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8:00 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
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren  —  Republican Sen. Mitt Romney told Axios' Mike Allen in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he believes Republican lawmakers stay quiet on their Trump criticisms for fear of losing the Senate or the presidency to Democrats …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney: Trump ‘surprised’ over Doral pushback
Jon Levine / New York Post:   Steve Bannon says Trump may be impeached ‘in six weeks,’ face challenge from Bloomberg, Clinton
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Department Distances Itself From Giuliani  —  In an unusual statement, a spokesman said department officials would not have met with President Trump's personal lawyer had they known his associates were under investigation.  —  The Justice Department distanced itself on Sunday …
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
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.
Graham open to other evidence on impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Amid Ukraine scandal, Trump officials worry about Rudy Giuliani's financial motives  —  Amid near-daily revelations of Rudy Giuliani's “shadow” foreign policy, senior administration officials are worried that more information could surface connecting official Trump administration policy to Giuliani's personal financial gain.
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
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
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: Occupy Democrats and 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
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
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Says She Will Release a Plan to Finance ‘Medicare for All’  —  Ms. Warren had been criticized for sidestepping questions about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to help finance her “Medicare for all” plan.  —  INDIANOLA, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Warren says she will soon release plan to fund ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
After weeks of criticism, Warren says she will release a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all
Discussion: NBC News
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
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 …
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
DEFDON 1: Trump has more reason than ever for genuine alarm  —  For Republican voters, the 2016 campaign was a contest between two compelling illusions: the rough and ready outsider billionaire versus the conniving socialist hellbeast of Chappaqua.  Some embraced Trump and hoped for the best.
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Aimee Ortiz / New York Times:
Emmett Till Memorial Has a New Sign. This Time, It's Bulletproof.
Discussion: HuffPost
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
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 …
Bianca Bruno /
Feds Admit 1,250 More Immigrant Children Were Separated From Parents