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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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Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Turkish-Backed Forces Are Freeing Islamic State Prisoners  —  Ankara's radical proxies are also apparently executing Kurdish prisoners and killing unarmed civilians, videos show.  —  As Turkey wages a violent campaign against Kurdish fighters and civilians across northeastern Syria …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's blunder in Syria is irreparable  —  UNTIL NOW, it was possible to hope that the damage caused by President Trump's terrible incompetence, ignorance and impulsivity in foreign policy was largely theoretical, and possibly reparable.  That is no longer true.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Pelosi and Graham team up to oppose Trump's Syria decision
Discussion: Politico, Slate, Mediaite and The Hill
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump defends abandoning Kurds: “I hope they all do great”
Amberin Zaman / Al-Monitor:
After Syria incursion, White House mulls sanctions on Erdogan
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and Bloomberg
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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The surprising fluidity of the 2020 Democratic field
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Elizabeth Warren, 70, flaunts her fitness as Democratic candidates' health becomes a debate issue
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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Why Democrats are sure Adam Schiff is the perfect person to take on Trump
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:   GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ejected from closed-door impeachment meeting
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Democracy Dies In Darkness: Adam Schiff Just Banned A GOP Lawmaker From Attending Key Ukrainegate Deposition
Discussion: RedState and Occupy Democrats
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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire and Raw Story
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.
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘News Stars’ Will Fill Shepard Smith's Slot, Says Fox News President (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: The Wrap and The Hill
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 …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's church taxation proposal would hand Trump reelection  —  Beto O'Rourke, innovative for interpreting a failed Senate campaign as a steppingstone to the presidency, is now famous for (1) his use of profanity on the campaign trail, (2) his pledge that “hell, yes” …
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Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Arrested Giuliani associate was at Ron DeSantis' election night watch party  —  A Tampa Bay Times photograph and a video posted by a Reuters reporter shows Parnas smiling with DeSantis amid the chaos of the watch party.  —  Updated  —  At least one of the South Florida businessmen …
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Just the tip of the iceberg.’ …
Discussion: The Hill
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) …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Michael McGovern / Innovation Ohio:
New Poll Finds Trump Underwater in Ohio, Trailing Generic Democrat  —  Columbus, OH - A new poll from Public Policy Polling and Innovation Ohio shows that Ohio is set to return to its traditional status as a battleground state in 2020.  —  A memo on the results and the cross tabs can be found on Innovation Ohio's website.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
Ohio soybean farmer says he wouldn't vote for Trump again even if he could ‘walk across my pond’  — “I'm not going to vote for the president, and I'm on record for saying that,” Ohio soybean farmer and former Republican county chairperson Chris Gibbs tells CNBC.  — “I don't believe it until [the crops are] on the boat.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney Blames Turkey's Invasion of Syria on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry  —  “And I think the Democrats have got to pay very careful attention to the damage that they're doing with the impeachment proceedings,” she concluded.  —  During a Fox & Friends appearance on Monday morning …
Discussion: Political Wire and Contemptor
 
 
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How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
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Hunter Biden Still Holds Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm. …
Chrissy Clark / The Federalist:
CNN Whistleblower Reveals Network ‘Vendetta’ Against Trump, Obsession With Impeachment
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Nancy Pelosi's Game Inside the Democrats' war room.
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CBO says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug pricing plan saves Medicare $345 billion over decade
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Daniel McCready / New York Times:
I Almost Flipped a Deep Red District. Here's What I Learned.
John Tamny / RealClearMarkets:
Elizabeth Holmes Is a Visionary, and We Need More Like Her
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump hands Putin another win with Syria pullout
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Among the Witches Inside the Republicans' bunker.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller