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7:35 PM ET, October 18, 2019

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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information  —  A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling …
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Associated Press:
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations  —  State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy …
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pompeo lashes out at impeachment inquiry
CNN:
Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Exclusive: Giuliani pushed Trump administration to grant a visa to a Ukrainian official promising dirt on Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)Career diplomat George Kent told congressional investigators in his closed-door testimony this week that Rudy Giuliani asked the State Department and the White House …
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Bloomberg:
To Win Giuliani's Help, Oligarch's Allies Pursued Biden Dirt  —  Associates of a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. were working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer in an effort to get Rudy Giuliani's help in the oligarch's legal case …
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 …
Polina Ivanova / Reuters:
What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma
Discussion: The Nation
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:   Former Sen. Chris Dodd endorses Joe Biden for president
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker responds to Mulvaney: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’  —  Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) on Friday knocked unproven election interference allegations against Ukraine that have been floated by President Trump and his personal lawyer recently.  —  During an appearance on CNN …
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'I didn't take this job to keep it': GOP Rep. Rooney hints he's open to impeachment  —  Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) said Friday that he has been increasingly concerned by revelations that have emerged regarding the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine and did not rule out the possibility of voting to impeach the president.
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Perry Won't Comply With Demand for Documents: Impeachment Update
Discussion: Axios
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:   Why Firing Mick Mulvaney Is Riskier Than Keeping Him
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney's walkback doesn't pass the laugh test. Here's the timeline.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Salon and Vanity Fair
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake  —  Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, is majority leader of the U.S. Senate.  —  Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake.  It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard calls Hillary Clinton ‘queen of warmongers’ after Clinton's Russia speculation  —  (CNN)Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Thursday the Russians are currently “grooming” a Democrat running in the presidential primary to run as a third-party candidate and champion their interests.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton suggests Putin has kompromat on Trump, Russia will back Tulsi Gabbard third-party bid
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Appears to Claim Russians ‘Grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard to Run as Third-Party Candidate
Discussion: National Review
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign to sue CNN over pro-impeachment bias, demands ‘substantial payment’  —  Outraged by secretly-taped anti-Trump comments attributed to CNN President Jeff Zucker and others at the cable network, President Trump's campaign is vowing to sue the company for “a substantial payment of damages.”
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Writes Unhinged ‘Legal’ Letter Demanding That CNN Pay Him Money  —  This week, right-wing hoaxster James O'Keefe launched the latest of his series of secretly recorded videos, which purport to prove various conservative conspiracy theories but fail.  The new version involves …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
2014 photo of Trump and indicted Giuliani associate took place at Ivanka Trump hosted fashion show  —  2 Giuliani associates arrested as they tried to leave US  —  (CNN)A March 2014 photograph showing Donald Trump with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani appears to have been taken …
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis downplayed ties to Giuliani associates.  Then we found them hugging.  —  Florida's governor has shrugged off past donor controversies.  This time, there were photos.  Now it's not going away.  —  The pictures show Ron DeSantis leaning in to hug a heavy-set, middle-aged man amid a sea of onlookers.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Michelle Ruiz / Vogue:
3 Art Experts Analyze That Historic Nancy Pelosi vs. Donald Trump Photo  —  Some see Renaissance influences; others, hints of Norman Rockwell.  Have you noticed the Benjamin Franklin bust in the background and the clock on the mantle bisecting the frame?  The instantly iconic photo of Speaker …
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Heather Digby Parton / Raw Story:
The week Donald Trump's presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and Hullabaloo
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
First Republican calls for Rick Perry to answer House subpoena  —  Senior House Democrats say they won't let up on their demands for documents and testimony from outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the wake of his resignation announcement — and at least one Republican agrees with them.
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Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Perry rejects congressional subpoena, insists resignation not related to Ukraine
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Hillary Clinton Backs Out of Fortune Event Co-Starring Kirstjen Nielsen  —  Tulsi Gabbard, Anita Hill are still on the bill with the child-caging former Homeland Security chief.  —  In a few days, Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of homeland security best known for separating migrant children …
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Filmmaker Pulls Out Of Women's Conference Because Kirstjen Nielsen Will Be Speaking
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Internal Democratic poll suggests a way to bleed Trump dry  —  One big question House Democrats face is whether they will opt for a quick, clean impeachment of President Trump, as opposed to broadening their impeachment inquiry to include other aspects of Trump's bottomlessly corrupt conduct.
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Robert S. Litt / Lawfare:
The Whistleblower Should Not Have to Testify  —  The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are both contemplating testimony from the intelligence community officer who first brought to light President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week, CAFE and CNN
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pentagon expert could reveal key details in Ukraine probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Trump's decision to host G-7 at his golf club creates awkwardness for world leaders  —  BRUSSELS — Trump's decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at the struggling Trump National Doral Miami golf resort has created an awkward situation for the world leaders who will have to channel …
Discussion: Above the Law, Hot Air, Salon and Fox News
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will decide constitutionality of consumer watchdog bureau  —  The Supreme Court on Friday said it will consider whether the creation of the watchdog Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by Congress in 2010 was unconstitutional, something the Trump administration and even the bureau's director say they now believe.
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
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Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Supreme Court to review Trump-backed challenge to consumer bureau
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
'Get the Hell out of Syria.  It's Sand and Blood and Death': Inside America's Chaotic Retreat  —  President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops upended Middle East policy and empowered Washington's adversaries  —  America's humiliating exit from the war in Vietnam was marked …
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer in 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship  —  Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, shared with Elle in a June 2019 interview a quote from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Committee “that has stuck with her.”
Roxane Gay / gay.medium.com:
The Case for Checking a Bag  —  And other travel complaints  —  ravel is a chaotic, exhausting experience exacerbated by people who forget the social contract the moment they step foot in an airport.  I travel constantly.  I chase miles and have status on three airlines.
 
 
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Scott Horsley / NPR:
White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An ‘Inside Joke’
Discussion: VICE
Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall
Discussion: CNN and UPI
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to Appear on ‘The View’
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Impeachment Needle May Soon Move
Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being ‘Presidential’ Is Boring
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Turkish Trolls Working For Erdogan Hijacked American Right-Wing Media — And Rudy Giuliani's Brain
Washington Post:
'Had I not been there, I wouldn't have met Rudy': The tale of the Arabian princess and the Trump International Hotel
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of Donald Trump
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs. But Trump May Get in the Way.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Oleg Deripaska-Linked Firm Was Raided for Undisclosed U.S. Inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime