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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.
The Babylon Bee:
Hillary Clinton Asked To Leave Costco After Repeatedly Accusing Sample Lady Of Being A Russian Asset  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to sources at a DC-area Costco, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked to leave Costco again after repeatedly accusing a lady handing out food samples of being a Russian asset.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pompeo lashes out at impeachment inquiry
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
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: Raw Story
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker responds to Mulvaney: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Rooney steps out: GOP member ‘thinking’ about impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Washington Post:
In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself
Discussion: The Wrap
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
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:   Former Sen. Chris Dodd endorses Joe Biden for president
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.
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: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and Breitbart
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Filmmaker Pulls Out Of Women's Conference Because Kirstjen Nielsen Will Be Speaking
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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 …
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CNN:
Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton says Russia grooming 3rd party candidate in U.S. presidential race  —  Some critics have called Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a Kremlin asset.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Clinton says she believes that the Russians have “got their eye on somebody who's currently …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton suggests Putin has kompromat on Trump, Russia will back Tulsi Gabbard third-party bid
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 …
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis downplayed ties to Giuliani associates. Then we found them hugging.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Nina Burleigh / NBC News:
Trump's Nancy Pelosi ‘meltdown’ tweet was the perfect self-own.  Here's why.  —  The White House's photo clearly shows that the last man standing in that room is, in fact, Nancy Pelosi.  —  Thanks to Donald Trump, American women have a fresh, iconic photo of Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the White House on Wednesday.
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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.
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.
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: Associated Press
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   Bernie Sanders To Hold Comeback Rally Across From Nation's Largest Public Housing Complex
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 Fox News
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer in 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship  —  Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, shared with Elle in a June 2019 interview a quote from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Committee “that has stuck with her.”
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
BBC:
Reading Chick-fil-A outlet to close in LGBT rights row  —  A US fast-food chain will cease trading at its first UK outlet amid a row over donations to anti-LGBT groups.  —  Gay rights campaigners called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, which opened its first branch at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October.
Scott Horsley / NPR:
White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An ‘Inside Joke’  —  A publishing company plans to add an advisory note to future copies of a book written by White House adviser Peter Navarro, after it was revealed that Navarro fabricated one of the people he quoted.
Discussion: VICE
Financial Times:
Verizon seeks buyer for HuffPost website  —  Verizon is sounding out potential buyers for the HuffPost website, in the latest phase of the US telecoms group's retreat from the digital media business.  —  In recent weeks Verizon has raised a HuffPost sale with potential acquirers, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
HUD officials knowingly failed ‘to comply with the law,’ stalled Puerto Rico hurricane relief funds  —  Lawmakers questioned why HUD kicked off a funding process for 18 states affected by disasters — but left out Puerto Rico.  —  Two top officials with the Department of Housing …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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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
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
As He Attacks Medicare for All, Mayor Pete Gets Campaign Cash From Health Care Executives
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to Appear on ‘The View’
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Injured Hard Rock Hotel worker held by immigration authorities after speaking to media, attorneys say
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will decide constitutionality of consumer watchdog bureau
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Axios
Robert S. Litt / Lawfare:
The Whistleblower Should Not Have to Testify
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and CAFE
 Earlier Items: 
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Impeachment Needle May Soon Move
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
Washington Post:
'Had I not been there, I wouldn't have met Rudy': The tale of the Arabian princess and the Trump International Hotel
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of Donald Trump