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3:40 PM ET, October 15, 2019


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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 …
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.”
The Daily Beast:
Trump Suspects a Spiteful John Bolton Is Behind Some of the Ukraine Leaks  —  Trump fears the leaks are now coming from the people he chose to serve—and that only increases the paranoia currently infecting the West Wing.  —  At a critical juncture in his presidency, facing …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's impeachment barricade crumbles  —  Donald Trump's impeachment blockade has collapsed.  —  The president's former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill — the first White House official to cooperate in Democrats' investigation of the Ukraine scandal — has detailed for lawmakers a trail …
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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Week full of subpoena deadlines to test house Dems' resolve on contempt
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Official George Kent Testifies in Impeachment Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
U.S. troops abandoned their Syrian base.  Video appears to show Russians have moved in.  —  As Moscow announced Tuesday that its units were patrolling in northern Syria, a journalist traveling with Russian-backed forces released a video that appeared to show the inside of a now-abandoned U.S. base near the town of Manbij.
Reuters:   Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop
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”.
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.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Lara Trump Defends Trump on Syria By Claiming ‘The Average American’ Doesn't Even Know Who the Kurds Are  —  First Daughter-in-Law and senior Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump added another offensive defense of President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the United States' Kurdish allies …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to U.S. soldiers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Victoria Thompson / ABC News:
Exclusive: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: Hunter Biden defends foreign ventures but concedes political ‘mistake’  —  As President Donald Trump continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president's son defended …
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
How Lev Parnas Became Part of the Trump Campaign's “One Big Family”  —  On September 26th, two weeks before Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport, Parnas was visiting Manhattan.  It was during the U.N. General Assembly, and a large Ukrainian delegation was in town.
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Impeachment Saga Is Basically Shakespearean. This Is Its Cast Of Characters.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
LeBron Turns His Back on Hong Kong
Discussion: ESPN and Washington Free Beacon
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump is on his way to an easy win in 2020, according to Moody's accurate election model  — President Donald Trump will win re-election easily in 2020 if the economy holds up, modeling by Moody's Analytics shows.  — “If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks …
Makes More Sense |  Pete Buttigieg for President … To stay connected with the campaign:  —  About Pete:  —  Pete Buttigieg is a husband, Afghanistan veteran, and the Mayor of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana.  —  Pete is running for president because this is a now or never moment for our nation.
Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career  —  PPP's newest Maine poll finds that Susan Collins is in trouble for reelection...and that she's likely to find herself in more trouble no matter what side of impeachment she comes down on.  —  Collins is unpopular, with only 35% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 50% who disapprove.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic leaders gauge support for impeachment inquiry vote  —  House Democratic leaders are quietly reaching out to the most vulnerable members of their caucus to gauge whether they would support a formal vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, according to multiple Democratic aides.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who've Worked in the Trump Administration  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Rep. Peter DeFazio calls for audit into Elaine Chao's alleged Kentucky favors  —  A senior House Democrat has asked the Transportation Department's internal watchdog to investigate whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao showed undue favoritism to Kentucky constituents of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Discussion: The Hill
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
White House officials to meet with parents of teen killed by U.S. diplomat's wife  —  The meeting comes as Harry Dunn's parents have pleaded for the diplomat's wife to be held accountable for her actions.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House invited the parents of the British teenager …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Warren blasts fellow 2020 candidates for ‘hobnobbing with the rich and powerful,’ swears off big-dollar donors  —  Hours before Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate and just days after she swore off big fundraisers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced that she would no longer …
Discussion: Vox, Medium and The Hill
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Improvised explosive device detonates at Montana elementary school, no one injured: Sheriff  —  An improvised explosive device detonated on the playground of a Montana elementary school Tuesday, authorities said.  —  No one was injured, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo drops the n-word during live radio interview  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the N-word during a live radio interview Tuesday while discussing racism against Italian-Americans.  —  Cuomo called into WAMC radio where he was asked about the controversy surrounding Indigenous Peoples' Day …
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Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Being Impeached Because He Keeps Doing What Russia Wants
Discussion: emptywheel
BuzzFeed News:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
125 House Republicans co-sponsor resolution to censure Schiff over ‘parody’ reading of Trump-Zelensky call
Richard Fontaine / Foreign Affairs:
The Nonintervention Delusion
Dean Obeidallah / NBC News:
As Trump criticizes Hunter Biden, House Democrats should be investigating his daughter
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Steve Reilly / USA Today:
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Lemieux / Newsweek:
DeleteFacebook trends after report that Mark Zuckerberg held secretive meetings with conservative influencers
Discussion: NB Blog, ABC News and PJ Media Home
Chris Arnold / NPR:
Exclusive: Turf War Blocked CFPB From Helping Fix Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Elizabeth Warren Is Beginning to Win the Electability Argument
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Everything Republicans should stop lecturing us about
Discussion: Daily Kos
Melissa Lemieux / Newsweek:
Congressman accused of using campaign funds for family vacations seeks GOP endorsement for another term
Discussion: Roll Call and Associated Press
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense
Discussion: Raw Story