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Good morning, here's what you need to know today: bit.ly/2Mv9H90
 
 
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10:27 AM · Oct 20, 2019·Sprout Social
 
 
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Trump will no longer host G7 summit at his resort

President Trump announced Saturday night that he is no longer planning to host the 2020 Group of Seven summit at the Trump National Doral Miami resort near Miami, Florida. In a series of tweets Trump explained that his decision was the result of the backlash he received, a fair amount of which was centered around accusations of self-dealing corruption. Trump did not give up the plan lightly, however. In the tweetstorm, he blamed the media and the Democratic party for their "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" and maintained he thought he was "doing something very good for our Country" and was not seeking any profit. The president also said the White House will begin searching for another host site immediately, and Camp David, a presidential retreat in Maryland, is under consideration. [The Washington Post, The New York Times]

 

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Johnson asks EU for another Brexit extension

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday evening requesting another Brexit delay after Parliament passed an amendment requiring him to do so before voting on the deal he brokered with the EU on Thursday. Johnson reportedly included a second letter, which he did sign, saying that he believes a delay would be a mistake. EU Council President Donald Tusk confirmed the letter had arrived and said he would consult with other EU leaders on how to react. The British government insisted Sunday that Brexit will happen on Oct. 31 regardless of the letter Johnson sent, though opposition MPs have warned Johnson that if he tries to circumvent Parliament, he may find himself in court. Johnson has maintained he will move forward with his Brexit legislation next week. [BBC, Reuters.]

 

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U.S. troops leaving Syria reportedly headed to western Iraq

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that all U.S. troops leaving Syria will be re-stationed in western Iraq where they will continue to conduct preventative operations against the Islamic State, and he did not rule out counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria. The plan calls for about 1,000 troops to head to Iraq, adding to the more than 5,000 troops currently in the country. "Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that's the game plan right now," Esper said. The secretary added that he will talk with U.S. allies at a NATO meeting next week to discuss how to handle military operations to block any resurgence from ISIS. [NBC News, The Associated Press]

 

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Pelosi leads bipartisan visit to Jordan to discuss Syria

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally in the Middle East, on Saturday for an unannounced visit to discuss the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria with Jordan's King Abdullah II. "With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey's incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact of regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran, and Russia," Pelosi's office said in a statement. The delegation also reportedly touched on a broader range of topics including counterterrorism and security, the Middle East peace process, and economic development. [The New York Times, The Guardian]

 

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Hong Kong protesters defy ban, demonstrations turn violent

Thousands of pro-democracy, anti-Beijing protesters gathered once again Sunday in Hong Kong to march in defiance of a police ban, marking the 20th consecutive of weekend of protests. After a peaceful start, the demonstrations grew increasingly violent throughout the day, and a group of protesters reportedly hurled petrol bombs at a police station. Some protesters reportedly used an electric chainsaw to cut down a CCTV camera, while others vandalized businesses. Meanwhile, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and also admitted in a statement that they accidentally fired a water cannon filled with colored water that affected the entrance of Hong Kong's Kowloon mosque, calling the incident "most unfortunate." [BBC, The South China Morning Post]

 

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Cease-fire violation accusations fly between Kurdish, Turkish forces

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday accused Turkey of violating the cease-fire agreement orchestrated between Washington and Ankara on Thursday. The SDF said Turkish strikes killed at leas 20 civilians and 14 of its fighters in northern Syria since the deal was struck, though it reportedly couldn't be determined whether the strikes were carried out by Turkish forces or allied Syrian rebel groups. Kurdish forces also said Turkey was blocking their withdrawal from the border region. Turkish officials maintained Turkey was in compliance with the cease-fire and blamed the SDF and the YPG, a Kurdish militia, for launching multiple attacks against Turkish troops. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned Saturday that Ankara would move forward with its military offensive in northern Syria if the deal was not fully implemented. Light fighting reportedly resumed Sunday in a border town. [The Wall Street Journal, Reuters]

 

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Bernie Sanders hosts massive rally after recovering from heart attack

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held his first presidential rally since suffering a heart attack earlier this month, delivering a speech to an estimated 26,000-person crowd in Queens. If the numbers are accurate, it would serve as the largest crowd any Democratic presidential candidate has held this year, eclipsing the number of people who gathered to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speak in New York in September. "To put it bluntly," Sanders said, "I am back." He was joined on stage by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a popular progressive freshman congresswoman, who, as expected, officially endorsed Sanders for president at the rally. [Politico, The New Yorker]

 

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GOP congressman still considering impeachment announces plans to retire

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) said Saturday he does not plan to run for re-election. Rooney said he accomplished his goals in Congress, namely getting money for Everglades projects and passing an offshore drilling ban to protect Florida. Rooney also said he wanted to be a "model for term limits" and that people need to realize "this is public service not public life." Rooney, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the announcement that he will likely retire from the House after he recently said he was still considering voting to impeach President Trump because he didn't think it was feasible to rule it out "until you know all the facts." [CNN, USA Today]

 

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Bulletproof marker dedicated to Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign

A bulletproof marker was reportedly dedicated Saturday to Emmett Till — a 14-year-old black teenager who was kidnapped, beaten, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman — after previous ones had been vandalized by gunfire. Members of Till's family, including one cousin who was present the night Till was kidnapped and is last living witness to the incident, attended the ceremony at the site where Till's body was pulled form the Tallahatchie River. Till's murder was a major catalyst of the civil rights movement, and the Justice Department reopened the investigation into his death last year after reportedly receiving new information. [CBS News, Fox News]

 

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Altuve's homer vaults Astros into World Series

The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for the second time in three seasons after defeating the New York Yankees, 6-4, in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. It was a tightly contested game, as both teams utilized their bullpens to the max. Houston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Yankees clawed their way back, eventually tying the game in the top of the 9th inning behind a two-run home run from first baseman D.J. LeMahieu. But Astros second baseman and the series' Most Valuable Player José Altuve launched a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to seal the series victory. Houston will host the National League Champion Washington Nationals in the World Series, which begins Tuesday. [ESPN, MLB.com]

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"Trump now finds himself mired in a season of weakness. Foreign leaders feel emboldened to reject his pleas ... Officials inside his admin are openly defying his wishes ... Federal courts have ruled against him. Republican lawmakers are criticizing him."
8:00 AM · Oct 20, 2019·TweetDeck

Maybe he's just tired of winning.

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On 10/19/2019 at 6:57 AM, jakeem said:

"DUHHH . . . I told everyone I thought the driver looked like Hunter Biden!"

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The percentage of Americans who are “extremely proud” to be American has fallen to the lowest level in the 18-year history of this question being asked: 47%. Those age 55+ are more patriotic; those under 38 less so (Gallup)
 
1:37 PM · Oct 20, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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3 hours ago, jakeem said:

That's right. From now on Air Canada passengers will be addressed as, "HEY, YOU!"

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BREAKING NEWS (and correcting the inaccurate headline from The Hill; see article below for more): Fox News' Chris Wallace Says, Per Well-Connected GOP Source, There's a 20% Chance GOP Senators Vote to Convict Trump at a Senate Trial in Sufficient Numbers to Remove Him From Office
 
2:58 PM · Oct 20, 2019·Twitter Web App
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Mick Mulvaney tries to defend Trump's original G7 Doral decision:
 
"At the end of the day, [Trump] still considers himself to be in the hospitality business."
 
Chris Wallace responds: "You say he considers himself in the hospitality business,
 
he's the president of United States."
 
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A senior administration official tells me that the Turks have violated the ceasefire “since its inception,” reported by U.S. troops “not just the SDF,” which has made a ISR request to record the alleged violations. That request is still pending, I’m told.
 
4:26 PM · Oct 20, 2019 from Washington, DC·Twitter for iPhone

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Trump keeps insisting that the ceasefire is working despite evidence to the contrary. He's aiding and abetting Turkey's slaughter of the Kurds while giving himself a political cover by gaslighting about the bogus ceasefire Pence and Pompeo ‘negotiated.’
 
5:05 PM · Oct 20, 2019·Twitter for iPhone'
 
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Dear@realDonaldTrump

: Wow,

Mick Mulvaney admits your personal business interests will affect decisions you make because that's who you are at the end of the day.

 

Can you please keep putting Mulvaney on national TV? He's been very illuminating.

Thanks.

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Altuve's homer vaults Astros into World Series

The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for the second time in three seasons after defeating the New York Yankees, 6-4, in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. It was a tightly contested game, as both teams utilized their bullpens to the max. Houston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Yankees clawed their way back, eventually tying the game in the top of the 9th inning behind a two-run home run from first baseman D.J. LeMahieu. But Astros second baseman and the series' Most Valuable Player José Altuve launched a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to seal the series victory. Houston will host the National League Champion Washington Nationals in the World Series, which begins Tuesday. [ESPN, MLB.com]

Sure it was only a baseball game, but it was so much fun to watch the Yankees lose, especially

after they tied it up in the top of the ninth. It looked like the Bronx Bastards might stage a comeback.

Then Altuve hit a walk off in the bottom of the ninth. Sweet. Yankees go home.

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Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back

".....Over White House objections, the diplomats are appearing before impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and they’re recounting stories of possible impropriety, misconduct and mistreatment by their superiors.

To Trump and his allies, the diplomats are evidence of a “deep state” within the government that has been out to get him from the start.

But to the employees of a department demoralized by the administration’s repeated attempts to slash its budget and staff, cooperating with the inquiry is seen as a moment of catharsis, an opportunity to reassert the foreign policy norms they believe Trump has blown past......

“They are demonstrating that they are responsible, decent public servants and that they have an obligation to tell the truth even when it isn’t convenient for the administration,” he said.

“It gives a lie to the deep state caricature. These aren’t people plotting behind anyone’s back. They are stepping up to do their jobs.” ......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/caught-up-in-trump-impeachment-us-diplomats-fight-back

 

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The Demolition of U.S. Diplomacy

Not Since Joe McCarthy Has the State Department Suffered Such a Devastating Blow

 
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**** His credentials: Burns served as Deputy Secretary of State (under Obama), Under Secretary of State (Obama and George W Bush), Assistant Secretary of State (GWB), Ambassador to Russia (GWB) and Jordan (Clinton), NSC staff (Reagan/GHW Bush). He entered the Foreign Service in 1982.
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The Demolition of U.S. Diplomacy

Not Since Joe McCarthy Has the State Department Suffered Such a Devastating Blow

 
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**** His credentials: Burns served as Deputy Secretary of State (under Obama), Under Secretary of State (Obama and George W Bush), Assistant Secretary of State (GWB), Ambassador to Russia (GWB) and Jordan (Clinton), NSC staff (Reagan/GHW Bush). He entered the Foreign Service in 1982.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an interview Sunday with ABC’s “This Week,” joked,

“I think Bill Burns must be auditioning to be Elizabeth Warren’s secretary of state.”

Warren, a Massachusetts senator, is a Democratic presidential candidate.

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“Everything will be done at cost due to the emoluments clause,” according to White House spokeswoman.
 
So White House now admits emoluments clause applies to Trump Organization properties.
 
But then what about all the foreign expenditures at Trump hotels?
 
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Russian Media Cheers Trump’s Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’

For Russia, Trump’s presidency is a gift that keeps on giving. The Kremlin’s propagandists see no acceptable alternative among any viable presidential candidates in 2020.

 

...... .Trump’s mistake in Syria is the unexpected ‘lottery win’ that further strengthened Moscow’s position in the Middle East and undermined America’s prestige as a rational political player and a reliable partner.”   ..

“All of this benefits the Russian Federation,” Yusin marveled. “You know, I’ve been watching Trump’s behavior lately and get seditious thoughts: maybe he really is a Russian agent? He is laboring so hard to strengthen the international image of Russia in general—and Putin in particular...In this situation, Americans—to their chagrin and our enjoyment—are the only losers in this situation.” .....

“It’s been a long time since America has been humiliated this way,” gloated political analyst Mikhail Sinelnikov-Orishak, “They ran away in shame! I can’t recall such a scenario since Vietnam.” ....

has hurt the image and standing of the United States: “America betrayed everyone...Trump also strengthened the anti-American mood in Turkey, when he promised to destroy the Turkish economy.” ......

“I look at Trump and think: ‘May God grant him good health—and another term. This is a great situation for Russia...We can practically sit back and reap the dividends from what others are doing...

Meanwhile, Trump is yet to make a single good deal, which is why I wish him good health, may he flourish and get re-elected...Trump is a great candidate. I applaud him...

For America, this isn’t a very good president.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-media-cheers-trump-moves-in-syria-putin-won-the-lottery

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4 hours ago, Vautrin said:

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Altuve's homer vaults Astros into World Series

The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for the second time in three seasons after defeating the New York Yankees, 6-4, in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. It was a tightly contested game, as both teams utilized their bullpens to the max. Houston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Yankees clawed their way back, eventually tying the game in the top of the 9th inning behind a two-run home run from first baseman D.J. LeMahieu. But Astros second baseman and the series' Most Valuable Player José Altuve launched a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to seal the series victory. Houston will host the National League Champion Washington Nationals in the World Series, which begins Tuesday. [ESPN, MLB.com]

Sure it was only a baseball game, but it was so much fun to watch the Yankees lose, especially

after they tied it up in the top of the ninth. It looked like the Bronx Bastards might stage a comeback.

Then Altuve hit a walk off in the bottom of the ninth. Sweet. Yankees go home.

The Yankees haven't won a world championship since 2009, which means they'll be shut out for the decade if they don't win the Series next year. That hasn't happened since the pre-Babe Ruth era.

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The consequences of Trump's conflicts of interest, bottomless corruption, assault on the institutions of democracy, human rights violations, betrayal of our allies, and emboldening of hate groups will be with us long after he's gone. How do his enablers live with themselves?
 
9:25 PM · Oct 20, 2019·Twitter Web App
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