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10:40 AM ET, October 21, 2019

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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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Los Angeles Times:   Think Warren's too liberal?  Biden's old news?  Midwesterners Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar want to talk to you
David Paleologos / USA Today:
Paleologos on the Poll: Buttigieg gets an Iowa boost on strength of his debate performance
Discussion: The Guardian
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Amy Klobuchar says she's catching on at exactly the right time
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
About 50 Republicans are going to decide whether America becomes a dictatorship
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
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.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Mitt Romney's Trump indictment
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Hill
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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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
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Charter Movement Continues Taking Losses with Elizabeth Warren's New Education Plan  —  Elizabeth Warren released a wide-ranging education plan Monday, pledging to invest hundreds of billions of dollars into public schools if she wins the presidency, paid in part through her proposed two-cent tax on wealth over $50 million.
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Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Warren Would Use Wealth Tax to Fund $800 Billion Education Plan
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Bloomberg:
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 …
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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: The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Women At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around Men  —  At the height of the Me Too movement, the message of the training seminar was “fix the women.”  —  When women speak, they shouldn't be shrill.  Clothing must flatter, but short skirts are a no-no. After all, “sexuality scrambles the mind.”
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
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Matt DeLong / Star Tribune:
Trump vs. Democratic candidates  —  The Star Tribune polled 800 Minnesota registered voters between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16.  Highlights from questions about potential matchups between President Donald Trump and some of his Democratic challengers in the 2020 presidential election are below.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Voters in Battleground States Are Deeply Divided on Impeachment  —  With core supporters and opponents dug in, a crucial sliver of people support the inquiry but not necessarily removal.  —  Voters in the states likeliest to decide the 2020 presidential election support the impeachment inquiry …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren Threatens Israel: ‘Everything Is On the Table’  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) took a hard line on Israel Saturday saying “everything is on the table” in imposing a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  —  “It is the official policy of the United States of America …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim the Saudis will pay ‘100 percent of the cost’
Ceylan Yeginsu / New York Times:
Northern Ireland Set to Legalize Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage
The Daily Caller:
'You Don't Get More Politically Connected': Participants In Securities Fraud Scam Touted Links To Hunter Biden
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Pelosi's meeting antics were a disservice to women
Discussion: Power Line
Rebecca Nelson / Glamour:
12 Men Share Their Abortion Stories
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Nothing Will Persuade White Evangelicals to Support Impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and 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
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
What If Trump Wins?  —  President Donald Trump has a lot riding on 2020.
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'It's too much': Democrats shudder at Trump's money machine
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Erdogan's Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
DEFDON 1: Trump has more reason than ever for genuine alarm
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Want Trump to Go?  Take to the Streets  —  Another moment for public protest has arrived.
Discussion: Daily Kos