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6:35 PM ET, October 22, 2019

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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.
Discussion: Vox
Billy House / Bloomberg:
Trump Tied Ukraine Aid Directly to Probing Biden, Envoy Says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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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
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
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’  —  Party leaders who are fatalistic about Democrats' chances in 2020 are musing about possible late entrants to the race.  Sherrod Brown?  Michelle Obama?  —  WASHINGTON — When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
How Centrist Democrats Botched the 2020 Primary
Discussion: NBC News
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Easy to Overlook the Faults of Our Leaders When We Catastrophize the Alternative
Discussion: twitchy.com and New York Times
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
NBC News:
Feds charge California investor who donated $900K to Trump inaugural committee  —  Imaad Zuberi pleaded guilty to making nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to various presidential election campaigns and other candidates for elected office.  —  A California venture capitalist …
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The Daily Beast:
Feds Charge Trump Donor Imaad Zuberi With Hiding Work as Foreign Agent
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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
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.
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
BREAKING: Jessica Yaniv loses cases against women who wouldn't “wax her balls”  —  You have 15 free articles left today, enjoy reading.  —  Jessica “Jonathan” Yaniv, who infamously brought human rights complaints against multiple British Columbia estheticians for declining to perform services on her male genitals has lost her cases.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NB Blog
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide  —  Freshman Rep. Katie Hill is denying allegations that she had an improper relationship with a congressional staffer, and blamed the controversy on an “abusive husband” whom she is in the midst of divorcing.
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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Marianne LeVine / 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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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 and The Hill
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 …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Nielsen on leaving Trump administration: ‘Saying no and refusing to do it myself was not going to be enough’  —  Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she resigned from her post earlier this year because “it became clear that saying no” to policies she disagreed with “was not going to be enough.”
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
WeWork Needed a Bailout—But Adam Neumann Still Leaves a Billionaire  — SoftBank rescue values office-sharing firm at about $8 billion  — Founder Neumann is expected to sell about $1 billion of stock  —  WeWork's value has tumbled, about 2,000 employees are being cut and many investors …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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 …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Smug, Elitist Senator Attacks Middle-Class Journalist As a Smug Elitist  —  Before U.S. senator Josh Hawley took exception to something he wrote and called him a “smug, rich liberal elitist” who expressed “open contempt for the people of the heartland and all we love,” I knew nothing …
Discussion: The Federalist, Fox News and RedState
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.”
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
New Evidence Hints at Another Justice Department Coverup  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) released evidence on Tuesday that the Justice Department buried the whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian president by failing to refer the matter to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
 
 
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Andrei V. Kozyrev / New York Times:
The America I Knew as Russia's Foreign Minister Is Gone
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Mass. Dem's Bill Would Make It Illegal To Call Someone ‘Bitch’
Emily Bloch / Teen Vogue:
My Journalism Organization Is Trying to Trademark “Fake News” to Stop Donald Trump From Using It
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
A License to Discriminate
Center for Public Integrity:
Conservative political fundraiser pleads guilty to felony
emersonpolling.com:
Biden, Sanders, Warren Maintain Front Runner Status in Democratic Primary
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump unironically says his sons receiving foreign payments “would be the biggest story of the century”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Catanese / The State:
Buttigieg focus groups found being gay “a barrier” for some black South Carolina voters
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Discussion: National Review
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