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11:55 PM ET, October 16, 2019


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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: Axios and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland asked Ukrainian officials during private White House talk about gas firm linked to Hunter Biden  —  Sondland's meeting with Ukrainian officials just steps from the White House Situation Room came minutes after a larger meeting that included John Bolton.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Trump's Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk  —  After vowing not to cooperate with a “kangaroo court,” the president has largely failed to prevent current and former administration members from spending hours with Democrats seeking to impeach him.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Elbowed His Way Into Ukraine Policy. It Could Cost Him.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
New York Times:
Former Top State Dept. Aide Tells Impeachment Investigators He Quit Over Ukraine
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Inside the Derailed White House Meeting  —  “I hate ISIS more than you do,” President Trump said.  “You don't know that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied.  Here's the rest of their exchange.  —  WASHINGTON — You know a White House meeting has gone off the rails when the president …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is failing the commander in chief test  —  It should be obvious this week that the United States needs a president who has the foreign policy chops to speak clearly about the United States' role in the world and has a real plan to keep our country safe.
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.
NBC News:
Trump's extraordinary letter to Turkey's Erdogan: 'Don't be a tough guy'  —  'Don't be a fool!' the letter reads.  The president concluded by saying, ‘I will call you later.’  —  President Donald Trump wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an extraordinary letter warning him not to be …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:   Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray’
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, Vox and The Daily Caller
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Trump Doctrine: American Unexceptionalism
Discussion: KTLA
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, NPR and RedState
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
House overwhelming rebukes Trump over Syria withdrawal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Scrubs DNA Test Video From Twitter
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Mediaite and Townhall
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
“There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On”: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades  —  The president's talk can move markets—and it's made some futures traders billions.  Did they know what he was going to say before he said it?  —  In the last 10 minutes of trading …
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of President Trump as soon as Thanksgiving, as the Senate began to brace for a political maelstrom that would engulf the nation.
Discussion: The Week
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Only once has Gallup seen more support for removing a president. Nixon was gone four days later.
Discussion: Politico
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems grapple with impeachment timing as evidence piles up
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria  —  Turkish troops pursue their offensive against Kurdish forces, as Russia fills void created by U.S. departure from the region  —  ISTANBUL—Turkey dismissed a U.S. call for an immediate cease-fire in northeast Syria …
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:   The World Condemns Erdogan's War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Schiff pressed Volker to say Ukraine felt pressure from Trump  —  In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured …
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Marianne Williamson / Washington Post:
After Tuesday's debate, there's no way I'm dropping out
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union
Lizzie Presser / ProPublica:
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Washington Post:
Postmaster general who was target of Trump's ire announces retirement
Discussion: PR Newswire and Axios
Robert C. O'Brien / Washington Post:
Here's how I will streamline Trump's National Security Council
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive Video — White House's Peter Navarro Pushes Nancy Pelosi to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Agreement …
 Earlier Items: 
Frustration on Syria mounts from Republicans during ‘heated’ Esper meeting
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
Tufayel Ahmed / Newsweek:
Trump Teen Rape Allegation Resurfaces, Ronan Farrow Claims National Enquirer Tried to Protect Him in New Book
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Washington Post:
Pompeo adviser to decry politicization of State Dept. in impeachment probe testimony
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Grieving Parents ‘Ambushed’ by Trump, Who Had Teen's Killer Waiting at White House