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8:35 AM ET, October 17, 2019


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New York Times:
Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68  —  A son of sharecroppers, he fought tirelessly for his hometown of Baltimore and became a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump.  —  Representative Elijah E. Cummings, a son of sharecroppers …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68  —  Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore …
Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, longtime advocate for Baltimore and civil rights and key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry, dies at 68  —  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill and The Week
Greg Ng / WBAL:
Rep. Elijah Cummings has died  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has died, according to his office.  —  Cummings' office released a statement, saying, “At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) …
Discussion: UPI and The Root
Brian Witte / Associated Press:
Baltimore Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has died  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said.  He was 68.  —  A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman …
Marc Nathanson / ABC News:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee Chair, is dead at 68
Discussion: USA Today, Axios, BizPac Review and The Hill
CBS News:
Elijah Cummings, esteemed longtime Baltimore congressman, has died at 68
Discussion: The Hill and Contemptor
Baltimore Sun:
What they're saying about U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings' death
Discussion: The Hill
Kate Grise / CNN:
Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at age 68
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lee Moran / HuffPost:   Rep. Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   Elijah Cummings' Widow Pays Tribute to Her Husband: ‘He Worked Until His Last Breath’
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and House Oversight Chairman, dies at 68
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mediaite
Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, key in Trump impeachment probe, hasn't returned as expected after medical procedure
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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: Mother Jones
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 …
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump  —  Lawmakers and other social media users took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to praise House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after President Trump tweeted a photo of her standing up at a contentious meeting …
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.
Discussion: The Week
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray...’
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Ragip Soylu / Middle East Eye:
‘We dumped it in the trash’: Trump's letter to Erdogan gets hostile reception  —  Explosive correspondence threatening the Turkish president sours relations even further ahead of Mike Pence's visit to Ankara  —  A leaked letter written by US President Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning …
Discussion: Raw Story
Turkish president Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin'  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump's letter “in the bin”, the BBC has been told.  —  In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: “Don't be a tough guy.
Reuters:   Kremlin questions language of ‘unusual’ Trump letter to Erdogan
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape  —  President Trump stood in a crowded East Room on Wednesday afternoon with the Italian president at his side, scores of aides and reporters at his feet, and a bank of cameras relaying his words to millions.  —  Yet he seemed alone against the world.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, The Last Refuge and Axios
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
Discussion: American Greatness and The Week
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Trump Doctrine: American Unexceptionalism
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:   “Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdoğan
Washington Post:
Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate
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: The Atlantic, Axios and Raw Story
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Someone Had a ‘Meltdown’ at the White House.  Pelosi and Trump Just Disagree on Who.  —  A meeting intended to brief congressional leaders at the White House about the president's Syria policy quickly devolved into name-calling and a dispute over which insults were used.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Week
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 …
Robert C. O'Brien / Washington Post:
Here's how I will streamline Trump's National Security Council
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
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.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
The hasty U.S. pullback from Syria is a searing moment in America's withdrawal from the Middle East
Discussion: CNN
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