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1:30 AM ET, October 24, 2019

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CNN:
Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney, sources say  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.  —  The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Indicted Giuliani Associate Ties Case to Trump  —  The connection was made as two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan.  —  One of the two indicted associates of President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Wednesday tied the case …
CNN:
How two businessmen hustled to profit from access to Rudy Giuliani and the Trump administration  —  Washington (CNN)Long before they burst onto the national scene with their high-profile arrests at Dulles International Airport earlier this month, Soviet-born businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman …
New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze by Early August, Undermining Trump Defense  —  Top officials were told in early August about the delay of $391 million in security assistance, undercutting a chief argument President Trump has used to deny any quid pro quo.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — To Democrats …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No. 2 GOP senator: ‘Picture coming out of’ diplomat's testimony ‘not a good one’  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said on Wednesday that it was difficult to draw “hard, fast conclusions” from a top U.S. diplomat's closed-door testimony but that the “picture” from initial reports was “not a good one.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
Trump Pressed Ukraine's President to Act Out a Fake News Script, Live on CNN
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador to E.U. ‘does not recall’ threatening Ukraine over funding, attorney says
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Reason
Washington Post:
House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November
The Daily Beast:
Pompeo Gets Drawn Deeper—Way Deeper—Into the Ukraine Scandal
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The President Has No Defense  —  It's hard to overstate …
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and Mediaite
Ursula Perano / Axios:   13 Republicans involved in impeachment protest already have access to hearings
TMZ.com:
Matt Gaetz Says Storming Impeachment Hearings was Like ‘300’  —  Congressman Matt Gaetz sure is feeling himself after leading the blitz of House Republicans into private impeachment hearings — delaying them for hours — and he's glowing about scoring brownie points with POTUS.
Discussion: UPI
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HuffPost:
Republicans Try To Storm Impeachment Room, Break Rules In Process  —  Lawmakers bumrushed a secure room while improperly carrying their cell phones.  —  WASHINGTON ― In the latest attempts to make a circus out of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's why the Matt Gaetz sit-in stunt was particularly weird  —  Allies of President Trump are still trying to get their sea legs in response to the still-expanding scandal involving Trump's efforts to compel Ukraine to launch investigations helpful to him.
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Republicans Stormed Into The Impeachment Investigation's Secure Room, And It Was Absolute Madness  —  WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans put the “Storm Area 51” logic to the test Wednesday and barged into a secure area on Capitol Hill, interrupting a private impeachment deposition and occupying the space for a few hours.
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:   House Republicans May Have Committed Some Light Treason
Billy House / Bloomberg:
National Security Figures to Testify: Impeachment Update
New York Times:
Trump's War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him  —  The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged.  —  WASHINGTON — Nameless, faceless and voiceless, the C.I.A. officer who first triggered …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Atlantic
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New York Times:
White House Aides Feared That Trump Had Another Ukraine Back Channel  —  Senior national security officials grew concerned about Kash Patel, a colleague who had previously been involved in Republicans' efforts to undermine the Russia investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House officials suspected …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn: Not a bad idea to get U.S. troops out of the way if Turkey planned to ‘ethnically cleanse the Kurds’  —  The Texas Republican isn't happy about the abrupt U.S. withdrawal but lauded Trump's move, even if it left Kurdish allies unprotected.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn lauded …
Discussion: Political Wire and spiked
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Katie Hill says she had ‘inappropriate’ relationship with campaign staffer and is under House investigation  —  Rep. Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita) is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee after allegations that she engaged in an affair with a congressional aide were made public last week.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB looking into longtime umpire Rob Drake's tweet  —  Longtime major league umpire Rob Drake tweeted that he planned to buy an assault rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!  #MAGA2020”, according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN.
Anna Momigliano / New York Times:
Italy Did Not Fuel U.S. Suspicion of Russian Meddling, Prime Minister Says  —  Casting holes in a Trump conspiracy theory, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed details of two visits to Rome by Attorney General William P. Barr.  —  ROME — Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
If Republicans don't stand by Trump, they risk losing their base forever  —  The Republican Party risks exile for longer than it has endured in the modern era if, in the absence of incontrovertible evidence of actual “high crimes and misdemeanors,” it deserts President Trump during the campaign to remove him from office.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
MSNBC announces four all-star female moderators for November debate  —  The two-hour Democratic face off will take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia.  —  The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia will have four moderators, MSNBC announced on Wednesday — and all of them are women.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Watch AOC ask Mark Zuckerberg if she can run fake Facebook ads, too  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came prepared with questions for Mark Zuckerberg when he appeared on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019.  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  Zuckerberg's answer on whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Daniel Tovrov / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dropshipping journalism  —  No one working at Newsweek can tell me why it still exists  —  On March 20, Nancy Cooper, the editor in chief of Newsweek, sent an email to her editorial staff.  The subject was “What is a Newsweek story?”—an odd question at an eighty-six-year-old newsmagazine once considered …
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Exclusive: Trump Wants To Pick Cuccinelli For DHS, But Worries Senate Would Balk  —  President Trump has told Republican allies in the Senate that he would like to nominate immigration hard-liner Ken Cuccinelli as his next Homeland Security secretary, but has said he does not believe Republican Senate leaders …
Discussion: Political Wire
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump lawyer: Trump can't be prosecuted for shooting someone  —  NEW YORK — Even if President Donald Trump shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, New York authorities could not punish him while he is in office, the president's lawyers argued Wednesday.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Scoop: Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network  —  An internal memo on cybersecurity, obtained by Axios, warns that “the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”  —  The state of play: That's after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials …
Bloomberg:
How to Halt Global Warming for $300 Billion  — UN scientists say reclaiming wasteland could capture carbon  — Global effort would stall emissions growth for up to 20 years  —  $300 billion.  That's the money needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years …
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Who is William Taylor?  Impeachment Star Witness Has Long Relationship with Burisma-Backed Think Tank  —  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who provided key testimony to the Democrats' controversial impeachment inquiry yesterday, has evidenced a close relationship with the Atlantic Council think tank …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Battleground: 7 in 10 say US ‘on the edge of civil war’  —  Partisan political division and the resulting incivility has reached a low in America, with 67% believing that the nation is nearing civil war, according to a new national survey.  —  “The majority of Americans believe …
Discussion: GU Politics and The Daily Caller
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row  —  Javaid Rehman says 7 minors were put to death last year and 2 so far this year; killings come despite human rights law prohibiting death penalty for anyone under age 18  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran executed seven child offenders …
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Scoop: The grandees headed to Saudi Arabia's “Davos in the Desert”  —  Never mind the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — there's money to be made.  That's the clear message sent by the list of grandees scheduled to attend the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later this month.
 
 
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Ilhan Omar / Washington Post:
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
State Dept. ordered to turn over Ukraine documents
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Chelsey Cox / CNN:
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ABC News:
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
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Michael Riccardi / New York Law Journal:
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