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11:30 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.”
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi holds off on vote to authorize Trump impeachment inquiry  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders will hold off on a full House vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.  —  Democratic leadership sources caution …
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: The Week
CNN:
Giuliani role unnerves some congressional Republicans  —  Washington (CNN)Even as House Republicans mount a vigorous defense of President Donald Trump amid the impeachment inquiry, some are growing uneasy about the role that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani played in carrying out US policy …
Discussion: Raw Story
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence refuses House request to provide documents related to Ukraine call
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Pelosi holding off on vote for impeachment inquiry for now: 'We're not here to call bluffs'
Discussion: CNBC and NB Blog
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Says He Won't Comply With Congressional Subpoena
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential voice among young liberals  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most influential voices among young liberals and a rising Democratic star, plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
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Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Democrats seeking the presidency tussled Tuesday night in a wide-ranging debate featuring the largest number of qualifying candidates on the same stage.  —  Here's a look at how some of their claims from Westerville, Ohio, stack up with the facts:
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and KTLA
Steve Krakauer / NBC News:
Who is Tom Steyer, the Democratic debate newcomer hellbent on impeaching Trump?  —  The billionaire literally bought his way into a Democratic campaign that has no need for him.  Surely that money could have gone to better use.  —  If you've been a regular viewer of 2019's political reality show …
Dylan Scott / Vox:   Everybody went after Elizabeth Warren over Medicare-for-all
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Biden and Sanders tangle and 7 other big moments from Tuesday's debate
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Beast
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
2020 Democrats face off in debate tonight: 8 things to watch
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and The Hill
New York Times:
White House Is Said to Open Internal Review of Ukraine Call  —  Some advisers fear that the inquiry is a hunt for a scapegoat, people familiar with it said.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has for weeks sought to unmask the whistle-blower who shed light on his Ukraine dealings.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Mulvaney emerges as a key facilitator of the campaign to pressure Ukraine
CNN:
State Department official told to lie low after raising complaints about Giuliani  —  Washington (CNN)State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent told lawmakers on Tuesday that he had been told by a supervisor to lie low after he raised complaints about Rudy Giuliani's efforts …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The time bomb inside the Trump administration is now going off
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's impeachment barricade crumbles
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
Reuters:   Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop
Washington Post:
Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former officials say  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani privately urged President Trump in 2017 to extradite a Turkish cleric living in exile in the United States, a top priority of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …
Discussion: The Hill and New Republic
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.”
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
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: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: It's ‘Breaking My Heart’ That Warren Is Beating Biden in the Polls  —  “I love Joe Biden and his family.  Hunter Biden had a lot of issues that he struggled with for a long time.”  —  Reacting to Hunter Biden's exclusive interview that aired on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
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 …
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
 
 
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Simon Shuster / TIME:
Exclusive: How a Ukrainian Oligarch Wanted by U.S. Authorities Helped Giuliani Attack Biden
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Zachary Karabell / Politico:
Don't Blame Just Trump for U.S.-China Hostility
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
A Songwriting Dispute Brews Over ‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo's Biggest Hit
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's latest rage tweet blows up in his face as ‘Impeach the Pres’ becomes top trending Twitter topic
Discussion: Boing Boing and HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
The Ukrainian Prosecutor Behind the Dossier Targeting Hunter Biden
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump administration proposes expanding logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest
Discussion: USDA, NPR and Axios
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
'I'm standing here in the middle of climate change': How USDA is failing farmers
Discussion: The Big Picture and Axios
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
Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime
BBC:
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border