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1:30 PM ET, October 15, 2019

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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 …
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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 sketched for lawmakers a trail …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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 …
Axios:
House Democrats' sprawling Ukraine investigation is spilling across the Trump administration  —  The White House is tense — and some aides are frantic — as Democrats on Capitol Hill tap a gusher of revelations that paint an increasingly vivid portrait of President Trump's unrestrained conduct of foreign policy.
New York Times:
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
Washington Post:
Giuliani was paid $500,000 by company founded by arrested associate
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Official George Kent Testifies in Impeachment Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw  —  ISTANBUL — Russia announced on Tuesday that its units were patrolling between the Turkish and Syrian militaries near the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in a sign that Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian government …
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Zia Weise / Politico:
FAQ: Turkey's invasion of Syria
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to U.S. soldiers
Discussion: Daily Kos
YouTube:
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.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg puts money behind digital ad knocking ‘Medicare for All’ Democrats by name
Discussion: Political Wire
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Poll: Warren faces high expectations ahead of debate
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
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Dan Wolken / USA Today:
LeBron James undermines values he's espoused in most disgraceful moment of career  —  On behalf of the 327 million American citizens who generally believe that freedom is good and authoritarian regimes are less good, let me apologize to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
LeBron Turns His Back on Hong Kong  —  Making the click-through worthwhile: LeBron James chooses to stand with China; the U.S. examines its options for leverage with Turkey; and Hunter Biden admits something obvious about his past employers.  —  LeBron James and Donald Trump Finally Agree on Something: Abandoning Hong Kong
Discussion: ESPN and The Federalist
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.
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 …
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Is this Barr's cry for help?  —  On Friday, in a closed-door speech at the University of Notre Dame, Attorney General William P. Barr talked at length about a “campaign to destroy the traditional moral order.”  —  The alleged perpetrator of this campaign?  —  “Militant secularists,” …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Everything Republicans should stop lecturing us about
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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Greg Weiner / The Bulwark:
Continue the Investigation. Begin the Impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Bulwark Podcast
ProPublica:
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Arnold / NPR:
Exclusive: Turf War Blocked CFPB From Helping Fix Student Loan Forgiveness Program  —  Toggle more options  —  The nation's most powerful consumer protection agency sent examiners into companies that run student loan call centers to try to fix a troubled loan forgiveness program.
 
 
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Steve Reilly / USA Today:
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Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
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Melissa Lemieux / Newsweek:
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 Earlier Items: 
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The Trump Administration* Has Surrendered Entirely to Industry
Andrew Perez / The Intercept:
Documents Reveal Hospital Industry Is Leading Fight Against Medicare for All
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Althouse
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Rasmussen:
Weekly Update: 50% Favor Impeachment And Removal of President Trump; 38% Oppose
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder