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11:20 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 …
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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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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
Telegraph:
Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump and Syria: the worst week for US foreign policy since the Iraq invasion?
Washington Post:
Syrian troops enter towns in northeast as Erdogan warns of wider offensive
Discussion: Reason
Washington Post:
Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
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Washington Post:
‘I sort of thrive on it’: The impeachment crisis shines a spotlight on Trump's state of mind
Discussion: The Week
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Warren's Rise Hasn't Come At Biden's Expense  —  We've been busy the past few weeks tracking public opinion on impeachment, launching our new NBA metric (RAPTOR!) and dealing with about a million breaking news alerts a day.  So I'm not going to give you one of those grandiose overviews of the Democratic primary.
Discussion: NBC News
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Axios:
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
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Biden says if he's elected in 2020, he will not pardon Trump  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden today said if he's elected president, he will build on what he called “the squeaky clean...environment” of the Obama White House and have a policy for his family's work that's different than President Trump's.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Missing From Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Surge: Democratic Endorsements
Discussion: PJ Media Home
David Siders / Politico:   ‘Advantage Warren’ as Dems ready for pivotal debate
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: The Daily Caller and Law & Crime
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.
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:   Among the Witches Inside the Republicans' bunker.
Bloomberg:
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.
BBC:
LIVEReaction after Queen outlines government's agenda  —  Follow us on Twitter @BBCPolitics and @BBCParliament - Read more: New laws on crime, health and environment planned and Brexit talks continue ahead of summit  —  Live Reporting  —  Queen's Speech in numbers
Discussion: The Atlantic and PinkNews
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Axios:
Voters aren't buying Trump's promises of a health care plan  —  New polling shows that most of the public does not think President Trump has or will have a health care plan.  —  Driving the news: The Kaiser Family Foundation's next tracking poll will show that most Republicans are sticking with Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: These Ohio swing voters are outraged over impeachment  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Swing voters in this Rust Belt state are expressing a range of unease about impeaching President Trump, from fears it will hurt the economy to frustrations that House Democrats are more invested in going after Trump than in helping people.
Discussion: The Week and Townhall
Nadine Shubailat / ABC News:
Hunter Biden sits down for exclusive interview with ABC News  —  Hunter Biden sat down with ABC News anchor Amy Robach over the weekend at his home in Los Angeles for an exclusive interview, and no questions were off limits.  —  Tune in to “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
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
Ross Douthat / National Review:
Joker: A Violent, Noxious Scorsese Rip-Off  —  There are pop-culture products that can't survive the current moment's agitations — young-adult novels canceled by the online mob, movies buried because they starred Louis C.K. or Kevin Spacey.  But there are other products that successfully surf …
 
 
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Matthew Green / Reuters:
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ESPN:
Gregg Popovich sees ‘stark’ difference between Adam Silver, Donald Trump as leaders
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump/Russia, Trump/Ukraine, Same As It Ever Was
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Queen Made Donald Trump Take Down A Campaign Video Using “We Will Rock You”
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Slate
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”