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6:50 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
CNN:
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: Power Line and The Week
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The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Spoiled a Deal That Might Have Saved the Kurds, Former Top Official Says  —  Forsaken by the U.S. and under attack by Turkish troops, the Kurds are turning to Russia for help.  The last time they tried to do so, the Americans worked to talk them out of it.
Washington Post:
Unswayed by top advisers, Trump doubles down on decision to withdraw troops  —  President Trump's order to withdraw essentially all U.S. forces from northern Syria came after the commander in chief privately agitated for days to bring troops home, according to administration officials …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Pullback Leaves Green Berets Feeling ‘Ashamed,’ and Kurdish Allies Describing ‘Betrayal’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Chaos in Syria: ISIS Detainees Escape as the U.S. Pulls Out
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Fox News
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syrian Kurdish journalist killed in Turkish airstrike on civilian convoy
Discussion: The Defense Post and Al Jazeera
Elizabeth Tsurkov / The Forward:
‘Oh My God, Why Are They Doing This?’ Northeastern Syrians Await Their Fate
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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 …
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Washington Post Live
Discussion: Associated Press and Vox
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
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.
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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 and New York Times
New York Times:
Fox News Is Trump's Chief TV Booster.  So Why Is He Griping About It?  —  Fed up with the coverage on his favorite cable news station, President Trump decided late this summer that a direct intervention was needed.  So he telephoned the chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, and let loose.
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
California becomes first state in the country to push back school start times  —  California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Sean Patrick Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Beijing Tries To Bully Congress  —  We were told we'd get visas to visit the mainland only if we abandoned our planned trip to Taiwan.  —  China took the extraordinary step earlier this month of denying visas to a bipartisan American congressional delegation.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump/Russia, Trump/Ukraine, Same As It Ever Was  —  Contemporary Ukraine and Russia are filled with multiple layers of corruption and political intrigue.  The totality of their porous and entangled relationship with each other and with the United States over the last 5 years is difficult to summarize or convey simply.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Queen Made Donald Trump Take Down A Campaign Video Using “We Will Rock You”  —  The publisher of rock legends Queen forced President Trump to take down a campaign video that used “We Will Rock You” as its soundtrack.  —  The video, featuring Trump speaking to supporters at rallies …
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Slate
Matthew Green / Reuters:
Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict “incalculable human suffering.”
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
In an interview with the Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification  —  The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.
 
 
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ESPN:
Gregg Popovich sees ‘stark’ difference between Adam Silver, Donald Trump as leaders
Discussion: Breitbart
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President
CBC News:
Singh says NDP would try to form coalition to stop Scheer's Conservatives
Margaret Talev / Axios:
McMaster wasn't aware of White House's foreign call “lockdowns”
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media needs to focus on the real corruption
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
How Rudy Giuliani's epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America's broken windows
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A local reporter grilled Mike Pompeo about Ukraine. He accused her of working for the DNC.
 Earlier Items: 
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
President Trump and Bernard Arnault to Open New Louis Vuitton Factory in Jefferson County Texas
Washington Post:
There's yet another level to the Trump administration's corruption in Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Russia Bombed Four Syrian Hospitals. We Have Proof.
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark
Casey Michel / The Daily Beast:
Water Finds Its Level as Fox News Hires Dictator-Loving, Deep State-Loathing John Solomon
Melody Petersen / Los Angeles Times:
In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended