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7:40 PM ET, October 15, 2019

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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Rep. Sessions Subpoenaed Over Interactions With Giuliani, Giuliani Associates  —  Giuliani is primary focus of subpoena; Pete Sessions cooperating with prosecutors  —  A grand jury has issued a subpoena related to Manhattan federal prosecutors' investigation into Rudy Giuliani …
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Giuliani says he won't comply with a congressional subpoena  —  President Donald's Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told ABC News on Tuesday he is not complying with a congressional subpoena.  —  Giuliani tells ABC News “if they enforce it then we will see what happens.”
Matt Berman / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Was With His Now-Indicted Ukrainian Friend At President Bush's State Funeral Service.  Jeb Bush Says It's “Disappointing.”  —  Rudy Giuliani was photographed with his now-indicted Ukrainian associate Lev Parnas at former president George H.W. Bush's state funeral service …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani says he won't comply in ‘abomination’ impeachment inquiry, parts ways with his lawyer ‘for now’  —  Rudy Giuliani dared House Democrats to take him to court Tuesday, declaring he won't comply in their “abomination” of an impeachment inquiry despite facing a subpoena …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
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 …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence refuses House request to provide documents related to Ukraine call  —  The vice president's office says it won't cooperate with a “self-proclaimed impeachment inquiry.”  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence's office said Tuesday it will not comply with a request from the House …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
CNN:
Giuliani role unnerves some congressional Republicans
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Giuliani Says He Won't Comply With Congressional Subpoena
Adam Entous / New Yorker:   How Lev Parnas Became Part of the Trump Campaign's “One Big Family”
Wall Street Journal:
Bolton, Mulvaney on Opposite Sides of Pivotal Ukraine Debate  —  Two key Trump advisers pursued different strategies on the issue now at heart of House's impeachment inquiry  —  WASHINGTON—During President Trump's tenure in office, both his chief of staff and his national security adviser …
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The time bomb inside the Trump administration is now going off  —  There was a telling moment in President Trump's fateful call this summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when Trump said, “The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news.”
New York Times:
Impeachment Investigators Question George Kent, State Dept. Ukraine Expert  —  Mr. Kent raised concerns to colleagues early this year about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by President Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.  —  WASHINGTON — The procession of high-ranking witnesses …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's impeachment barricade crumbles
New York Times:   The Ukrainian Prosecutor Behind the Dossier Targeting Hunter Biden
The Daily Beast:
Trump Suspects a Spiteful John Bolton Is Behind Some of the Ukraine Leaks
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Sondland prepared to deny he was warned about Ukraine work
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
'I can't even look at the atrocities': U.S. troops say Trump's Syria withdrawal betrayed an ally  —  Watching the rapid disintegration of security in Syria and the U.S. withdrawal, Marty Palmer recalled the night an Islamic State car bomb exploded near the Kurdish unit partnered with his Army Special Forces team.
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Washington Post:
U.S. troops abandoned their Syrian base. Video appears to show Russians have moved in.
Discussion: Military Times and Fox News
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Trump's Middle East Policy Is a Fraud
Discussion: Political Wire and Commentary
Associated Press:
Appeals court to hold rehearing on Trump hotel lawsuit  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel.
Discussion: Politico, NBC News, Axios and The Hill
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Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Trump emoluments case over his D.C. hotel gets second chance in legal challenge
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael R. Bloomberg / Washington Post:
Voters must demand that 2020 candidates answer this question  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, served as mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013.  —  Over the course of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, candidates have been asked time and again …
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Bartlett / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Trump's ‘China Muse’ Has an Imaginary Friend  —  Who is Ron Vara?  He only seems to exist in the books of Peter Navarro.  —  Ron Vara has strong opinions.  He thinks you've “got to be nuts to eat Chinese food.”  He doles out little scraps of wisdom, like “Don't play checkers in a chess world.”
Justice News:
Turkish Bank Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Its Participation In A Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme  —  Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Week and Raw Story
BBC:
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border  —  A British couple say they have been detained in the US after accidentally crossing the border from Canada.  —  David Connors, 30, and his wife Eileen, 24, say they are being held in Pennsylvania with their three-month-old baby and are “traumatised”.
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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A British family on vacation accidentally drove into the U.S. They've spent days detained with their 3-month-old baby.
Ericka Andersen / New York Times:
Why Are Democrats Jilting G.O.P. Voters Who Want to Like Them?  —  Candidates are leaving potential Republican converts without options.  —  Ms. Andersen is a freelance writer in Indianapolis.  —  Under President Trump, a small slice of America's electorate seeks a reason to call the Democratic Party home for the very first time.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Live Blog / October Democratic Debate: Live updates from Ohio
Discussion: Fox News, The Wrap and Breitbart
Hollywood Reporter:
Shari Redstone Explores Plan to Launch Fox News Competitor (Exclusive)  —  The mogul, who has spoken with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, may look to rebrand an existing Viacom linear channel to create a conservative-leaning news network.  —  In the midst of closing a merger between CBS and Viacom …
Alice Wilder / ProPublica:
Listen to Conference-Goers at Trump Resort Chant for “War!”  —  Speakers at a pro-Trump conference urged attendees to “go to war” for the president and laughed about beating up classmates.  It's the same conference where a video of a fake Trump shooting members of the media played.
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump's moves in Ukraine and Syria have a common denominator: Both help Russia  —  Whether by chance or by design, the foreign policy crises involving Syria and Ukraine that have enveloped the White House have a common element.  In each case, President Trump has taken action that had the effect …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Being Impeached Because He Keeps Doing What Russia Wants
Discussion: emptywheel
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Democrats missing an opportunity against Trump?  One is sounding the alarm.  —  As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in Ohio, President Trump is gearing up to spend enormous sums of money in the battleground states, much of it on hammering Joe Biden …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's latest rage tweet blows up in his face as ‘Impeach the Pres’ becomes top trending Twitter topic  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again attacked House Democrats' impeachment inquiry — but his attack immediately boomeranged after it resulted in the phrase “Impeach the Pres” becoming the top trending topic on Twitter.
Discussion: Boing Boing and HuffPost
Twitter:
World Leaders on Twitter: principles & approach  —  There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service.  We welcome the conversation and want to share more context on our principles and process for reviewing reported Tweets from these accounts.
 
 
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
A Songwriting Dispute Brews Over ‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo's Biggest Hit
Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters:
Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria: NTV
Tom Winter / NBC News:
DOJ has still not answered question about Firtash extradition, says senator's office
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Balloon Juice
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: It's ‘Breaking My Heart’ That Elizabeth Warren Is Beating Biden in the Polls
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump administration proposes expanding logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest
Discussion: Axios, NPR and USDA
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Improvised explosive device detonates at Montana elementary school, no one injured: Sheriff
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump is on his way to an easy win in 2020, according to Moody's accurate election model
Discussion: PJ Media Home
 Earlier Items: 
ProPublica:
We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who've Worked in the Trump Administration
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren
Victoria Thompson / ABC News:
Exclusive: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: Hunter Biden defends foreign ventures but concedes political ‘mistake’