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3:35 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 Recommended Campaign Hires to Pete Buttigieg  — 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 …
The Guardian:
Facebook reports Russia's ‘well-resourced operation’ to meddle in 2020 US election - live  —  Facebook discloses it has taken down a new foreign interference operation that appears to be linked to a Russian troll agency - follow the latest  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren responded …
Los Angeles Times:
Think Warren's too liberal?  Biden's old news?  Midwesterners Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar want to talk to you
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook: Russian trolls are back.  And they're here to meddle with 2020  —  New York (CNN Business)People linked to the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed troll group indicted by the United States for its alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:   Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook caught Russia and Iran trying to interfere in 2020
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.
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
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New York Times:
Why Trump Dropped His Idea to Hold the G7 at His Own Hotel
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Personnel Director Told Trump That Top Candidates for Acting DHS Secretary Aren't Eligible  —  The White House personnel director told President Trump that neither Ken Cuccinelli nor Mark Morgan, top candidates for acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, aren't qualified under federal vacancies law.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
Discussion: VICE
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:   ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Congress Might Impeach Trump and Actually Remove Him From Office  —  If you have seen the 1995 movie Casino, the fate of Joe Pesci's character gives a fairly good sense of how Donald Trump might eventually be impeached and removed from office.  If you haven't seen Casino, Pesci's character …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Axios
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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.
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: Mediaite and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Pompeo to Make Another Kansas Visit as GOP Courts Him for Senate  —  The secretary of state will head to Wichita as Republicans continue to hope he'll run  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make another trip to Kansas on Thursday in a move sure to reignite speculation about his political future.
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.
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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 …
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
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar, 37, is not only dating, but living ‘on and off’ with her married campaign aide Tim Mynett, 38, in Washington DC, DailyMail.com can reveal  —  DailyMail.com has obtained photographic evidence that confirms Omar and Mynett have been hooking up whenever she is in DC for congressional work.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Mulvaney's Ukraine Story Undercut by Trump's Former Diplomat to the Country  —  Kurt Volker told Congress that DOJ never asked Ukraine to scrutinize election interference.  But Mulvaney said the White House held up aid to the country to get them to help DOJ.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeremy Gordon / The Outline:
This one detail about ‘Watchmen’ is driving me nuts  —  The show imagines what 2019 would be like, in the ‘Watchmen’ world... with one crucial mistake.  —  Culture  —  The show imagines what 2019 would be like, in the ‘Watchmen’ world... with one crucial mistake.  —  Jeremy Gordon Oct—21—2019 01:00PM EST
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
Geoff Bennett / NBC News:
Republicans to hold vote over Adam Schiff's role in impeachment investigation  —  House Republicans are expected to push a vote on Monday on a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.  Republicans are taking issue with how Schiff is conducting the impeachment investigation.
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.
Discussion: IndieWire
 
 
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Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Where Will Hollywood Find the Next Clint Eastwood?
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Reversals on G-7 and potentially Syria show Trump buckles in the face of enough Republican pressure
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media has turned a corner and is normalizing Trump less. It's about time.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: No Godfather clip for Stone trial
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Netanyahu says he can't form a government after election deadlock
Discussion: UPI
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Pompeo and Mulvaney beclown themselves
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
Tristan Kirk / London Evening Standard:
Julian Assange fights back tears and describes living ‘in fear’ during court appearance over extradition case
Discussion: Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump urges GOP to ‘get tougher and fight’ impeachment as Pelosi details his ‘shakedown’ of Ukraine
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Just Security:
The Missing Link: Getting Dirt on Biden Was Key Part of “Investigation into 2016 Election” Too
Discussion: Raw Story
Financial Times:
Russian cyberattack unit ‘masqueraded’ as Iranian hackers, UK says