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8:35 PM ET, October 19, 2019


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Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay  —  Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay - but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source.  —  The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson …
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Forced to Seek Brexit Extension After Rebuke from Lawmakers  —  Even as the British prime minister asked the E.U. to delay the deadline for departure, he warned this would be bad for both sides.  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a stinging defeat on Saturday …
Discussion: Slate, The Guardian and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:   British Government Asks for EU Delay Amid Johnson Resistance
The Guardian:
MPs put brakes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal with rebel amendment
Washington Post:
Parliament votes to withhold approval of Brexit deal, postponing Boris Johnson's moment of reckoning
Discussion: The Guardian, Hot Air, Al Jazeera and YouGov
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
Financial Times:
Donald Trump's presidency continues its bizarre degeneration  —  The oddest moment of a surreal week even by Donald Trump's standards was when the US president extolled America's ties with ancient Rome.  Mr Trump surely did not mean to spark thoughts of Caligulan dissolution.
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.
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 …
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
GOP congressman who was open to impeachment calls it quits  —  Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), who was the first House Republican express openness to voting to impeach President Donald Trump, announced his retirement on Saturday.  —  “I thought the idea was you came and did your public service and left …
Discussion: Washington Post
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Francis Rooney, G.O.P. Lawmaker Who Won't Rule Out Impeachment, Is to Retire
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
‘I am not a Russian spy’: Jill Stein slams Clinton's accusations  —  Washington (CNN)Former 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein slammed Hillary Clinton's accusations that she and 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard are Russian assets, calling Clinton's comments a “wild and insulting theory.”
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Gabbard fundraises off Clinton attack: ‘I challenge her’ to ‘face me directly’
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Put Up or Shut Up on These Accusations, Hillary
Discussion: Instapundit and
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump's season of weakness: A president who prizes strength enters key stretch in a fragile state  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  President Trump, whose paramount concern long has been showing strength, has entered the most challenging stretch of his term …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Bulwark and The Hill
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: Raw Story, Hullabaloo and
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   ‘This is a real warning’: Ex-campaign aide bluntly states Clinton didn't go far enough criticizing Tulsi Gabbard
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 …
Michael Bachelard / Sydney Morning Herald:
This Kurdish woman's death sparked a global outcry.  Now we know how she died  —  Duhok: Six days after Donald Trump announced his troops were abandoning the “endless war” in Syria, a Kurdish woman called Hevrin Khalaf was driving along the country's M4 highway when her armoured vehicle …
BBC:   Turkey's Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish fighters
Washington Post:
Sanders returns to the trail with a major rally: ‘To put it bluntly, I am back’  —  NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail Saturday with the support of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, making a comeback nearly three weeks after suffering a heart attack.
Gordon Deegan /
Gardai paid Donald Trump's Doonbeg resort €14k for snack bags for members during US President's visit  —  A €14,000 spend by the Gardai on sandwich/snack bags for members was part of the overall €107,625 catering payment to the Donald Trump owned Trump Doonbeg resort in west Clare.
Washington Post:
Inside Joe Biden's brawling efforts to reform Ukraine — which won him successes and enemies  —  Vice President Joe Biden was losing his temper, dressing down the president of Ukraine in front of a group of high-level advisers and officials from both countries inside a regal complex at the United Nations.
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
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Holding the G-7 Summit at a Trump Golf Course Is Blatant Corruption
Discussion: Power Line, Bloomberg and Fortune
Dan Levin / New York Times:
When the Student Newspaper Is the Only Daily Paper in Town  —  As more than 2,000 newspapers across the country have closed or merged, student journalists from Michigan to Arizona have stepped in to fill the void.  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Municipal committee meetings …
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Conspiracy theorist hate group who believed Obama was Muslim to hold event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump's lawyers will go into impeachment empty-handed because all his stories have ‘fallen apart’ …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Some Warren Backers Want More Details on Her Health Plan
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Elijah Cummings widow Maya Rockeymoore expected to run for his House seat
Discussion: Breitbart, The Root and Fox News
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Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
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Sky Palma / DeadState:
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Shannon Palus / Slate:
Women on Historic Spacewalk Pause to Politely Correct Man's Error
Discussion: UPI, New York Times and Observer
Washington Post:
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Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Pentagon sees few options for preventing new ISIS safe haven in Syria
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Ioan Grillo / TIME:
How The Sinaloa Cartel Bested The Mexican Army
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
To Win Giuliani's Help, Oligarch's Allies Pursued Biden Dirt
Discussion: CNN