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10 things you need to know today:
8:14 AM · Oct 16, 2019·Sprout Social
 
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Democratic rivals challenge surging Warren in debate

The 12 Democratic presidential candidates in Tuesday's debate unanimously backed the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump, but clashed on other issues. Several candidates criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who led longtime frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden in recent polls. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) accused Warren of dodging questions on how she would pay for "Medicare-for-all." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) acknowledged such a health plan would require higher taxes, but said health-care savings would offset that. Warren said other Democrats were too timid. Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro got in one of the strongest jabs at Trump, condemning the president for "caging kids on the border and letting ISIS prisoners run free" in Syria. [The New York Times]

 

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Pence, Giuliani refuse to cooperate with impeachment inquiry

Vice President Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said Tuesday that they would not comply with the Democrat-led House's impeachment inquiry of Trump. Pence's lawyer said Pence would cooperate if the House voted to open the inquiry formally, but that until then it was illegitimate. Giuliani lawyer Jon Sale said in a letter to Congress that Giuliani would not hand over subpoenaed documents "because this appears to be an unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate 'impeachment inquiry.'" The Office of Management and Budget also said it would not comply with a subpoena for documents. Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, warned that refusing to cooperate could be an impeachable offense. "The case for obstruction of Congress continues to build," he said. [The Washington Post, USA Today]

 

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4th Trump administration official testifies in impeachment inquiry

George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state whose portfolio includes Ukraine, complied with a request to give a deposition for the three House committees leading an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Kent, who expressed concern early this year about Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals, was the fourth administration official to testify despite the White House's decision not to cooperate with the House Democrats leading the inquiry, which Trump and his allies have called illegitimate. The House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees subpoenaed Kent, a witness regarding the firing of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, in case the State Department directed him to stay away, as it did last week to prevent Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, from testifying. Sondland is expected to testify under subpoena on Thursday. [The New York Times, ABC News]

 

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Hunter Biden acknowledges 'poor judgment' but says he did nothing wrong

Hunter Biden said in an interview aired Tuesday by ABC News that he exercised "poor judgment" by serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, was spearheading the Obama administration's Ukraine policy. Biden has faced criticism for taking a job with Burisma Holdings while his father was pushing Ukraine to crack down on corruption by firing a prosecutor widely viewed as corrupt. "In retrospect," Biden told ABC News Tuesday, he used "poor judgment" in getting "in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways." He also said he "probably" wouldn't have gotten the position if his last name wasn't Biden, although he argued that, contrary to allegations by President Trump, he ultimately did "nothing wrong" or unethical. [ABC News]

 

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Pelosi says Democrats won't hold formal vote on opening impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Democrats will not, for now, hold a formal vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, which the White House has said would be necessary to make the investigation legitimate. Pelosi brushed off Republican criticism suggesting the process is not transparent enough, calling the demand for a vote a "Republican talking point." "We're not here to call bluffs," Pelosi said at a Tuesday news conference with House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). "This is not a game to us." Schiff said the Constitution spells out clearly that the House has the power of impeachment, and sets its own rules. "Republicans know it," he said, "but they don't want to discuss the president's conduct. They'd rather discuss the process." [CNBC]

 

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China slams House over Hong Kong bill

China harshly criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill seeking to allow sanctions against anyone who harms Hong Kong's autonomy. China's state news agency Xinhua called the House vote "arrogant and dangerous." Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China would respond with strong measures, accusing the U.S. lawmakers of "sinister intentions to undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and contain China's development." The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which the House approved unanimously on Tuesday, requires the U.S. to review annually Hong Kong's special trade status, which treats the semi-autonomous Chinese territory as a separate entity from mainland China. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam had to deliver a key policy speech to lawmakers via video after protesters interrupted her. [The Washington Post, The Guardian]

 

7.

U.N. peacekeeping mission ends in Haiti

The United Nations wrapped up its peacekeeping mission in Haiti on Tuesday after spending 15 years trying to stabilize the Caribbean nation. The end of the mission came as the country is being shaken by a five-week series of sometimes violent protests demanding the resignation of the president, Jovenel Moise. Moise and other government officials face allegations of corruption. The U.N. mission started in 2004 after then-President Jean Bertrand Aristide was overthrown, just as he had been in his first presidency more than a decade earlier. The U.N. withdrew its peacekeepers two years ago and shifted its focus to the justice system and training Haitian police. The mission has faced criticism, partly for its dealings with an unpopular government and partly for controversies, including the introduction of cholera by peacekeepers and sexual abuse allegations. [Reuters]

 

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Relatives of slain Mexican officers lash out at government

Grieving relatives of 13 Mexican police officers killed in a drug-cartel ambush vented anger at the government on Tuesday, accusing authorities of sending the agents on a suicide mission to serve a warrant. Thirty armed men ambushed five police vehicles in the Mexican state of Michoacan, killing 13 officers, on Monday. Nine other officers were wounded. The attackers were in five vehicles that were "presumably armored," and opened fire with high-caliber weapons, said Adrian Lopez Solis, the prosecutor in the violent western Mexico state. When security forces arrived, dead and wounded officers were lying on the ground next to their bullet-riddled vehicles. Two of the cars were on fire. Mexico is struggling to respond to rising violence blamed on powerful drug trafficking cartels that have been fighting each other for territory. [The Associated Press, CNN]

 

9.

Felicity Huffman starts 14-day sentence in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman reported to a California federal prison Tuesday to begin serving a 14-day sentence for her role in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Huffman, 56, admitted that she paid a proctor to correct her daughter's SAT test, resulting in a 400-point improvement over her corresponding performance on the PSAT. Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, is among the most well-known parents caught up in the scandal. She starred in Desperate Housewives and was once nominated for an Oscar. In addition to her prison term, Huffman will pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. [NBC News]

 

10.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils new honorees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced the nominees for its 2020 ceremony, with the list of 16 including Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, and Soundgarden. Fans can vote on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees online, and the "top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots" from industry professionals and historians, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says. [CNN]

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Reality show presidency: New national security adviser tried to unite grieving British parents with the woman who killed their teenage son, complete with a surprise Trump meeting at the White House and hugs before cameras. It didn’t go well.
 
8:55 AM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
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There is zero question the Trump admin. saw the courtroom hugging scene last week and thought, “Hugs, yes, hugs solve everything. They will hug. On camera. It will be resolved."
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Trump says the situation on the Syria-Turkey border is, "for the United States, strategically brilliant." He explains: "Our soldiers are out of there. Our soldiers are totally safe." That is not what military officials say.
 
11:25 AM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter Web Client
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29 minutes ago, jakeem said:

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Reality show presidency: New national security adviser tried to unite grieving British parents with the woman who killed their teenage son, complete with a surprise Trump meeting at the White House and hugs before cameras. It didn’t go well.
 
8:55 AM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

As tragic as this crime is, isn't it a State Department issue?

 

With the Kurds being slaughtered and Isis being let loose because of a pathetically- poor -presidential decision,

Wouldn't you think that our national security advisor should be busy doing something about the Oval Office sanctioned ethnic cleansing of the Kurds  by Turkey going on at this moment?

Or maybe concentrating on what we're going to do about all of these freed Isis terrorists?

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Big Donnie has a new wallpaper for his oval office laptop:

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"So beautiful. So majestic. And that's just describing my BFF Kim! Why couldn't that stallion have a big red comb-over?"

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47 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

True to form, Trump is now openly criticizing the Kurds.

trump's track record is use you, then abuse you.

America's welfare, America's national security is not important to him-- 

What the Congress or America's traditional Allies think is not important to him--

Old KU KLUX KLAN Con Fred Trump and Joseph McCarthy buddy Roy Cohn taught trump their cold-hard Machiavellian philosophy to live by-- loyalty doesn't enter into the picture. In fact, trump wasn't even loyal to Cohn in the end, deserting his mentor as Cohn died of AIDS.

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11. after last nite's democrat debate trump's chances of winning a 2nd term look better and better all the time.

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@realdonaldtrump gave out 2 sets of numbers for the same buildings in NYC.
 
The #s they gave to lenders made the buildings look better than the #s they gave to NYC for tax purposes.
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Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies

The president’s businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials.

One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.”

"....... The punishments for lying to tax officials, or to lenders, can be significant, ranging from fines to criminal fraud charges. Two former Trump associates, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, are serving prison time for offenses that include falsifying tax and bank records, some of them related to real estate. ....

some of the gaps seemed to have no reasonable justification. “It really feels like there’s two sets of books — it feels like a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender,” ....

 

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-never-before-seen-trump-tax-documents-show-major-inconsistencies

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11 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Sen. Paul says Hunter Biden’s Ukraine work "doesn’t pass the smell test."
 
 
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6:17 AM · Oct 16, 2019·SocialFlow

Randy's nose has been up Trump's rear so many times I wouldn't trust it in a smell test.

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Republicans are totally deprived of their rights in this Impeachment Witch Hunt. No lawyers, no questions, no transparency! .........

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Today is Wednesday. That means

@realDonaldTrump is lying, again.
 
Republicans have lawyers, they get to ask questions, and they have full transparency during the depositions.
 
Each side gets one hour and then we alternate back and forth.
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In two media appearances at the White House on Wednesday, Trump sought to justify his decision to pull American forces amid a Turkish onslaught
 
that has been widely condemned by the leaders of both political parties and the international community https://politi.co/33Gn4sH

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Maj. Leader Hoyer after meeting with Trump about Syria:
 
"I have served with six presidents. I have been in many, many, many meetings like this.
 
Never have I seen a president treat so disrespectfully a coequal branch of the government of the United States."
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EXCLUSIVE: I have obtained a copy of ⁦
@realDonaldTrump⁩’s letter to #Erdogan. ⁦
 
@POTUS warns him to not “be a tough guy! Don’t be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkey’s economy if #Syria is not resolved in a humane way. Details tonight at 8pm #TrishRegan #FoxBusiness
 
 
 
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3:58 PM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

 

 

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2 minutes ago, mr6666 said:
Maj. Leader Hoyer after meeting with Trump about Syria:
 
"I have served with six presidents. I have been in many, many, many meetings like this.
 
Never have I seen a president treat so disrespectfully a coequal branch of the government of the United States."
 
 

#Breaking - Schumer says Trump insulted the speaker during WH meeting on Syria, calling it a “nasty diatribe.” Schumer: “He was insulting - particularity to the Speaker,”......

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At the same press conference outside the White House, Pelosi said Trump had a “meltdown” during their meeting.

In response to being called a third-rate politician, Pelosi said she told Trump: “I wish you were a politician, Mr. President, so then you’d know the art of the possible.”

“I asked the president what his plan was to contain ISIS,” Schumer said,

referencing the hundreds of ISIS supporters that escaped detention in northern Syria.

“He didn’t really have one.” .........

Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly condemned Trump’s decision to effectively greenlight Turkey’s invasion of the region, a move that put America’s Kurdish allies in danger and would likely lead to a resurgence of ISIS.

 

“That vote … probably got to the president, because he was shaken up by it.

And that’s why we couldn’t continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it,” Pelosi said......

 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chuck-schumer-trump-nancy-pelosi-turkey-discussions_n_5da77afbe4b0b5c9be4882a4?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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A Democrat source familiar with the White House meeting says that Trump cut Schumer off and said of Gen Mattis: “The world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month.”
 
5:12 PM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter Web App

 

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@PressSec calls Trump "measured, factual and decisive" during meeting with Hill leaders, adds:

"While Democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.”

 
5:29 PM · Oct 16, 2019·TweetDeck
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4 minutes ago, jakeem said:

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Are we ready yet to have a full national conversation about the diseased mental state of the president of the United States?
 
4:40 PM · Oct 16, 2019 from Manhattan, NY·Twitter for iPhone
But it’s beyond politics now.
 
@realDonaldTrump’s Syria debacle, and his impeachable acts both regarding Ukraine
and in obstructing Mueller,
 
all stem from his severe personality disturbances. And his mental state is clearly getting worse at a frightening rate.
 
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I've paid as close attention to Trump as anyone, sadly, and I honestly don't think there has been a day filled with more batcrappery than this one. I mean, the morning news that he tried to pull a reality-TV-style surprise on a grieving British family seems like three weeks ago.
 
5:28 PM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter Web App
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