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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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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: Mediaite and 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 …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Thune calls Trump remarks on lynching ‘inappropriate’
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans rip Mick Mulvaney's ‘rough patch’
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist, CNN and Washington Post
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Hillary Clinton-Tulsi Gabbard feud, explained
CNN:
Bill Taylor plans to fill in the gaps of Ukraine text messages at closed-door impeachment deposition  —  CNN: Key witness initially hesitant to take Ukraine role  —  (CNN)Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor plans to fill in the gaps of his text messages with US diplomats about Ukraine …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The smoking gun has already been revealed
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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HuffPost:   Trump's Elaborate Scheme To Get Around His Emoluments Problem Proves He Has One
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Obamacare Premiums to Fall and Number of Insurers to Rise Next Year  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly three years into President Trump's aggressive efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, prices for the most popular type of health insurance plan offered through the health law's federal marketplace …
Discussion: Mother Jones and News & Guts Media
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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.
Discussion: LifeZette and Deadline
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Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:   Trump Intends To Ban Copies Of NYT, WaPo Newspapers From White House
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: White House says Trump's ‘lynching’ tweet unrelated to ‘dark times’ for African Americans  —  President Trump called the impeachment inquiry a “lynching” in an inflammatory tweet Tuesday that drew swift condemnation from Democrats as a senior diplomat viewed as a key witness testifies.
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call, Mediaite and Breitbart
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump compares impeachment probe to ‘lynching,’ draws swift condemnation
Discussion: Spectator USA, The Week and Contemptor
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Democrats Want to Impeach Trump.  They Haven't Decided Why.  —  When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her blessing to an impeachment inquiry three weeks ago, she also laid down a marker: The investigation wouldn't center on any of the issues that Democrats have obsessed over for the past three years.
Discussion: NPR
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New York Times:
Democrats Slow Impeachment Timeline to Sharpen Their Public Case
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
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: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
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.
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: The Week, Daily Kos and Raw Story
New York Times:
Why Baby Elijah and a Million Other Children Lost 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: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
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 …
Al Hunt / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Washington press corps goes to the World Series  —  Washington is a dark place with a mean-spirited and bitterly polarizing president.  But suddenly, there's sunlight—not from the looming impeachment of Donald Trump or the political skill of Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker—but the Nationals …
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
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Proud Boys Maxwell Hare, John Kinsman Sentenced to Four Years for Upper East Side Brawl  —  Two members of the far-right group the Proud Boys were sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday, over their involvement in a Manhattan brawl last October.  Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were convicted …
David Catanese / The State:
Buttigieg focus groups found being gay “a barrier” for some black South Carolina voters  —  Internal focus groups conducted by Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign this summer reveal a key reason why he is struggling with African-American voters: some see his sexuality as a problem.
Discussion: Political Wire
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive  —  Math is a deeply frustrating subject for many elementary and high school students.  But Seattle public schools are gearing up to accuse math of a litany of more serious crimes: imperialism, dehumanization, and oppression of marginalized persons.
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
 
 
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Mary Markos / Boston Herald:
Beacon Hill bill would ban the B-word
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Associated Press:
Schumer: Democrats will try to overturn tax deduction cap
Discussion: The Hill
Donald M. Berwick / USA Today:
Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All.’ Most families would pay less for better care.
Discussion: STAT and The Week
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump dives into red-state races to reverse impeachment slump
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Fact check: Trump made at least 20 false claims in angry Cabinet monologue
Discussion: PolitiFact and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump