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12:45 PM ET, October 16, 2019

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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
Iliana Magra / New York Times:   Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Son's Death
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.
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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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Live Updates: Erdogan Snubs Pence: ‘When Trump Comes, I Will Meet With Him’
Discussion: Foreign Policy
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump on Turkey going into Syria: 'It's not our problem'
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Washington Post:
Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former officials say
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Erdogan orders Kurdish fighters in Syria to drop weapons, withdraw from border
CNN:
Erdogan says Turkey will ‘never declare a ceasefire’
Discussion: Axios
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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The Hill:
Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top?
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Five ways the debate could have — and should have — been much, much better
Discussion: Townhall
John F. Harris / Politico:
Democrats stop faking it — and have a serious debate
Discussion: WBUR, New York Times, Bloomberg and CNN
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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New York Times:
White House Is Said to Open Internal Review of Ukraine Call  —  Some advisers fear that the inquiry is a hunt for a scapegoat, people familiar with it said.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has for weeks sought to unmask the whistle-blower who shed light on his Ukraine dealings.
Lanny A. Breuer / Washington Post:   I represented Clinton during his impeachment. I have advice for Pat Cipollone.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says Pelosi has ‘done this country a tremendous disservice’
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Raw Story
CNN:
Mounting frustration inside White House over Hill depositions as refusals to comply with subpoenas increase
Discussion: HuffPost and East Bay Times
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Rep. Sessions Subpoenaed Over Interactions With Giuliani, Giuliani Associates  —  Giuliani is primary focus of subpoena; Pete Sessions cooperating with prosecutors  —  A grand jury has issued a subpoena related to Manhattan federal prosecutors' investigation into Rudy Giuliani …
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Miami Herald:
Feds arrest fourth defendant in Parnas, Fruman campaign finance case  —  A self-described former pro golfer from South Florida who was indicted last week on campaign finance charges was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday.  —  David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Law & Crime and CNN
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Fourth defendant in Giuliani associates' case arrested at New York airport
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 …
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%.
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
New York Times:
Winners and Losers of the Democratic Debate  —  By The New York Times Opinion, Oct. 16, 2019  —  Welcome to Opinion's commentary for the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential candidate debate in Westerville, Ohio.  In this special feature, Times Opinion writers rank the candidates on a scale of 1 to 10 …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Lachlan Murdoch Talks Post-Disney Strategy, Studio Plans and Fox News Infighting  —  The Fox Corp. executive chairman and CEO explains his vision for a slimmed-down company, from acquisitions to sports betting as “the traditional metrics of the business are all incredibly strong.”
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Sorry, but Democrats need to talk about Hunter Biden  —  Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA  —  Democrats are afraid to talk about Hunter Biden.  Trump won't be.  —  Democrats need to talk about Hunter Biden.  Sorry, but they do.  —  The fourth Democratic presidential …
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 …
 
 
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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
The Guardian:
Kashmir families live in fear as loved ones are detained far from home
Devan Cole / CNN:
Booker reveals some of the ‘constructive criticism’ his girlfriend Rosario Dawson gave him after debate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Kim Jong Un rides white horse on sacred mountain - and plans ‘great operation’
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will no longer comply with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Hill
Philip Athey / Marine Corps Times:
Marine Iraq War veteran to be deported Tuesday to El Salvador
Discussion: Fox News
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Lauryn Overhultz / The Daily Caller:
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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:
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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
Brock Keeling / Curbed SF:
SF votes to ban cars from Market Street
Jason Williams / USA Today:
I went back home to Ohio's Trump country. In Appalachia, honest people have hope again.