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7:15 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 …
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Greg Ng / WBAL:
Rep. Elijah Cummings has died  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has died, according to his office.  —  Cummings' office released a statement, saying, “At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) …
Discussion: The Root
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 …
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 …
Alexander Smith / NBC News:   Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and House Oversight Chairman, dies at 68
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, Raw Story, HuffPost and Axios
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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: Mother Jones
CNN:
Federal investigation of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe  —  (CNN)For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised …
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 …
Discussion: Fortune and Vanity Fair
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New York Times:
Trump's Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk  —  After vowing not to cooperate with a “kangaroo court,” the president has largely failed to prevent current and former administration members from spending hours with Democrats seeking to impeach him.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Someone Had a ‘Meltdown’ at the White House.  Pelosi and Trump Just Disagree on Who.  —  A meeting intended to brief congressional leaders at the White House about the president's Syria policy quickly devolved into name-calling and a dispute over which insults were used.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Week
New York Times:
Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk
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 …
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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 …
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump  —  Lawmakers and other social media users took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to praise House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after President Trump tweeted a photo of her standing up at a contentious meeting …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out
Discussion: The Week
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape  —  President Trump stood in a crowded East Room on Wednesday afternoon with the Italian president at his side, scores of aides and reporters at his feet, and a bank of cameras relaying his words to millions.  —  Yet he seemed alone against the world.
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Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray...’
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
Discussion: American Greatness and The Week
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Trump Doctrine: American Unexceptionalism
Discussion: ABC News, KTLA and Talking Points Memo
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:   “Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdoğan
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 …
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BBC:
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.
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
The World Condemns Erdogan's War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg
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.
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Politico:
'They've got no margin for error': Biden cash crunch raises alarms
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
KTIV-TV:
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
Axios:
Scoop: Kurt Volker testimony revealed depth of concerns about Giuliani  —  New details from Kurt Volker's closed-door interview indicate Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, was deeply conflicted about whether to take the job because of concerns about Rudy Giuliani's shadow involvement.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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Miami Herald:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: PR Newswire and Axios
Robert C. O'Brien / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Frustration on Syria mounts from Republicans during ‘heated’ Esper meeting
Discussion: The Hill
Tufayel Ahmed / Newsweek:
Trump Teen Rape Allegation Resurfaces, Ronan Farrow Claims National Enquirer Tried to Protect Him in New Book
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
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