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Washington Post:
Putin and Hungary's Orban helped sour Trump on Ukraine  —  President Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin …
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New York Times:
Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting  —  The discussion at the White House between President Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orban was held over objections from Mr. Trump's national security adviser.  —  WASHINGTON — Just 10 days before a key meeting on Ukraine …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico, CNN and Axios
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The smoking gun has already been revealed  —  The impeachment of President Trump has reached an early point of absurdity.  —  Just about everyone in Washington believes that a quid pro quo — in which Trump used American clout to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into an investigation …
Discussion: Slate, The Guardian, Raw Story and Townhall
Washington Post:   ‘Get tougher’: Trump slams Democrats and chides Republicans as allies criticize his erratic impeachment response
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans rip Mick Mulvaney's ‘rough patch’
Discussion: Political Wire
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!
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
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 …
Peter Zimonjic / CBC News:
Liberal government projected as polls east of B.C. continue to roll in  —  CBC News is projecting that Justin Trudeau's Liberals will form the next government.  —  The Liberals look set to take most of the seats in Atlantic Canada — a region the party swept in 2015 — with polls in Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies now reporting.
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Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Trudeau outlasts challengers to gain second term  —  MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will serve another term as Canada's prime minister after Liberals won a plurality of seats in Parliament.  But the incumbent emerged from Monday's election weakened as his party lost seats and Trudeau will lead a minority government.
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 …
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Post:
Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump  —  The company disabled a network of accounts that posed at times as locals in swing states to post on divisive political issues and the upcoming presidential election.  —  Facebook on Monday said it removed a network …
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Troll Farm Is Kind of Sh*tting the Bed on Facebook
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Week
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Naveed Jamali / Newsweek:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Being Used by the Russians, and to a Former US Double Agent, the Evidence Is Clear |  Opinion  —  , NEWSWEEK COLUMNIST, FORMER FBI DOUBLE AGENT AND THE AUTHOR OF “HOW TO CATCH A RUSSIAN SPY”  —  Much has been made of Hillary Clinton's implication that Tulsi Gabbard is someone Russia has “their eye on.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
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New York Times:
Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary  —  Two of the president's potential picks have been deemed ineligible because of a federal statute.  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a year before the 2020 election, President Trump is running out of options in his search for a leader …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump aides nix his picks to take over DHS
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Salt-of-the-earth GOP senator humiliates a ‘smug, rich liberal elitist’  —  Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri just attacked your humble blogger as a “smug, rich liberal elitist” who is part of a movement that has “utter, open contempt for the people of the heartland.”
New York Times:
Erdogan and Putin Meet as Syria Cease-Fire Nears an End  —  Russia's leader hosted his counterpart at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, underscoring Moscow's emergence as a powerful player in the Middle East.  —  SOCHI, Russia — The leaders of Turkey and Russia were meeting at this Black Sea resort city …
Discussion: National Review
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Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters:   Turkey will resume Syria assault if U.S. promises not met: Erdogan
CNN:
Fact check: Trump made at least 20 false claims in angry Cabinet monologue  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a blistering and rambling monologue to the journalists he allowed into his Cabinet meeting for more than 70 minutes on Monday.  His press secretary, Stephanie Grisham …
Discussion: Washington Post and PolitiFact
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet meetings have become about everything but the business of his Cabinet
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Wall Street Journal:
Fighting Extradition, Ukrainian Tycoon Aligns Legal Strategy With Trump Camp  —  Dmytro Firtash says his prosecution by the U.S. is politically motivated and has enlisted Trump allies to fight it, drawing the attention of House impeachment investigators.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return  —  The president has sought to scale back America's military presence around the world without waiting to negotiate concessions from foes like the Taliban or North Korea.  —  WASHINGTON — The Taliban have wanted the United States …
Miami Herald:
Despite reversal, Trump's Doral promotion will now be used against him in court  —  Congressional Democrats will file a legal brief in federal court on Tuesday asserting that President Trump's promotion of his Doral resort for the G-7 summit was further evidence he has violated the Emoluments Clause …
Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley CEOs Appear to Have Chosen Their 2020 Candidate  — Buttigieg has out-raised Biden 5-1 among givers in tech world  — Warren's rise worries bundlers who backed Clinton and Obama  —  The technology industry is looking for something different in a president in 2020.
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Beast, NB Blog and CNBC
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.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Scoop: Adam Neumann will determine WeWork's fate  —  Japanese investment firm SoftBank will pay former WeWork CEO and current non-executive chairman Adam Neumann around $200 million to leave the board of directors, give up his voting shares and support SoftBank's takeover, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A video caught white students saying the n-word.  Amid outcry, they've been criminally charged.  —  The three people walking through a dimly lit parking lot near a University of Connecticut student apartment complex probably didn't know they were being watched.
Discussion: New York Times
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Media Attempt to School Republicans Is a Disingenuous Fraud  —  If you haven't had your daily dose of petulant surreality, swivel over to read this astounding editorial at what used to be America's paper of record.  This curious effusion warns that “The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone …
Discussion: New York Times
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump dives into red-state races to reverse impeachment slump  —  Donald Trump is going all-in on a trio of Southern governor's races in November, gambling that a clean sweep will help him regain his political footing at the most perilous moment of his presidency.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lev Facher / STAT:
How Joe Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist, upended Trump's drug pricing agenda  —  WASHINGTON — As the Marine Band warmed up and White House aides scurried to set up chairs in a sun-soaked Rose Garden for perhaps the most consequential health care address of the Trump presidency …
Cosmopolitan:
Teen Models Remember Trump Would “Find a Reason” to Come Backstage When They Were Changing  —  In exclusive excerpts from the explosive new book  —  , “Nobody has more respect for women than me!”  Although his sordid history with women has been well-documented (to date,
 
 
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Medicaid Now Covers a Million Fewer Children
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
With Impeachment Looming, Trump Is Threatening to Sue ‘Everybody Who Pisses Him Off’
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Democrats look to dodge Oversight fight to protect impeachment push
Discussion: American Greatness and Fox News
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
A Drug Cartel Just Defeated The Mexican Military In Battle
ABC News:
'When you're in a hole, stop digging': Clinton lawyer Greg Craig to President Trump
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
New book whacks Kamala Harris' AG record during housing crisis
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Last U.S. Base in Syria 'Is Everything Wrong With Trump's War'
NBC News:
Manhattan D.A., Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politico
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi's ‘Davos in the Desert’
Discussion: HuffPost
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
Dozens of new websites appear to be Michigan local news outlets, but with political bent