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8:45 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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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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Top U.S. envoy ties Trump directly to Ukraine quid pro quo  —  The top U.S. envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that President Donald Trump sought to withhold critical military aid to Ukraine and refuse a White House meeting with the country's president unless …
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 and The Week
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
6 Key Revelations of Taylor's Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators  —  William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, delivered detailed testimony on Tuesday about the actions at the heart of the inquiry.  —  WASHINGTON — William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Kiev …
Washington Post:
Here's the quid pro quo proof, Lindsey Graham  —  SEN. LINDSEY O. Graham, one of President Trump's most ardent defenders in the Ukraine affair, has said he sees no evidence of wrongdoing in the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Mr. Trump pressed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Federal Investigators Are Probing Suspicious Financial Transactions By Two Giuliani Associates Who Ran A Back-Channel Campaign  —  A federal grand jury investigating activities surrounding Rudy Giuliani's back-channel campaign in Ukraine has demanded legal documents that include records …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Indicted Giuliani associate Igor Fruman taps Manafort attorney
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 and National Review
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Leaked Video Shows Elizabeth Warren Backing Away From Bernie's Medicare for All Plan
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
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Rallies Aren't a Sideshow. They Are the Campaign.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘The White House is not to be trusted right now’
Discussion: Defense One
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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Kristine Phillips / USA Today:   Donor who gave $900,000 to Trump's inaugural committee to plead guilty to foreign lobbying, other charges
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.
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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Ryan Heath / Politico:
Britain takes another Brexit baby step
CNN:
Joe Biden said in 1998 that Clinton impeachment could be seen as ‘partisan lynching’  —  McCarthy breaks with Trump over ‘lynching’ comment  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump's comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry to a …
Marnie Cathcart / Justice Centre …:
BC Human Rights Tribunal rules in favour of female estheticians who refused to wax male genitalia  —  VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) is pleased to announce that the BC Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in favour of home estheticians' right to refuse to handle male genitalia against their will.
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Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
BREAKING: Jessica Yaniv loses cases against women who wouldn't “wax her balls”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NB Blog
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).
Avery G. Wilks / The State:
SC Senate Republicans strip exceptions for rape, incest out of heartbeat abortion ban  —  A proposal to outlaw abortions in South Carolina after about six weeks of pregnancy got a first round of approval in the state Senate on Tuesday after Senate Republicans removed protections in the bill …
Discussion: WIS-TV, HuffPost, Vox and PennLive
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Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block two election security bills
Discussion: Politico
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: NBC News, The Hill and National Review
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Trump's sick trivialization of lynching — and two senators' outrageous justifications
Geneva Sands / CNN:
Kirstjen Nielsen says she left DHS because ‘saying no’ wasn't enough  —  Washington (CNN)Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday said she left office because “saying no” and refusing to do things that others in the administration wanted was “not going to be enough.”
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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: Vox and Mediaite, more at Techmeme »
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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New York Times:
Putin and Erdogan Announce Plan for Northeast Syria, Bolstering Russian Influence
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.
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
CIA ‘rattled’ by DOJ inquiry into Russia investigation origins
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
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: Breitbart, Fox News and RedState
 
 
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump's D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group's Kurdish solidarity event
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite reversal, Trump's Doral promotion will now be used against him in court
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
Justin Slaughter / American Prospect:
How Democrats Can Insulate New Laws From a Hostile Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Skubick / WLNS-TV:
Poll shows U.S. Senate race a toss-up
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Police chief skipping Trump's 1st Chicago visit as president
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
Washington Post:
Just in time for skating season, Trump's company scrubs his name from N.Y. ice rinks
Andrei V. Kozyrev / New York Times:
The America I Knew as Russia's Foreign Minister Is Gone
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
McConnell denies telling Trump his Ukraine call was “innocent”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Center for Public Integrity:
Conservative political fundraiser pleads guilty to felony
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
Madeleine Jacob / LifeSiteNews:
Jury rules against dad trying to save his 7-year-old from gender ‘transition’
CNN:
CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office