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10 things you need to know today:
 
8:15 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Sprout Social
 
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House passes bipartisan resolution condemning Syria pullout

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria, which cleared the way for Turkey to launch its offensive against Syrian Kurds who fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State. The bipartisan rebuke was approved 354 to 60 in a rare break with Trump by most House Republicans. "Today we make clear that the Congress is a coequal branch of government and we want nothing to do with this disastrous policy," said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.). The vote came as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to Ankara, Turkey, to press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to accept a ceasefire. [The New York Times]

 

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee chair, dies at 68

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) died early Thursday from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said. Cummings was 68. The Baltimore Democrat did not return to his office this week after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure. Cummings was chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and had become a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. A former Maryland state delegate and trial attorney, he clashed frequently with the Trump administration, including in his committee's court fight over subpoenas for Trump's personal and financial records. In July, Trump blasted Cummings and his district, describing the congressman's hometown as "rat and rodent infested." Cummings did not respond directly, but criticized "racist language" used by the nation's leaders. [The Baltimore Sun]

 

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Britain and the EU reach a draft Brexit deal

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union reached a draft Brexit deal Thursday ahead of the start of a two-day EU summit. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs the EU to approve the deal at the summit, which starts Thursday, to pave the way for an orderly Brexit on Oct. 31. If the EU approves the revised divorce deal, British lawmakers, who have rejected previous proposals, will vote on it Saturday. Negotiators worked through the night Wednesday trying to finalize customs and sales tax regulations on trade between the Northern Ireland and Ireland. The proposal appeared to hit a last-minute snag when Northern Irish party allies Johnson needs to ratify the deal said overnight they could not support the proposal "as it stands." [CNBC, BBC News]

 

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Trump downplays Syria crisis, says some Kurds worse than ISIS

President Trump on Wednesday tried to downplay the significance of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkey's offensive against Kurdish forces who helped the U.S. fight the Islamic State in the region. Trump said the Syrian Kurdish fighters were "no angels." He added that the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is "worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat, in many ways" than ISIS. Trump's characterization of the PKK, a militant Kurdish nationalist group that has launched attacks in Turkey, echoed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's depiction of them. In an Oct. 9 letter, Trump told Erdogan not to be a "tough guy" or "fool," and warned him against "slaughtering thousands of people" in Syria. Erdogan reportedly threw the letter in the trash. [The Washington Post]

 

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Former Pompeo aide testifies he resigned over undermining of diplomats

Former State Department official Michael McKinley, who served as a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told Congress in closed-door testimony on Wednesday that he resigned over frustration with the Trump administration's undermining of career diplomats in Ukraine, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing several people with knowledge of his statements. A person familiar with McKinley's testimony said he felt he had seen career diplomats "mistreated" and "their careers derailed for political reasons" while serving under Trump. McKinley spent 37 years in the State Department until his resignation last week, which appeared to have been prompted by Marie Yovanovitch's firing as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and the State Department's failure to "defend" her from partisan attacks. [The New York Times, The Washington Post]

 

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Democrats clash with Trump in White House meeting on Syria

Leading congressional Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on Wednesday, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying they left after President Trump had a "meltdown." The Democratic leaders went to meet with Trump about Syria shortly after the bipartisan House vote opposing Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. Pelosi said Trump appeared "shaken" by how overwhelmingly the measure passed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump unleashed "a nasty diatribe, not focused on the facts," and the Democrats walked out. Trump reportedly got angry when Pelosi told him "all roads with you lead to Putin." White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump "was measured, factual, and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi's decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising. She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues." [CNN, NBC News]

 

7.

GM, UAW reach tentative deal to end strike

General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative deal to end the union's strike against the automaker, 31 days into the walkout. Nearly 50,000 UAW members who work for GM have been on strike since mid-September demanding better pay and benefits, profit sharing, and greater job security. Full details on the proposed contract agreement weren't immediately available, but it was expected to include pay raises and policy changes. The nationwide strike came after a four-year contract expired and negotiations broke down. The strike is expected to cost General Motors around $1.5 billion. The proposed agreement still must be approved by a union council, which will meet Thursday, and then ratified in a vote. [Detroit Free Press, The Wall Street Journal]

 

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U.S. requires Chinese diplomats to notify State Department about meetings

The Trump administration has started requiring Chinese diplomats to give the State Department advance notice of all official meetings they have in the U.S., the South China Morning Post reported Thursday, citing a senior U.S. official. The policy covers any visits Chinese diplomats make to see state or local officials. The Chinese envoys only have to notify U.S. officials, not request permission. The move is intended to pressure Beijing into easing restrictions on U.S. diplomats in China. "We've been complaining to the Chinese government for years now," the State Department official said. "The Chinese response is that 'We give you access when appropriate.'" The official said the new policy was not related to U.S. pressure on China over trade issues or human rights. [South China Morning Post]

 

9.

338 arrested in global crackdown on dark-web child porn

Authorities arrested 338 people in 12 countries in connection with a South Korea-based dark web child pornography site, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday. The seized website, Welcome to Video, allegedly sold access to 250,000 videos of child sexual abuse. It took payment in bitcoin. Officials have rescued at least 23 underage victims in the U.S., Britain, and Spain who had been raped by site users, according to the Justice Department. "Darknet sites that profit from the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior," U.S. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said. [Reuters]

 

10.

Boxer Patrick Day dies days after devastating knockout

Junior middleweight boxer Patrick Day died from brain injuries Wednesday after suffering a 10th-round knockout loss to unbeaten 2016 Olympian Charles Conwell on Saturday. Day was 27. Conwell knocked out Day with two rights and a left hook, and the back of Day's head slammed onto the canvas. He was taken out of the ring on a stretcher, and never regained consciousness, despite emergency brain surgery. He was disconnected from life-support on Wednesday, surrounded by family and his trainer. On Monday, Conwell posted an emotional letter to Day on social media. "I never meant for this to happen to you," Conwell wrote. Promoter Lou DiBella said Day's "kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met." [ESPN]

 
 

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My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!
 
8:54 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
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Given his recent, nasty insults of Rep. Cummings, my guess is that Trump’s feeling the impeachment heat and decided that a wise course now is to do (no doubt with a literate staffer’s help) his best imitation of a normal human being.
 
9:06 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter Web App
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NEWS: Gordon SONDLAND will break sharply from Trump during his testimony today, criticizing the decision to run Ukraine policy through GIULIANI and saying military aid to Ukraine should not have been withheld for any reason.
 
9:31 AM · Oct 17, 2019·TweetDeck
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Sondland said he contacted Giuliani anyway at Trump’s direction, and that Rudy drew a direct link between scheduling a White House visit for Ukraine’s newly elected president and demands that Ukraine prioritize an investigation involving former Biden, and one re: 2016 election
 
 
 
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9:33 AM · Oct 17, 2019·TweetDeck
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We were briefly allowed in the expanded meeting with the Pence and Erdogan just now. Pence thanked the media but didn't answer my question about whether they agreed to a ceasefire. We had been instructed not to ask questions. Pence's office says he pressed twice to allow press in
 
10:30 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter Web App
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As Trump and his allies strenuously make the case that Biden used his position as VP to enrich his family, Chief of Staff Mulvaney announces that the G7 will take place at Trump’s Doral resort.
 
12:42 PM · Oct 17, 2019·TweetDeck
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5 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Given his recent, nasty insults of Rep. Cummings, my guess is that Trump’s feeling the impeachment heat and decided that a wise course now is to do (no doubt with a literate staffer’s help) his best imitation of a normal human being..

now waita minute. trump is supposed to be the model of cordiality with people who wanna remove him from office???

would you? would anyone?

they're lucky he didn't say get the hell outta my WH you phony pieces os!:D

 
9:06 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter Web App

 

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3 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

now waita minute. trump is supposed to be the model of cordiality with people who wanna remove him from office???

would you? would anyone?

 

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VP Pence holds a Press Conference in Turkey announcing that through the genius of Donald Trump, Turkey has agreed to a cease fire of 120 hours.  He soft-peddled that this is contingent on the Kurds getting out of their own lands so that Turkey can safely occupy newly stolen territory along the border.  Little wonder Turkey agreed!

Trump bellows that this is an amazing outcome and that the "Kurds are very happy."

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So Mulvaney has admitted:
 
1. Trump encouraged that Doral host G7
 
2. They did have, in fact, a quid pro quo with Ukraine for investigations into the DNC server
 
3. That politics is influencing their foreign policy.
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remember..... "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," Trump said ??
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14 minutes ago, jakeem said:

 

Fact check: Experts are already saying the US just granted Ergogan everything he wanted, all along, including exclusive rights to patrol the safe zone by air. They are calling this a total capitulation.
 
2:57 PM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter Web App
 
WATCH: Sen. Romney: "What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history."
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This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!
 
2:13 PM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
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After Mick Mulvaney announced that Trump’s Doral golf club will host next year’s G7 summit, Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano declared such a move represents a clear emoluments clause violation: “He has bought himself an enormous headache now"
3:13 PM · Oct 17, 2019·SocialFlow
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NEW: Energy Secretary Rick Perry has informed Trump he is resigning, Bloomberg first reported and the New York Times confirmed. His departure date is unknown.
4:35 PM · Oct 17, 2019·TweetDeck

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After Pence said they agreed to a ceasefire, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says,
 
“This is not a ceasefire. We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave.
 
We will only stop the operation if our conditions are met.”
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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:
 
 
Holding the G7 summit at Trump's Doral Resort violates Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution (the emoluments clause).
 
This is illegal, wrong, corrupt and impeachable.

Not necessarily.  It is up to the courts to decide and there are two cases pending now. Ultimately it goes to the US Supreme Court which will rule that there is no "proof" that Trump profits personally from this.  His companies allegedly pass all profits back to the US government.

If it is "illegal, wrong, corrupt and impeachable," why isn't a House committee investigating it in order to consider it as an article for impeachment?

Oh and it may be "corrupt," but that is not illegal or impeachable unless linked to a specific law.

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explains why the US-brokered cease fire is a terrible deal for the Kurds - and the Kurds now say that the deal VP Pence announced is not the deal they agreed to.

https://www.msnbc.com/mtp-daily/watch/garrett-haake-reports-on-impeachment-and-news-from-syria-richard-engel-reports-from-syria-71507013521?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

" The kurds lost their homeland in Syria which they fought for with US forces in the battle agaist Isis, losing 11 thousand of their men and women.

Tonight they were sold out by Trump who says he saved millions of lives. It will be remembered by the kurds as the greatest betrayal. "

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Mick Mulvaney today. At 12:30 pm: "Did he also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server?

Absolutely. No question about it.

At 6 pm: “There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server.”

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