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7:35 AM ET, October 21, 2019


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New York Times:
Why Trump Dropped His Idea to Hold the G7 at His Own Hotel  —  He knew Democrats would criticize him.  When Republicans started doing so, he changed his mind.  —  He knew he was inviting criticism by choosing his own luxury golf club in Miami for the site of a gathering of world leaders …
Washington Post:
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans were tired of defending him  —  President Trump was forced to abandon his decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his private golf club after it became clear the move …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and PJ Media Home
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney's bad week just got worse  —  Mick Mulvaney's week went from bad to worse on Sunday, as he again tried to explain why President Donald Trump and the administration had withheld aid to Ukraine for weeks — one of Democrats' central questions in their impeachment inquiry.
Will Bunch /
About 50 Republicans are going to decide whether America becomes a dictatorship  —  The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.  It was their final, most essential command.  His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him.
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and UPI
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Fox's Wallace says ‘well-connected’ Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:   Chris Wallace: ‘Well-connected’ DC Republican says 20% chance Senate would remove Trump
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney's Secret Twitter Account (Update: It Is)  —  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.
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: CANNONFIRE, POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Mediaite
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Amid Ukraine scandal, Trump officials worry about Rudy Giuliani's financial motives
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Iowa caucuses are ‘up for grabs’ as Pete Buttigieg surges into top tier  —  It's a new three-way race in Iowa.  —  Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was initially seen as a long-shot presidential contender, has surged within striking distance of former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Political Wire
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘It sure feels like Buttigieg and Klobuchar have wind in their sails’
Discussion: Axios
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:   “I'm getting close”: Warren promises to release Medicare for All funding plan soon
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Amy Klobuchar says she's catching on at exactly the right time
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
Washington Post:
After weeks of criticism, Warren says she will release a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all
Discussion: The Week and NBC News
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Warren says she will soon release plan to fund ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Lindsey Graham does not rule out the possibility of Trump impeachment if new evidence emerges  —  (CNN)In another sign of the dangerous predicament facing President Donald Trump, his longtime ally Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview that aired Sunday night that he could not rule …
Discussion: HuffPost
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.
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’
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: Fox News and 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: The Hill
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Mitt Romney opposes cutting capital gains tax rate for the rich
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Want Trump to Go?  Take to the Streets  —  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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi, Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Conclude Visit to Afghanistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan - Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a high-level bipartisan Congressional delegation have concluded a visit to Afghanistan, meeting with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Axios and UPI
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Financial Times:
Russian cyberattack unit ‘masqueraded’ as Iranian hackers, UK says  —  A Russian cyber espionage unit has hacked Iranian hackers to lead attacks in more than 35 countries, a joint UK and US investigation has revealed.  —  The so-called Turla group, which has been linked with Russian intelligence …
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: The Week, HuffPost and Law & Crime
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Donald Trump Jr.: provocateur, master preacher for father
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: KFOR-TV, New York Times, UPI, CNN and HuffPost
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Guy Snodgrass / Politico:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: UPI
Zuckerberg Has Quietly Advised Buttigieg on Campaign Hires
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren Threatens Israel: ‘Everything Is On the Table’
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
WikiLeaks founder Assange due in court to fight extradition
New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story