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9:55 AM ET, October 13, 2019


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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria  —  Turkish forces who launched multiple artillery rounds near a U.S. Special Operations outpost in northeastern Syria on Friday have known for months that Americans were there …
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 …
New York Times:
12 Hours.  4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed.  One Culprit: Russia.  —  The Russians saved Bashar al-Assad's government.  A trove of Russian Air Force recordings obtained by The Times shows how bombing Syrian hospitals helped them do it.  —  The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals …
New York Times:
Hundreds of ISIS Supporters Flee Detention Amid Turkish Airstrikes  —  The attacks caused about 700 Islamic State families to escape.  The American defense secretary said the U.S. would pull out about 1,000 troops from the area.  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of relatives …
Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press:
IS supporters escape as Turkish troops near key Syrian town  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria on Sunday, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people near a U.S.-led coalition base.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Trump says he's an ‘island of one’ on Syria
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
CBS News:
U.S. “preparing to evacuate” remaining troops from northern Syria, defense secretary says
Discussion: NBC News
New York Times:   Syrian Arab Fighters Backed by Turkey Kill Two Kurdish Prisoners
Washington Post:
Trump's envoy to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump  —  The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Trump in a phone call …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Gordon Sondland to Testify He Took Trump's Denial of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo at His Word
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:   Sondland faces local backlash denying Trump deal in Ukraine
Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Hunter Biden Steps Down from Chinese Board Amid 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
BuzzFeed News:
A Fort Worth Cop Killed A Black Woman Inside Her Home After Her Neighbor Called Police Because Her Door Was Open  —  A black woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, after her neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her.
Discussion: ABC News, UPI and New York Times
Jack Howland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Woman killed in own home when Fort Worth officer shoots her, police and witness say  —  A white Fort Worth officer fatally shot a black woman inside her home early Saturday morning after police were called to the house to do a welfare check, according to police and the neighbor who called them.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
2014 photo shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate  —  A photograph of President Donald Trump posing with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was posted online in March 2014, two years prior to what had been their first known interaction.
Washington Post:
How two Soviet-born emigres made it into elite Trump circles — and the center of the impeachment storm
Discussion: emptywheel
Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday night to sue top congressional Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the House impeachment inquiry into the President.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Dems scramble to counter Trump with grassroots impeachment campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
I Was Protested At Bard College For Being A Jew  —  When I was asked to speak at last week's conference on racism and anti-Semitism at Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center, I think my heart actually skipped a beat.  —  Arendt, the German-born political philosopher who fled the Nazis in the 1930s …
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Fox News pollster Braun Research misrepresented impeachment poll: analysis  —  The poll released last week by Fox News that claimed most Americans favor the impeachment of President Trump underrepresented Republican and independent voters, The Post has found.
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Defiant Dave Chappelle  —  In the face of critics bent on suppression, he tells it as he sees it  —  When Dave Chappelle's Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage.
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Conservatives look to crack Biden's black-and-white coalition  —  Analysis: Whites with racial resentment and African Americans form the core of the former vice president's support.  That could be his greatest strength — or his undoing.  —  WASHINGTON — Tavia Galonski cringes …
Discussion: Fox News
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   How ‘White Guilt’ in the Age of Trump Shapes the Democratic Primary
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy  —  A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump.  Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.  —  Friday's interview of Marie Yovanovitch …
Bob Hennelly / Salon:
Giuliani was always a fraud.  Just ask the FDNY  —  As the image of “America's Mayor” was being rehabbed, 9/11 families saw how his malfeasance killed their loved ones  —  The anonymously sourced reports that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's global fixer …
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and Slate
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Matt Taibbi / Untitledgate:
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Discussion: Viking Pundit
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Chinese app on Xi's ideology allows data access to 100 million users' phones, report says
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Lock Them Up? Rashida Tlaib Says House Dems Discuss Detaining Trump's Tongue-Tied Aides
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Jeff Parrott South Bend / South Bend Tribune:
William Barr says lawyers must fight against ‘secularists’ assault on organized religion
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marc Stein / New York Times:
China Conflict Mutes N.B.A.'s New-Season Buzz
Discussion: The Guardian
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Bernie Sanders draws contrast with Elizabeth Warren: 'She is a capitalist through her bones.  I'm not.'
Discussion: The Hill
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How Italians Became ‘White’
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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