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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.
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Breaks With White House Over Ukraine Quid Pro Quo  —  “You don't hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said.  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pushed back on the idea endorsed by the Trump administration …
New York Times:
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo  —  At first the acting White House chief of staff undercut the president's denials, but late in the day he reversed himself.  —  WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff …
The Daily Beast:
Mick Mulvaney Has Conservatives Asking: WTF Are You Doing?  —  The acting chief of staff had himself a day on Thursday and his critics say he's in over his head.  —  Over the course of about 40 minutes on Thursday, President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney …
Washington Post:
Mulvaney confirms Ukraine aid withheld in part to force probe of Democrats  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Thursday that President Trump blocked nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in part to force the government in Kyiv to secure …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Miami Herald and Political Wire
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” …
Washington Post:
Trump has awarded next year's G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe
CNN:   Republicans worried by Mulvaney's confirmation Trump sought exchange of favors with Ukraine
Wall Street Journal:
Mulvaney Says Holdup of Ukraine Aid Was Related to Trump's Demand for 2016 Election Probe
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Common Dreams
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey  —  Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump's Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump's abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.”
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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 …
Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria
Discussion: The Guardian, The Week and Breitbart
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Capitulation to Erdogan Is Complete
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.
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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.
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: Raw Story
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.
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Cozy Bear didn't hibernate as previously thought  —  Cozy Bear, the less-discussed of the two Russian hacker groups that breached the Democratic National Committee in 2016, had been thought to be scaling back operations since that election, but a new report finds the group instead became more covert.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Fox News
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump swipes at O'Rourke as both rally in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
New York Times:
Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary  —  Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas who has become enmeshed in the Ukraine scandal, said he would resign as secretary of energy.  —  Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding President Trump's efforts …
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Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
In Elijah Cummings's Baltimore, mourning a leader who was 'the city's voice'
Discussion: CNBC, TheBlaze and Associated Press
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.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democrats build a financial fortress around their House majority  —  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 an impressive $1 million …
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Impeachment Could Mean Most Presidential Candidates Can't Leave Washington, Or Talk.  Sorry, Those Are (Really) The Rules.  —  WASHINGTON — An impeachment trial in the Senate would be a massive threat to President Trump, but it could also cripple — or boost — the campaigns of a half dozen Democrats vying to beat him.
 
 
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