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3:50 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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals
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 …
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Appears to Claim Russians ‘Grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard to Run as Third-Party Candidate
Discussion: National Review
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Steyer Calls for End to Secret Hearings: Impeachment Update  — Check here for live updates on impeachment fight developments  — Secretary of State Pompeo calls inquiry ‘deeply troubling’  —  House impeachment investigators ended a week of closed-door questioning in the inquiry …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Marty Johnson / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker responds to Mulvaney: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Turkey is suspected of using white phosphorus against Kurdish civilians in Syria  —  Stop the burning, I beg you stop the burning, cries bombed boy  —  The burns on the screaming child brought into the Syrian-Kurdish hospital at Tal Tamir were enough to reduce even hardened medical staff to silence yesterday.
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Washington Post:
ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds
Washington Post:
Fighting continues in Syrian border town despite Turkish agreement to halt offensive
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
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.”
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Writes Unhinged ‘Legal’ Letter Demanding That CNN Pay Him Money
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
'Get the Hell out of Syria.  It's Sand and Blood and Death': Inside America's Chaotic Retreat  —  President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops upended Middle East policy and empowered Washington's adversaries  —  America's humiliating exit from the war in Vietnam was marked …
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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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
2014 photo of Trump and indicted Giuliani associate took place at Ivanka Trump hosted fashion show  —  2 Giuliani associates arrested as they tried to leave US  —  (CNN)A March 2014 photograph showing Donald Trump with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani appears to have been taken …
Roxane Gay / gay.medium.com:
The Case for Checking a Bag  —  And other travel complaints  —  ravel is a chaotic, exhausting experience exacerbated by people who forget the social contract the moment they step foot in an airport.  I travel constantly.  I chase miles and have status on three airlines.
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: Law & Crime and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Trump says he'll host G7 summit at cost at his resort — but provides few details  —  A day after President Trump awarded the massive Group of Seven summit to his own struggling Doral resort in Florida, the White House said Trump's company would only charge taxpayers enough to cover the resort's costs.
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Trump's decision to host G-7 at his golf club creates awkwardness for world leaders
Discussion: Above the Law, Hot Air, Salon and The Hill
New York Times:
Boeing Pilot Complained of ‘Egregious’ Issue With 737 Max in 2016  —  A Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators, more than two years before it was grounded following two deadly crashes.
Discussion: National Review and The Verge
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
Boeing 2016 internal messages suggest employees may have misled FAA on 737 MAX: sources
Discussion: CNBC and Breitbart
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 …
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: The Week and CREW
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Emolumental: Mulvaney and Trump Like Doral for a G-7 Quid Pro Quo
CNN:
Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become increasingly frustrated in recent weeks by the departure of top State Department officials and claims that he failed to defend the former US Ambassador to Ukraine …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
'Had I not been there, I wouldn't have met Rudy': The tale of the Arabian princess and the Trump International Hotel  —  For two years, the Emirati princess had been battling her estranged husband in Qatari courts for custody of their young son.  She was running out of options.
Discussion: 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: Politico and Law & Crime
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
Former Sen. Chris Dodd endorses Joe Biden for president … Former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd endorsed Joe Biden for president Friday, saying he watched him closely for 30 years as they worked together on key legislation in the U.S. Senate.  —  Dodd, who represented Connecticut in the Senate from 1981 to 2011 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Migrants stuck in detention as tough new Trump asylum rule is only partially implemented  —  Migrants who crossed into the U.S. after July 16 are supposed to be subject to a tough new asylum rule.  But there have been no deportations under the rule.  —  WASHINGTON — Undocumented immigrants …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Filmmaker Pulls Out Of Women's Conference Because Kirstjen Nielsen Will Be Speaking  —  Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit “should not be giving Kirstjen Nielsen a platform to rehabilitate her image,” says dream hampton.  —  Award-winning filmmaker, author and activist dream hampton …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations  —  State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy …
CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims Texas ‘made a fortune’ on Hurricane Harvey at Dallas rally  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made at least 26 false claims in his 87-minute rally speech in Dallas on Thursday, including an inaccurate declaration that Texas had somehow profited …
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.
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being ‘Presidential’ Is Boring
NBC News:
Sallie Mae execs tan at Maui retreat while student debt crisis tops $1.6 trillion
Discussion: The Root and Common Dreams
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Turkish Trolls Working For Erdogan Hijacked American Right-Wing Media — And Rudy Giuliani's Brain
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial ‘roller coaster’
Emma Dumain / The State:
Trump to attend 2020 candidate forum at historically black South Carolina college
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats' internal impeachment polling memo
Discussion: Vox, BizPac Review, Breitbart and The Hill
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Would Warren's Ideology Weaken Her as Democrats' Nominee?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitt Romney marches alone: 'I don't believe I'm leading a wing of the party'
Discussion: Breitbart
David Brooks / New York Times:
If It's Trump vs. Warren, Then What?