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10:05 AM ET, October 17, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: HuffPost
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  —  Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore …
Greg Ng / WBAL:
Rep. Elijah Cummings has died
Discussion: UPI and The Root
Baltimore Sun:
What they're saying about U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings' death
Discussion: The Hill
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, powerful Democratic chairman and Trump target, dies at 68
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
CBS News:
Elijah Cummings, esteemed longtime Baltimore congressman, has died at 68
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite, The Week and Contemptor
Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, key in Trump impeachment probe, hasn't returned as expected after medical procedure
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   Elijah Cummings' Widow Pays Tribute to Her Husband: ‘He Worked Until His Last Breath’
Kate Grise / CNN:   Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at age 68
Associated Press:
The Latest: US Rep. Elijah Cummings' widow laments his death
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies At 68
Discussion: and Florida Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry Called Rudy Giuliani at Trump's Direction on Ukraine Concerns  —  President's lawyer said Ukraine had worked to hurt Trump in 2016 election, energy secretary says in interview  —  WASHINGTON—Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he sought out Rudy Giuliani this spring …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland asked Ukrainian officials during private White House talk about gas firm linked to Hunter Biden  —  Sondland's meeting with Ukrainian officials just steps from the White House Situation Room came minutes after a larger meeting that included John Bolton.
Discussion: ABC News and Mother Jones
Ambassador says Trump directed diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine  —  (CNN)US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was directed by President Donald Trump to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine, he plans to tell Congress Thursday, and was left with a choice …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Gordon Sondland to break with Trump in impeachment testimony  —  Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, plans to break sharply with 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.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Sondland Criticizes Trump Over Efforts to Pressure Ukraine
Josh Lederman / NBC News:   Sondland to testify that Trump directed Giuliani to push Ukraine scheme
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
EU ambassador to testify he believed meeting with Trump conditioned on investigation announcement
Discussion: The Hill
Scoop: Kurt Volker testimony revealed depth of concerns about Giuliani
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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.
Ragip Soylu / Middle East Eye:
‘We dumped it in the trash’: Trump's letter to Erdogan gets hostile reception  —  Explosive correspondence threatening the Turkish president sours relations even further ahead of Mike Pence's visit to Ankara  —  A leaked letter written by US President Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning …
Reuters:   Kremlin questions language of ‘unusual’ Trump letter to Erdogan
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
“There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On”: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades  —  The president's talk can move markets—and it's made some futures traders billions.  Did they know what he was going to say before he said it?  —  In the last 10 minutes of trading …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray...’  —  Wednesday was the 1,000th day of Donald Trump's presidency.  He spent it the usual way, by saying unusual things.  —  “It's a lot of sand,” Trump said.  —  He was sitting in the Oval Office next to the president of Italy …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire, NBC News and CNN
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out
Discussion: The Week
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: Political Wire
Judd at Popular Information / Popular Information:
The Republican political operatives who call the shots at Facebook  —  This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter.  You can get independent accountability journalism in your inbox every week.  Sign up here:  —  Subscribe  —  In recent months, Facebook …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is failing the commander in chief test  —  It should be obvious this week that the United States needs a president who has the foreign policy chops to speak clearly about the United States' role in the world and has a real plan to keep our country safe.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
The hasty U.S. pullback from Syria is a searing moment in America's withdrawal from the Middle East
Discussion: Foreign Policy and CNN
Washington Post:
Amid impeachment probe, Gordon Sondland is overseeing a renovation of his residence that has cost $1 million in taxpayer money  —  BRUSSELS — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell eyes quick impeachment trial in Senate  —  Senate Republicans are preparing for a speedy impeachment trial that concludes before the end of the year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles …
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
Discussion: American Greatness and The Week
Blood fills Iowa family's basement  —  (WHO/NBC News) What sounds like a scene from a horror film is reality for the Lestina family of Bagley, Iowa.  —  Nick Lestina and his family of seven were getting ready to put their house on the market until their basement was flooded with animal blood.
Discussion: Slate
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Giuliani Ukraine associate had checkered past even before indictment  —  On Oct. 25, 2008, the owner of a property in Florida in which Lev Parnas had been living told Parnas to leave.  When the men began to argue and the owner told Parnas he would call the police, Parnas told the man …
Inside TurboTax's 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
“Is This Real?”:  Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdoğan  —  The president crosses the line from pretty crazy to clinically insane.  —  Donald Trump has said or done something certifiably insane nearly every day of his presidency.  And not like, “This guy's a little kooky” …
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Spent Over $50 Million This Year to Raise More Money
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
RNC raises record-setting $27.3 million in September, amid impeachment push
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Karen Pence sticks her neck out for Trump to protect her husband
Susannah George / Washington Post:
Past three months in Afghanistan have been the deadliest for civilians in a decade
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