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4:45 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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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.
Washington Post:
Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops  —  President Trump's order to withdraw essentially all U.S. forces from northern Syria came after the commander in chief privately agitated for days to bring troops home, according to administration officials …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
New York Times:
Abandoned by U.S. in Syria, Kurds Find New Ally in American Foe  —  Under fire by Turkish forces, the militia that battled ISIS threw in its lot with Syria's Russian-backed government.  —  DOHUK, Iraq — Kurdish forces long allied with the United States in Syria announced a new deal on Sunday …
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Chaos in Syria: ISIS Detainees Escape as the U.S. Pulls Out
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and New York Times
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syrian Kurdish journalist killed in Turkish airstrike on civilian convoy
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Elizabeth Tsurkov / The Forward:
‘Oh My God, Why Are They Doing This?’ Northeastern Syrians Await Their Fate
Discussion: The Defense Post and The Guardian
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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
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 Week
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.
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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 and New York Times
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
New York Times:
Fox News Is Trump's Chief TV Booster.  So Why Is He Griping About It?  —  Fed up with the coverage on his favorite cable news station, President Trump decided late this summer that a direct intervention was needed.  So he telephoned the chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, and let loose.
Sean Patrick Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Beijing Tries To Bully Congress  —  We were told we'd get visas to visit the mainland only if we abandoned our planned trip to Taiwan.  —  China took the extraordinary step earlier this month of denying visas to a bipartisan American congressional delegation.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
California becomes first state in the country to push back school start times  —  California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Queen Made Donald Trump Take Down A Campaign Video Using “We Will Rock You”  —  The publisher of rock legends Queen forced President Trump to take down a campaign video that used “We Will Rock You” as its soundtrack.  —  The video, featuring Trump speaking to supporters at rallies …
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Slate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump/Russia, Trump/Ukraine, Same As It Ever Was  —  Contemporary Ukraine and Russia are filled with multiple layers of corruption and political intrigue.  The totality of their porous and entangled relationship with each other and with the United States over the last 5 years is difficult to summarize or convey simply.
Matthew Green / Reuters:
Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict “incalculable human suffering.”
ESPN:
Gregg Popovich sees ‘stark’ difference between Adam Silver, Donald Trump as leaders  —  San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Sunday responded to criticism from Donald Trump, praising NBA commissioner Adam Silver's handling of the ongoing China issue as compared to the president's relationship to a number of foreign leaders.
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine. He accused her of working for the DNC.
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Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
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Casey Michel / The Daily Beast:
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Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Moves to Restart Taliban Peace Process
Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
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