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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 …
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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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Suspects a Spiteful John Bolton Is Behind Some of the Ukraine Leaks  —  Trump fears the leaks are now coming from the people he chose to serve—and that only increases the paranoia currently infecting the West Wing.  —  At a critical juncture in his presidency, facing …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The revenge of John Bolton?  —  Former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill testified Monday that John Bolton likened Rudolph W. Giuliani to a “hand grenade.”  Giuliani responded overnight by likening Bolton to an “atomic bomb.” … Giuliani may be right — just perhaps not in the way he intended.
Discussion: Contemptor and The Week
NBC News:
White House tried to limit what former Russia aide Fiona Hill could say to Congress, letters show
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
House Democrats express greater confidence about impeachment showdown with Trump
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
NBC News:
Democratic debate provides a break from Ukraine and impeachment
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Poll: Warren faces high expectations ahead of debate
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Outside the Beltway
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to U.S. soldiers  —  At a gathering last Saturday night of military and intelligence veterans, one topic shrouded the room: President Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria who had fought and died to help America destroy the Islamic State.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Syria Mess
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
Discussion: New Republic
Newsweek:
Exclusive: U.S. Cedes Syrian City to Russia in Battlefield ‘Handover’ as Turkey Tries to Take It
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Rolling Stone
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 …
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Support drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
FPU-Herald Poll: Michelle Obama would enter NH primary as frontrunner
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
LeBron James undermines values he's espoused in most disgraceful moment of career  —  On behalf of the 327 million American citizens who generally believe that freedom is good and authoritarian regimes are less good, let me apologize to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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YouTube:
Makes More Sense |  Pete Buttigieg for President … To stay connected with the campaign:  —  About Pete:  —  Pete Buttigieg is a husband, Afghanistan veteran, and the Mayor of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana.  —  Pete is running for president because this is a now or never moment for our nation.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg puts money behind digital ad knocking ‘Medicare for All’ Democrats by name
Discussion: Political Wire
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:   Elizabeth Warren Under Fire as Campaign Surrogate's Racist, Homophobic Tweets Come to Light
Politico:
Exclusive: Trump the favorite  —  EXCLUSIVE first look: Trump the favorite?  — President Trump may trail several of the leading Democrat candidates by significant numbers in early national polls.  But according to a historically accurate model maintained by Moody's Analytics …
Discussion: The Week, Outside the Beltway and CNBC
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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense  —  A president who rose to political prominence on birtherism — and then won the White House obsessed with Hillary Clinton's emails — is latching onto scraps of conspiracy theories to build his political defense against impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border  —  A British couple say they have been detained in the US after accidentally crossing the border from Canada.  —  David Connors, 30, and his wife Eileen, 24, say they are being held in Pennsylvania with their three-month-old baby and are “traumatised”.
Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career  —  PPP's newest Maine poll finds that Susan Collins is in trouble for reelection...and that she's likely to find herself in more trouble no matter what side of impeachment she comes down on.  —  Collins is unpopular, with only 35% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 50% who disapprove.
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 …
Scott Rasmussen:
Weekly Update: 50% Favor Impeachment And Removal of President Trump; 38% Oppose  —  The latest ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 50% of voters nationwide now believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.  —  That's up two points from a week ago, four points from two weeks ago …
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They're in a No-Win Situation”: Will the Times' First Presidential Debate in 15 Years Fire Up the Twitter Mob?  —  After a string of controversies, playing it down the middle won't appease the critics, and “the angry left blue-check-mark mob,” as one Times journalist called it, is lying in wait.
Discussion: Vox, New York Times, Reason and Townhall
Andrew Perez / The Intercept:
Documents Reveal Hospital Industry Is Leading Fight Against Medicare for All  —  Investor-owned hospitals are leading the fight against the creation of a comprehensive, universal health care system, according to corporate filings reviewed by MapLight.  —  Tenet Healthcare …
 
 
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
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Politico:
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Democratic presidential candidates come under pressure to release Supreme Court picks
Discussion: Axios
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants more low-cost housing in affluent city neighborhoods
 Earlier Items: 
Dinitia Smith / New York Times:
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Discussion: NPR and Althouse
Vicky Ward / CNN:
Why Trump abandoned his instinct to go public with his tax returns
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Jay Willis / GQ:
How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency