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6:15 PM ET, October 14, 2019

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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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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.
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 …
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria
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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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.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Times
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
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) …
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New York Times:
Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort
Washington Post:
Violent spoof video of Trump killing his critics shows how memes have reshaped politics
MemeWorld:
The NYT launches an outrage campaign aimed at a MemeWorld Contributor and the American Priority Conference
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Why Democrats are sure Adam Schiff is the perfect person to take on Trump
Discussion: Fox News, Althouse and New York Post
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
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CBO says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug pricing plan saves Medicare $345 billion over decade
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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)  —  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 …
Discussion: The Wrap and The Hill
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Just the tip of the iceberg.’ FEC chair warns charges against Giuliani associates highlight big dark money problems  —  Welcome to week four of the impeachment inquiry.  Stay up to date with us — reach out & sign up.  —  In the Agencies  —  ‘TIP OF THE ICEBERG’ …
Discussion: The Hill
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Alex Daugherty / Miami Herald:   Rick Scott silent on donations from indicted Giuliani associate
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Still Holds Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm.  His Business Partner Holds A Supervisor Role, Records Show  —  Hunter Biden announced Sunday that he will resign from the board of a Chinese private equity firm called BHR Partners, but he's still one of the two directors …
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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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
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The Onion:
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Joyce Karam / The National:
Bewildering twists and turns around Trump's Syria withdrawal decision
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump hands Putin another win with Syria pullout