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9:35 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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Telegraph:   Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine
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
Nadine Shubailat / ABC News:
Hunter Biden sits down for exclusive interview with ABC News
Discussion: Washington Post
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Warren's Rise Hasn't Come At Biden's Expense
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Joe Biden rolls out government anti-corruption plan
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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: Politico, Washington Post, CNBC and The Week
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
Eleni Courea / Politico:
Queen's speech: Brexit top priority for UK government  —  LONDON — The U.K. government is still determined to see Brexit through by October 31 — and you can take that from the queen.  —  The monarch opened her speech Monday, which sets out the government's legislative plans …
LIVEReaction after Queen outlines government's agenda
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
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's plan to reshape corporate America, explained  —  Bernie Sanders has a plan to give workers ownership at their companies.  —  Bernie Sanders's return to the campaign trail will come with a renewed message about the need to reform corporate America — and it will be backed …
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.
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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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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: These Ohio swing voters are outraged over impeachment
Discussion: The Week, Townhall and PJ Media Home
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
Gregg Popovich sees ‘stark’ difference between Adam Silver, Donald Trump as leaders
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Politico