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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
William Taylor testifies about deep-seated push for Ukraine quid pro quo  —  President Donald Trump's top envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday of intense efforts by administration officials to secure politically-motivated investigations of Trump's rivals in exchange …
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New York Times:
Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations, Lawmaker Says  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
NBC News:   U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor, who called Trump's Ukraine policy ‘crazy,’ testifies in impeachment inquiry
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Diplomat Faces Questions About Ukraine Aid
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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CNN:
Exclusive: Defense secretary says troops in Syria will ‘temporarily’ go to Iraq before returning to US
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 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.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: CANVAS, Associated Press, The Hill and CNN
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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
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.
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Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Intends To Ban Copies Of NYT, WaPo Newspapers From White House
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:   The Latest: UN: Over 176,000 displaced by Turkish offensive
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Mediaite
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide  —  Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.) is denying allegations that she had an improper relationship with a congressional staffer, and blamed the controversy on an “abusive husband” that she is in the midst of divorcing.
Discussion: Roll Call and Political Wire
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: CNN, PolitiFact and The Federalist
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Hillary Clinton-Tulsi Gabbard feud, explained
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.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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.
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Flashback: Jerry Nadler in 1998 Accused Republicans of Running a ‘Lynch Mob’ Against Bill Clinton  —  Democrats are expressing outrage over President Trump's comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry to “lynching,” but a top House Democrat — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler …
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Why Baby Elijah Lost Medicaid, and a Million Fewer Children Have It  —  Officials point to rising employment, but the uninsured rate is climbing as families run afoul of new paperwork and as fear rises among immigrants.  —  HOUSTON — The baby's lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen …
BBC:
Boris Johnson's Brexit bill clears first hurdle  —  MPs have backed Boris Johnson's Brexit bill through its first Commons stage.  —  A total of 329 MPs voted for the bill - which would lead to Brexit becoming law - but they are yet to agree to push it through the Commons in three days.
Center for Public Integrity:
Conservative political fundraiser pleads guilty to felony  —  Scott Mackenzie — treasurer for dozens of candidates and PACs — faces up to five years in prison  —  One of Washington's most controversial political fundraisers today pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Federal Election Commission.
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 …
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Rosario Dawson and her family sued over alleged transphobic assault  —  The actor and girlfriend of presidential candidate Cory Booker allegedly attacked a transgender employee in Los Angeles, the lawsuit claims.  —  A transgender man alleges that actor Rosario Dawson and her family subjected …
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
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump unironically says his sons receiving foreign payments “would be the biggest story of the century”  —  The central tenet of Trumpism is to never sit one out.  Trump's latest love-fest with Hannity illustrated it.  —  One day after caving to public pressure and reversing course on his plan …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
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CNBC:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court rejects Roger Stone challenge to gag order
Jessica Valenti / gen.medium.com:
Time to Put Trump in the Same League as Weinstein, Epstein, Cosby
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell introduces Syria resolution urging Trump to end troop pullout
Al Hunt / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Washington press corps goes to the World Series
David Catanese / The State:
Buttigieg focus groups found being gay “a barrier” for some black South Carolina voters
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Schumer: Democrats will try to overturn tax deduction cap
Discussion: The Hill
Robby Soave / Reason:
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Alex Gibney: How Donald Trump Is Morphing Into Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
Miami Herald:
Despite reversal, Trump's Doral promotion will now be used against him in court
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Fighting Extradition, Ukrainian Tycoon Aligns Legal Strategy With Trump Camp