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10:15 AM ET, October 14, 2019


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Power Line
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump Followed His Gut on Syria.  Calamity Came Fast.  —  All the warnings were there.  But President Trump's reliance on his instincts, and his relationships, led him to ignore the consequences of a move that has emboldened Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Week
Washington Post:   Syrian troops enter towns in northeast as Erdogan warns of wider offensive
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump and Syria: the worst week for US foreign policy since the Iraq invasion?
Washington Post:
Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Reuters
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Former Trump Aide to Testify on Pressure to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON — Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia and Europe adviser, headed to Capitol Hill on Monday morning where she is prepared to testify that she and other officials objected strenuously to the removal …
Discussion: Roll Call
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Document request to Trump's ex-Russia adviser lays out impeachment roadmap  —  Ahead of this week's subpoenas and depositions, new documents obtained by Axios show how Democrats are taking the impeachment inquiry in two tightly focused directions: Ukraine and obstruction of justice.
Washington Post:   ‘I sort of thrive on it’: The impeachment crisis shines a spotlight on Trump's state of mind
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Warren's Rise Hasn't Come At Biden's Expense  —  We've been busy the past few weeks tracking public opinion on impeachment, launching our new NBA metric (RAPTOR!) and dealing with about a million breaking news alerts a day.  So I'm not going to give you one of those grandiose overviews of the Democratic primary.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Siders / Politico:   ‘Advantage Warren’ as Dems ready for pivotal debate
China Wants More Talks Before Signing Trump's ‘Phase One’ Deal  —  China wants further talks as soon as the end of October to hammer out the details of the “phase one” trade deal touted by Donald Trump before Xi Jinping agrees to sign it, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reports.
LIVEReaction after Queen outlines government's agenda  —  Follow us on Twitter @BBCPolitics and @BBCParliament - Read more: New laws on crime, health and environment planned and Brexit talks continue ahead of summit  —  Live Reporting  —  Queen's Speech in numbers
Discussion: The Atlantic
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Why China's Brightest Abroad Show Team Spirit for Beijing's Hardball  —  Ocotber 14, 2019  —  The appearance at Columbia University last month by two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists was drawing to a close when, suddenly, students from mainland China arose from their seats …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sean Patrick Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Beijing Tries To Bully Congress
Discussion: Bloomberg
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: These Ohio swing voters are outraged over impeachment  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Swing voters in this Rust Belt state are expressing a range of unease about impeaching President Trump, from fears it will hurt the economy to frustrations that House Democrats are more invested in going after Trump than in helping people.
Discussion: The Week, Townhall and PJ Media Home
Nadine Shubailat / ABC News:
Hunter Biden sits down for exclusive interview with ABC News  —  Hunter Biden sat down with ABC News anchor Amy Robach over the weekend at his home in Los Angeles for an exclusive interview, and no questions were off limits.  —  Tune in to “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
In a month, Trump has destroyed ‘America First’  —  The uproar in Washington over President Trump's corruption in Ukraine and malfeasance in Syria has obscured a broader story.  In little more than a month, virtually every other foreign policy initiative the Trump administration has pursued has imploded …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's plan to reshape corporate America, explained  —  US Senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders addresses striking low-wage contract workers from the US Capitol |  Bernie Sanders has a plan to give workers ownership at their companies.
Discussion: Common Dreams and ABC News
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's plan would force country's largest corporations to share profits with workers
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 13,435 false or misleading claims over 993 days  —  As President Trump approaches his 1,000th day in office Wednesday, he has significantly stepped up his pace of spouting exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasts and outright falsehoods.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The (Full) Case for Impeachment A menu of high crimes and misdemeanors.  —  The crimes for which impeachment is the prescribed punishment are notoriously undefined.  And that's for a reason: Presidential powers are vast, and it's impossible to design laws to cover every possible abuse of the office's authority.
Voters aren't buying Trump's promises of a health care plan  —  New polling shows that most of the public does not think President Trump has or will have a health care plan.  —  Driving the news: The Kaiser Family Foundation's next tracking poll will show that most Republicans are sticking with Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President  —  The 1998 trial damaged Democrats more than Republicans.  —  Conventional wisdom holds that the Republican Party suffered a big political penalty for impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998.  But that's not quite right.
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CBS News:
Transcript: Representative Adam Schiff on “Face the Nation,” October 13, 2019
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Joe Biden rolls out government anti-corruption plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Blue Wave Faces Its First Test After 2018
Daniel Hemel / Washington Post:
How Trump can put off his tax return case until after the election
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Buttigieg pushes back on O'Rourke threat to strip religious institutions of tax-exempt status
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
In an interview with the Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons …
Matthew Green / Reuters:
Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Popovich sees ‘stark’ difference between Adam Silver, Donald Trump as leaders
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump/Russia, Trump/Ukraine, Same As It Ever Was
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Queen Made Donald Trump Take Down A Campaign Video Using “We Will Rock You”
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Slate
CBC News:
Singh says NDP would try to form coalition to stop Scheer's Conservatives
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
California becomes first state in the country to push back school start times
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Margaret Talev / Axios:
McMaster wasn't aware of White House's foreign call “lockdowns”
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine. He accused her of working for the DNC.
Washington Post:
There's yet another level to the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine