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7:05 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 …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Axios
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The smoking gun has already been revealed
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Townhall
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.
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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.
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Breitbart
New York Times:   Justin Trudeau Headed to Second Term as Canada's Prime Minister
NBC News:
Pentagon draws up plans for quick Afghanistan withdrawal just in case Trump blindsides military  —  Officials cautioned, however, that the planning is a precaution and there is currently no White House directive to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon …
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Foreign Policy:
U.S. Plan to Guard Syrian Oil Fields Sows Confusion
Discussion: UPI, Associated Press and NPR
New York Times:
ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
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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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
Wall Street Journal:
White House Personnel Director Told Trump That Top Candidates for Acting DHS Secretary Aren't Eligible  —  The White House personnel director told President Trump that neither Ken Cuccinelli nor Mark Morgan, top candidates for acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, aren't qualified under federal vacancies law.
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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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump aides nix his picks to take over DHS
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Resurgent
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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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump defends Gabbard from Clinton's attacks: ‘These people are sick’
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
The Unraveling of Mick Mulvaney  —  The White House chief of staff, still “acting” after all these months, should never have been cast in the role of spin doctor.  —  Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.  —  There he goes again.  —  This weekend, Mick Mulvaney …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Fox News
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Politico:
Republicans rip Mick Mulvaney's ‘rough patch’
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Congress Might Impeach Trump and Actually Remove Him From Office
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.”
The Editorial Board:
It's Official: the Press Failed Hillary Clinton and America in 2016  —  New State Department report implicitly indicts media behavior.  —  There's only one thing in my mind that captures the absurdity and exhaustion of our present moment more than the dustup last weekend between Hillary Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard.
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Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
US diplomat drawn into Trump's Ukraine effort set to testify  —  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — William Taylor has emerged as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.  —  The retired career civil servant was tapped to run …
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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Mulvaney's Ukraine Story Undercut by Trump's Former Diplomat to the Country
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say
NBC News:
Manhattan D.A., Trump lawyers strike deal to speed fight over Trump tax returns to Supreme Court  —  Eight years of financial records are being sought in a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization about hush money payments made to two women.  —  The Manhattan District Attorney …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politico
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,
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 …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff  —  Democrats in the House turned aside a GOP-led privileged resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Monday in a straight party-line 218-185 vote.  —  Republicans and President Trump have increasingly targeted Schiff …
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Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Impeachment inquiry will stay on track after Cummings' death, acting Oversight Committee Chair Maloney says
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi's ‘Davos in the Desert’  —  US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner plan to attend this year's “Davos in the Desert,” a Saudi Arabian economic conference the US …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Antonia Blumberg / HuffPost:   Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin To Attend Saudi Conference A Year After Khashoggi Murder
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.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
New book whacks Kamala Harris' AG record during housing crisis  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kamala Harris catapulted to Democratic stardom on a narrative based on her role as California's attorney general during the housing crisis, when she was an unrelenting adversary of big banks and mortgage lenders, and a champion of consumers.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump dives into red-state races to reverse impeachment slump
Stephanie Landsman / CNBC:
Robert Shiller: Recession likely years away due to bullish Trump effect
Discussion: Breitbart
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Last U.S. Base in Syria 'Is Everything Wrong With Trump's War'
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg is the new political villain for the Democratic Party
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
AG Barr continues his dueling investigation on origin of the Russia probe
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Former Kansas Gov. Sebelius endorses Bollier in U.S. Senate race
 Earlier Items: 
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Trump Conflicts of Interest Top 2,500, CREW Releases Live Tracker
Discussion: Washington Post
Kate Storey / Esquire:
‘One Grotesque Irony After Another’: Inside the Rise and Fall of Gawker 2.0
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
Dozens of new websites appear to be Michigan local news outlets, but with political bent
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar, 37, is not only dating, but living ‘on and off’ …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Power Line