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10:20 AM ET, October 19, 2019


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Washington Post:
Growing number of Republicans struggle to defend Trump on G-7 choice, Ukraine and Syria  —  A growing number of congressional Republicans expressed exasperation Friday over what they view as President Trump's indefensible behavior, a sign that the president's stranglehold on his party is starting …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump veterans see a presidency veering off the rails  —  Former Trump White House officials and other Republicans close to the White House are increasingly worried about President Trump's erratic behavior and say there are no longer enough safeguards around him to prevent self-inflicted disasters large and small.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'I didn't take this job to keep it': GOP Rep. Rooney hints he's open to impeachment  —  Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) said Friday that he has been increasingly concerned by revelations that have emerged regarding the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine and did not rule out the possibility of voting to impeach the president.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Democrats introduce ‘THUG Act’ to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort  —  Democrats introduced legislation Friday that would block federal funding for next year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit at Trump National Doral Miami.  —  Democratic Reps. Lois Frankel (Fla.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.) …
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Why Firing Mick Mulvaney Is Riskier Than Keeping Him
Discussion: Contemptor and Raw Story
Washington Post:
In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Rooney steps out: GOP member ‘thinking’ about impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Democrats call Trump's Doral G-7 pick ‘outrageous’ — GOP senator says it shows ‘tremendous integrity’
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information  —  A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling …
Associated Press:
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   How a secretary of state with backbone handles an out-of-line White House
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pompeo lashes out at impeachment inquiry
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake  —  Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, is majority leader of the U.S. Senate.  —  Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake.  It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Pentagon sees few options for preventing new ISIS safe haven in Syria
Discussion: Axios
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable
Discussion: JustOneMinute
New York Times:
Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned  —  The review, led by the prosecutor John Durham, has focused on former investigators who are frequent targets of President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation …
New York Times:
U.K. Lawmakers Disrupt Boris Johnson's Brexit Plan  —  What was supposed to be a dramatic up-or-down vote on the British prime minister's deal with Brussels fizzled amid parliamentary maneuvers.  —  LONDON — Just as Britain appeared on the cusp of a history-making, up-or-down vote …
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson may not get his big Brexit vote after all  —  LONDON — U.K. MPs are preparing for a historic vote on Brexit — but a rebel plan could scupper Boris Johnson's hopes of winning clear support for his deal.  —  The House of Commons will sit on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years …
New York Times:
Giuliani Mixes His Business With Role as Trump's Lawyer  —  Amid intensifying scrutiny of his own work, the former New York mayor met recently with senior Justice Department officials on behalf of a client in a foreign bribery case.  —  WASHINGTON — It is an extraordinary time in Washington …
Discussion: The Atlantic
New York Times:
The Crisis of the Republican Party  —  The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone a reckoning on Donald Trump's presidency for much longer.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
To Win Giuliani's Help, Oligarch's Allies Pursued Biden Dirt  —  Associates of a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. were working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer in an effort to get Rudy Giuliani's help in the oligarch's legal case …
Bill Scher / Politico:
AOC's Sanders Endorsement Won't Change 2020.  But It Might Change the Democratic Party.  —  The anticipated endorsement of Bernie Sanders as her preferred candidate for president by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday will not determine the winner of the Democratic presidential primary.
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and VICE
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Michael Moore joining AOC at Bernie Sanders rally in NYC to announce endorsement
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   Bernie Sanders To Hold Comeback Rally Across From Nation's Largest Public Housing Complex
Giuliani pushed Trump administration to grant a visa to a Ukrainian official promising dirt on Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)Career diplomat George Kent told congressional investigators in his closed-door testimony this week that Rudy Giuliani asked the State Department and the White House …
Discussion: The Week, NBC News, The Hill and Mediaite
Polina Ivanova / Reuters:   What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Hillary Clinton Backs Out of Fortune Event Co-Starring Kirstjen Nielsen  —  Tulsi Gabbard, Anita Hill are still on the bill with the child-caging former Homeland Security chief.  —  In a few days, Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of homeland security best known for separating migrant children …
Washington Post:
More work, more sleep: New study offers glimpse of daily life as a millennial  —  They're bogged down by student loans and rising rents.  They're ditching wedding registries and tiered cakes.  They're running for president.  —  Welcome to the wide-ranging, complicated world of the generation born between 1981 and 1996: millennials.
Ioan Grillo / TIME:
How The Sinaloa Cartel Bested The Mexican Army  —  In Mexico's big cities, drug cartel gunmen normally act like phantoms.  They hide in safe houses or amid communities, suddenly striking with an assassination or a gunfight, and then disappearing again.  Residents know they are there and are scared …
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Post and VICE
Alex Parker / RedState:
Hillary Plops Out Another: She was Robbed of Her Rightful Presidency by Hacking 10-Year-Old Children  —  Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  —  I don't recall any other presidential election where the loser continued …
Tareq Haddad / Newsweek:
Turkey Accused of War Crimes After Suspected White Phosphorus Use Against Kurds in Syria  —  Turkey, a NATO member, has allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians in northern Syria.  —  Multiple sources have reported that white phosphorus-loaded munitions are believed to have been dropped …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Internal Democratic poll suggests a way to bleed Trump dry  —  One big question House Democrats face is whether they will opt for a quick, clean impeachment of President Trump, as opposed to broadening their impeachment inquiry to include other aspects of Trump's bottomlessly corrupt conduct.
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Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement
Discussion: Hot Air and Democrats
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Adam Schiff Flip-Flopped On Whistleblower Testimony After Reports Of Coordination
Discussion: American Greatness
Alan Kennedy / New York Times:
I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for It
Discussion: The Hill
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Second illegal immigrant tied to ‘merciless’ sanctuary-city murder
Discussion: Breitbart
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Senate Republicans to Hold “Save the Senate” Retreat at Trump Hotel
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
HUD officials knowingly failed ‘to comply with the law,’ stalled Puerto Rico hurricane relief funds
Discussion: The Hill
Financial Times:
Verizon seeks buyer for HuffPost website
Scott Horsley / NPR:
White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An ‘Inside Joke’