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5:30 PM ET, October 17, 2019


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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.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
‘Not a ceasefire’: Turkish leader says it's a ‘pause’ after Pence touts agreement  —  The U.S. and Turkey reached an agreement on Thursday to halt Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces the U.S. once backed in what President Donald Trump heralded as “a great day for civilization,” …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Washington Post:
Romney denounces Trump's Syria decision as ‘a bloodstain’ on U.S. history
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jim Talent / National Review:   Trump Used the Options He Had in Syria
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Gordon Sondland breaks with Trump in impeachment testimony  —  Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, broke sharply from President Donald Trump on Thursday, telling House impeachment investigators that he opposed the president's request to run Ukraine policy through his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
New York Times:
Ambassador to E.U. to Testify That Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani
Discussion: Reuters, DemCast and HuffPost
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Sondland Criticizes Trump Over Efforts to Pressure Ukraine
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Trump has awarded next year's G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said  —  President Trump has awarded the 2020 G-7 Summit of world leaders to his own private company, scheduling the summit for June at his Trump Doral golf resort outside Miami, the White House announced on Thursday.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Brett Neely / NPR:
G-7 Summit To Be Held At Trump's Miami Golf Resort
Discussion: Slate and Washington Post
New York Times:
Perry Tells Trump He Will Resign as Energy Secretary  —  Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas who has become enmeshed in the Ukraine scandal, said he would resign as secretary of energy.  —  Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding …
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, 1 of the ‘3 amigos’ on Ukraine, tells Trump he plans to resign  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry, described by colleagues as one of the “three amigos” on U.S. policy on Ukraine, informed President Donald Trump on Thursday that he plans to resign …
Energy Chief Perry Tells Trump He Plans to Leave Post Soon
Discussion: New York Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This central claim in Gordon Sondland's testimony just doesn't add up
Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry Called Rudy Giuliani at Trump's Direction on Ukraine Concerns
William H. McRaven / New York Times:
Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President  —  If President Trump doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office.  —  Admiral McRaven is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68
Pew Research Center:
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace  —  An update on America's changing religious landscape  —  The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip.  In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Paul blocks Senate vote on House-passed Syria resolution  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked an effort to bring a House-passed resolution formally breaking with President Trump's Syria strategy up for a vote.  —  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to get consent Thursday …
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in interview he fears ‘erosion of truth’ but defends allowing politicians to lie in ads  —  His approach to political speech has come under fire in recent weeks.  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries “about an erosion of truth” …
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Mark Zuckerberg doubles down on free speech
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Americans already pay a ‘gigantic’ hidden health-care tax, economists say  —  The question of who will foot the bill for Medicare-for-all is almost beside the point, according to the authors of ‘The Triumph of Injustice’  —  The topic of Medicare-for-all was front and center — again …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:   Biden's Attacks on Medicare for All Undermine the Entire Democratic Agenda
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Things Aren't Getting Better for 2020's Most Vulnerable Senate Republicans  —  Five vulnerable Republicans see declines in net approval  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) delivers remarks during a weekly Capitol Hill news conference on June 25.  The latest Morning Consult Senator Approval Rankings found …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Iowa Starting Line
At the Times, a Hesitance to Hyperlink  —  Journalists at the New York Times and its own standards editor say that getting continually dragged by other journalists for not giving credit is embarrassing.  —  There's a joke in the journalism industry: It's not news until the New York Times says it is.
Pew Research Center:
Modest Changes in Views of Impeachment Proceedings Since Early September  —  54% approve of House decision to conduct inquiry  —  Most Americans have not changed their views on whether the House should conduct impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump since early September …
Anna North / Vox:
Trump's “Nervous Nancy” tweet shows his problem with powerful women  —  A photo tweeted by President Trump on Wednesday shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chastising him while others look on at a White House meeting.  White House photo by Shealah Craighead  —  Trump tried to shame Nancy Pelosi by tweeting a photo of their meeting.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Does Trump Realize the Trouble He's In?  —  Recognizing when things are going wrong is an essential skill of the presidency.  Trump doesn't seem to have it.  —  Wednesday, the 1,000th day of Donald Trump's presidency, went badly.  That's no surprise; most of the first 999 days went badly too.
Logan Wroge /
Outrage grows in firing of Madison West High School security guard over use of N-word  —  Outrage was growing among members of Madison's black community Thursday, a day after a black West High School security guard was fired for what he said was explicitly telling a student not to call …
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
Trump Sent Attorney General Barr to Rome In Search of a Deep State Plot.  Italian Intelligence Says There's Nothing There.  —  The Italian government has determined that its intelligence services had no connection to a Maltese professor who told a Trump campaign adviser in 2016 …
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Giuliani-Linked Duo Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Campaign Finance Conspiracy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Wilner / Miami Herald:
Kushner to visit Israel to meet with potential new government leaders
Power Line:
How Evil Is the Left? This Evil
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Advances Another Trump Court Pick Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve
Eric Spracklen / Project Veritas:
Discussion: Townhall and American Greatness
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Ed Henry Walks the Line Between News and Opinion at Fox News
Bill D'Agostino / NB Blog:
No More Pretense: Journalists, Dems Use Identical Talking Points on Impeachment
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Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate
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