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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.
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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” …
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,
Discussion: Lawfare
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.
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 …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Breaks With White House Over Ukraine Quid Pro Quo  —  “You don't hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said.  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pushed back on the idea endorsed by the Trump administration …
New York Times:
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo  —  At first the acting White House chief of staff undercut the president's denials, but late in the day he reversed himself.  —  WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Mick Mulvaney Has Conservatives Asking: WTF Are You Doing?  —  The acting chief of staff had himself a day on Thursday and his critics say he's in over his head.  —  Over the course of about 40 minutes on Thursday, President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney …
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy
Discussion: Miami Herald, CNN and Political Wire
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘Get over it’: Mulvaney's twin admissions put Trump at the center of emoluments and Ukraine controversies
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 …
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Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire  —  CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighting continued Friday morning in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight.
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: Political Wire and Foreign Policy
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
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Capitulation to Erdogan Is Complete
Wall Street Journal:   Fighting Flares in Syria Despite Hours-Old Cease-Fire
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 …
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Washington Post:
Trump has awarded next year's G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said
U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler:   Chairman Nadler Statement on Trump Hosting G7 at His Doral Resort in Miami
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals'  —  Former Defense secretary James Mattis responded to the President Trump calling him “the world's most overrated general” during a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday.  —  “I'm not just an overrated general.
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Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’
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
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 …
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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Roy Blunt / USA Today:   Forget Donald Trump, Republicans. Save the GOP for the sake of your party's future.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump swipes at O'Rourke as both rally in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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.
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 …
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Cozy Bear didn't hibernate as previously thought  —  Cozy Bear, the less-discussed of the two Russian hacker groups that breached the Democratic National Committee in 2016, had been thought to be scaling back operations since that election, but a new report finds the group instead became more covert.
David Brooks / New York Times:
If It's Trump vs. Warren, Then What?  —  A hard but necessary choice to save the country.  —  This is a memo for the politically homeless.  It's a memo to those of us who could never support Donald Trump but think the Bernie-Squad-Warren Democratic Party is sprinting too far left.
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.
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 …
 
 
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United States Department of State:
Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press
Conrad Black / New York Sun:
Impeachment Becomes A Psychodrama Of the Press
Discussion: American Greatness
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