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9:15 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 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.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘This is a real warning’: Ex-campaign aide bluntly states Clinton didn't go far enough criticizing Tulsi Gabbard  —  West Virginia's billionaire GOP governor busted for Trump-like business corruption while in office  —  Last fall, Gov. Jim Justice called reporters to his office …
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
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
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
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: 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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump's lawyers will go into impeachment empty-handed because all his stories have ‘fallen apart’: ex-Justice Dept official  —  On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's “AM Joy,” former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said that President Donald Trump's behavior in the Ukraine scandal …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Hundreds of Doctors to March to White House to Demand End to Trump Administration's ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants  —  Hundreds of physicians and healthcare workers from across the country are expected to march to the White House this weekend to protest the Trump administration's “inhumane” treatment of migrants and asylum seekers.
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.”
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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