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12:15 PM 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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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.
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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: Progress Pond and NBC News
Axios:
Elizabeth Warren is still Trumpworld's dream candidate
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Nadine Shubailat / ABC News:
Hunter Biden sits down for exclusive interview with ABC News
Discussion: Washington Post
David Siders / Politico:
‘Advantage Warren’ as Dems ready for pivotal debate
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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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Trump's Former Russia Adviser Testifies As Part of Impeachment Inquiry  —  House investigators are hearing testimony Monday from Fiona Hill, the former White House adviser on Russia, who is appearing in private and faces questions as part of Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
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 Week
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
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.  —  “It's hard to be worried when you don't really like the guy.”  That's what one senior Republican Senate aide had to say when I asked how concerned conservatives are about Donald Trump's fate.  —  The truth is, Trump fatigue is a condition …
Telegraph:
Kurds agree to Russian-brokered plan to allow Assad into their territory  —  The West's Kurdish allies on Sunday night announced they had agreed to a Russian-brokered deal to allow the Assad regime into their territory in a bid to spare their cities from a Turkish assault after they were abandoned by Donald Trump.
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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
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 …
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.
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
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FIREHOUSE Strategies:
Exclusive Survey: Big Moves among Early State Democrats
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Political Wire
CNN:
Bill Barr's meeting with Fox News chairman should be investigated  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump hands Putin another win with Syria pullout  —  THE BIG IDEA: Vladimir Putin has won so much these past three years that he may get tired of winning.  —  The U.S. intelligence community's January 2017 report on Russian interference in the previous year's presidential campaign sought …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Missing From Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Surge: Democratic Endorsements  —  Despite Ms. Warren's upward momentum in polls and fund-raising, she lacks the support of a single governor, big-city mayor or fellow senator outside Massachusetts.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
 
 
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NBC News:
Trump's decision on Syria has already turned into a foreign policy disaster
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and The Hill
Todd Bensman / The Federalist:
The First Illegal Alien To Commit A North American Terrorist Attack Is On Trial, But Don't Expect The Media To Cover It
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, plans three-country fundraising tour
CBS News:
Transcript: Representative Adam Schiff on “Face the Nation,” October 13, 2019
Axios:
Voters aren't buying Trump's promises of a health care plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Why China's Brightest Abroad Show Team Spirit for Beijing's Hardball
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 13,435 false or misleading claims over 993 days
Discussion: Political Wire
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Blue Wave Faces Its First Test After 2018
Daniel Hemel / Washington Post:
How Trump can put off his tax return case until after the election
Washington Post:
‘I sort of thrive on it’: The impeachment crisis shines a spotlight on Trump's state of mind
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
In an interview with the Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons …
Matthew Green / Reuters:
Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President