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Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
U.S. lawmakers, others condemn Trump for 'lynching' comment on impeachment probe
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday again waded into America's fraught racial history by labeling the impeachment inquiry against him a "lynching" - language that conjured memories of decades of killings of thousands of black people - drawing swift bipartisan condemnation.

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Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
McConnell chides Trump for calling impeachment inquiry a 'lynching'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the House impeachment investigation "unfortunate," even as some Republicans have accused their Democratic colleagues of flagrant hypocrisy on the issue.

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Pivotal witness testifies in impeachment probe; lawmakers denounce Trump 'lynching' remark (Reuters Politics)

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Envoy testifies Trump tied Ukraine aid to politically motivated investigations
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine testified on Tuesday he was told that President Donald Trump made the release of security aid to Ukraine contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that he sought, according to a copy of his statement to lawmakers.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
BORIS PUTS BREXIT PLANS ON HOLD AFTER COMMONS WIN, AND DEFEAT... DEVELOPING...




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Brexit bill 'in limbo' as MPs reject timetable (BBC Politics)

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
READ: Top US diplomat to Ukraine's opening statement for impeachment inquiry
Top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor told lawmakers Tuesday that US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told him that President Donald Trump had said he wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly state he would investigate Bursima and the 2016 election in order to provide the Ukrainians with a meeting and security assistance, according to a copy of Taylor's opening statement obtained by CNN.

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Brexit deal: How did my MP vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?
Find out if your MP voted for the government's Brexit bill.

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Boris Johnson reacts to Brexit bill timetable rejection
Boris Johnson reacts to MPs approving his Brexit deal but rejecting the short timetable he proposed to review it.

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Boris Johnson's Brexit deal clears first hurdle in Parliament
A total of 329 MPs voted for the bill but other parliamentary hurdles remain.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
Diplomat provides House with 'disturbing' Ukraine account...




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House Democrats' Campaign Arm Directly Ties its Moderate Members to Impeachment (The Daily Beast)

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
PM tells Commons to back his deal to avoid no deal
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back his deal so the government can stop no deal preparations and the country can "move on".

The Daily BeastOct 22, 2019
Lindsey Graham Stands Up for Trump: Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Lynching in Every Sense'
Erin Scott/ReutersPresident Donald Trump's shocking comparison of the ongoing impeachment inquiry against him to a "lynching" provoked widespread condemnation from congressional members of both parties on Monday—with the notable exception of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who told reporters on Capitol Hill that the investigation into Trump is "a lynching in every sense."

"I think it's pretty well accurate—this is a shame, this is a joke," Graham told a gaggle of reporters on Monday morning. "This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American. I've never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody's accused of a major misconduct who cannot confront the accusers, call witnesses on their behalf, and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge."

Trump's Monday morning tweet—in which he encouraged Republicans to "remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching"—is the latest escalation in the president's increasingly hyperbolic reactions to the impeachment inquiry, which he has called a "coup," a "scam" and, of course, a "witch hunt."

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Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Diplomat says he was told U.S. aid for Ukraine tied to request for probes: Washington Post
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine said on Tuesday he was told the United States was withholding aid from Ukraine to try to secure a public commitment for investigations relating to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and a Ukrainian company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son served on the board, according to the Washington Post.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Blow for Boris Johnson as MPs reject his Brexit timetable


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CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
The Point: The complete and utter weirdness of Hillary Clinton's attack on Tulsi Gabbard
It's hard for anything to come truly out of left field in a political world in which Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill denies allegation of relationship with staffer
Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill of California on Tuesday denied an allegation that she was in a relationship with a member of her congressional office staff and said that she has notified Capitol Hill police that intimate photos of her were posted online without her consent.

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Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Bill Taylor, diplomat who texted concerns about Trump's Ukraine moves, testifies under subpoena
Bill Taylor, a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, appeared on Capitol Hill for a closed-door deposition Tuesday as part of the Trump impeachment inquiry and amid great interest from lawmakers over his past text messages discussing whether President Trump was engaged in a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Republicans quit trying to rein in Trump after ‘lynching' tweet
Some GOP lawmakers defended the president, while others simply declined to criticize him.

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Trump's ‘lynching' tweet draws outrage — and some Republican support (Yahoo Politics)

BBC Talking PointOct 22, 2019
Chile protests: Cities under curfew as death toll rises to 13
Santiago and other cities are under emergency rule as violent anti-government protests continue.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
McConnell denies he told Trump his call with the Ukrainian President was perfect
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he never had -- or at least doesn't recall having -- a conversation with President Donald Trump in which he described Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as perfect.

The Daily BeastOct 22, 2019
Trump Wanted Zelensky to Publicly Announce He Was Investigating Biden
President Trump wanted his Ukrainian counterpart to declare publicly that he was embarking on an investigation into Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine. 

That's according to William Taylor, America's top diplomat to Ukraine, who also told Congress on Tuesday that Ukraine's president agreed to make the announcement on CNN.

Taylor, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by The Daily Beast, said that Trump told Gordon Sondland, his ambassador to the European Union, that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had to "clear things up and do it in public" as Ukraine waited for the U.S. to release a shipment of military aid.

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PoliticoOct 22, 2019
White House to cancel Times, Post subscriptions after Trump's 'Hannity' comments
"They're fake," said the president.

New York Times PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Anonymous Trump Official Behind Times Op-Ed Is Writing a Book
"A Warning," by the Trump White House official who wrote an essay for The New York Times last year, is expected to be published in November.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
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Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
House Republicans release plan in bid to fulfill Trump promise as 'party of health care'
The GOP plan comes after Republicans were unable to agree on an option to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while they held both the House and the Senate during the first two years of President Trump's administration.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
McConnell introduces resolution opposing US withdrawal from Syria
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republican senators introduced a resolution Tuesday in opposition to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria, warning that his decision has benefited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, Russia and Iran.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
McCarthy breaks with Trump over 'lynching' comment: 'I don't agree with that language'
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday did not endorse President Donald Trump's comparison of the impeachment inquiry to a "lynching," saying, "That's not the language I would use" and "I don't agree with that language, it's pretty simple."

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Exclusive: Defense secretary says troops in Syria will 'temporarily' go to Iraq before returning to US
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that American troops ordered out of northern Syria will "temporarily" go to Iraq before they return to the US, and that President Donald Trump has not yet approved a plan to keep some troops in Syria to protect oil fields.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Presidential hopeful Warren rallies with Chicago teachers as strike enters fourth day
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, rallied with striking Chicago teachers on Tuesday, expressing support for the union's demands as the country's third-largest school system entered a fourth day of canceled classes.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
The Point: Democrats now have a real chance at winning the Senate in 2020
The political world's focus on the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump by the House has obscured a critical shift in the battle for control of the Senate: Democrats now have a genuine chance at retaking the majority come November 2020.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Presidential candidate Warren slated to join striking Chicago teachers at rally
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is expected to rally with striking Chicago school teachers on Tuesday as a work-stoppage led to classes being canceled for a fourth-day in the third-largest U.S. school system.

The Daily BeastOct 22, 2019
Stephen Colbert Mocks Mitt Romney's ‘Embarrassing' Secret Twitter Account
CBSBack in 2012, when he was still playing "Stephen Colbert" on The Colbert Report and Donald Trump was still just a reality-show host, Stephen Colbert spent an inordinate amount of time making fun of Mitt Romney. So it felt like old times Monday night when the Late Show host spent a few minutes mocking the Utah senator's newly-revealed secret Twitter account.

The revelation came from a profile in The Atlantic titled "The Liberation of Mitt Romney," "which I know sounds like a mid-seventies erotic novella," Colbert joked, "but it's actually about Romney's role as a critic of Donald Trump."

Romney wouldn't tell reporter McKay Coppins the name of the account, but did give some hints, like the number of people he follows, including a few late-night comedians. "What's his name, the big redhead from Boston?" Romney said.

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CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Kirstjen Nielsen says she left DHS because 'saying no' wasn't enough
Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday said she left office because "saying no" and refusing to do things that others in the administration wanted was "not going to be enough."

Yahoo PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Trump compares impeachment inquiry to a 'lynching'
While fuming Tuesday morning about the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry, President Trump declared the probe a "lynching."


PoliticoOct 22, 2019
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The Daily BeastOct 21, 2019
Trump Defends Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein Over Hillary's Russian Asset Claim: ‘She's Crazy!'
Fox NewsDuring his Fox News primetime interview with close friend and confidant Sean Hannity on Monday night, President Trump took aim at his 2016 presidential election foe, calling Hillary Clinton "crazy" and "sick" for suggesting Russians were "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for a third-party presidential bid.

Clinton sparked a multi-day controversy last week when she said on a podcast that Gabbard is a "favorite of the Russians" and that former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is a "Russian asset," suggesting they could both be involved in helping Russia tilt the election for Trump. Clinton did not offer any proof at the time to back up her claims. 

Gabbard quickly hit back on Twitter, labeling Clinton the "queen of warmongers" while asserting the former secretary of state's attacks were part of a "concerted campaign" to sully Gabbard's reputation.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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BBC Talking PointOct 21, 2019
Chile protests: Cost of living protests take deadly toll
Officials say eight people were killed on Sunday as looting broke out, bringing the total to 11.

The Daily BeastOct 21, 2019
Why Would Russia, China—and Iran—Plan Joint Naval Exercises?
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastKARACHI, Pakistan—The waters around the Arabian Peninsula have calmed for the moment, but preparations combat continue, with joint exercises and security conferences showing just how profoundly the region's strategic balances are shifting.

As confidence declines in U.S. President Donald J. Trump's ability to navigate the difficult moral and military choices in the region, new players are entering the picture in and around the Persian Gulf.

An Israeli delegation attended a U.S.-backed maritime security conference that began Sunday in Manama with delegations from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a vast international maritime exercise, IMX 19, got under way in the Persian Gulf. Planning involved as many as 22 countries. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Fox PoliticsOct 21, 2019
Cory Booker gives thumbs up to Mitt Romney's 'Pierre Delecto' Twitter handle, mulls similar move
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey says he might follow in Sen. Mitt Romney's footsteps by setting up a fake Twitter account. The Democratic presidential candidate, speaking to reporters in New Hampshire the morning after the Republican senator from Utah apparently admitted that he managed a twitter account, jokingly said "I now know I can get some fake Twitter accounts, which I'm going to start running I think… really want one now. I want a synonym."

New York Times PoliticsOct 21, 2019
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.

Yahoo PoliticsOct 21, 2019
Trump feeds Clinton-Gabbard feud: She's ‘accusing everybody of being a Russian agent'
President Trump Monday stepped gleefully into a name-calling dispute between Hillary Clinton and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.


Reuters PoliticsOct 21, 2019
'Pierre Delecto' Mitt Romney admits Twitter alter ego
Republican Senator Mitt Romney has admitted to using a secret Twitter account under the pseudonym "Pierre Delecto" to follow politicians, journalists and fan accounts for himself, Slate Magazine reported.

CNN PoliticsOct 20, 2019
New York Times: Trump leaning toward keeping few hundred US troops in Syria
President Donald Trump is leaning toward approving a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps 200 special operations forces, a senior administration official told The New York Times on Sunday.

Fox PoliticsOct 19, 2019
Mitch McConnell says Trump's Syria withdrawal is a ‘grave' mistake
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebuked President Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria on Friday, calling it a "grave strategic mistake" in an op-ed that claimed the move had set back the U.S. fight against Islamic terrorism in the region.
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