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4:20 PM ET, October 20, 2019


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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 …
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.
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:   Mick Mulvaney: Trump ‘surprised’ over Doral pushback
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
After Criticism,Trump to Select New Location for G7
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Steve Bannon says Trump may be impeached ‘in six weeks,’ face challenge from Bloomberg, Clinton
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Mark Esperanto? Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet
Discussion: The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:   Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Afghanistan
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: CNN, UPI and HuffPost
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
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 and Axios
Susan Walsh / National Journal:   Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans
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 …
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.
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
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi leads a surprise delegation to Jordan for ‘vital discussions’ on Syria crisis  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a surprise congressional visit to Jordan over the weekend, highlighting her sharp disagreement with President Trump over policy in the Middle East, a region that has been roiled …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tom Davies / Associated Press:
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
Discussion: Politico
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
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!’
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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
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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
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Statement on G-7 Doral Announcement
Discussion: HuffPost