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9:50 AM 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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New York Times:
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’  —  WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser …
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 …
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.
Danny Hayes / Washington Post:
A new poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field, with 28 percent  —  That's 7 percent ahead of Sanders and 10 percent ahead of Biden.  —  As the Democrats prepare for their fourth debate Tuesday night, former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are hoping to turn …
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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.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Poll: Warren faces high expectations ahead of debate  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is facing the highest expectations of any of the candidates on tonight's debate stage, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  Nearly a third of Democratic primary voters — 31 percent …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
FPU-Herald Poll: Michelle Obama would enter NH primary as frontrunner
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg keeps talking to allies about running for president as Joe Biden struggles against Elizabeth Warren
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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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” …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to U.S. soldiers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:   Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad
Newsweek:
Exclusive: U.S. Cedes Syrian City to Russia in Battlefield ‘Handover’ as Turkey Tries to Take It
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Rolling Stone
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
Discussion: New Republic and Military Times
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Syria Mess
Discussion: 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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Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Biden's Rivals Are Utterly Perplexed at the Timing of Hunter's Interview  —  “I wouldn't have put Hunter on the air,” former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, a top surrogate for Biden, told The Daily Beast.  —  After months of staying silent amid an avalanche of attacks by President Trump and his team …
New York Times:
Hunter Biden Denies Any ‘Ethical Lapse’ in His Ukraine and China Work
Discussion: IJR
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The revenge of John Bolton?  —  Former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill testified Monday that John Bolton likened Rudolph W. Giuliani to a “hand grenade.”  Giuliani responded overnight by likening Bolton to an “atomic bomb.” … Giuliani may be right — just perhaps not in the way he intended.
Discussion: Contemptor and The Week
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Washington Post:
House Democrats express greater confidence about impeachment showdown with Trump
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:
White House tried to limit what former Russia aide Fiona Hill could say to Congress, letters show
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and Daily Kos
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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New York Times:
Violent Video Was Product of Right-Wing Provocateurs and Trump Allies  —  The White House said President Trump condemned a fake video depicting him killing rivals and members of the news media.  But Mr. Trump never mentioned it.  —  WASHINGTON — The creator of a gruesome video that showed …
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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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate
NBC News:
Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder  —  The booking came just hours after Aaron Dean resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department.  —  Texas woman shot and killed in own home by police officer  —  The Fort Worth, Texas …
Scott Rasmussen:
Weekly Update: 50% Favor Impeachment And Removal of President Trump; 38% Oppose  —  The latest ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 50% of voters nationwide now believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.  —  That's up two points from a week ago, four points from two weeks ago …
Discussion: Washington Post
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”.
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.
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 Week and The Hill
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren  —  She faced sexism, split with a husband and found her voice teaching law in Houston  —  HOUSTON — Elizabeth Warren hadn't stepped foot on the University of Houston Law Center campus in nearly 15 years, not since she'd left her first full-time teaching job there.
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.
 
 
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Politico:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They're in a No-Win Situation”: Will the Times' First Presidential Debate in 15 Years Fire Up the Twitter Mob?
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and Reason
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense
Jacopo Barigazzi / Politico:
Michel Barnier: ‘Narrow path’ to Brexit deal still open
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Democratic presidential candidates come under pressure to release Supreme Court picks
Discussion: Axios
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants more low-cost housing in affluent city neighborhoods
 Earlier Items: 
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Elizabeth Warren Under Fire as Campaign Surrogate's Racist, Homophobic Tweets Come to Light
Nicholas Casey / New York Times:
Ohio Was Set to Purge 235,000 Voters. It Was Wrong About 20%.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
William Barr Attacked Progressive Prosecutors. His Virginia Neighbors May Just Elect One.
Dinitia Smith / New York Times:
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Discussion: NPR and Althouse
Jay Willis / GQ:
How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency