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12:55 PM 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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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 …
Los Angeles Times:   Think Warren's too liberal?  Biden's old news?  Midwesterners Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar want to talk to you
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘It sure feels like Buttigieg and Klobuchar have wind in their sails’
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Want Trump removed?  New data shows Fox News is a huge obstacle.  —  As the impeachment inquiry marches forward, President Trump is closely watching the Republicans in Congress, particularly in the Senate, who constitute his last line of defense against removal.  —  In that regard, Trump has a very powerful ally: Fox News.
Discussion: Contemptor and Althouse
Geoff Bennett / NBC News:
Republicans to hold vote over Adam Schiff's role in impeachment investigation
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans …
New York Times:
Mick Mulvaney Struggles to Explain Comments on Ukraine
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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.
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Warren Wants to End Vouchers and Tax Credits for Private Schools and Rein in Charters  —  Sen. 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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Associated Press:
Warren vows to ban federal funding for new charter schools
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
A Great Public School Education for Every Student
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: VICE, The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
Hallie Jackson / MSNBC:
Supreme Court strikes down Michigan gerrymandering ruling  —  The Supreme Court has tossed out a Michigan gerrymandering ruling that the court deemed too “partisan” because state voters would not be accurately represented.
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court wipes out Michigan partisan gerrymander ruling
Discussion: MSNBC and One America News Network
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.”
Associated Press:
Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops  —  AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday.  Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
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New York Times:
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria
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.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Castro warns campaign will be ‘silenced for good’ unless he meets fundraising goal  —  Julián Castro on Monday threatened to suspend his presidential bid unless he can raise nearly $1 million by the end of the month.  —  “If I can't raise $800,000 in the next 10 days …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:
Julián Castro Says He Will End His Presidential Campaign If He Doesn't Raise $800,000 In The Next 10 Days
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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: Political Wire, The Week and Althouse
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim the Saudis will pay ‘100 percent of the cost’  —  “You read where we're sending some troops to Saudi Arabia.  That's true.  Because we want to help Saudi Arabia.  They have been a very good ally.  They've agreed to pay for the cost of those troops.
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 …
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: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Just Security:
The Missing Link: Getting Dirt on Biden Was Key Part of “Investigation into 2016 Election” Too  —  When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani were preparing for their appearances on Sunday morning shows on Sept. 22, the White House was more than a week deep into the Ukraine scandal.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Does Doral Prove That Donald Trump Is Still Running the Trump Organization?  —  Over the weekend Donald Trump abandoned his plan to hold next year's G-7 summit at his Doral resort.  —  In the course of doing so, Trump made a very interesting statement: … “I would be willing” to host the event at cost.
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
In New York's 16th Congressional District, a Troubling Early Poll for Longtime Incumbent Eliot Engel  —  Six in 10 registered Democrats in New York's 16th Congressional District aren't sure who they'll vote for in the June 2020 primary — despite longtime incumbent House Foreign Affairs Chair …
Discussion: Memos
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Adam Driver, the Original Man  —  Why so many directors want to work with Hollywood's most unconventional lead.  —  When white phosphorus touches skin, it can burn through to the bone.  As the particles ignite, they emit a garlic-like odor and melt everything in their path.
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 …
 
 
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Major Garrett / CBS News:
Mulvaney and Cipollone involved in internal White House feud over chief of staff job
Eleni Courea / Politico:
UK Brexit secretary stumbles over detail of deal with EU
Judy Keen / Star Tribune:
Minnesota voters evenly split on Trump impeachment
Julia Terruso / Inquirer.com:
No one shows up to Joe Biden debate-watch parties in Philly. Does that matter?
New York Times:
As Homelessness Surges in California, So Does a Backlash
Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Just Ronan Farrow: NBC News Killed My Rape-Allegation Story Too
Ceylan Yeginsu / New York Times:
Northern Ireland Set to Legalize Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Pelosi's meeting antics were a disservice to women
Discussion: Power Line
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12 Men Share Their Abortion Stories
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'It's too much': Democrats shudder at Trump's money machine
New York Times:
Erdogan's Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Lindsey Graham does not rule out the possibility of Trump impeachment if new evidence emerges
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Want Trump to Go?  Take to the Streets  —  Another moment for public protest has arrived.
Discussion: Daily Kos