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11:45 PM ET, October 14, 2019

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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:
Trump's ex-Russia adviser told impeachment investigators of Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine  —  Fiona Hill, the White House's former top Russia adviser, told impeachment investigators on Tuesday that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, ran a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine …
Discussion: The Week, Political Wire, Raw Story and Vox
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: MSNBC, Vox and Power Line
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Former Top Russia Adviser Fiona Hill Testifies on Capitol Hill About Ukraine
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Axios
CNN:
Recently resigned State Department adviser set to testify before Congress
Discussion: Political Wire and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
McKinley to testify Wednesday; Democrats mull whether to question Bolton
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and New York Post
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump Followed His Gut on Syria.  Calamity Came Fast.  —  All the warnings were there.  But President Trump's reliance on his instincts, and his relationships, led him to ignore the consequences of a move that has emboldened Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.
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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” …
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad  —  With the US gone, the implications of their departure is beginning to sink in across the Middle East  —  The moment that changed the Middle East arrived with a sudden silence.  Just before 7pm on Sunday …
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
Discussion: New Republic and Military Times
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria
Discussion: Foreign Policy, Politico and Daily Kos
Raja Abdulrahim / Wall Street Journal:
Assad Expands Control in Syria After U.S. Pullback, Pact With Kurds
Discussion: Defense One
Evan Semones / Politico:
Trump authorizes sanctions on Turkey over actions in Syria
Discussion: Axios, Slate and The Hill
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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Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:   Arrested Giuliani associate was at Ron DeSantis' election night watch party
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg keeps talking to allies about running for president as Joe Biden struggles against Elizabeth Warren  — Mike Bloomberg has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden's recent struggles are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary …
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Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
FPU-Herald Poll: Michelle Obama would enter NH primary as frontrunner
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
Discussion: The Wrap and The Hill
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Now That Shep Smith Is Gone, Trump Zeroes In On Fox News' Chris Wallace  —  Wallace will “never be his father,” Trump complained, referring to the late TV journalist Mike Wallace.  —  Now that President Donald Trump doesn't have Shepard Smith to kick around at Fox News any longer, he's attacking “Fox News Sunday” host 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 …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's private meetings with conservative pundits  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to talk about issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.
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 Hill
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.
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 …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Matt Gaetz Thinks His Audience Is as Big a Box of Rocks as He Is  —  Is Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Breathalyzer) the biggest schmuck currently gracing the halls of Congress?  —  Opinions vary.  But not by much.  —  On Monday morning, Fiona Hill,  —  the administration*'s former Russia expert
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ejected from closed-door impeachment meeting
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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: Althouse
William J. Burns / Foreign Affairs:
The Demolition of U.S. Diplomacy  —  Not Since Joe McCarthy Has the State Department Suffered Such a Devastating Blow  —  In my three and a half decades as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, proudly serving five presidents and ten secretaries of state from both parties, I've never seen an attack …
Matthew Spina / The Buffalo News:
Erie County inmate dies, becoming fourth death for jail system since July  —  The Erie County Holding Center.  (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)  —  A Holding Center inmate who hanged himself Friday has died, making him the fourth Erie County inmate to die in four months.
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
About That Trump Video  —  Over the weekend at a conference for supporters of President Trump, a video was shown of Trump shooting, stabbing, and murdering various of his political opponents (such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and others), journalists (such as Rachel Maddow) …
Washington Post:
Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply  —  Before many schools even look at an application, they comb through prospective students' personal data, such as web-browsing habits and financial history  —  To learn more about prospective students …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
William Barr Attacked Progressive Prosecutors.  His Virginia Neighbors May Just Elect One.  —  Steve Descano is running on a criminal justice reform platform in Fairfax County, which the attorney general calls home.  —  HERNDON, Va. ― Attorney General William Barr said it's …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
ABC News Broadcasts Fake Syria Bombing Video That's Actually From a Kentucky Military Show in 2017  —  ABC News aired a video on Sunday that host Tom Llamas said depicted a Turkish attack in northern Syria against Kurdish civilians.  Turkey is indeed pushing into Syria and slaughtering Kurds along the way …
 
 
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Democrats seek to question Trump budget chief in Ukraine impeachment probe
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Facing Controversy, Liberals Use Gun Control As a Shield
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's church taxation proposal would hand Trump reelection
Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
Ohio soybean farmer says he wouldn't vote for Trump again even if he could ‘walk across my pond’
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Conservatives Support Ken Cuccinelli for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney Blames Turkey's Invasion of Syria on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
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Trump's blunder in Syria is irreparable
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
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Michael McGovern / Innovation Ohio:
New Poll Finds Trump Underwater in Ohio, Trailing Generic Democrat
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The (Full) Case for Impeachment A menu of high crimes and misdemeanors.