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12:00 PM ET, October 19, 2019


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Washington Post:
Growing number of Republicans struggle to defend Trump on G-7 choice, Ukraine and Syria  —  A growing number of congressional Republicans expressed exasperation Friday over what they view as President Trump's indefensible behavior, a sign that the president's stranglehold on his party is starting …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Democrats introduce ‘THUG Act’ to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort  —  Democrats introduced legislation Friday that would block federal funding for next year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit at Trump National Doral Miami.  —  Democratic Reps. Lois Frankel (Fla.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.) …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A small crack in the GOP firewall  —  A SMALL CRACK IN THE GOP FIREWALL?  — A few outliers in the Republican Party — Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), former Ohio governor John Kasich, who has contemplated launching a primary challenge — have begun to publicly speak out against President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Holding the G-7 Summit at a Trump Golf Course Is Blatant Corruption  —  In the competition to persuade wealthy customers to stay at high-end golf resorts, the Trump National Doral Miami is a so-so contender.  When Golf magazine recently listed the top twenty-five golf resorts for luxury …
Discussion: Fortune and Democrats
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Democrats call Trump's Doral G-7 pick ‘outrageous’ — GOP senator says it shows ‘tremendous integrity’
New York Times:
U.K. Lawmakers Disrupt Boris Johnson's Brexit Plan  —  What was supposed to be a dramatic up-or-down vote on the British prime minister's deal with Brussels fizzled amid parliamentary maneuvers.  —  LONDON — Just as Britain appeared on the cusp of a history-making, up-or-down vote …
Eleni Courea / Politico:
UK MPs force Boris Johnson to seek a Brexit extension  —  LONDON — U.K. MPs refused to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal Saturday — and instead forced the prime minister to seek a three-month extension first.  —  The House of Commons voted by 322 to 306 to support an amendment …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
BBC:   LIVEReaction as MPs tell PM to ask for Brexit delay
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump veterans see a presidency veering off the rails  —  Former Trump White House officials and other Republicans close to the White House are increasingly worried about President Trump's erratic behavior and say there are no longer enough safeguards around him to prevent self-inflicted disasters large and small.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   'I didn't take this job to keep it': GOP Rep. Rooney hints he's open to impeachment
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Why Firing Mick Mulvaney Is Riskier Than Keeping Him
Discussion: Contemptor and Raw Story
Washington Post:
In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Rooney steps out: GOP member ‘thinking’ about impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
New York Times:
Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned  —  The review, led by the prosecutor John Durham, has focused on former investigators who are frequent targets of President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation …
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 …
Associated Press:
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
State Dept. Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Finds No Deliberate Mishandling of Classified Information
Discussion: Slate and Reuters
New York Times:
The Crisis of the Republican Party  —  The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone a reckoning on Donald Trump's presidency for much longer.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
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.
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Pentagon sees few options for preventing new ISIS safe haven in Syria
Discussion: Axios
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable
Discussion: JustOneMinute
New York Times:
Giuliani Mixes His Business With Role as Trump's Lawyer  —  Amid intensifying scrutiny of his own work, the former New York mayor met recently with senior Justice Department officials on behalf of a client in a foreign bribery case.  —  WASHINGTON — It is an extraordinary time in Washington …
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 …
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 …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
How a secretary of state with backbone handles an out-of-line White House  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did to the United States' former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, what President Trump did to the Kurds.  Both men turned their backs on frontline defenders of U.S. interests …
Bill Scher / Politico:
AOC's Sanders Endorsement Won't Change 2020.  But It Might Change the Democratic Party.  —  The anticipated endorsement of Bernie Sanders as her preferred candidate for president by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday will not determine the winner of the Democratic presidential primary.
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and VICE
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Michael Moore joining AOC at Bernie Sanders rally in NYC to announce endorsement
Shannon Palus / Slate:
Women on Historic Spacewalk Pause to Politely Correct Man's Error  —  Friday morning, two women in the process of making history paused to take a call from a man.  —  Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir were floating outside the International Space Station on a mission to replace a battery, a several-hour-long ordeal.
Discussion: New York Times, UPI and Observer
Washington Post:
More work, more sleep: New study offers glimpse of daily life as a millennial  —  They're bogged down by student loans and rising rents.  They're ditching wedding registries and tiered cakes.  They're running for president.  —  Welcome to the wide-ranging, complicated world of the generation born between 1981 and 1996: millennials.
Polina Ivanova / Reuters:
What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma
Discussion: TheBlaze and National Review
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Christian broadcaster: Elijah Cummings' death was God's revenge for his ‘demonic attempt’ to impeach Trump  —  During an interview with Maryland pastor Stacey Shiflett on his MC Files broadcast this Thursday, far-right conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald posited his theory as to why Democratic …
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