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3:35 PM ET, October 17, 2019


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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Gordon Sondland breaks with Trump in impeachment testimony  —  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.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This central claim in Gordon Sondland's testimony just doesn't add up  —  Sondland isn't the first to say he didn't know what Rudy Giuliani was up to.  But that's extremely difficult to swallow — for this reason.  —  President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland …
New York Times:   Ambassador to E.U. to Testify That Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Sondland Criticizes Trump Over Efforts to Pressure Ukraine
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Impeachment Inquiry: Mulvaney Undercuts Trump's Denials of Quid Pro Quo
The Daily Beast:
Ambassador Sondland Throws Trump Under the Bus
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:
More Trump admin officials to be deposed next week
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Turkey agrees to Syria ceasefire: Vice President Mike Pence  —  Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria between its forces and their allied rebels and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, Vice President Mike Pence announced.  —  Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday to push for a ceasefire.
Pence announces Turkey has agreed to temporary ceasefire in Syria
Discussion: CNN
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Republicans reject effort to condemn Trump's Syria withdrawal
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Politico
Jim Talent / National Review:   Trump Used the Options He Had in Syria
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 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
Lillian Reed / Baltimore Sun:
What will happen to Elijah Cummings' seat in Congress after his death? Here's what the law says.
Discussion: Roll Call
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.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Will Host 2020 G7 Summit at His Doral Resort
Discussion: The Atlantic, Raw Story, CREW and Mediaite
White House says G7 summit will be at Trump's Doral resort in Miami
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
US to hold next year's G-7 summit at Trump National Doral resort in Miami area
Quint Forgey / Politico:   Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in interview he fears ‘erosion of truth’ but defends allowing politicians to lie in ads  —  His approach to political speech has come under fire in recent weeks.  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries “about an erosion of truth” …
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Mark Zuckerberg doubles down on free speech
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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: Iowa Starting Line
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.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Does Trump Realize the Trouble He's In?  —  Recognizing when things are going wrong is an essential skill of the presidency.  Trump doesn't seem to have it.  —  Wednesday, the 1,000th day of Donald Trump's presidency, went badly.  That's no surprise; most of the first 999 days went badly too.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
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 …
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate  —  If Democrats want to beat President Trump in 2020 and return a sense of normalcy to the White House, they may want to make sure that the current front runners are up to the job at hand.  Winning a primary is one thing …
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