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9:25 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.
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  —  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
Discussion: Breitbart and
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Mitt Romney opposes cutting capital gains tax rate for the rich
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The revenge of the State Department
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Moves Testing Republican Support for Trump  —  The House impeachment inquiry is reducing the president's margin for error with members of his party  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump faces increasing public and private scrutiny from his own party over a series of recent White House moves …
Washington Post:
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:   Chris Wallace: ‘Well-connected’ DC Republican says 20% chance Senate would remove Trump
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney's bad week just got worse
Discussion: Bloomberg, Political Wire and ABC News
Graham open to other evidence on impeachment  —  In an interview with “Axios on HBO,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Trump's most vital allies on Capitol Hill, opened the door to changing his mind on impeachment if there turns out to be what he considers a quid pro quo.
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:   Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
‘I never saw that’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Mulvaney quid pro quo admission
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 Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria  —  The president appears to be trying to balance competing impulses: bringing troops home while ensuring that efforts to contain ISIS will continue — and answering withering criticism for his Syria policy.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Mark Esperanto? Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet
Discussion: Task & Purpose 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.
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
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
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.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
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 …
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.
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
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’
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Aimee Ortiz / New York Times:
Emmett Till Memorial Has a New Sign. This Time, It's Bulletproof.
Discussion: HuffPost
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It's Time for an Americans' March
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
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi leads a surprise delegation to Jordan for ‘vital discussions’ on Syria crisis
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Alex Ward / Vox:
State Department talking points counter Trump's optimistic message on Syria
Discussion: Axios
Bianca Bruno /
Feds Admit 1,250 More Immigrant Children Were Separated From Parents