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8:35 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 …
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
Washington Post:
Syrian troops enter towns in northeast as Erdogan warns of wider offensive  —  ISTANBUL — Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took up positions Monday in several key towns across northeastern Syria, state media and a war monitoring group reported, following a last-minute agreement …
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
Telegraph:   Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory
New York Times:
Pullback Leaves Green Berets Feeling ‘Ashamed,’ and Kurdish Allies Describing ‘Betrayal’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Chaos in Syria: ISIS Detainees Escape as the U.S. Pulls Out
Discussion: The Week, The Dispatch and CNN
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
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 Hill and The Week
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNBC and 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.
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: The Hill and UPI
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
In an interview with the Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification  —  The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.
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
Washington Post:
‘I sort of thrive on it’: The impeachment crisis shines a spotlight on Trump's state of mind  —  He was hectoring and imperious.  He was domineering and defiant.  And he was audacious and cavalier.  —  In the nearly three weeks since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) …
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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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: These Ohio swing voters are outraged over impeachment
Discussion: Townhall and PJ Media Home
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's plan would force country's largest corporations to share profits with workers
Discussion: Vox and Associated Press
CBC News:
Singh says NDP would try to form coalition to stop Scheer's Conservatives
Margaret Talev / Axios:
McMaster wasn't aware of White House's foreign call “lockdowns”
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Schiff Says Congress May Not Need To Interview Whistleblower After All
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine. He accused her of working for the DNC.
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
President Trump and Bernard Arnault to Open New Louis Vuitton Factory in Jefferson County Texas
Washington Post:
There's yet another level to the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Russia Bombed Four Syrian Hospitals. We Have Proof.
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark
Casey Michel / The Daily Beast:
Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon