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11:55 AM ET, October 22, 2019

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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 …
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: The Guardian, Slate, Raw Story and Townhall
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The embarrassing epilogue to the media's obsession with Hillary Clinton's emails  —  Democratic Nominee for President Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists during a hastily formed press conference to comment on the new FBI investigation concerning Clinton's private emails on October 28, 2016.
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
This Is Why Hillary Is Attacking Tulsi  —  There's no evidence that Tulsi Gabbard has embraced Russia—but there IS evidence that Russia has embraced her.  —  Hillary Clinton stumbled back into the public spotlight last week by suggesting that Russia is “grooming” Tulsi Gabbard …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Hillary Clinton-Tulsi Gabbard feud, explained  —  Hillary Clinton speaking at George Washington University on September 17, 2019, in Washington, DC.  Zach Gibson/Getty Images  —  Neither of them come out looking particularly good.  —  Hillary Clinton emerged from relative political obscurity …
Discussion: Fox News, The Federalist and The Hill
Naveed Jamali / Newsweek:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Being Used by the Russians, and to a Former US Double Agent, the Evidence Is Clear |
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
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HuffPost:   Trump's Elaborate Scheme To Get Around His Emoluments Problem Proves He Has One
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Intends To Ban Copies Of NYT, WaPo Newspapers From White House  —  President Trump plans to bar copies of the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers from the White House.  —  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday evening, in which he spouted off on the same litany …
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
White House Factions Fight Over Trump's Next Homeland Security Secretary
Dan Goldberg / Politico:
Premiums for popular Obamacare plans to drop 4 percent  —  Premiums for key plans sold on HealthCare.gov will drop by 4 percent on average next year, with several states seeing double-digit declines, the Trump administration said this morning.  —  This marks the second straight year …
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:   Obamacare Premiums to Fall and Number of Insurers to Rise Next Year
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.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
New York Times:
Justin Trudeau Headed to Second Term as Canada's Prime Minister  —  The Liberal Party is projected to lose its majority but keep enough seats to form a government.  —  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was headed to a second term on Monday after an often ugly campaign that became …
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
With Impeachment Looming, Trump Is Threatening to Sue ‘Everybody Who Pisses Him Off’  —  The president is reverting back to old habits.  —  Last week, as the White House struggled to grapple with an accelerating impeachment probe and a bloodbath in Syria, President Donald Trump's mind drifted to old …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Lawmakers outraged after Trump compares impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’  —  “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching,” Trump tweeted.  “But we will WIN!”  —  President Donald Trump has called the House impeachment inquiry a “coup,” a “witch hunt” and a …
Discussion: USA Today, Politico, Bloomberg and CNN
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump calls impeachment inquiry a ‘lynching’ as a key witness testifies
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
New York Times:
Why Baby Elijah and a Million Other Children Lack Medicaid  —  The uninsured rate for children is climbing as families run afoul of new paperwork from states and as fear rises among immigrants.  —  HOUSTON — The baby's lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen in the blood when his mother …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans rip Mick Mulvaney's ‘rough patch’  —  Fighting for President Donald Trump is one thing.  But Republicans aren't eager to defend a struggling White House acting chief of staff they've never really loved.  —  Mick Mulvaney's two stumbling public appearances over the past week …
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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
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Times:
With Syria on the Table, Erdogan Pays Court to Putin  —  Russia's leader hosted his Turkish counterpart as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire with Kurdish forces came to an end, underscoring Moscow's emergence as a powerful player in the Middle East.  —  SOCHI, Russia — His jets patrol Syrian skies.
Discussion: National Review
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Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters:   Turkey will resume Syria assault if U.S. promises not met: Erdogan
 
 
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Donald M. Berwick / USA Today:
Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All.’ Most families would pay less for better care.
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Former Sanders Surrogate Lucy Flores Endorses Elizabeth Warren
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Alex Gibney: How Donald Trump Is Morphing Into Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids
Issues & Insights:
China's Disguised Global Threat Comes Alive
Discussion: The Register and Instapundit
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's 2016 online advantages persist and grow ahead of 2020
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Media Attempt to School Republicans Is a Disingenuous Fraud
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley CEOs Appear to Have Chosen Their 2020 Candidate
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Vox, LifeNews.com and CNBC
Lev Facher / STAT:
How Joe Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist, upended Trump's drug pricing agenda
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return
ABC News:
'When you're in a hole, stop digging': Clinton lawyer Greg Craig to President Trump
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump dives into red-state races to reverse impeachment slump
Discussion: Raw Story
Cosmopolitan:
Teen Models Remember Trump Would “Find a Reason” to Come Backstage When They Were Changing