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1:25 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
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?
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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Washington Post:
ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds
Delil Souleiman / Yahoo News:   Turkey-led strikes kill 14 civilians in northeast Syria
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
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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: Politico and The Guardian
Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:   GOP Lawmaker ‘Shocked’ by Mulvaney's Remarks: Impeachment Update
Axios:
Trump's shout-it-out-loud strategy
Discussion: Miami Herald, CNN and YouTube
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
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton appears to suggest Russians are ‘grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard for third-party run  —  Gabbard and Buttigieg spar over Trump's Syria withdrawal  —  (CNN)Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Friday the Russians are currently “grooming” a Democrat running …
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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
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
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 …
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?
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Elijah Cummings died protecting democracy.  Now Democrats must finish his fight.  —  The Maryland lawmaker will be remembered as a hero in our American story.  And he will be missed.  —  I'll never forget one of the first times Elijah Cummings spoke to me.
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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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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.
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: Breitbart 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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of Donald Trump  —  The country is entering a new and precarious phase, in which the central question about President Donald Trump is not whether he is coming unstrung, but rather just how unstrung he is going to get.  —  The boiling mind of Trump has spawned a cottage industry …
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 …
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Trump's decision to host G-7 at his golf club creates awkwardness for world leaders  —  BRUSSELS — Trump's decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at the struggling Trump National Doral Miami golf resort has created an awkward situation for the world leaders who will have to channel …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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: Breitbart and Political Wire
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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial ‘roller coaster’
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Impeachment is too important to leave to Congress — it's going to take mass mobilization
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everybody Is Freaking Out”: Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law
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: 
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
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.
The Daily Beast:
Nunes Tries to Use Steele Dossier to Defend Trump During Closed-Door Hearing
Discussion: Raw Story and twitchy.com
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