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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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Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Steyer Calls for End to Secret Hearings: Impeachment Update  — Check here for live updates on impeachment fight developments  — Secretary of State Pompeo calls inquiry ‘deeply troubling’  —  House impeachment investigators ended a week of closed-door questioning in the inquiry …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pentagon expert could reveal key details in Ukraine probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert S. Litt / Lawfare:
The Whistleblower Should Not Have to Testify
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and CAFE
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'I didn't take this job to keep it': GOP Rep. Rooney hints he's open to impeachment
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Vanity Fair
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals
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.
Discussion: Brookings and Raw Story
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton appears to suggest Russians are ‘grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard for third-party run  —  Gabbard and Buttigieg spar over Trump's Syria withdrawal  —  (CNN)Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Friday the Russians are currently “grooming” a Democrat running …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton suggests Putin has kompromat on Trump, Russia will back Tulsi Gabbard third-party bid  —  At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) hit back at critics who charged she's too close to Russia.  “This morning, a CNN commentator …
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton says Russia grooming 3rd party candidate in U.S. presidential race
Discussion: Washington Times and Breitbart
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Appears to Claim Russians ‘Grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard to Run as Third-Party Candidate
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.
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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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pompeo lashes out at impeachment inquiry  —  ABOARD THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S PLANE — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fiercely criticized the House impeachment inquiry, saying his department is being treated unfairly as Democrats seek to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Emolumental: Mulvaney and Trump Like Doral for a G-7 Quid Pro Quo  —  No financial conflict.  No Constitution.  No worry.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  6:56  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email  —  If you're wondering how the White House decided …
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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:   Why Firing Mick Mulvaney Is Riskier Than Keeping Him
Washington Post:
Trump says he'll host G7 summit at cost at his resort — but provides few details
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Trump's decision to host G-7 at his golf club creates awkwardness for world leaders
Discussion: Above the Law, Salon, Hot Air and Fox News
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Turkey is suspected of using white phosphorus against Kurdish civilians in Syria  —  Stop the burning, I beg you stop the burning, cries bombed boy  —  The burns on the screaming child brought into the Syrian-Kurdish hospital at Tal Tamir were enough to reduce even hardened medical staff to silence yesterday.
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Saphora Smith / NBC News:
‘Not a cease-fire’: How the Trump administration ‘capitulated’ to Turkey
Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of Donald Trump  —  The country is entering a new and precarious phase, in which the central question about President Donald Trump is not whether he is coming unstrung, but rather just how unstrung he is going to get.  —  The boiling mind of Trump has spawned a cottage industry …
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani: “I Don't Worry About Propaganda”  —  Rudy Giuliani denied in an interview with BuzzFeed News Friday that he could have been manipulated by Turkish disinformation.  —  “I don't worry about propaganda,” Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and a lawyer working for President Donald Trump …
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:   Turkish Trolls Working For Erdogan Hijacked American Right-Wing Media — And Rudy Giuliani's Brain
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime
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.
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.
New York Times:
Boeing Pilot Complained of ‘Egregious’ Issue With 737 Max in 2016  —  A Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators, more than two years before it was grounded following two deadly crashes.
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs.  But Trump May Get in the Way.  —  A push to strengthen discipline in the SEAL teams has been stymied by one sailor's support in the White House.  —  Spiking drinks with cocaine, shooting Iraqi civilians, strangling a Green Beret …
Discussion: Politico and Law & Crime
 
 
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Pew Research Center:
Most U.S. adults intend to participate in 2020 census, but some demographic groups aren't sure
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
A new high-powered super PAC is going to spend millions to back Andrew Yang
Discussion: The Hill
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Zuckerberg wants to eat his free-speech cake and have it too
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico and Axios
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Impeachment Needle May Soon Move
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Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
Former Sen. Chris Dodd endorses Joe Biden for president
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being ‘Presidential’ Is Boring
CNN:
Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Filmmaker Pulls Out Of Women's Conference Because Kirstjen Nielsen Will Be Speaking
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims Texas ‘made a fortune’ on Hurricane Harvey at Dallas rally
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
Bill Nemitz / Press Herald:
A Maine senator, a constituent and a failure to communicate
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Trump's unmatched sleaze: Grifters, women, trampling Constitution and now G-7 at Doral
Discussion: The Week and CREW
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story