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12:40 PM ET, October 18, 2019

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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 …
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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,
Discussion: Daily Kos
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” …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
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.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?
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: Salon and CREW
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Emolumental: Mulvaney and Trump Like Doral for a G-7 Quid Pro Quo
Discussion: UPI and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The guardrails are off the Trump presidency
Discussion: The Guardian
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy
Discussion: Miami Herald, CNN and YouTube
New York Post:
Move the summit, Mr. President
Discussion: Mediaite
Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria  —  Munitions carrying white phosphorus have allegedly caused horrific burns.  —  Turkish-backed forces appear to be using white phosphorus-loaded munitions—a chemical that can maim and kill when it comes in contact with human flesh …
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Delil Souleiman / Yahoo News:
Turkey-led strikes kill 14 civilians in northeast Syria  —  Tal Tamr (Syria) (AFP) - Turkish-led bombardment Friday killed 14 civilians in northeastern Syria, as Turkey's president threatened to broaden his assault and an hours-old US-brokered deal already appeared to crumble.
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.
Washington Post:
ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds  —  The Islamic State is racing to capitalize on the deteriorating security situation in northern Syria, stepping up attacks on prisons as well as on the now-weakened Kurdish militia that served as the vanguard in the U.S.-led war …
Associated Press:
Attorney tied to controversial case to host Buttigieg event  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to attend a Chicago fundraiser that will be co-hosted by a former city attorney who vigorously tried to block the release of a video depicting …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Daily Beast
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Big post-debate cash hauls for Buttigieg, Klobuchar could spell trouble for Biden
Discussion: The Hill
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House  —  Democrats are building a financial bulwark around their House majority that's going to be tough for Republicans to breach in 2020.  —  Thirty-three of the 44 most vulnerable House Democrats have stashed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitt Romney marches alone: 'I don't believe I'm leading a wing of the party'
Discussion: Political Wire
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump holds Dallas rally as impeachment fight messes with his lead in Texas
Discussion: The Federalist and Fox News
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 …
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
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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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?
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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: Law & Crime
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 …
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.
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 …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Conway Violated the Hatch Act 50+ Times This Past Year on Twitter Alone  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Conway Violated the Hatch Act 50+ Times This Year on Twitter Alone  —  Washington - Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has surpassed 50 violations of the Hatch Act on Twitter alone …
Discussion: Raw Story
Emma Dumain / The State:
Trump to attend 2020 candidate forum at historically black South Carolina college  —  President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to participate in a forum focused on improving the criminal justice system in the United States.  —  His participation will bring him to a historically black college …
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: twitchy.com and Raw Story
Bill Nemitz / Press Herald:
A Maine senator, a constituent and a failure to communicate  —  It started as an airport chat between Sen. Susan Collins and a ‘rude’ constituent.  Now it's the stuff of full-page newspaper ads.  —  A constituent told her she lacked courage.  U.S. Sen. Susan Collins thought that was rude.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats' internal impeachment polling memo  —  While national support for an impeachment inquiry is growing, it's not a clear winner for Democrats in the most competitive House districts just yet.  — That's according to an internal impeachment polling memo, obtained by Axios, that was sent to House Democrats Thursday night.
Discussion: The Hill
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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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of Donald Trump
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Impeachment is too important to leave to Congress — it's going to take mass mobilization
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
No, This Charter Bus Company Did Not Sabotage the Trump Rally
Discussion: Raw Story
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Hosting The G7 At His Doral Resort Gives Trump The Home-Field Advantage
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Ex-VA chief Shulkin's new book decries ‘toxic, subversive’ culture in Trump's Washington
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Canadian Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
Top Economic Advisers Warned Trump on Tariffs Before China Truce
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
NEW: Another anti-Muslim group to host event at Mar-a-Lago
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
Porn Stars Are Fed Up With Instagram Wrongly Taking Down Their Accounts
Roy Blunt / USA Today:
Forget Donald Trump, Republicans. Save the GOP for the sake of your party's future.
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
Russia says it is starting to resume U.S. cyber cooperation: TASS
David Stavrou / Haaretz:
A Million People Are Jailed at China's Gulags.  I Managed to Escape.  Here's What Really Goes on Inside