dream candidate  —  President Trump's allies still fear a general election matchup against a banged-up Joe Biden more than a run against an invigorated Elizabeth Warren, people close to the president tell Axios.  —  Driving the news …
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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.
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media needs to focus on the real corruption
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
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 and New York Times
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
New York Times:
Inside Trump's Botched Attempt to Hire Trey Gowdy  —  For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Trump's outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Schiff Says Congress May Not Need To Interview Whistleblower After All  —  Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday that the House Intelligence Committee might not need to interview the CIA analyst who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, a reversal for the Democrat …
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Margaret Talev / Axios:
McMaster wasn't aware of White House's foreign call “lockdowns”  —  Three former administration officials tell Axios that former national security adviser H.R. McMaster did not authorize and was not aware of the “locking down” of transcripts of conversations between President Trump …
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.
Discussion: Slate
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Ted Cruz: ‘Of course’ Trump was wrong to ask China to probe Bidens
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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 …
 
 
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Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
How Rudy Giuliani's epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America's broken windows
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Ronan Farrow Depicts a Chilling Cover-up at NBC
Discussion: Page Six
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
President Trump and Bernard Arnault to Open New Louis Vuitton Factory in Jefferson County Texas
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
There's yet another level to the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark
Melody Petersen / Los Angeles Times:
In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended
New York Times:
Making America Worse
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: CNN and New York Times