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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 …
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 …
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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.
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: CNN, Washington Post and East Bay Times
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:   The World Condemns Erdogan's War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey Rejects U.S. Call for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria
Discussion: Just Security, Axios and Foreign Policy
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
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.
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic Before Bilateral Meeting
Discussion: Washington Post
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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ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash linked to Giuliani pals' gas deals and Biden dirt digging
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME
Joe Valiquette / NBC New York:   FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump  —  Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden went off on Elizabeth Warren's “ridiculous” healthcare plan, and accused the Massachusetts senator …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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William Saletan / Slate:
Is Elizabeth Warren an Ideologue?
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Scrubs DNA Test Video From Twitter
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Mediaite and Townhall
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
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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
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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Laurel Wamsley / NPR:   Family ‘Ambushed’ By Trump Suggestion To Meet With Woman Who Caused Fatal Crash
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
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
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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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The lawyer at the center of the Ukraine vortex
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive Video — White House's Peter Navarro Pushes Nancy Pelosi to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: ‘More Important than Any China Deal’  —  Peter Navarro, a senior White House adviser to President Donald Trump and the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
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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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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
HuffPost:
Matthew Shepard's Parents Slam AG Barr For Supporting Trans Discrimination
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Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Alan Dershowitz Gets Rival Lawyer Booted From Epstein Victim's Case
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Conservative group tags Romney as anti-Trump, pro-impeachment in ad
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Orso / Inquirer.com:
Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly.  One person showed up
David Shulkin / TIME:
I Ran the VA Under President Trump Until He Fired Me. …