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Washington Post:
Opening statement of Ambassador William B. Taylor  —  William B. Taylor, the senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before impeachment investigators Tuesday.  Read the story here.  —  Don't see the document?  Click here to download the pdf.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
William Taylor testifies about deep-seated push for Ukraine quid pro quo  —  President Donald Trump's top envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday of intense efforts by administration officials to secure politically-motivated investigations of Trump's rivals in exchange …
Washington Post:
U.S. envoy says he was told release of Ukraine aid was contingent on public declaration to investigate Bidens, 2016 election  —  BREAKING: William Taylor, the senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, gave “damning” testimony before impeachment investigators Tuesday about what Democrats have called …
New York Times:
Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations  —  In closed-door testimony, a Democratic lawmaker said, William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, drew a “direct line” between President Trump's withholding of security aid and his demand for investigations.
Fox News:
Diplomat Bill Taylor testifies two channels were created for Ukraine policy, ‘one regular, one irregular’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month.
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Anonymous Trump official who wrote New York Times op-ed has a book coming out  —  (CNN)The anonymous senior Trump administration official whose 2018 New York Times op-ed was called treasonous by President Donald Trump has written a new book about Trump titled “A Warning” that will be published next month, CNN has learned.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
White House to cancel Times, Post subscriptions after Trump's ‘Hannity’ comments  —  The White House said Tuesday it will not be renewing subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, two papers the president frequently attacks as “fake” and which he suggested canceling the previous night in a TV appearance.
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
McConnell denies telling Trump his Ukraine call was “innocent”  —  Washington — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied telling President Trump his July phone call with the Ukrainian president was “innocent,” as the president had indicated earlier this month.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Diplomat Urged Ukraine President to Convince Trump He Would Probe Corruption, 2016 Election
Discussion: The Hill
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell introduces Syria resolution urging Trump to end troop pullout
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
CNN:
McConnell introduces resolution opposing US withdrawal from Syria
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
Graham and Fox News expert showed Trump a map to change his mind about Syria withdrawal  —  It wasn't the first time Trump has been shown a map detailing economic assets to convince him not to order U.S. troops home, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — In the days after President Donald Trump paved …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Rallies Aren't a Sideshow.  They Are the Campaign.  —  The president is banking on base-pleasing campaign events to counter impeachment and power his 2020 reelection bid  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is closer to his second Election Day than his first, and an impeachment probe threatens his political future.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Politico:
We're talking about the president's racial rhetoric again  —  DONALD TRUMP, more than any modern-day president, has employed racially charged rhetoric.  Whether he means it or not, it forces a day of news coverage, standing up his allies against his foes.  And in this instance, for this day …
Discussion: CANVAS, Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
New York Times:
In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats  —  He brokered a White House meeting for Hungary's prime minister.  He spends $320,000 on parties and takes positions at odds with American policy.  He says he knows what President Trump wants.
Discussion: Washington Post
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New York Times:
Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Easy to Overlook the Faults of Our Leaders When We Catastrophize the Alternative
Discussion: New York Times and twitchy.com
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Loses a Critical Brexit Vote, Throwing the Process Into Disarray  —  Lawmakers voted down a measure to compress the timetable to debate the new withdrawal deal, in a rebuke to the prime minister  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a damaging setback Tuesday …
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BBC:   Boris Johnson's Brexit bill clears first hurdle
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Blow for Boris Johnson as MPs reject his Brexit timetable
Bloomberg:
Trump Floats Mulvaney Replacements Including Mnuchin and Conway  — Mulvaney's standing is unsteady following news conference  — Removing Mnuchin from Treasury could disturb volatile markets  —  Donald Trump has for weeks been privately testing the idea of replacing his chief of staff …
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Trump considering Kellyanne Conway as his next chief of staff after Mick Mulvaney's quid pro quo disaster: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Russia, Turkey agree to jointly remove Kurdish fighters along Turkey's border in northern Syria as U.S. withdraws troops  —  The agreement followed a deal between the United States and Turkey that forced the retreat of Syrian Kurdish fighters who had allied with the U.S. military in the fight against the Islamic State militant group.
Discussion: The Week
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Turkey announces new deal with Russia as US says its Syria ceasefire has succeeded
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Putin and Erdogan Announce Plan for Northeast Syria, Bolstering Russian Influence
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and National Review
CNN:
CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office  —  (CNN)Half of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a new high in CNN polling on the topic and the first time that support …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's quest for vengeance against John Brennan  —  President Donald Trump's obsession with former CIA director John Brennan could be on a collision course with an ongoing Justice Department probe as Attorney General Bill Barr takes a more hands-on approach to examining the intelligence community's actions in 2016.
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart, twitchy.com and Slate
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Politico:
Republicans quit trying to rein in Trump after ‘lynching’ tweet  —  Many Congressional Republicans are done trying to defend President Donald Trump after he said he was the victim of a lynching on Tuesday — but that doesn't mean they're trying to rein him in, either.
Discussion: National Review
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide  —  Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.) is denying allegations that she had an improper relationship with a congressional staffer, and blamed the controversy on an “abusive husband” that she is in the midst of divorcing.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Leaked Video Shows Elizabeth Warren Backing Away From Bernie's Medicare for All Plan  —  Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren backed off of Bernie Sanders' “Medicare for All” plan in leaked video of a private meeting with union officials, saying …
Peter Nickeas / Chicago Tribune:
9-year-old boy — feet barely touching floor from his chair — hears judge explain murder charges brought against him in central Illinois fire that killed 5 … A 9-year-old boy accused of murder and arson in the deaths of five people sat Monday morning in Woodford County juvenile court …
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE, Fox News and Althouse
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Flashback: Jerry Nadler in 1998 Accused Republicans of Running a ‘Lynch Mob’ Against Bill Clinton  —  Democrats are expressing outrage over President Trump's comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry to “lynching,” but a top House Democrat — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler …
Stephanie Apstein / Sports Illustrated:
Astros Staffer's Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB's Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence  —  After the Astros clinched the AL pennant, a staffer looked at female reporters and shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!  I'm so f—  glad we got Osuna!
wvlt.tv:
Sevier County Commission meeting overshadowed by controversial comments  —  SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Comments made by a Sevier County Commissioner sparked anger and support at a meeting on Monday night.  —  Commissioner Warren Hurst took to the floor on Oct. 21 to speak …
Madeleine Jacob / LifeSiteNews:
Jury rules against dad trying to save his 7-year-old from gender ‘transition’  —  A jury in Dallas, Texas has ruled against Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender “transition.”
Center for Public Integrity:
Conservative political fundraiser pleads guilty to felony  —  One of Washington's most controversial political fundraisers today pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Federal Election Commission.  —  Scott B. Mackenzie “caused the submission of a number of materially false …
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Obamacare Premiums to Fall and Number of Insurers to Rise Next Year  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly three years into President Trump's aggressive efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, prices for the most popular type of health insurance plan offered through the health law's federal marketplace …
 
 
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NBC News:
Feds charge California investor who donated $900K to Trump inaugural committee
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Mass. Dem's Bill Would Make It Illegal To Call Someone ‘Bitch’
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
A License to Discriminate
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Mark Levin: 'Hasn't Even Been a Hint of Scandal' in Trump's Presidency
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Rosario Dawson and her family sued over alleged transphobic assault
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Time to Put Trump in the Same League as Weinstein, Epstein, Cosby
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump unironically says his sons receiving foreign payments “would be the biggest story of the century”
Discussion: Political Wire and Hullabaloo
David Catanese / The State:
Buttigieg focus groups found being gay “a barrier” for some black South Carolina voters
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Proud Boys Maxwell Hare, John Kinsman Sentenced to Four Years for Upper East Side Brawl
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
With Impeachment Looming, Trump Is Threatening to Sue ‘Everybody Who Pisses Him Off’
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Fighting Extradition, Ukrainian Tycoon Aligns Legal Strategy With Trump Camp