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10:55 PM ET, October 21, 2019

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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 …
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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Mulvaney's Ukraine Story Undercut by Trump's Former Diplomat to the Country
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It's not just Giuliani: The intertwining team focused on Trump and Ukraine
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook: Russian trolls are back.  And they're here to meddle with 2020  —  New York (CNN Business)People linked to the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed troll group indicted by the United States for its alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election …
Discussion: Political Wire
Facebook:
Removing More Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Iran and Russia
NBC News:
Pentagon draws up plans for quick Afghanistan withdrawal just in case Trump blindsides military  —  Officials cautioned, however, that the planning is a precaution and there is currently no White House directive to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon …
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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against Turkey if needed, Mike Pompeo says  — “We prefer peace to war,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNBC's Wilfred Frost.  “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Wall Street Journal:
White House Personnel Director Told Trump That Top Candidates for Acting DHS Secretary Aren't Eligible  —  The White House personnel director told President Trump that neither Ken Cuccinelli nor Mark Morgan, top candidates for acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, aren't qualified under federal vacancies law.
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New York Times:
Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump aides nix his picks to take over DHS
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
Naveed Jamali / Newsweek:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Being Used by the Russians, and to a Former US Double Agent, the Evidence Is Clear |  Opinion  —  , NEWSWEEK COLUMNIST, FORMER FBI DOUBLE AGENT AND THE AUTHOR OF “HOW TO CATCH A RUSSIAN SPY”  —  Much has been made of Hillary Clinton's implication that Tulsi Gabbard is someone Russia has “their eye on.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
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The Editorial Board:   It's Official: the Press Failed Hillary Clinton and America in 2016
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump defends Gabbard from Clinton's attacks: ‘These people are sick’
Discussion: RedState and JONATHAN TURLEY
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 …
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
We deserve a better Medicare-for-all debate
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and The Hill
Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg Has Quietly Recommended Campaign Hires to Pete Buttigieg
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg is the new political villain for the Democratic Party
Discussion: Common Dreams and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Private Photos of Indicted Donor Depict Ties to Trump, Giuliani  —  Dating back to 2015, the private Instagram account of Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American indicted for illegal campaign donations, appears to show VIP access to President Trump and a close relationship with Rudy Giuliani.
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
Indicted Giuliani associate joined DeSantis on last-minute campaign swing
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Cosmopolitan:
Teen Models Remember Trump Would “Find a Reason” to Come Backstage When They Were Changing  —  In exclusive excerpts from the explosive new book  —  , “Nobody has more respect for women than me!”  Although his sordid history with women has been well-documented (to date,
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff  —  Democrats in the House turned aside a GOP-led privileged resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Monday in a straight party-line 218-185 vote.  —  Republicans and President Trump have increasingly targeted Schiff …
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The Guardian:
Facebook reports Russia's ‘well-resourced operation’ to meddle in 2020 US election - as it happened
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Congress Might Impeach Trump and Actually Remove Him From Office  —  If you have seen the 1995 movie Casino, the fate of Joe Pesci's character gives a fairly good sense of how Donald Trump might eventually be impeached and removed from office.  If you haven't seen Casino, Pesci's character …
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi's ‘Davos in the Desert’  —  US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner plan to attend this year's “Davos in the Desert,” a Saudi Arabian economic conference the US …
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court wipes out Michigan partisan gerrymander ruling  —  The court had already declared in June that such challenges involve an essentially political issue, beyond the authority of federal courts to resolve.  —  Supreme Court strikes down Michigan gerrymandering ruling
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NBC News:
Manhattan D.A., Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar, 37, is not only dating, but living ‘on and off’ with her married campaign aide Tim Mynett, 38, in Washington DC, DailyMail.com can reveal  —  DailyMail.com has obtained photographic evidence that confirms Omar and Mynett have been hooking up whenever she is in DC for congressional work.
Discussion: Power Line and twitchy.com
Courtney Hagle / Media Matters for America:
CNN hired Sean Duffy, who immediately pushed conspiracy theories that CNN had already debunked  —  CNN's new hire, former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), has used his first two appearances on the network to push a conspiracy theory that has already been widely debunked — including by CNN's own reporting.
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
House Democrats zero in on ‘abuse of power’ in Trump impeachment inquiry  —  Pelosi is said to favor one sweeping charge related to Ukraine, but there's some debate about the need for additional charges.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are zeroing in on a framework for their impeachment case …
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
Dozens of new websites appear to be Michigan local news outlets, but with political bent  —  2019 Lansing city council candidates share what they believe to be the biggest concern for the city of Lansing and its residents  —  LANSING — Dozens of websites branded as local news outlets …
Peter Zimonjic / CBC News:
Liberal government projected as polls east of B.C. continue to roll in  —  CBC News is projecting that Justin Trudeau's Liberals will form the next government.  —  The Liberals look set to take most of the seats in Atlantic Canada — a region the party swept in 2015 — with polls in Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies now reporting.
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet meetings have become about everything but the business of his Cabinet  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  The Cabinet meeting was billed as a discussion of the administration's “successful rollback of the abuses and the high cost of the bloated regulatory state.”
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Dan Primack / Axios:
Scoop: Adam Neumann will determine WeWork's fate  —  Japanese investment firm SoftBank will pay former WeWork CEO and current non-executive chairman Adam Neumann around $200 million to leave the board of directors, give up his voting shares and support SoftBank's takeover, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Trump Conflicts of Interest Top 2,500, CREW Releases Live Tracker  —  If President Trump's leadership sometimes feels haphazard and temperamental, it's in contrast to one area where he seems to maintain a laser focus: Trying to use the presidency to enrich himself through the private businesses he still owns as president.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Last U.S. Base in Syria 'Is Everything Wrong With Trump's War'
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
AG Barr continues his dueling investigation on origin of the Russia probe
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Former Kansas Gov. Sebelius endorses Bollier in U.S. Senate race
Samuel Sinyangwe / DemCast:
Democrats are losing the digital arms race.  It's like going to war …
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Impeachment inquiry will stay on track after Cummings' death, acting Oversight Committee Chair Maloney says
Discussion: Politico
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Kate Storey / Esquire:
‘One Grotesque Irony After Another’: Inside the Rise and Fall of Gawker 2.0
New York Times:
ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Pompeo to Make Another Kansas Visit as GOP Courts Him for Senate
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media has turned a corner and is normalizing Trump less. It's about time.
Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Just Ronan Farrow: NBC News Killed My Rape-Allegation Story Too