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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 …
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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Michael Holden / Reuters:
U.S. security chief ‘heaped pain’ on grieving parents of UK teen: lawyer  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's national security adviser heaped pain and grief on the parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash by trying to hold a meeting at the White House between them and a U.S. diplomat's wife …
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Trump stuns Harry Dunn's parents, says woman in crash that killed their son is nearby and able to meet  —  LONDON — The parents of British teenager Harry Dunn met with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, only to be told that the woman British police say was involved in the car crash …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Iliana Magra / New York Times:   Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Son's Death
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 …
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Washington Post:
Mulvaney emerges as a key facilitator of the campaign to pressure Ukraine  —  In late May, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney organized a meeting that stripped control of the country's relationship with Ukraine from those who had the most expertise at the National Security Council and the State Department.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Fourth defendant in Giuliani associates' case arrested at New York airport  —  David Correia, the fourth defendant in a campaign finance case involving business associates of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, was arrested Wednesday morning at a New York City airport, officials said.
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Another man is arrested in probe of Giuliani associates  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody after flying Wednesday to Kennedy Airport in New York City to turn himself in, federal authorities said.
Discussion: The Hill and Shareblue Media
Andlucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Valiquette / NBC New York:
FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates
Discussion: The Guardian
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Rep. Sessions Subpoenaed Over Interactions With Giuliani, Giuliani Associates
NBC News:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will no longer comply with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Hill
Washington Post:
Pompeo adviser to decry politicization of State Dept. in impeachment probe testimony  —  Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until his sudden resignation last week, will tell House impeachment investigators Wednesday that career diplomats …
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Axios:
Turkey's Erdoğan says he won't meet with Pence and Pompeo  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Sky News Wednesday that he will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently leading a delegation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to discuss a ceasefire in northern Syria.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans drop their revolt against Trump on Syria  —  The Republican rebellion against President Donald Trump was short-lived.  —  Republicans unleashed perhaps their most aggressive outcry of the Trump era after he abandoned the U.S.' Kurdish allies and ceded northeastern Syria to Turkey.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
GOP senators say Erdoğan White House invitation should be revoked
Discussion: Axios
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Trump Says Russian Syria Expansion After U.S. Departs Is ‘Fine’  — Kurds are ‘no angels,’ he says about American-allied fighters  — Trump says U.S.'s Syria withdrawal ‘strategically brilliant’  —  President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria …
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Associated Press:
Live Updates: Erdogan Snubs Pence: ‘When Trump Comes, I Will Meet With Him’
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
President Trump says Turkey's invasion of Syria is ‘not our problem’
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Erdogan says Turkey will ‘never declare a ceasefire’
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former officials say
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump on Turkey going into Syria: 'It's not our border'
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
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%.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Five ways the debate could have — and should have — been much, much better  —  Can a televised debate in 2019 really serve the public interest?  —  Given the state of American media and politics, it seems like a long shot.  We're just too addicted to horse-race politics …
Discussion: Townhall and CNBC
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Dear Centrist Democrats: There Are No Moderate Republicans to Work With
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential voice among young liberals  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most influential voices among young liberals and a rising Democratic star, plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
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David Shulkin / TIME:
I Ran the VA Under President Trump Until He Fired Me.  Our First Trump Tower Meeting Was a Job Interview Unlike Any Other  —  David Shulkin, a physician and former healthcare executive, was an under secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama and the Secretary of the VA under President Trump.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kentucky governor's race tied: poll  —  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is tied with his Democratic rival just three weeks before Election Day in a race President Trump's political team is watching closely.  —  A new survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy finds Bevin …
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Shane Croucher / Newsweek:   Donald Trump's approval rating drops among North Carolina voters as Republicans walk away over Ukraine, impeachment
Wall Street Journal:
Self-funding Billionaire Tom Steyer Floods Early-State Airwaves  —  Steyer's $48 million amounts to roughly $37,000 per word he spoke in Tuesday's debate  —  Billionaire Tom Steyer appeared on the Democratic presidential debate stage for the first time Tuesday night, but voters in early states …
Washington Post:
Kim Jong Un rides white horse on sacred mountain - and plans ‘great operation’  —  SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was shown riding a white horse in the snow on a sacred mountain, in several photographs released by state media Wednesday that experts said could presage a major announcement.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Anna Orso / Inquirer.com:
Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly.  One person showed up
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
US hit Iran with cyberattack after strikes on Saudi oil facilities: report
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Reuters
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Trump picks Colorado Springs author of Illuminati books for education board
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Chalkbeat
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Twitter says it wants to solve the “journalists' careers end because someone digs up an old tweet” problem
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo signs law aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power, closes ‘double jeopardy’ loophole
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Winners and Losers of the Democratic Debate
Devan Cole / CNN:
Booker reveals some of the ‘constructive criticism’ his girlfriend Rosario Dawson gave him after debate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lanny A. Breuer / Washington Post:
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Philip Athey / Marine Corps Times:
Marine Iraq War veteran to be deported Tuesday to El Salvador
Discussion: Fox News
Lauryn Overhultz / The Daily Caller:
REPORT: LeBron James Questioned Adam Silver Over Lack Of Punishment For Daryl Morey's China Tweet
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Lachlan Murdoch Talks Post-Disney Strategy, Studio Plans and Fox News Infighting
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
‘Confidential informants’ part of Manhattan DA Cy Vance's investigation involving President Trump's tax returns
Urban Institute:
From Incremental to Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform: How Various Reform Options Compare on Coverage and Costs
Discussion: CNN, Axios and People's Policy Project
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar Funnels 30 Percent of Campaign Cash to Alleged Boyfriend's Firm
Yousef Munayyer / Foreign Affairs:
There Will Be a One-State Solution