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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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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Scrutinize Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Business Dealings, Finances
Washington Post:
Giuliani was paid $500,000 by company founded by arrested associate
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite, CNN and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Official George Kent Testifies in Impeachment Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The revenge of John Bolton?
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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Dean Obeidallah / NBC News:
As Trump criticizes Hunter Biden, House Democrats should be investigating his daughter
Discussion: Breitbart and New York 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”.
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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.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Trump Betrayed the Kurds.  He Couldn't Help Himself.  —  President Donald Trump's betrayal of the Kurds stung deeply.  “They trusted us and we broke that trust.  It's a stain on the American conscience.”  These, according to The New York Times, are the searing words of an Army officer …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Lara Trump Defends Trump on Syria By Claiming ‘The Average American’ Doesn't Even Know Who the Kurds Are
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
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 …
New York Times:
Russia Troops Patrol Between Turkish and Syrian Forces, Filling an American Void  —  The announcement signaled that Russia is moving to fill a security vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal and illustrates the loss of American influence in the war.  —  CEYLANPINAR, Turkey …
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Zia Weise / Politico:
FAQ: Turkey's invasion of Syria
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 Breitbart
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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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:   IS TULSI GABBARD THE GOP'S FAVORITE DEMOCRAT? THE NEW YORK TIMES OPINION SECTION IS ON IT!
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Everything Republicans should stop lecturing us about  —  Put aside the fact that the attorney general has no business preaching about faith to the American people, as William P. Barr did recently when he denounced secularism as the root of modern evils.  He should be disqualified from lecturing Americans as he did last week.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Is this Barr's cry for help?
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Everything becomes a conspiracy theory’: Trump leans into spurious claims for impeachment defense  —  A president who rose to political prominence on birtherism — and then won the White House obsessed with Hillary Clinton's emails — is latching onto scraps of conspiracy theories to build his political defense against impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Richard Fontaine / Foreign Affairs:
The Nonintervention Delusion
Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:
Readers Beware: AI Has Learned to Create Fake News Stories
Steve Reilly / USA Today:
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
Melissa Lemieux / Newsweek:
DeleteFacebook trends after report that Mark Zuckerberg held secretive meetings with conservative influencers
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Norah O'Donnell and Susan Zirinsky Ready ‘CBS Evening News’ for Streaming Wars
John Hendel / Politico:
China's TikTok tries to stay ahead of D.C.'s tech backlash
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
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Lemieux / Newsweek:
Congressman accused of using campaign funds for family vacations seeks GOP endorsement for another term
Discussion: Roll Call and Associated Press
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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
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