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12:55 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
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
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.”
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: Shareblue Media and 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 …
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everybody Is Freaking Out”: Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law  —  A new bill that caps freelance submissions may make writing financially unsustainable for many workers even though the legislator behind the law insists that the goal is “to create new good jobs and a livable, sustainable wage job.”
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Canadian Press:
Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats' internal impeachment polling memo
Discussion: The Hill
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Erdogan says Turkey will take necessary steps against Trump's ‘disrespectful’ letter
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Andrew Yang Is Full of It
Discussion: New York Times
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