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3:15 PM 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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump can't stop bragging to foreign leaders about his resorts  —  President Donald Trump was sitting beside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office in March when he fondly recalled his luxury golf resort on Ireland's west coast.  —  He gushed about his two tony Scottish resorts months later …
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.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
After Criticism,Trump to Select New Location for G7
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney: Trump ‘surprised’ over Doral pushback
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Trump says his Doral golf resort will no longer host next year's G-7 summit, bowing to criticism
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 President Donald Trump doesn't even need them.  —  Now, America's diplomats are taking their revenge.
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.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 10-20-19: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Bob Menendez
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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: Axios and CNBC
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.
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.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:   Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Afghanistan
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:   CNN Hires Former GOP Congressman and Trump Loyalist Sean Duffy as Political Commentator
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.
Alex Ward / Vox:
State Department talking points counter Trump's optimistic message on Syria  —  “Turkey does not appear to be mitigating the humanitarian impact of its invasion and occupation of some parts of northeast Syria,” one part reads.  —  President Donald Trump has continuously championed his decision …
Discussion: Axios
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.
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
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Oligarch Wanted by U.S. Authorities Paid $1 Million to Giuliani-Linked Lawyers to Dig Up Biden Dirt  —  Associates of Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities on conspiracy charges, reportedly worked to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last year …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Alex Henderson / Salon:
Florida columnist slams Marco Rubio for being a Trump apologist: “Grow a spine or find a conscience”
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Media Cheers Trump's Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’
EU leaders: united over Brexit, divided over much else
Tatiana Stanovaya / Politico:
No, Putin Doesn't Like Impeachment  —  As impeachment proceedings loom …
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Boris Johnson's Bad Saturday and the Contradictions of Brexit
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Bianca Bruno /
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Statement on G-7 Doral Announcement
Discussion: HuffPost
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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘This is a real warning’: Ex-campaign aide bluntly states Clinton didn't go far enough criticizing Tulsi Gabbard
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 /
Gardai paid Donald Trump's Doonbeg resort €14k for snack bags for members during US President's visit