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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, The Hill and Althouse
Geoff Bennett / NBC News:
Republicans to hold vote over Adam Schiff's role in impeachment investigation
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi details evidence of what she calls Trump's ‘shakedown’ …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mick Mulvaney's bad week just got worse
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.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court wipes out Michigan partisan gerrymander ruling  —  The court had already declared in June that such challenges involve an essentially political issue, beyond the authority of federal courts to resolve.  —  Supreme Court strikes down Michigan gerrymandering ruling
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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.
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, VICE, Raw Story and Mediaite
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: Althouse
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 …
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New York Times:
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Pompeo and Mulvaney beclown themselves  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But didn't the president put those gains at risk by pulling the troops out?  We saw the fighting immediately.  —  POMPEO: I'm very confident that this administration's efforts to crush ISIS will continue.
Discussion: Fox News
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New York Times:
Mick Mulvaney Struggles to Explain Comments on Ukraine
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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Associated Press:
Warren vows to ban federal funding for new charter schools
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Castro warns campaign will be ‘silenced for good’ unless he meets fundraising goal
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What Our Poll Shows About Impeachment Views in 6 Swing States  —  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
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
Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Just Ronan Farrow: NBC News Killed My Rape-Allegation Story Too  —  Sil Lai Abrams writes about how her story detailing rape allegations against Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway was killed by NBC News—mirroring Ronan Farrow's Weinstein exposé.
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
 
 
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Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook caught Russia and Iran trying to interfere in 2020
Discussion: Facebook, Vox and CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Jeremy Gordon / The Outline:
This one detail about ‘Watchmen’ is driving me nuts
Tristan Kirk / London Evening Standard:
Julian Assange fights back tears and describes living ‘in fear’ during court appearance over extradition case
Discussion: Political Wire
Stuart Anderson / Forbes:
USCIS's Cuccinelli Boasts Of Increasing Immigration Bureaucracy
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Sen Martha McSally of Arizona has a book coming out next May
Discussion: The Hill
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
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
In New York's 16th Congressional District, a Troubling Early Poll for Longtime Incumbent Eliot Engel
Discussion: Memos
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
As Homelessness Surges in California, So Does a Backlash
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
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'It's too much': Democrats shudder at Trump's money machine
Financial Times:
Russian cyberattack unit ‘masqueraded’ as Iranian hackers, UK says