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9:00 AM ET, October 19, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Mediaite
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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  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did to the United States' former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, what President Trump did to the Kurds.  Both men turned their backs on frontline defenders of U.S. interests …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pompeo lashes out at impeachment inquiry
CNN:
Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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.
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.
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Why Firing Mick Mulvaney Is Riskier Than Keeping Him  —  Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back.  The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current …
Discussion: Contemptor and Raw Story
Washington Post:
In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself
Discussion: Political Wire and The Wrap
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Rooney steps out: GOP member ‘thinking’ about impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
CNN:
Exclusive: 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: NBC News, The Hill and Mediaite
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Polina Ivanova / Reuters:
What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma
Discussion: The Nation
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
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.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:   As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable
Bloomberg:
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 …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump's Choice to Bring G7 to His Own Resort Would Be Illegal, if He Weren't President  —  WASHINGTON — The rules are clear for nearly everyone who works in the executive branch: Officials are prohibited from playing even a minor role in a decision that directly creates a financial benefit …
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and Bloomberg
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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 …
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: Boston.com
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Michael Moore joining AOC at Bernie Sanders rally in NYC to announce endorsement  —  Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore announced Friday that he will be joining Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., at a rally in New York City on Saturday for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   Bernie Sanders To Hold Comeback Rally Across From Nation's Largest Public Housing Complex
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.
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
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
First Republican calls for Rick Perry to answer House subpoena  —  Senior House Democrats say they won't let up on their demands for documents and testimony from outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the wake of his resignation announcement — and at least one Republican agrees with them.
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 …
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
As He Attacks Medicare for All, Mayor Pete Gets Campaign Cash From Health Care Executives  —  Buttigieg's recent transformation into explicit Medicare for All critic was accompanied by continued donations from pharmaceutical and health insurance interests.  —  EDITED BY
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson may not get his big Brexit vote after all  —  A proposed amendment could yet force the British prime minister to ask Brussels for an extension.  —  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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Writes Unhinged ‘Legal’ Letter Demanding That CNN Pay Him Money  —  This week, right-wing hoaxster James O'Keefe launched the latest of his series of secretly recorded videos, which purport to prove various conservative conspiracy theories but fail.  The new version involves …
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Meet the most powerful woman in Washington not named Nancy  —  Get used to pronouncing Kristalina Georgieva's name (it's Gor-ghee-ava).  She's the most powerful woman in Washington not named Nancy.  —  Her new job atop the International Monetary Fund — the 75-year-old institution that acts …
 
 
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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
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
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White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An ‘Inside Joke’
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will decide constitutionality of consumer watchdog bureau
Discussion: Townhall, Politico and Axios
Robert S. Litt / Lawfare:
The Whistleblower Should Not Have to Testify
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being ‘Presidential’ Is Boring
Roxane Gay / gay.medium.com:
The Case for Checking a Bag
Wall Street Journal:
'Get the Hell out of Syria. It's Sand and Blood and Death': Inside America's Chaotic Retreat
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
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