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2:30 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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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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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria
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?
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 …
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and NBC News
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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.
FIREHOUSE Strategies:
Exclusive Survey: Big Moves among Early State Democrats  —  This year, Firehouse Strategies has been partnering with the data analytics team at 0ptimus to learn more about what early state primary voters think about their presidential candidates and key issues.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Warren's Rise Hasn't Come At Biden's Expense
Discussion: Vox and Washington Monthly
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 discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.
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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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
ABC News ‘slaughter in Syria’ footage appears to come from a Kentucky gun range  —  Are you distrustful of the coverage of what is happening now in northern Syria between the Kurds and the Turkish army?  You have good reason to be.  —  ABC aired supposedly shocking footage Monday morning purporting …
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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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
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Political Wire
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ejected from closed-door impeachment meeting  —  A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee was ejected from a closed-door impeachment hearing.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida tried to enter a hearing Monday in which lawmakers from three different committees …
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Elizabeth Warren, 70, flaunts her fitness as Democratic candidates' health becomes a debate issue  —  As hundreds of people gathered for a recent Elizabeth Warren rally in Rock Hill, S.C., the heat built so much that one woman in the crowd passed out before the event started.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Missing From Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Surge: Democratic Endorsements
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and PJ Media Home
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 …
John Tamny / RealClearMarkets:
Elizabeth Holmes Is a Visionary, and We Need More Like Her  —  “It is a fact that man can't fly.”  The Washington Post concluded the latter in an editorial published around the beginning of the 20th century.  Few disagreed with the Post.  Indeed, in his excellent biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Alex Daugherty / Miami Herald:
Rick Scott silent on donations from indicted Giuliani associate  —  Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott is the only non-retiring member of Congress who hasn't returned campaign contributions from Igor Fruman or Lev Parnas, the South Florida businessmen who were arrested on campaign finance charges five days ago.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
States are cutting university budgets.  Taxpayers aren't interested in funding campus kooks  —  University campuses have abandoned their central mission in their pursuit of utopia.  The American public has had enough.  —  CONNECT  —  Times are bad for higher education, and higher educators are beginning to notice it.
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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Eleni Courea / Politico:
Queen's speech: Brexit top priority for UK government
New York Times:
Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day?  Depends Where You Are  —  In the past year, at least five states and numerous cities and towns have joined a long list of places to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day.  —  Since 2015, several Council members in the District of Columbia …
Discussion: HuffPost, USA Today, Breitbart and The Hill
 
 
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