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10:55 AM 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,
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” …
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  —  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 …
Discussion: UPI and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney's comments on Trump and Ukraine couldn't have been clearer
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy
New York Times:
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo
New York Post:
Move the summit, Mr. President
Discussion: Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Mick Mulvaney Has Conservatives Asking: WTF Are You Doing?
Washington Post:
Mulvaney confirms Ukraine aid withheld in part to force probe of Democrats
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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 …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Big post-debate cash hauls for Buttigieg, Klobuchar could spell trouble for Biden
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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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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitt Romney marches alone: 'I don't believe I'm leading a wing of the party'  —  A conservative group accuses him of being a secret Democratic asset.  President Donald Trump calls him a pompous ass and the president's son says he may be “colluding to bring down our president.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey
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?
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, Shareblue Media and HuffPost
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.
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
 
 
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Canadian Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Can Warren win the nomination without majority black support?
 Earlier Items: 
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Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Andrew Yang Is Full of It
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Roy Blunt / USA Today:
Forget Donald Trump, Republicans. Save the GOP for the sake of your party's future.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Cozy Bear didn't hibernate as previously thought
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
Russia says it is starting to resume U.S. cyber cooperation: TASS
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge rules DOJ improperly redacted court filing related to Mueller probe