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3:20 PM ET, October 19, 2019


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Washington Post:
GOP congressman who won't rule out impeaching Trump announces retirement  —  A day after Rep. Francis Rooney (Fla.) became the first House Republican to say he would consider voting to impeach President Trump, he announced his retirement.  —  The two-term congressman from a reliably …
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.
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Rep Francis Rooney announces retirement, wants to be a ‘model for term limits’
Discussion: Roll Call and Florida Politics
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 …
NBC News:
AG Barr expands mysterious review into origin of Russia investigation  —  If U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal investigation, it's not clear what allegations of wrongdoing are being examined.  —  NBC: AG Barr expands controversial review into origin of Russia investigation
Discussion: MSNBC and BizPac Review
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 …
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.) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Holding the G-7 Summit at a Trump Golf Course Is Blatant Corruption
Discussion: Bloomberg and Fortune
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Democrats call Trump's Doral G-7 pick ‘outrageous’ — GOP senator says it shows ‘tremendous integrity’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
The Guardian:
MPs put brakes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal with rebel amendment  —  PM says he will press ahead with legislation next week, but is obliged to request extension  —  Play Video  —  MPs have inflicted a humiliating defeat on Boris Johnson by passing a backbench amendment withholding their support from his Brexit deal.
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
Politico:   UK MPs force Boris Johnson to seek a Brexit extension
LIVEReaction as MPs tell PM to ask for Brexit delay
Discussion: Mother Jones
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Bannon Teams Up With Chinese Group That Thinks Trump Will Bring on End-Times  —  Steve Bannon made a fiercely anti-China movie for some of the Chinese government's biggest foes.  —  After trying to launch his own cryptocurrency and failing to turn an Italian monastery into a training camp …
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
Jake Sherman / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A small crack in the GOP firewall  —  A SMALL CRACK IN THE GOP FIREWALL?  — A few outliers in the Republican Party — Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), former Ohio governor John Kasich, who has contemplated launching a primary challenge — have begun to publicly speak out against President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
Turkey's Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish fighters  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will “crush the heads” of Kurdish fighters if they do not withdraw from a planned safe zone area in northern Syria.  —  Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend an offensive …
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Barbra Streisand Shares Photo of Nancy Pelosi Killing Trump  —  Left-wing actor and Grammy-winning singer Barbra Streisand posted a photo to Twitter early Saturday depicting a bloodied President Donald Trump being impaled by the heel of a shoe with the word “Pelosi” emblazoned on it.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Priess / Lawfare:
Impeachment, Elections and Bad History  —  Law professor and former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo this week declared, “What the framers thought was that the American people would judge a president at the time of an election.  They would never have wanted an impeachment within a year of an election.”
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton bails on DC event that Tulsi Gabbard is attending  —  It looks like the “Queen of Warmongers” blinked.  —  A face-to-face confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard set for next week was averted when Clinton backed out of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, DC.
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Christian broadcaster: Elijah Cummings' death was God's revenge for his ‘demonic attempt’ to impeach Trump  —  During an interview with Maryland pastor Stacey Shiflett on his MC Files broadcast this Thursday, far-right conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald posited his theory as to why Democratic …
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 …
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
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 …
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Biden Escalates Attack on Facebook Over False Political Ads
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The Pro-Trump Super PAC at the Center of the Ukraine Scandal Has Faced Multiple Campaign Finance Complaints
Astra Taylor / New York Times:
Out With the Old, In With the Young
Shannon Palus / Slate:
Women on Historic Spacewalk Pause to Politely Correct Man's Error
Discussion: New York Times, UPI and Observer
Washington Post:
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement
Discussion: Hot Air and Democrats
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Pentagon sees few options for preventing new ISIS safe haven in Syria
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Raw Story