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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
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Does Doral Prove That Donald Trump Is Still Running the Trump Organization?
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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: The Guardian, Fox News and Raw Story
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
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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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
A Great Public School Education for Every Student
Discussion: National Review
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Warren Would Use Wealth Tax to Fund $800 Billion Education Plan
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Thinking clearly about Trump and aid to Ukraine  —  There's been a lot of confusion about what, exactly, President Trump's concerns were before withholding and later approving U.S. military aid to Ukraine.  Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, made a hash of things during …
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New York Times:
Mick Mulvaney Struggles to Explain Comments on Ukraine
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Geoff Bennett / NBC News:
Republicans to hold vote over Adam Schiff's role in impeachment investigation
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.”
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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria
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
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
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
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.
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  —  Former housing secretary and presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Monday that he will have to drop out of the Democratic primary if his campaign doesn't raise $800,000 in the next ten days.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Ceylan Yeginsu / New York Times:
Northern Ireland Set to Legalize Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage  —  The collapse of local government allowed Parliament to step in and bring the territory's laws in line with Britain's principles of human rights.  —  BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Traditionally conservative Northern Ireland …
 
 
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No one shows up to Joe Biden debate-watch parties in Philly. Does that matter?
Hallie Jackson / MSNBC:
Supreme Court strikes down Michigan gerrymandering ruling
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
In New York's 16th Congressional District, a Troubling Early Poll for Longtime Incumbent Eliot Engel
Discussion: Memos
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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.
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