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1:10 PM ET, October 20, 2019


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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 that 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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Contemptor
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 10-20-19: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Bob Menendez
Discussion: Political Wire 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill and Breitbart
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
After Criticism,Trump to Select New Location for G7  —  White House officials would consider another site, the president said, suggesting Camp David was a possibility.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he would no longer be holding next year's Group of 7 summit …
Washington Post:
Trump says his Doral golf resort will no longer host next year's G-7 summit, bowing to criticism
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:   Mick Mulvaney: Trump ‘surprised’ over Doral pushback
Washington Post:
Trump tweets that his Doral golf resort in Miami will no longer host next year's G-7 summit after criticism
Associated Press:
Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Afghanistan  —  Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper  —  STAFF: A little close call, but I (inaudible) Penn State today, so...  ​(CROSSTALK)  —  ​STAFF: All right, guys, so we're going to do Afghanistan first on the record …
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.
Susan Walsh / 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.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans
Discussion: Axios and CNBC
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 …
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
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.
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
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Boris Johnson's Bad Saturday and the Contradictions of Brexit  —  During the debate on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal in the United Kingdom's Parliament on Saturday—which ended, as these things often have, with a vote calling for another delay—Johnson exposed the most basic blindness of Brexit itself.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Proclaiming ‘I Am Back,’ Bernie Sanders Accepts Ocasio-Cortez Endorsement  —  Ms. Ocasio-Cortez hailed Mr. Sanders and his influence on Democratic Party politics at Mr. Sanders's first rally since his heart attack two weeks ago.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders wanted a show of force to convince voters …
Discussion: Slate, Axios and NBC News
Washington Post:
Sanders returns to the trail with a major rally: ‘To put it bluntly, I am back’
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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!’
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 /
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
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Ari Melber / Washington Post:
‘Bribery’ is right there in the Constitution. Trump could be impeached for that.
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Hundreds of Doctors to March to White House to Demand End to Trump Administration's ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants
Washington Post:
Inside Joe Biden's brawling efforts to reform Ukraine — which won him successes and enemies
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘This is a real warning’: Ex-campaign aide bluntly states Clinton didn't go far enough criticizing Tulsi Gabbard
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump's lawyers will go into impeachment empty-handed because all his stories have ‘fallen apart’ …
Financial Times:
Donald Trump's presidency continues its bizarre degeneration
Gordon Deegan /
Gardai paid Donald Trump's Doonbeg resort €14k for snack bags for members during US President's visit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump's season of weakness: A president who prizes strength enters key stretch in a fragile state
Discussion: Fox News, The Bulwark and Raw Story