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Trump sends strong, conflicting signals on Syria, Turkey – Kokomo Tribune

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WASHINGTON — Facing unusually wide criticism, President Donald Trump sent out strong but conflicting signals on the “endless war” in Syria and Middle East on Monday.

He declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Kurds who have fought alongside Americans for years but then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.

Even Trump’s staunchest Republican allies expressed outrage at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who had fought the Islamic State group with U.S. troops. Trump’s decision appeared to be the…

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Pence, wife also coming to Minnesota as Trump makes push; Lakeville, St. Paul events planned – St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Vice President Mike Pence will visit a sign company in Lakeville on Thursday ahead of President Donald Trump’s Minneapolis rally that evening, Pence’s office said Monday.

Pence’s afternoon stop at Safety Signs will follow his wife, second lady Karen Pence, and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump hosting an event for the group “Women for Trump” at St. Paul’s Union Depot on Wednesday evening.

The events are part of a multi-pronged thrust this week as Trump makes a serious 2020 campaign push to be the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota since 1972.

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Steyer Polling at 1 Percent in Home State of California – Free Beacon

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer isn't seeing the love from his home state of California. A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California showed the billionaire and political activist garnering only 1 percent support in the Golden State among the crowded presidential field.
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ND senators assert: No quid pro quo | Election – Williston Daily Herald

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North Dakota’s Republican senators rose to President Donald Trump’s defense Friday, Oct. 4, despite growing momentum behind an impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Democratic senators maintained their support of the investigation.

The president has been beleaguered for weeks by scrutiny into his relationship with the eastern European country. A rough White House transcript released Sept. 25 showed Trump asking Ukraine’s president to pursue multiple investigations — including into the Biden family’s local…

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Cory Gardner “deeply concerned” about Trump decision on Syria pullback – The Denver Post

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado joined a growing number of GOP leaders Monday afternoon in criticizing President Donald’s Trump decision to pull out of northern Syria, abandoning Kurds who have been fighting the Islamic State there.

“I am deeply concerned that this decision fails to protect allies who gave their lives alongside our troops to accomplish U.S. objectives and fails to facilitate our continued efforts against ISIS,” Gardner said in a statement his office sent The Denver Post in response to an interview request.

“At a minimum, these concerns must be addressed and…

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Indicators Suggest 2020 Will Be a Trump Cakewalk – Newsmax

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has been doing a lot of grinning lately — and for good reason. He believes that come November 2020, voters will swarm to polls to give President Donald Trump another 4-year lease on his White House digs. Axios reported Sunday that Mulvaney has been telling friends and colleagues that the impeachment inquiry will actually help the president despite Trump’s concerns that it may tarnish his legacy.
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Ahead of Trump fundraiser, Vice President Mike Pence pushes U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal – Tennessean

Vice President Mike Pence came to Nashville to tout a new trade deal on Monday during a public event before appearing at a private fundraiser for President Donald Trump. "I came to Tennessee today to say it's time for Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and to pass it this year," he said while speaking at the Goodlettsville Tyson Foods plant from where packaged beef and pork are shipped to grocery stores around the country.
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Lewandowski slams Dems at rowdy anti-impeachment rally, claims AOC and Tlaib ‘run’ party – Fox News

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s 2016 campaign manager and a frequent cable news surrogate who remains a close outside adviser to the president, rallied support for his former boss Monday in the face of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry — while feeding speculation he might eventually launch a bid for the Senate in his home state.

Taking aim at House Democrats behind the impeachment push, Lewandowski argued they “want to bring an impeachment against this president for doing nothing but putting America first. If that’s a crime, guilty as charged.”

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Rudy Giuliani rips impeachment coverage – Fox News

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This is a rush transcript from “Media Buzz,” October 6, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: On Buzz Meter this Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is here for an exclusive interview on his role in the Ukraine drama and his allegations against the Bidens.

This as President Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric against what he now calls a coup, accusing critics of being spies or committing treason and lashing out at the press.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t even use fake anymore. I call the fake news now…

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Polls begin to signal rising impeachment threat to Trump – CNBC

Polls begin to signal rising impeachment threat to Trump – CNBC

Modern polling usually tells us how public opinion hasn't moved. Despite last week's hailstorm of bad news, President Donald Trump's job approval rating stood virtually unchanged. So did the president's backing from Republican elected officials in Washington. Except for Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and a few others, GOP members of the House and Senate have either defended the president's actions concerning Ukraine...
Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call

Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call

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ANALYSIS — Republicans are publicly celebrating impeachment as a political boon and trying to hold House Democrats’ feet to the fire with television ads and protests. But without credible challengers, it’s little more than expensive hot air.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager bragged about turning up the heat on a freshman Democrat who supports the impeachment inquiry, and the Republican National Committee is on television targeting a dozen Democratic members for supporting it. But in most instances, there’s a lot of smoke and little fire, considering…

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The largest primary debate stage ever – Politico

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Editor’s Note: This edition of Morning Score is published weekdays at 10 a.m. POLITICO Campaign Pro subscribers hold exclusive early access to the newsletter each morning at 6 a.m. Learn more about POLITICO Pro’s comprehensive policy intelligence coverage, policy tools and services at politicopro.com.

— Twelve Democratic candidates have been invited to participate in the fourth primary debate in less than two weeks. It’ll likely be the biggest stage ever.

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POLITICO Playbook: Who in the White House will take the fall – POLITICO

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SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK … Monday: THE PRESIDENT will participate in a welcome ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He will have lunch with VP Mike Pence…

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