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New York Times:
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’  —  WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week …
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Scrutinize Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Business Dealings, Finances  —  Trump lawyer's bank records have been examined; witnesses are questioned about work for a Ukraine mayor, efforts to oust U.S. ambassador  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are examining Rudy Giuliani's business dealings …
Washington Post:
‘Disruptive diplomat’ Gordon Sondland, a key figure in Trump impeachment furor, long coveted ambassadorship  —  Gordon Sondland was streaking over the West Coast in his Learjet in 2016 when the bad news came.  Jeb Bush's campaign was on the phone.  He was bowing out of the race for the White House.
Discussion: Politico, Vox, MSNBC and Power Line
Ericka Andersen / New York Times:
Why Are Democrats Jilting G.O.P. Voters Who Want to Like Them?  —  Candidates are leaving potential Republican converts without options.  —  Ms. Andersen is a freelance writer in Indianapolis.  —  Under President Trump, a small slice of America's electorate seeks a reason to call the Democratic Party home for the very first time.
Discussion: The Week
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Danny Hayes / Washington Post:
A new poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field, with 28 percent  —  That's 7 percent ahead of Sanders and 10 percent ahead of Biden.  —  As the Democrats prepare for their fourth debate Tuesday night, former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are hoping to turn …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg keeps talking to allies about running for president as Joe Biden struggles against Elizabeth Warren
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Poll: Warren faces high expectations ahead of debate
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
FPU-Herald Poll: Michelle Obama would enter NH primary as frontrunner
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
Victoria Thompson / ABC News:
Exclusive: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: Hunter Biden defends foreign ventures but concedes political ‘mistake’  —  As President Donald Trump continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president's son defended …
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Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Biden's Rivals Are Utterly Perplexed at the Timing of Hunter's Interview  —  “I wouldn't have put Hunter on the air,” former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, a top surrogate for Biden, told The Daily Beast.  —  After months of staying silent amid an avalanche of attacks by President Trump and his team …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Trump Just Did Irreparable Damage to America's Standing in the World.  It Wasn't an Accident.  —  By turning his back on the Kurds, the president has done irreparable damage to America's standing in the world.  That's by design.  —  President Trump didn't make a “mistake” …
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Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Syria Mess
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's blunder in Syria is irreparable
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump defends abandoning Kurds: “I hope they all do great”
Washington Post:
Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw  —  ISTANBUL — Russia announced on Tuesday that its units were patrolling between the Turkish and Syrian militaries near the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in a sign that Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian government …
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Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
Discussion: New Republic
New York Times:
Violent Video Was Product of Right-Wing Provocateurs and Trump Allies  —  The White House said President Trump condemned a fake video depicting him killing rivals and members of the news media.  But Mr. Trump never mentioned it.  —  WASHINGTON — The creator of a gruesome video that showed …
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘News Stars’ Will Fill Shepard Smith's Slot, Says Fox News President (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network' news division.  —  Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum …
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Now That Shep Smith Is Gone, Trump Zeroes In On Fox News' Chris Wallace
NBC News:
Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder  —  The booking came just hours after Aaron Dean resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department.  —  Texas woman shot and killed in own home by police officer  —  The Fort Worth, Texas …
Vicky Ward / CNN:
Why Trump abandoned his instinct to go public with his tax returns  —  New York (CNN)President Donald Trump's fight to keep his tax returns private is at odds with his own thinking in 2013 and 2014 that releasing them as part of a presidential bid would make him look like a smart businessman …
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Washington Post:
House Democrats express greater confidence about impeachment showdown with Trump  —  To many Democrats, it was a puzzling decision: Just days after suddenly embracing an impeachment inquiry of President Trump — a moment of seeming political crisis — House leaders sent lawmakers home for their scheduled two-week recess.
Discussion: The Hill
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Democrats seek to question Trump budget chief in Ukraine impeachment probe
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
CNN Failed to Disclose Warren Town Hall Questioner Was Maxed-Out Donor  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's zinger at an LGBT town hall may have gone viral, but CNN failed to disclose that the questioner donated the federal maximum to her 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ronan Farrow: National Enquirer shredded secret Trump documents  —  American Media, Inc. and the National Enquirer shredded sensitive Donald Trump-related documents that had been held in a top-secret safe right before Trump was elected in 2016, according to fresh allegations made in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow.
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants more low-cost housing in affluent city neighborhoods  —  The D.C. government plans to sharply increase low-cost housing in some of the District's most affluent neighborhoods to spread it more equitably throughout the city and correct what officials called a history of …
Dinitia Smith / New York Times:
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89  —  Called the most notorious literary critic in America, Professor Bloom argued for the superiority of giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka.  —  Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended …
Discussion: NPR and Althouse
Jay Willis / GQ:
How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency  —  No one knows a “clear conflict of interest” when they see it better than the president's children.  —  As House Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's efforts to leverage foreign aid …
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Target raised wages.  But some workers say their hours were cut, leaving them struggling  —  New York (CNN Business)Two years ago, Target (TGT) said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.  The move won praise from labor advocates and put pressure on other companies to also move to $15.
Discussion: RedState, National Review and WFLA-TV
 
 
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Jacopo Barigazzi / Politico:
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Democratic presidential candidates come under pressure to release Supreme Court picks
Discussion: Axios
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Elizabeth Warren Under Fire as Campaign Surrogate's Racist, Homophobic Tweets Come to Light
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
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Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
Ohio soybean farmer says he wouldn't vote for Trump again even if he could ‘walk across my pond’
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Washington Post:
Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney Blames Turkey's Invasion of Syria on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's private meetings with conservative pundits