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12:10 PM ET, October 24, 2019


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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: HuffPost, Axios, Contemptor and spiked
Tammy Duckworth / USA Today:
Sen. Duckworth: With Syria drawdown, Donald Trump turns his back on America's credibility
The Economist:   Russia and Turkey agree to carve up northern Syria
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Trump's spin about the ‘great outcome’ in Syria
Discussion: USA Today, Defense News and
Wall Street Journal:
Schiff's Secret Bombshells  —  If the testimony is so damning for Trump, why not make it public?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Bombshell.  The walls are closing in.  Donald Trump's defense has collapsed.  The quid pro quo has been proven, the case for impeachment is obvious …
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Education Official to Resign and Call for Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness  —  A. Wayne Johnson, appointed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, calls the student-loan system ‘fundamentally broken’  —  WASHINGTON—A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
If the AG Is Involved in a Foreign Influence Operation, Does He Have to Register with Himself?
Discussion: Townhall, CNN and The Daily Beast
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
‘Your question is insane.’ Full interview with Secretary of State Pompeo in Wichita  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday made his fourth trip to Kansas this year, this one to Wichita with Ivanka Trump.  The former Kansas congressman sat down with McClatchy's Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star …
Just Security:
United States of America v. Rudolph W. Giuliani  —  Former U.S. Attorneys draft a “Mock Indictment” based on publicly available evidence of Giuliani's misconduct. … While the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel has issued legal opinions that a sitting president cannot be indicted …
Washington Post:
House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November  —  House Democrats are preparing to move their largely private impeachment inquiry onto a more public stage as soon as mid-November and are already grappling with how best to present the complex Ukraine saga to the American people.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Accuse Impeachment Witnesses of Coordinating Testimony
Discussion: National Review
Michael Wines / New York Times:
The Student Vote Is Surging.  So Are Efforts to Suppress It.  —  The share of college students casting ballots doubled from 2014 to 2018, a potential boon to Democrats.  But in Texas and elsewhere, Republicans are erecting roadblocks to the polls.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — At Austin Community College …
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Why ambassador charging quid pro quo can't be dismissed  —  There are numerous arguments that President Trump and his allies can make against impeachment.  —  They can say that nothing he did on Ukraine rises to the level of an impeachable offense.  —  They can argue the Democrats …
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador to E.U. ‘does not recall’ threatening Ukraine over funding, attorney says
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill, HuffPost and Axios
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Klobuchar qualifies for November debate  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) became the ninth candidate to qualify for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in November.  —  Klobuchar qualified after getting 3 percent support in a national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University that was released Thursday morning.
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News, CNN and The Hill
Scott Shafer / KQED:
Harris Loses Ground in California to Front-Runners Warren and Sanders
Discussion: The Hill
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
MSNBC announces four all-star female moderators for November debate
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Fantasy of Republicans Ditching Trump
Discussion: Vox, more at Techmeme »
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.
Jessica Pels / Cosmopolitan:
Pete Buttigieg on His Plans to Address Climate Change and Revamp the Supreme Court, and, Oh, Tackle Halloween  —  It's a high-stakes election with a large pool of would-be presidents, and young women might just be the deciding vote on our future  —  To help you choose—and to get the candidates to address what matters most to YOU—
Washington Post:
Spain exhumes dictator Francisco Franco after years of bitter controversy  —  MADRID — Spain began exhuming the remains of Spanish Gen. Francisco Franco from his imposing mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid on Thursday, ending years of bitter controversy about how to commemorate a dark and complicated past.
Raphael Minder / New York Times:   Spain Is Exhuming Franco After Long and Bitter Battle
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 …
NBC News:
Laura Cooper, Pentagon official overseeing Ukraine, testifies in impeachment inquiry after GOP delay  —  The House Parliamentarian ruled that the GOP members were in violation of House deposition rules, according to an Intelligence Committee official.  —  WASHINGTON — Laura Cooper …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Guardian and KVOA-TV
Ursula Perano / Axios:
13 Republicans involved in impeachment protest already have access to hearings
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Beast
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How America's far-left could help re-elect Donald Trump  —  If America's Democrats could adopt a rule on how not to lose elections, it should be to impose a gag on Hillary Clinton.  As it is, Mrs Clinton may already have tweaked the course of the 2020 presidential race.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
National Archives probes Wilbur Ross' use of private email  —  The National Archives and Records Administration has launched an investigation into Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' use of private email for official business, according to a letter made public this week.
Iowa State University:
Buttigieg jumps to second in Iowa State University/Civiqs poll  —  AMES, Iowa - Mayor Pete Buttigieg is building momentum in Iowa, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll.  Of likely caucus-goers, 20% said Buttigieg is their top choice among the field of Democratic presidential candidates.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ceremony at the Capitol for the Late Representative Elijah Cummings  —  The casket of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) arrived at the U.S. Capitol for a ceremony before lying in state.
Ben Geman / Axios:
Reports: Trump to imminently begin process of leaving Paris climate deal  —  President Trump is making life more complicated for climate change advocates and K Street alike — in ways obvious and sometimes less so.  —  Driving the news: The climate world was abuzz Wednesday at reports …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Mental Impairment Means He Cannot Think Strategically or in Abstract Terms,’ Claims Professor of Psychiatry  —  A psychiatry professor claimed President Donald Trump is so mentally impaired that he cannot think in abstract terms and can only view things in a one-dimensional way.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump ‘Enemies List’ Smear Flops  —  They've latched onto their most ridiculous claim yet.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Donald Trump's allies in Congress and the pro-Trump media are scrambling to find a counter-narrative to the Ukraine impeachment investigation that can shore up Republican support …
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
The Secret Service Interviewed Eminem Over “Threatening Lyrics” About Trump And Ivanka.  These Docs Prove It.  —  In August 2018, Eminem announced the surprise release of his new album, Kamikaze, in a tweet, delighting his fans with 13 fiery new raps, just eight months after he dropped his last album, Revival.
Discussion: Political Wire
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Katie Hill under investigation after allegations of inappropriate relationship with congressional aide  —  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.
Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
Trump's presidency is built on lies.  Does he actually believe them?  —  The president's efforts in Ukraine break Watergate's record for presidential stupidity.  What was the point?  —  A puffed-up Donald Trump on Wednesday peddled his latest Syrian retreat as if his ability …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Andy Smarick / The Bulwark:
The Post-Trump GOP  —  The optimistic case for a Trumpism-free conservatism and Republican party.  —  It is frequently said that Donald Trump has forever changed the Republican party and American conservatism.  His most severe critics and his most passionate supporters tend to agree …
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Bring Impeachment into the Light
Lee Smith / The Federalist:
10 Questions To Ask About Trump's Removal Of Troops From Syria
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Marine Corps vet who served in Iraq deported to El Salvador
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Michael McFaul / Foreign Affairs:
Trump's Gift to Putin
Alan M. Dershowitz / Gatestone Institute:
Impeachers Searching for New Crimes
Discussion: Althouse
Melissa Gira Grant / New Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Trump's Character Betrays Him
Douglas Murray / National Review:
The Brexit Knot  —  Britain now faces a great political and constitutional crisis
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
How Another Trump Lawyer Became Involved in US Foreign Policy
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
Texts Reveal Concern About Katie Hill Drinking, Missing Flights
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row
Daniel Tovrov / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dropshipping journalism  —  No one working at Newsweek can tell me why it still exists