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7:05 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:
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 …
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
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   6 Key Revelations of Taylor's Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators
Billy House / Bloomberg:
Trump Tied Ukraine Aid Directly to Probing Biden, Envoy Says
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.
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  —  A specter is haunting “pro-business Democrats” — the specter of change they can't believe in.  —  With just over three months until Iowa gets caucusing, Elizabeth Warren is their party's front-runner.  She's running neck and neck …
Discussion: NBC News
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Leaked Video Shows Elizabeth Warren Backing Away From Bernie's Medicare for All Plan
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
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 …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Rallies Aren't a Sideshow. They Are the Campaign.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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: Talking Points Memo
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Indicted Giuliani associate Igor Fruman taps Manafort attorney
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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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Blow for Boris Johnson as MPs reject his Brexit timetable
BBC:   Boris Johnson's Brexit bill clears first hurdle
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.
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
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.
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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
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
New York Times:
Putin and Erdogan Announce Plan for Northeast Syria, Bolstering Russian Influence
Discussion: Political Wire, CNN and National Review
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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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.”
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Geneva Sands / CNN:   Kirstjen Nielsen says she left DHS because ‘saying no’ wasn't enough
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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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
CIA ‘rattled’ by DOJ inquiry into Russia investigation origins
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
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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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).
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 »
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: Washington Post, Breitbart and Fox News
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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
Center for Public Integrity:
Conservative political fundraiser pleads guilty to felony
 Earlier Items: 
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
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Flashback: Jerry Nadler in 1998 Accused Republicans of Running a ‘Lynch Mob’ Against Bill Clinton
Discussion: Politico, RedState, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Madeleine Jacob / LifeSiteNews:
Jury rules against dad trying to save his 7-year-old from gender ‘transition’
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office