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7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2019

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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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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.
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: Raw Story
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
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.
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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.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Steve Bannon says Trump may be impeached ‘in six weeks,’ face challenge from Bloomberg, Clinton
Discussion: Political Wire
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: ABC News and The Hill
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Amid Ukraine scandal, Trump officials worry about Rudy Giuliani's financial motives
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
‘I never saw that’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Mulvaney quid pro quo admission
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back
Discussion: Politico and 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.
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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
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
Susan Walsh / National Journal:   Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Warren says she will soon release plan to fund ‘Medicare for All’  —  The Democratic presidential candidate has come under fire from 2020 rivals for declining to get into specifics about how she'll pay for her plan.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Sunday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Washington Post:
After weeks of criticism, Warren says she will release a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all
Discussion: NBC News
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Says She Will Release a Plan to Finance ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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
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Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi leads a surprise delegation to Jordan for ‘vital discussions’ on Syria crisis
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
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
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.
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
DEFDON 1: Trump has more reason than ever for genuine alarm
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
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: 
Alex Ward / Vox:
State Department talking points counter Trump's optimistic message on Syria
Discussion: Axios
Tatiana Stanovaya / Politico:
No, Putin Doesn't Like Impeachment  —  As impeachment proceedings loom …
Los Angeles Times:
Undoing the great mistake of 2016
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bianca Bruno / courthousenews.com:
Feds Admit 1,250 More Immigrant Children Were Separated From Parents