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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: Raw Story 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
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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New York Times:
ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Justin Trudeau survives challenge to gain second term  —  MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will serve another term as Canada's prime minister after Liberals won a plurality of seats in Parliament.  But the incumbent emerged from Monday's election weakened as his party lost seats and Trudeau will lead a minority government.
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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.
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: The Daily Caller and NPR
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  —  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.
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Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
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 …
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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
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.”
Stephanie Apstein / Sports Illustrated:
Astros Staffer's Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB's Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence  —  After the Astros clinched the AL pennant, a staffer looked at female reporters and shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!  I'm so f—  glad we got Osuna!
NBC News:
Manhattan D.A., Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court  —  Eight years of financial records are being sought in a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization about hush money payments made to two women.  —  The Manhattan District Attorney …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Antonia Blumberg / HuffPost:
Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin To Attend Saudi Conference A Year After Khashoggi Murder  —  The Treasury secretary backed out last year amid controversy surrounding the Saudi journalist's disappearance.  —  President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner …
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Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi's ‘Davos in the Desert’
Discussion: Washington Post
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,
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
The Unraveling of Mick Mulvaney  —  The White House chief of staff, still “acting” after all these months, should never have been cast in the role of spin doctor.  —  Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.  —  There he goes again.  —  This weekend, Mick Mulvaney …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and USA Today
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 …
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: The Week and Raw Story
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 …
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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CREW:   Tracking President Trump's Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Aren't More Democrats Endorsing Warren?  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has moved into the top tier of the Democratic primary field in national polls, joining former Vice President Joe Biden.  Further, she leads in Iowa and New Hampshire and raised more than anyone except Sen. Bernie Sanders from July through September.
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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.
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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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
 
 
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Stephanie Landsman / CNBC:
Robert Shiller: Recession likely years away due to bullish Trump effect
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Impeachment inquiry will stay on track after Cummings' death, acting Oversight Committee Chair Maloney says
Discussion: Politico
Kate Storey / Esquire:
‘One Grotesque Irony After Another’: Inside the Rise and Fall of Gawker 2.0
Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Just Ronan Farrow: NBC News Killed My Rape-Allegation Story Too
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Iowa caucuses are ‘up for grabs’ as Pete Buttigieg surges into top tier