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11:40 AM ET, October 22, 2019

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New York Times:
Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting  —  The discussion at the White House between President Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orban was held over objections from Mr. Trump's national security adviser.  —  WASHINGTON — Just 10 days before a key meeting on Ukraine …
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Washington Post:
Putin and Hungary's Orban helped sour Trump on Ukraine  —  President Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The smoking gun has already been revealed  —  The impeachment of President Trump has reached an early point of absurdity.  —  Just about everyone in Washington believes that a quid pro quo — in which Trump used American clout to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into an investigation …
Discussion: The Guardian, Slate, Raw Story and Townhall
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Hillary Clinton-Tulsi Gabbard feud, explained  —  Hillary Clinton speaking at George Washington University on September 17, 2019, in Washington, DC.  Zach Gibson/Getty Images  —  Neither of them come out looking particularly good.  —  Hillary Clinton emerged from relative political obscurity …
Discussion: The Federalist, Fox News and The Hill
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
This Is Why Hillary Is Attacking Tulsi  —  There's no evidence that Tulsi Gabbard has embraced Russia—but there IS evidence that Russia has embraced her.  —  Hillary Clinton stumbled back into the public spotlight last week by suggesting that Russia is “grooming” Tulsi Gabbard …
Naveed Jamali / Newsweek:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Being Used by the Russians, and to a Former US Double Agent, the Evidence Is Clear |
Discussion: twitchy.com
CNN:
CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office  —  (CNN)Half of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a new high in CNN polling on the topic and the first time that support …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’  —  Party leaders who are fatalistic about Democrats' chances in 2020 are musing about possible late entrants to the race.  Sherrod Brown?  Michelle Obama?  —  WASHINGTON — When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered …
Miami Herald:
Despite reversal, Trump's Doral promotion will now be used against him in court  —  Congressional Democrats will file a legal brief in federal court on Tuesday asserting that President Trump's promotion of his Doral resort for the G-7 summit was further evidence he has violated the Emoluments Clause …
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HuffPost:
Trump's Elaborate Scheme To Get Around His Emoluments Problem Proves He Has One  —  The White House planned to solicit private donations to pay Trump's Doral resort because government funds are prohibited.  But he's taken those funds all along.  —  WASHINGTON ― As President Donald …
Dan Goldberg / Politico:
Premiums for popular Obamacare plans to drop 4 percent  —  Premiums for key plans sold on HealthCare.gov will drop by 4 percent on average next year, with several states seeing double-digit declines, the Trump administration said this morning.  —  This marks the second straight year …
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:   Obamacare Premiums to Fall and Number of Insurers to Rise Next Year
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Salt-of-the-earth GOP senator humiliates a ‘smug, rich liberal elitist’  —  Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri just attacked your humble blogger as a “smug, rich liberal elitist” who is part of a movement that has “utter, open contempt for the people of the heartland.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
With Impeachment Looming, Trump Is Threatening to Sue ‘Everybody Who Pisses Him Off’  —  The president is reverting back to old habits.  —  Last week, as the White House struggled to grapple with an accelerating impeachment probe and a bloodbath in Syria, President Donald Trump's mind drifted to old …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
New York Times:
Justin Trudeau Headed to Second Term as Canada's Prime Minister  —  The Liberal Party is projected to lose its majority but keep enough seats to form a government.  —  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was headed to a second term on Monday after an often ugly campaign that became …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Lawmakers outraged after Trump compares impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’  —  “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching,” Trump tweeted.  “But we will WIN!”  —  President Donald Trump has called the House impeachment inquiry a “coup,” a “witch hunt” and a …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump calls impeachment inquiry a ‘lynching’ as a key witness testifies
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
New York Times:
Why Baby Elijah and a Million Other Children Lack Medicaid  —  The uninsured rate for children is climbing as families run afoul of new paperwork from states and as fear rises among immigrants.  —  HOUSTON — The baby's lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen in the blood when his mother …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
With Syria on the Table, Erdogan Pays Court to Putin  —  Russia's leader hosted his Turkish counterpart as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire with Kurdish forces came to an end, underscoring Moscow's emergence as a powerful player in the Middle East.  —  SOCHI, Russia — His jets patrol Syrian skies.
Discussion: National Review
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Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters:   Turkey will resume Syria assault if U.S. promises not met: Erdogan
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Last U.S. Base in Syria 'Is Everything Wrong With Trump's War'
Washington Post:
Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump  —  The company disabled a network of accounts that posed at times as locals in swing states to post on divisive political issues and the upcoming presidential election.  —  Facebook on Monday said it removed a network …
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Troll Farm Is Kind of Sh*tting the Bed on Facebook
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Rallies Aren't a Sideshow.  They Are the Campaign.  —  The president is banking on base-pleasing campaign events to counter impeachment and power his 2020 reelection bid  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is closer to his second Election Day than his first, and an impeachment probe threatens his political future.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's quest for vengeance against John Brennan  —  President Donald Trump's obsession with former CIA director John Brennan could be on a collision course with an ongoing Justice Department probe as Attorney General Bill Barr takes a more hands-on approach to examining the intelligence community's actions in 2016.
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Intends To Ban Copies Of NYT, WaPo Newspapers From White House  —  President Trump plans to bar copies of the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers from the White House.  —  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday evening, in which he spouted off on the same litany …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A video caught white students saying the n-word.  Amid outcry, they've been criminally charged.  —  The three people walking through a dimly lit parking lot near a University of Connecticut student apartment complex probably didn't know they were being watched.
Wall Street Journal:
Fighting Extradition, Ukrainian Tycoon Aligns Legal Strategy With Trump Camp  —  Dmytro Firtash says his prosecution by the U.S. is politically motivated and has enlisted Trump allies to fight it, drawing the attention of House impeachment investigators.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans rip Mick Mulvaney's ‘rough patch’  —  Fighting for President Donald Trump is one thing.  But Republicans aren't eager to defend a struggling White House acting chief of staff they've never really loved.  —  Mick Mulvaney's two stumbling public appearances over the past week …
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wvlt.tv:
Sevier County Commission meeting overshadowed by controversial comments  —  SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Comments made by a Sevier County Commissioner sparked anger and support at a meeting on Monday night.  —  Commissioner Warren Hurst took to the floor on Oct. 21 to speak …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Fact check: Trump made at least 20 false claims in angry Cabinet monologue  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a blistering and rambling monologue to the journalists he allowed into his Cabinet meeting for more than 70 minutes on Monday.  His press secretary, Stephanie Grisham …
Discussion: Washington Post and PolitiFact
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Media Attempt to School Republicans Is a Disingenuous Fraud  —  If you haven't had your daily dose of petulant surreality, swivel over to read this astounding editorial at what used to be America's paper of record.  This curious effusion warns that “The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone …
Discussion: New York Times
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.
 
 
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Donald M. Berwick / USA Today:
Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All.’ Most families would pay less for better care.
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Former Sanders Surrogate Lucy Flores Endorses Elizabeth Warren
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Alex Gibney: How Donald Trump Is Morphing Into Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's 2016 online advantages persist and grow ahead of 2020
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ABC News:
'When you're in a hole, stop digging': Clinton lawyer Greg Craig to President Trump
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump dives into red-state races to reverse impeachment slump
Discussion: Raw Story
Cosmopolitan:
Teen Models Remember Trump Would “Find a Reason” to Come Backstage When They Were Changing