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6:50 PM ET, October 20, 2019


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Slate
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Mitt Romney opposes cutting capital gains tax rate for the rich
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democratic challengers outpace vulnerable GOP senators in Q3 fundraising
Susan Walsh / National Journal:   Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans
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.
Discussion: Axios
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: Politico and The Hill
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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Thomas D'Alesandro III  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of her brother, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III:  —  “My husband Paul and our entire family are devastated by the loss of our patriarch …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN, UPI and HuffPost
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: Political Wire
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Mark Esperanto?  Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet  —  Even for a president who often lards his online missives with typos, caps-lock abuses and errant exclamation points, Sunday's Twitter missive on Syria contained an outsize number of errors.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump shared …
Discussion: Hot Air, Task & Purpose and The Hill
Associated Press:
Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:   Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Afghanistan
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed “historic solutions” were possible.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
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
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
Washington Post:
After weeks of criticism, Warren says she will release a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all  —  INDIANOLA, Iowa — Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday her campaign will release a plan to pay for the Medicare-for-all health proposal she's backed “in the next few weeks,” but she continued …
Discussion: NBC News
Allan Smith / NBC News:   Warren says she will soon release plan to fund ‘Medicare for All’
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It's Time for an Americans' March  —  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.  —  Trump had campaigned on a promise …
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 …
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
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Steve Bannon says Trump may be impeached ‘in six weeks,’ face challenge from Bloomberg, Clinton  —  Impeachment is a “mortal threat” to Donald Trump's presidency and the White House needs to start taking it more seriously, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told The Post.  —  “This is serious.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Robin Wright / New Yorker:
America's Ally in Syria Warns of Ethnic Cleansing by Turkey
Lauren Wolverton / WSAV-TV:
Three Fort Stewart soldiers killed, three injured after vehicle rolls into water during training event
Discussion: Breitbart, Army Times, WFLA-TV and Fox News
New York Times:
Fort Worth Police Have More Violence to Answer For, Residents Say
Discussion: The Federalist Papers
Tom Davies / Associated Press:
Indiana attorney general faces hearing on future as lawyer
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi leads a surprise delegation to Jordan for ‘vital discussions’ on Syria crisis
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Oligarch Wanted by U.S. Authorities Paid $1 Million to Giuliani-Linked Lawyers to Dig Up Biden Dirt
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Media Cheers Trump's Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’
Tatiana Stanovaya / Politico:
No, Putin Doesn't Like Impeachment  —  As impeachment proceedings loom …
Los Angeles Times:
Undoing the great mistake of 2016
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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