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9:05 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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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” …
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 …
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad
Washington Post:
Trump's blunder in Syria is irreparable
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
Evan Semones / Politico:
Trump authorizes sanctions on Turkey over actions in Syria
Discussion: Axios, Slate and The Hill
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:
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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The surprising fluidity of the 2020 Democratic field
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
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
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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.
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.
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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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ejected from closed-door impeachment meeting
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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 Hill and Political Wire
David Rohde / New Yorker:
Public Servants Are Starting to Respond to Donald Trump's False Attacks  —  On Friday afternoon, James Baker, the former general counsel of the F.B.I., felt a tinge of optimism.  Almost two years ago, he was ousted from his position as the Bureau's top legal official, after President Trump fired the F.B.I.'s director, James Comey.
Discussion: NBC News, The Guardian and Breitbart
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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.
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: MSNBC, Vox, Power Line and CNN
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.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's church taxation proposal would hand Trump reelection  —  Beto O'Rourke, innovative for interpreting a failed Senate campaign as a steppingstone to the presidency, is now famous for (1) his use of profanity on the campaign trail, (2) his pledge that “hell, yes” …
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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 …
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 …
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) …
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
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
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 …
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
 
 
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Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Arrested Giuliani associate was at Ron DeSantis' election night watch party
Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
Ohio soybean farmer says he wouldn't vote for Trump again even if he could ‘walk across my pond’
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney Blames Turkey's Invasion of Syria on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Contemptor and Political Wire
The Onion:
Jubilant ISIS Prisoners Hail American Liberators
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Still Holds Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm. …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
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Discussion: Shareblue Media
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Why Democrats are sure Adam Schiff is the perfect person to take on Trump
John Tamny / RealClearMarkets:
Elizabeth Holmes Is a Visionary, and We Need More Like Her
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Among the Witches Inside the Republicans' bunker.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller