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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pentagon expert could reveal key details in Ukraine probe  —  WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2018, Congress allotted $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, part of a continuing effort to help the Eastern European nation defend itself against Russia.  Several months later,
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Washington Post:
Diplomat tells investigators he raised alarms in 2015 about Hunter Biden's Ukraine work but was rebuffed  —  A career State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy told congressional investigators this week that he had raised concerns in early 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden's son serving …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forget Trump's “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony  —  On a week of revelations in the House's impeachment inquiry.  —  In a series of tweets in late July, Donald Trump called Elijah Cummings, a Democratic representative from Baltimore and one of his chief congressional critics, a “brutal bully” …
CNN:
Trump unhappy with Mulvaney's press briefing in which he acknowledged quid pro quo, source says  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is not pleased with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing and his acknowledgment on Thursday of a quid pro quo, according to a source close to the President.
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Resurgent
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals  —  Two Cabinet secretaries.  The acting White House chief of staff.  A bevy of career diplomats.  President Trump's personal attorney.  And at the center of the impeachment inquiry, the president himself.
New York Times:
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?
New York Post:   Move the summit, Mr. President
Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney's comments on Trump and Ukraine couldn't have been clearer
Discussion: The Guardian, Breitbart and HuffPost
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New York Times:
In ‘Cave-In,’ Trump Cease-Fire Cements Turkey's Gains in Syria  —  The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.  But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.  —  WASHINGTON — The cease-fire agreement reached …
Washington Post:
ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds  —  The Islamic State is racing to capitalize on the deteriorating security situation in northern Syria, stepping up attacks on prisons as well as on the now-weakened Kurdish militia that served as the vanguard in the U.S.-led war …
Amnesty International:
Syria: Damning evidence of war crimes and other violations by Turkish forces and their allies
Discussion: Common Dreams
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Capitulation to Erdogan Is Complete
Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’  —  Former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasted his former boss at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City on Thursday night.  —  Mattis took the stage at the annual dinner …
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’: Mattis jabbed Trump. Critics say he hasn't gone far enough.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump holds Dallas rally as impeachment fight messes with his lead in Texas  —  DALLAS — Texas on Thursday night offered President Donald Trump a much-needed break from the backlash over his Syria decision and the relentlessness of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:   Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitt Romney marches alone: 'I don't believe I'm leading a wing of the party'
Discussion: Political Wire
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Would Warren's Ideology Weaken Her as Democrats' Nominee?  —  With Elizabeth Warren surging toward front-runner status in the Democratic nomination race, the specter of her supposed lack of electability has been raised by increasingly nervous Democrats (and hopeful Republicans).
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David Brooks / New York Times:
If It's Trump vs. Warren, Then What?
Blair Miller / TheDenverChannel.com:
New poll shows majority of Coloradans support impeachment inquiry, Hickenlooper leads Gardner  —  Keating Research-OnSight Public Affairs-Martin Campaigns poll conducted Oct. 10-14  —  <p>WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) listens during a Commission On Security …
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Erdogan says Turkey will take necessary steps against Trump's ‘disrespectful’ letter  —  Letter ‘was not in line with diplomatic and political courtesy.  We will not forget this lack of respect’  —  {{^moreThanTen}}  —  {{/moreThanTen}}  —  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey
The Daily Beast:
Nunes Tries to Use Steele Dossier to Defend Trump During Closed-Door Hearing  —  Ambassador Gordon Sondland appeared perplexed by Nunes' comments, according to one source, and the exchange was “awkward.”  —  During a closed-door impeachment meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Oleg Deripaska-Linked Firm Was Raided for Undisclosed U.S. Inquiry  — Filings in U.K. reveal ‘live and ongoing’ U.S. criminal probe  — Laundering investigation grew out of Robert Mueller's work  —  U.S. prosecutors are seeking records from a company associated …
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.
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Trump's unmatched sleaze: Grifters, women, trampling Constitution and now G-7 at Doral  —  We've never had a president like Donald Trump.  He falls into every single sleaze category, from women to profiteering to attacking the Bill of Rights.  —  CONNECT  —  We've had presidents who were used …
Discussion: Salon and CREW
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
Porn Stars Are Fed Up With Instagram Wrongly Taking Down Their Accounts  —  Sex workers and Instagram tried to make peace over takedowns in a meeting this summer.  Then porn star Jessica Jaymes' account was incorrectly removed — after she died.  —  Porn stars and other sex workers are furious …
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
NEW: Another anti-Muslim group to host event at Mar-a-Lago  —  Another anti-Muslim group has scheduled a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, prompting the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group to again ask the Trump Organization to cancel an event sponsored by such a group.
Roy Blunt / USA Today:
Forget Donald Trump, Republicans.  Save the GOP for the sake of your party's future.  —  The longer Republicans remain silent on how President Trump is abusing the Republican Party, the more it will sound like the silence of the lambs: Our view  —  It has long been said that Republicans ought …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs.  But Trump May Get in the Way.  —  A push to strengthen discipline in the SEAL teams has been stymied by one sailor's support in the White House.  —  Spiking drinks with cocaine, shooting Iraqi civilians, strangling a Green Beret …
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's Illuminati Scholar  —  They've done it.  Finally, the Trump administration has reached its logical conclusion.  The presidency that began with Alex Jones and birtherism has finally brought a brave truth teller into the deep state fold.  —  If you haven't heard …
David Stavrou / Haaretz:
A Million People Are Jailed at China's Gulags.  I Managed to Escape.  Here's What Really Goes on Inside  —  Rape, torture and human experiments.  Sayragul Sauytbay offers firsthand testimony from a Xinjiang ‘reeducation’ camp  —  Send me email alerts  —  Zen Subscribe now
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
Russia says it is starting to resume U.S. cyber cooperation: TASS  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and the United States are gradually starting to resume cooperation on cyber security, TASS news agency cited the head of Russia's FSB Federal Security Service as saying on Thursday.
 
 
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Cory Booker Subjected Rosario Dawson to the World's Longest Bedtime Story
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated
Canadian Press:
Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats' internal impeachment polling memo
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Top Economic Advisers Warned Trump on Tariffs Before China Truce
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden's African American firewall showing cracks
Mona Charen / National Review:
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Andrew Yang Is Full of It
Discussion: New York Times
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ICE HSI El Paso, USBP identify more than 200 ‘fraudulent families’ in last 6 months
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report
Discussion: Forbes
United States Department of State:
Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Cozy Bear didn't hibernate as previously thought
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Impeachment Could Mean Most Presidential Candidates Can't Leave Washington, Or Talk.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge rules DOJ improperly redacted court filing related to Mueller probe
New York Times:
Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary