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7:05 PM ET, October 17, 2019


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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Gordon Sondland says Giuliani pushed Ukraine probes at Trump's direction  —  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.
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.
Washington Post:
Mulvaney confirms Ukraine aid withheld in part to force probe of Democrats  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Thursday that President Trump blocked nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in part to force the government in Kyiv to secure …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe  —  Donald Trump's top aide on Thursday acknowledged that the administration held up military funds to Ukraine over the president's desire for a political probe, undermining past denials of any quid pro quo and blowing …
Wall Street Journal:
Mulvaney Says Holdup of Ukraine Aid Was Related to Trump's Demand for 2016 Election Probe  —  President has expressed suspicion the hacked DNC server from the U.S. presidential race is hidden in Ukraine
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
New York Times:
Ambassador to E.U. to Testify That Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani
Discussion: Reuters, DemCast and HuffPost
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey  —  Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump's Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump's abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.”
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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,” …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Paul blocks Senate vote on House-passed Syria resolution
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Jim Talent / National Review:   Trump Used the Options He Had in Syria
Washington Post:   Romney denounces Trump's Syria decision as ‘a bloodstain’ on U.S. history
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What are the problems Trump told Erdogan he has ‘worked hard to solve’?
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 …
Energy Chief Perry Tells Trump He Plans to Leave Post Soon  — Former Texas governor was planning exit before Ukraine probe  — Perry's talks with Ukraine examined in impeachment inquiry  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Donald Trump Thursday that he will soon be leaving the post …
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 …
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: CNN, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68
‘There can be no slowdown’: Dems keep up impeachment push while mourning Cummings
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:   Punitive taxes on billionaires are bad politics, bad economics and just plain unfair
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Biden's Attacks on Medicare for All Undermine the Entire Democratic Agenda
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Votes to Close Rikers.  Now Comes the Hard Part.  —  The City Council approved a sweeping $8 billion plan to close the troubled jail complex and replace it with four smaller jails by 2026.  —  One 886-bed jail will tower over shops and restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn.
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren raised five times as much money from Big Tech as Joe Biden did
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Document: Adam Schiff Staffer Met with Impeachment Witness on Ukraine Trip
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NBC News
Michael Wilner / Miami Herald:
Kushner to visit Israel to meet with potential new government leaders
Power Line:
How Evil Is the Left? This Evil
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
Trump Sent Attorney General Barr to Rome in Search of a Deep State Plot. …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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Discussion: Law & Crime
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
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