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2:50 PM ET, October 24, 2019

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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 …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Trump's spin about the ‘great outcome’ in Syria
Discussion: USA Today, Defense News and GovExec.com
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why is GOP spin growing more pathetic and lawless? Because Trump's defenses are collapsing.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
If Republicans don't stand by Trump, they risk losing their base forever
Discussion: Bloomberg
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Tell Federal Agencies to Cut New York Times, Washington Post Subscriptions  —  White House plans to direct government staffers to not renew orders with the newspapers, whose coverage he has disparaged as ‘fake’  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is planning to instruct federal agencies …
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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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Shocking photos of Congresswoman Katie Hill are revealed as she's seen NAKED showing off Nazi-era tattoo while smoking a bong, kissing her female staffer and posing nude on ‘wife sharing’ sites  — Katie Hill, 32, has been seen in a series of shocking photographs obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com
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Jackie Salo / New York Post:
Katie Hill admits her ‘throuple’ relationship was a bad idea  —  Rep. Katie Hill admitted this week that the ‘sexual’ relationship she had with a female staffer was “inappropriate,” amid allegations she was involved in a “throuple” with her husband and the subordinate.
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
Texts Reveal Concern About Katie Hill Drinking, Missing Flights
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Fantasy of Republicans Ditching Trump  —  Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the Republican Party ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it.  —  It's a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple …
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TMZ.com:
Matt Gaetz Says Storming Impeachment Hearings was Like ‘300’
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Lawyers for Ukrainian oligarch have another client: The columnist who pushed Biden corruption claims  —  Conservative lawyers Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, who this year took on as a client an oligarch at the center of the Ukraine scandal, also represent the conservative columnist …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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Tammy Duckworth / USA Today:
Sen. Duckworth: With Syria drawdown, Donald Trump turns his back on America's credibility
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: LGBTQ Nation and Political Wire
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Klobuchar qualifies for November debate
Scott Shafer / KQED:
Harris Loses Ground in California to Front-Runners Warren and Sanders
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Live updates: Graham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) advertised a news conference Thursday to announce a resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry, as partisan rancor continued to escalate over the Ukraine scandal.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell backs resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:   Bring Impeachment into the Light
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Economists rush to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren solve Medicare-for-all tax puzzle  —  “She wants something airtight but easy to understand,” one outside adviser said of Warren's approach to finance huge health plan  —  Internal and external economic policy advisers are trying to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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 …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Judge Napolitano Schools ‘Fox & Friends’ on Impeachment: Schiff Just ‘Following the Rules’ Written by GOP  —  Fox News' judicial analyst disappointed his colleagues by explaining there's nothing wrong with “secret” impeachment hearings.  —  After Republican members of the House literally stormed …
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
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.
BBC:
Brexit: Boris Johnson to try for 12 December election  —  Boris Johnson has said he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal, but only if they agree to a 12 December general election.  —  The prime minister told the BBC he expected the EU to grant an extension to his 31 October deadline …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Pence takes swipe at NBA and Nike in speech on China  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA in a speech criticizing China's record on trade and human rights.  —  Pence singled out the shoe company for removing Houston Rockets merchandise from stores …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Vice President Mike Pence says ‘NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary’ …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Breitbart
William Mattox / Wall Street Journal:
Impeachment Needs a Replay Booth  —  An acquittal should allow a president to run for a third term.  —  I know impeachment is supposed to be an extremely weighty matter that demands every citizen's attention, but part of me would like the never-ending histrionics to go away so that I can give my undivided attention to football.
Discussion: alicublog
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Accuse Impeachment Witnesses of Coordinating Testimony  —  The evidence concerns two unnamed witnesses in particular, said Rep. Eric Swallwell.  —  Some Democrats involved in the impeachment inquiry are beginning to suspect that certain witnesses have coordinated with each …
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 …
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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.
NBC News:
Hunter Biden's legal work in Romania raises new questions about his overseas dealings  —  Hunter Biden provided legal advice to a Romanian charged with real estate fraud, at a time when his father was pushing corruption reforms in the country.  —  In the final year of the Obama administration …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Gateway Pundit
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.
NBC News:
Tim Ryan drops out of presidential race  —  The Ohio congressman announced his decision in a video to supporters.  His campaign said he wasn't endorsing anyone just yet.  —  Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, ended his long-shot presidential campaign after months of struggling to find a footing in the crowded Democratic field.
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: ABC News, New York Times and Breitbart
 
 
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
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Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
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Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
Trump's presidency is built on lies. Does he actually believe them?
Discussion: Foreign Policy and HuffPost
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row
New York Times:
Trump's War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding