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11:40 AM ET, October 20, 2019

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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Mulvaney: Trump was “honestly surprised” at level of backlash over G7 decision  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump was “honestly surprised” at the level of pushback he received from the decision to choose his own Doral resort …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill and Breitbart
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
After Criticism,Trump to Select New Location for G7  —  White House officials would consider another site, the president said, suggesting Camp David was a possibility.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he would no longer be holding next year's Group of 7 summit …
Washington Post:
Trump says his Doral golf resort will no longer host next year's G-7 summit, bowing to criticism  —  President Trump announced abruptly Saturday night that he would no longer host next year's Group of Seven summit at the Trump National Doral near Miami, bowing to criticism for having selected …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Statement on G-7 Doral Announcement  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington — Following President Trump's late Saturday night announcement that he would not hold the next G-7 Summit at his struggling Doral golf resort, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) …
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
Trump tweets that his Doral golf resort in Miami will no longer host next year's G-7 summit after criticism
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle  —  On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google, hitting the kind of incendiary themes — immigrant invaders, the corrupt media …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The revenge of the State Department  —  They've been derided as a “Deep State,” slurred as “Obama holdovers,” threatened with draconian budget cuts and told that President Donald Trump doesn't even need them.  —  Now, America's diplomats are taking their revenge.
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Adia Robinson / ABC News:
‘I never saw that’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Mulvaney quid pro quo admission  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he never saw the kind of quid pro quo that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney referred to on Thursday with regard to the decision-making process he was involved in.
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 10-20-19: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Bob Menendez
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Associated Press:
Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.
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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.
CNN:
Mulvaney faced White House ouster threat before impeachment crisis took over  —  Washington (CNN)Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney faced internal efforts to oust him before House Democrats moved ahead with their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, multiple sources tell CNN.
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Boris Johnson's Bad Saturday and the Contradictions of Brexit  —  During the debate on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal in the United Kingdom's Parliament on Saturday—which ended, as these things often have, with a vote calling for another delay—Johnson exposed the most basic blindness of Brexit itself.
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Susan Walsh / 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.
Tatiana Stanovaya / Politico:
No, Putin Doesn't Like Impeachment  —  As impeachment proceedings loom over President Donald Trump, some observers have speculated that Russia, actively enjoying sowing chaos in the United States, is delighted by the dysfunction tearing apart the U.S. government.
Los Angeles Times:
Undoing the great mistake of 2016  —  As the 2020 election approaches, the United States is deeply and bitterly polarized, shaken by acts of random and not-so-random violence, with wages still rising too slowly, income inequality continuing to increase and the American Dream feeling more and more out of reach for too many people.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Proclaiming ‘I Am Back,’ Bernie Sanders Accepts Ocasio-Cortez Endorsement
Discussion: Slate, NBC News and Axios
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.”
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Gabbard fundraises off Clinton attack: ‘I challenge her’ to ‘face me directly’
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
 
 
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Jake Tapper Calls Out Top Republicans Avoiding His Show for 4th Week in a Row, ‘Shirking’ Their Duties of Accountability
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump can't stop bragging to foreign leaders about his resorts
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Bianca Bruno / courthousenews.com:
Feds Admit 1,250 More Immigrant Children Were Separated From Parents
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Marine combat veteran who served in Iraq facing deportation to El Salvador
Ari Melber / Washington Post:
‘Bribery’ is right there in the Constitution. Trump could be impeached for that.
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Hundreds of Doctors to March to White House to Demand End to Trump Administration's ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Conspiracy theorist hate group who believed Obama was Muslim to hold event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Inside Joe Biden's brawling efforts to reform Ukraine — which won him successes and enemies
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump's lawyers will go into impeachment empty-handed because all his stories have ‘fallen apart’ …
Financial Times:
Donald Trump's presidency continues its bizarre degeneration
Gordon Deegan / Independent.ie:
Gardai paid Donald Trump's Doonbeg resort €14k for snack bags for members during US President's visit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump's season of weakness: A president who prizes strength enters key stretch in a fragile state
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Elijah Cummings widow Maya Rockeymoore expected to run for his House seat
Discussion: Breitbart and The Root
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Bannon Teams Up With Chinese Group That Thinks Trump Will Bring on End-Times