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9:05 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 …
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.
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
Will Bunch /
About 50 Republicans are going to decide whether America becomes a dictatorship
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Think Warren's too liberal?  Biden's old news?  Midwesterners Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar want to talk to you  —  Just when it looked like the Democratic presidential contest was becoming a two-person race, a pair of Midwestern pragmatists are betting they can still rise by speaking …
David Paleologos / USA Today:   Paleologos on the Poll: Buttigieg gets an Iowa boost on strength of his debate performance
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘It sure feels like Buttigieg and Klobuchar have wind in their sails’
Discussion: Axios and The Week
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Amy Klobuchar says she's catching on at exactly the right time
Washington Post:
After weeks of criticism, Warren says she will release a plan to pay for Medicare-for-all
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
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, Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Colleen Long / Associated Press:   APNewsBreak: US taking step to require DNA of asylum-seekers
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Amid Ukraine scandal, Trump officials worry about Rudy Giuliani's financial motives
Discussion: Political Wire 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
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mark Zuckerberg Has Quietly Advised Pete Buttigieg on Campaign Hires  — Facebook CEO, wife privately recommended hires to Democrat  — Zuckerberg facing barrage of criticism in DC for bias, privacy  —  Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has privately recommended …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:   Emails Show Zuckerberg Recommended Hires for Buttigieg Campaign
Guy Snodgrass / Politico:
Inside Trump's First Pentagon Briefing  —  Long before real planning for it began, and long before the first news stories about it, those of us in the top levels of the Pentagon heard President Donald Trump demand the military parade he would eventually get.
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Discussion: The Hill
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:   “I'm getting close”: Warren promises to release Medicare for All funding plan soon
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
What If Trump Wins?  —  President Donald Trump has a lot riding on 2020.  If he loses, he won't just quietly resume his carefree snowbird lifestyle, albeit with millions of new Twitter followers.  He'll be dogged by big legal bills as he fends off criminal investigations in multiple jurisdictions.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'It's too much': Democrats shudder at Trump's money machine  —  Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have raised more than $300 million this year for his re-election — more than any other sitting president in history at this point in the campaign.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Nothing Will Persuade White Evangelicals to Support Impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
John Paul Tasker / CBC News:
It's election day in Canada: Here's what you need to know
Brian Mann / NPR:
Partisan Divide Grows Over Opioid Settlement Plan
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:
Erdogan's Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.
 Earlier Items: 
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Viewers Lash Out At CNN For Hiring ‘Conspiracy Dunce Sean Duffy’
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
DEFDON 1: Trump has more reason than ever for genuine alarm