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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pentagon expert could reveal key details in Ukraine probe  —  WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2018, Congress allotted $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, part of a continuing effort to help the Eastern European nation defend itself against Russia.  Several months later,
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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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forget Trump's “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony  —  On a week of revelations in the House's impeachment inquiry.  —  In a series of tweets in late July, Donald Trump called Elijah Cummings, a Democratic representative from Baltimore and one of his chief congressional critics, a “brutal bully” …
CNN:
Trump unhappy with Mulvaney's press briefing in which he acknowledged quid pro quo, source says  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is not pleased with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing and his acknowledgment on Thursday of a quid pro quo, according to a source close to the President.
Discussion: The Resurgent
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals  —  Two Cabinet secretaries.  The acting White House chief of staff.  A bevy of career diplomats.  President Trump's personal attorney.  And at the center of the impeachment inquiry, the president himself.
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy  —  The Trump administration is testing a novel strategy for dealing with controversy and possible illegalities: Pretend you have nothing to hide by blurting it out loud.  —  Why it matters: President Trump and his aides and allies seem to think that by being unapologetic …
New York Times:
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?
New York Post:   Move the summit, Mr. President
Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney's comments on Trump and Ukraine couldn't have been clearer
Discussion: The Guardian, Breitbart and HuffPost
Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire  —  CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighting continued Friday morning in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight.
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New York Times:
In ‘Cave-In,’ Trump Cease-Fire Cements Turkey's Gains in Syria  —  The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.  But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.  —  WASHINGTON — The cease-fire agreement reached …
Washington Post:
ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Capitulation to Erdogan Is Complete
Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’  —  Former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasted his former boss at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City on Thursday night.  —  Mattis took the stage at the annual dinner …
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Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals'  —  Former Defense secretary James Mattis responded to the President Trump calling him “the world's most overrated general” during a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday.  —  “I'm not just an overrated general.
Discussion: RedState, Politico, twitchy.com and The Week
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’: Mattis jabbed Trump. Critics say he hasn't gone far enough.
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Erdogan says Turkey will take necessary steps against Trump's ‘disrespectful’ letter  —  Letter ‘was not in line with diplomatic and political courtesy.  We will not forget this lack of respect’  —  {{^moreThanTen}}  —  {{/moreThanTen}}  —  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey
Discussion: Political Wire and Foreign Policy
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitt Romney isn't plotting a Never Trump coup
Discussion: Political Wire
David Brooks / New York Times:
If It's Trump vs. Warren, Then What?  —  A hard but necessary choice to save the country.  —  This is a memo for the politically homeless.  It's a memo to those of us who could never support Donald Trump but think the Bernie-Squad-Warren Democratic Party is sprinting too far left.
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:   Would Warren's Ideology Weaken Her as Democrats' Nominee?
The Daily Beast:
Nunes Tries to Use Steele Dossier to Defend Trump During Closed-Door Hearing  —  Ambassador Gordon Sondland appeared perplexed by Nunes' comments, according to one source, and the exchange was “awkward.”  —  During a closed-door impeachment meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump holds Dallas rally as impeachment fight messes with his lead in Texas  —  DALLAS — Texas on Thursday night offered President Donald Trump a much-needed break from the backlash over his Syria decision and the relentlessness of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:   Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Blair Miller / TheDenverChannel.com:
New poll shows majority of Coloradans support impeachment inquiry, Hickenlooper leads Gardner  —  Keating Research-OnSight Public Affairs-Martin Campaigns poll conducted Oct. 10-14  —  <p>WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) listens during a Commission On Security …
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Trump's unmatched sleaze: Grifters, women, trampling Constitution and now G-7 at Doral  —  We've never had a president like Donald Trump.  He falls into every single sleaze category, from women to profiteering to attacking the Bill of Rights.  —  CONNECT  —  We've had presidents who were used …
Discussion: CREW
William H. McRaven / New York Times:
Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President  —  If President Trump doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office.  —  Admiral McRaven is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command.
Roy Blunt / USA Today:
Forget Donald Trump, Republicans.  Save the GOP for the sake of your party's future.  —  The longer Republicans remain silent on how President Trump is abusing the Republican Party, the more it will sound like the silence of the lambs: Our view  —  It has long been said that Republicans ought …
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
Porn Stars Are Fed Up With Instagram Wrongly Taking Down Their Accounts  —  Sex workers and Instagram tried to make peace over takedowns in a meeting this summer.  Then porn star Jessica Jaymes' account was incorrectly removed — after she died.  —  Porn stars and other sex workers are furious …
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
NEW: Another anti-Muslim group to host event at Mar-a-Lago  —  Another anti-Muslim group has scheduled a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, prompting the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group to again ask the Trump Organization to cancel an event sponsored by such a group.
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
Russia says it is starting to resume U.S. cyber cooperation: TASS  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and the United States are gradually starting to resume cooperation on cyber security, TASS news agency cited the head of Russia's FSB Federal Security Service as saying on Thursday.
David Stavrou / Haaretz:
A Million People Are Jailed at China's Gulags.  I Managed to Escape.  Here's What Really Goes on Inside  —  Rape, torture and human experiments.  Sayragul Sauytbay offers firsthand testimony from a Xinjiang ‘reeducation’ camp  —  Send me email alerts  —  Zen Subscribe now
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's Illuminati Scholar  —  They've done it.  Finally, the Trump administration has reached its logical conclusion.  The presidency that began with Alex Jones and birtherism has finally brought a brave truth teller into the deep state fold.  —  If you haven't heard …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Top Economic Advisers Warned Trump on Tariffs Before China Truce
Discussion: The Hill
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs. But Trump May Get in the Way.
Politico:
Biden's African American firewall showing cracks
Mona Charen / National Review:
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Andrew Yang Is Full of It
Discussion: New York Times
ICE:
ICE HSI El Paso, USBP identify more than 200 ‘fraudulent families’ in last 6 months
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report
Discussion: Forbes
Amnesty International:
Syria: Damning evidence of war crimes and other violations by Turkish forces and their allies
 Earlier Items: 
United States Department of State:
Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press
Conrad Black / New York Sun:
Impeachment Becomes A Psychodrama Of the Press
Discussion: American Greatness
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Cozy Bear didn't hibernate as previously thought
Nick Arama / RedState:
CNN Video: Hopefully, Trump Dies Soon
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Impeachment Could Mean Most Presidential Candidates Can't Leave Washington, Or Talk.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge rules DOJ improperly redacted court filing related to Mueller probe
New York Times:
Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary