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9:50 PM ET, October 16, 2019

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CNN:
Federal investigation of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe  —  (CNN)For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised …
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Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry Called Rudy Giuliani at Trump's Direction on Ukraine Concerns  —  President's lawyer said Ukraine had worked to hurt Trump in 2016 election, energy secretary says in interview  —  WASHINGTON—Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he sought out Rudy Giuliani this spring …
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Scoop: Kurt Volker testimony revealed depth of concerns about Giuliani  —  New details from Kurt Volker's closed-door interview indicate Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, was deeply conflicted about whether to take the job because of concerns about Rudy Giuliani's shadow involvement.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: Slate and The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash linked to Giuliani pals' gas deals and Biden dirt digging
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME
Washington Post:
Amid impeachment probe, Gordon Sondland is overseeing a renovation of his residence that has cost $1 million in taxpayer money  —  BRUSSELS — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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New York Times:
Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk  —  A former top White House adviser viewed Mr. Sondland, a Trump donor and the ambassador to the European Union, as a risk because he was so unprepared for his job.  —  WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy …
New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Elbowed His Way Into Ukraine Policy.  It Could Cost Him.  —  Mr. Sondland was to tell impeachment investigators that President Trump placed a condition on any meeting with Ukraine's president — the opening of an investigation that could benefit Mr. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell eyes quick impeachment trial in Senate  —  Senate Republicans are preparing for a speedy impeachment trial that concludes before the end of the year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Democrats say Trump had a “meltdown” and insulted Pelosi in Syria meeting  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that they walked out of a meeting with President Trump …
Washington Post:
Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate  —  President Trump on Wednesday attempted to distance himself from the escalating chaos in northern Syria following his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region and lashed …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a third-rate politician.  She said he's having a meltdown.  —  And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:   Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray’
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies  —  The president's businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials.  One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.”  —  Stay up to date with email updates …
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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Which Trump Will Take the Fall for Years of Tax Fraud?  —  Junior and Eric, it's time to prove your loyalty.  —  Last February, not long before he reported to prison, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified that his boss had regularly inflated his personal assets when it served his purposes to do so …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Dodgy Bookkeeping Is a Trump Family Tradition
William Saletan / Slate:
Is Elizabeth Warren an Ideologue?  —  Tuesday's debate points to trouble for Democrats if she wins the nomination.  —  Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, is a strong candidate for president.  She has a clear and compelling message about the unfair distribution of American prosperity.
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Who's Up and Who's Down in 2020 Democratic Fund-raising
Discussion: Slate and Vox
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Scrubs DNA Test Video From Twitter
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Mediaite and Townhall
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg backed Medicare for All in 2018 tweet
Discussion: Axios
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal  —  Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey's incursion against a United States ally.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is failing the commander in chief test
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Trump Doctrine: American Unexceptionalism
Discussion: HuffPost and KTLA
Vincent Wood / The Independent:
Turkey ‘effectively holding 50 US nuclear bombs hostage’ at air base amid Syria invasion  —  White House officials scrambling to retrieve weapons of mass destruction, reports say  —  An estimated 50 US nuclear bombs are effectively being held hostage in Turkey as Washington attempts to find …
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David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House lawyers: Trump trying to ‘obstruct his own impeachment’  —  Lawyers for the House of Representatives on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of trying to “obstruct his own impeachment” by claiming the authority to block his advisers from cooperating with congressional investigations.
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Pompeo adviser to decry politicization of State Dept. in impeachment probe testimony
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems grapple with impeachment timing as evidence piles up
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives work through an impeachment inquiry regarding alleged abuses of office by President Donald Trump, approval of Congress is now at 25%.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Only once has Gallup seen more support for removing a president. Nixon was gone four days later.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:   McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
Bloomberg:
Trump-Erdogan Call Led to Lengthy Quest to Avoid Halkbank Trial  — Barr, working with Mnuchin, sought a deferred prosecution deal  — Prosecutors filed charges when Trump sought to punish Erdogan  —  President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Grieving Parents ‘Ambushed’ by Trump, Who Had Teen's Killer Waiting at White House  —  The president had hoped to surprise the parents of dead British teen Harry Dunn with a meeting with the woman who killed him—all in front of the media.  —  Correspondent-At-Large
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden, Bleeding Cash, Spent Nearly $1 Million on Private Jets  —  Per the ex-veep's FEC data, roughly one out of every 16 dollars raised by the campaign has been spent on such aviation.  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is bleeding cash.  And a big reason why appears to be an antiquated …
Tufayel Ahmed / Newsweek:
Trump Teen Rape Allegation Resurfaces, Ronan Farrow Claims National Enquirer Tried to Protect Him in New Book  —  Amid behind-the-scenes details of his explosive reporting on Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Washington Post:
Postmaster general who was target of Trump's ire announces retirement
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Obama endorses Trudeau for reelection ahead of Canadian vote
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive Video — White House's Peter Navarro Pushes Nancy Pelosi to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Agreement …
Discussion: Associated Press
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The lawyer at the center of the Ukraine vortex
CNN:
Frustration on Syria mounts from Republicans during ‘heated’ Esper meeting
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham to Pat Robertson: 'I'll become Trump's worst nightmare' if he doesn't stop slaughter of Kurds
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Alan Dershowitz Gets Rival Lawyer Booted From Epstein Victim's Case
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Conservative group tags Romney as anti-Trump, pro-impeachment in ad
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Orso / Inquirer.com:
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