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10:25 PM ET, October 20, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans were tired of defending him  —  President Trump was forced to abandon his decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his private golf club after it became clear the move …
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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Fox's Wallace says ‘well-connected’ Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment  —  Fox's Chris Wallace said a “well-connected” Washington Republican told him that there's a 20 percent chance enough Republicans will vote to remove President Trump from office in an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Moves Testing Republican Support for Trump  —  The House impeachment inquiry is reducing the president's margin for error with members of his party  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump faces increasing public and private scrutiny from his own party over a series of recent White House moves …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney's bad week just got worse  —  Mick Mulvaney's week went from bad to worse on Sunday, as he again tried to explain why President Donald Trump and the administration had withheld aid to Ukraine for weeks — one of Democrats' central questions in their impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
CNN:
Mulvaney faced White House ouster threat before impeachment crisis took over
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
About 50 Republicans are going to decide whether America becomes a dictatorship
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:   Chris Wallace: ‘Well-connected’ DC Republican says 20% chance Senate would remove Trump
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney's Secret Twitter Account  —  Earlier today, The Atlantic's McKay Coppins published a lengthy profile on Mitt Romney, apparently part of Romney's effort to set himself up as the noble Republican foil to an out-of-control president.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Mitt Romney's Trump indictment  —  Sen. Mitt Romney, in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” outlined a broad indictment of President Trump, criticizing his rhetoric, his abandonment of the Kurds, his plea to Ukraine and China to undermine a political opponent, his character and past personal life.
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Liberation of Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney is leaning forward in his chair, his eyes flashing, his voice sharp.  —  It's a strange look for the 72-year-old senator, who typically affects a measured, somber tone when discussing Donald Trump's various moral deficiencies.
Discussion: Breitbart and twitchy.com
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Mitt Romney opposes cutting capital gains tax rate for the rich
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Department Distances Itself From Giuliani  —  In an unusual statement, a spokesman said department officials would not have met with President Trump's personal lawyer had they known his associates were under investigation.  —  The Justice Department distanced itself on Sunday …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Amid Ukraine scandal, Trump officials worry about Rudy Giuliani's financial motives  —  Amid near-daily revelations of Rudy Giuliani's “shadow” foreign policy, senior administration officials are worried that more information could surface connecting official Trump administration policy to Giuliani's personal financial gain.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The revenge of the State Department
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Axios:
Graham open to other evidence on impeachment  —  In an interview with “Axios on HBO,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Trump's most vital allies on Capitol Hill, opened the door to changing his mind on impeachment if there turns out to be what he considers a quid pro quo.
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Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Maeve Reston / CNN:   Lindsey Graham does not rule out the possibility of Trump impeachment if new evidence emerges
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas ‘Young Tommy’ D'Alesandro III dies at 90  —  Thomas D'Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and member of a storied political family affectionately known as “Young Tommy,” died at his North Baltimore home Sunday of stroke complications.  —  He was 90 years old.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi, Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Conclude Visit to Afghanistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan - Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a high-level bipartisan Congressional delegation have concluded a visit to Afghanistan, meeting with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah …
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Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Justice Dept. confirms Trump Jr. and McGahn did not testify to Mueller grand jury  —  The Justice Department confirmed Sunday that President Donald Trump's son Donald Jr. and former White House counsel Don McGahn were never called before a grand jury that heard witnesses called by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Want Trump to Go?  Take to the Streets  —  Another moment for public protest has arrived.  —  On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump's election, Obamacare looked to be doomed.  Millions of Americans, it seemed, were going to lose their health insurance.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Jake Tapper Calls Out Top Republicans Avoiding His Show for 4th Week in a Row, ‘Shirking’ Their Duties of Accountability  —  CNN's Jake Tapper called out Republican lawmakers on Sunday for their avoidance of CNN amid the latest controversial developments surrounding President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Althouse
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Viewers Lash Out At CNN For Hiring ‘Conspiracy Dunce Sean Duffy’
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:   CNN Hires Former GOP Congressman and Trump Loyalist Sean Duffy as Political Commentator
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
DEFDON 1: Trump has more reason than ever for genuine alarm  —  For Republican voters, the 2016 campaign was a contest between two compelling illusions: the rough and ready outsider billionaire versus the conniving socialist hellbeast of Chappaqua.  Some embraced Trump and hoped for the best.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans  —  New polls and fundraising reports show key GOP senators in political trouble, giving Democrats a solid shot to win back control of the upper chamber.  —  Buried in the Washington drama of impeachment, corruption, and foreign policy chaos …
Discussion: CNBC
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democratic challengers outpace vulnerable GOP senators in Q3 fundraising
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria  —  The president appears to be trying to balance competing impulses: bringing troops home while ensuring that efforts to contain ISIS will continue — and answering withering criticism for his Syria policy.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
‘I want to see what comes out of the woodwork’  —  NEW YORK — It was Week 3 of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, and Joanne Vega was only beginning to pay attention, the details sifting into her consciousness as she half-listened to Fox News or caught snippets on the radio driving to her job caring for special-needs children.
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Says She Will Release a Plan to Finance ‘Medicare for All’  —  Ms. Warren had been criticized for sidestepping questions about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to help finance her “Medicare for all” plan.  —  INDIANOLA, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Warren says she will soon release plan to fund ‘Medicare for All’
 
 
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