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New York Times:
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’  —  WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week …
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 …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Trump Just Did Irreparable Damage to America's Standing in the World.  It Wasn't an Accident.  —  By turning his back on the Kurds, the president has done irreparable damage to America's standing in the world.  That's by design.  —  President Trump didn't make a “mistake” …
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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.
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 …
Newsweek:
Exclusive: U.S. Cedes Syrian City to Russia in Battlefield ‘Handover’ as Turkey Tries to Take It
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Rolling Stone
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
Discussion: Military Times and New Republic
Wall Street Journal:   Trump's Syria Mess
Washington Post:
‘Disruptive diplomat’ Gordon Sondland, a key figure in Trump impeachment furor, long coveted ambassadorship  —  Gordon Sondland was streaking over the West Coast in his Learjet in 2016 when the bad news came.  Jeb Bush's campaign was on the phone.  He was bowing out of the race for the White House.
Discussion: Vox, MSNBC and Power Line
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William J. Burns / Foreign Affairs:   The Demolition of U.S. Diplomacy
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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democratic debate in Ohio: 5 things to watch
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and HuffPost
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
FPU-Herald Poll: Michelle Obama would enter NH primary as frontrunner
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and Politico
NBC News:
Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder  —  The booking came just hours after Aaron Dean resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department.  —  Texas woman shot and killed in own home by police officer  —  The Fort Worth, Texas …
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘News Stars’ Will Fill Shepard Smith's Slot, Says Fox News President (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network' news division.  —  Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum …
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Now That Shep Smith Is Gone, Trump Zeroes In On Fox News' Chris Wallace
Chrissy Clark / The Federalist:
CNN Whistleblower Reveals Network ‘Vendetta’ Against Trump, Obsession With Impeachment  —  A CNN whistleblower leaked video showcasing CNN President Jeff Zucker's vendetta against President Trump and obsession with pushing stories of impeachment.  —  “Jeff Zucker, basically the president …
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Vicky Ward / CNN:
Why Trump abandoned his instinct to go public with his tax returns  —  New York (CNN)President Donald Trump's fight to keep his tax returns private is at odds with his own thinking in 2013 and 2014 that releasing them as part of a presidential bid would make him look like a smart businessman …
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
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.
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.
Jay Willis / GQ:
How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency  —  No one knows a “clear conflict of interest” when they see it better than the president's children.  —  As House Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's efforts to leverage foreign aid …
Dinitia Smith / New York Times:
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89  —  Called the most notorious literary critic in America, Professor Bloom argued for the superiority of giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka.  —  Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended …
Discussion: NPR and Althouse
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.
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Fake Trump shooting video traces back to a prolific creator and a fervent community  —  As pro-Trump digital creator communities have grown, they've found traction with people close to Trump and even the president himself.  —  About 18 months before a violent video of a fake President Donald …
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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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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
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Target raised wages.  But some workers say their hours were cut, leaving them struggling  —  New York (CNN Business)Two years ago, Target (TGT) said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.  The move won praise from labor advocates and put pressure on other companies to also move to $15.
Discussion: RedState, National Review and WFLA-TV
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump defends abandoning Kurds: “I hope they all do great”  —  President Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria in a series of tweets Monday, saying he would much rather focus on the U.S. southern border and “let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land.”
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Pelosi and Graham team up to oppose Trump's Syria decision
Discussion: Politico, Slate, Mediaite and The Hill
 
 
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Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney Blames Turkey's Invasion of Syria on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Contemptor and Political Wire
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
ABC News Broadcasts Fake Syria Bombing Video That's Actually From a Kentucky Military Show in 2017