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10:10 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
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
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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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump aides nix his picks to take over DHS
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump might expose whistleblower, Schumer tells Intel officials
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
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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Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg Has Quietly Recommended Campaign Hires to Pete Buttigieg
Dylan Scott / Vox:
We deserve a better Medicare-for-all debate
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and Politico
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
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 …
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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.”
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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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim the Saudis will pay ‘100 percent of the cost’
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,
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 …
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
The Guardian:
Facebook reports Russia's ‘well-resourced operation’ to meddle in 2020 US election - as it happened  —  Facebook discloses it has taken down a new foreign interference operation that appears to be linked to a Russian troll agency - follow the latest  —  We're wrapping up today's politics coverage.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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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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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 …
New York Times:
ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria  —  The troop withdrawal ends American operations against the terrorist group conducted jointly with a Kurdish-led militia.  —  American forces and their Kurdish-led partners in Syria had been conducting as many as a dozen counterterrorism missions …
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
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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
The Editorial Board:
It's Official: the Press Failed Hillary Clinton and America in 2016  —  New State Department report implicitly indicts media behavior.  —  There's only one thing in my mind that captures the absurdity and exhaustion of our present moment more than the dustup last weekend between Hillary Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard.
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.
Kate Storey / Esquire:
‘One Grotesque Irony After Another’: Inside the Rise and Fall of Gawker 2.0  —  Last year, Bryan Goldberg revealed big plans for his relaunch of Gawker, then postponed it indefinitely while laying off the whole staff.  Now, there's serious talk of reviving it yet again.  Here's what happened behind the scenes.
Washington Post:
Ohio counties, four drug firms reach $260 million settlement in opioid epidemic case, averting trial  —  CLEVELAND — Two Ohio counties settled Monday with four drug companies on the eve of a landmark federal trial over responsibility for the opioid epidemic, in a $260 million deal that emerged …
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
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, Master Troll?  —  Freed of the constraints of public office, Mrs. Clinton seems to be living her best life.  —  Is Hillary Clinton trolling us?  —  Over the past two weeks, Mrs. Clinton has called President Trump a “corrupt human tornado.”
Discussion: ABC News, RedState, Fox News and twitchy.com
Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Just Ronan Farrow: NBC News Killed My Rape-Allegation Story Too  —  Sil Lai Abrams writes about how her story detailing rape allegations against Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway was killed by NBC News—mirroring Ronan Farrow's Weinstein exposé.
 
 
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Mary Ann Mendoza / USA Today:
Yes, Beto, your open-border immigration ideas are slap in the face to Angel Moms like me
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Salt-of-the-earth GOP senator humiliates a ‘smug, rich liberal elitist’
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: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Trump Conflicts of Interest Top 2,500, CREW Releases Live Tracker
Discussion: The Bulwark 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.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What Our Poll Shows About Impeachment Views in 6 Swing States