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6:01 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
British Government Asks for EU Delay Amid Johnson Resistance  —  The prime minister didn't sign the letter, and sent a second one urging EU leaders not to grant an extension  —  LONDON—The British government formally asked the European Union to delay the country's departure for the third time …
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 …
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
The Guardian:
MPs put brakes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal with rebel amendment
LIVEReaction as MPs tell PM to ask for Brexit delay
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Rep Francis Rooney announces retirement, wants to be a ‘model for term limits’
Discussion: Roll Call and Florida Politics
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Francis Rooney, G.O.P. Lawmaker Who Won't Rule Out Impeachment, Is to Retire
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Gabbard fundraises off Clinton attack: ‘I challenge her’ to ‘face me directly’  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is fundraising off her feud with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking supporters to donate to her presidential campaign and calling on Clinton to “face her directly” in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Discussion: Breitbart
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: 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
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.
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 …
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: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Elijah Cummings widow Maya Rockeymoore expected to run for his House seat  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings's widow Maya Rockeymoore is seen as the most likely successor to fill his congressional seat after his death on Thursday, sources told the Washington Examiner.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Root and Fox News
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.”
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 …
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New York Times:
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Discussion: CNN and NB Blog
The Pro-Trump Super PAC at the Center of the Ukraine Scandal Has Faced Multiple Campaign Finance Complaints
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement
Discussion: Hot Air
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Pentagon sees few options for preventing new ISIS safe haven in Syria
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Alan Kennedy / New York Times:
I Did Not Join the Army to Abandon Our Allies
Discussion: The Hill
Ioan Grillo / TIME:
How The Sinaloa Cartel Bested The Mexican Army
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
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Discussion: CNN