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THEY WARNED THAT IF THE U.S. PULLS OUT, THEY WOULD BE LEFT PULLS OUT, THEY WOULD BE LEFT ALONE. ALONE. A SPOKESPERSON SAYS THAT THE A SPOKESPERSON SAYS THAT THE U.S. DECISION WAS SHOCKING AND U.S. DECISION WAS SHOCKING AND UNEXPECTED AND CALLED IT A HUGE UNEXPECTED AND CALLED IT A HUGE MISTAKE THAT WILL ALLOW ISIS TO MISTAKE THAT WILL ALLOW ISIS TO COME BACK EVEN STRONGER THAN IT COME BACK EVEN STRONGER THAN IT WAS BEFORE. WAS BEFORE. THE CRITICISM DIDN’T STOP THERE. THE CRITICISM DIDN’T STOP THERE. LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLED INTO FOX. LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLED INTO FOX.>>IF I DIDN’T SEE DONALD>>IF I DIDN’T SEE DONALD TRUMP’S NAME ON THE TWEET, I TRUMP’S NAME ON THE TWEET, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE OBAMA’S THOUGHT IT WOULD BE OBAMA’S RATIONALE FOR GETTING OUT OF RATIONALE FOR GETTING OUT OF IRAQ. IRAQ. SO HERE IS WHAT IS GOING TO SO HERE IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. HAPPEN. IT WILL LEAD TO ISIS IT WILL LEAD TO ISIS REEMERGENCE. REEMERGENCE. NOTHING BETTER FOR ISIS THAN TO NOTHING BETTER FOR ISIS THAN TO CREATE A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE CREATE A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE KURDS AND TURKEY. KURDS AND TURKEY. I WOULD DID EVERYTHINGO EVERYTHI I WOULD DID EVERYTHINGO EVERYTHI SANCTION TURKEY IF THEY STEP ONE SANCTION TURKEY IF THEY STEP ONE FOOT IN NORTHERN SYRIA. FOOT IN NORTHERN SYRIA. I’LL DO A RESOLUTION URGING THE I’LL DO A RESOLUTION URGING THE PRESIDENT TO RECONSIDER THIS PRESIDENT TO RECONSIDER THIS DECISION. DECISION.>>AND HE ENDED SAYING IF TURKEY>>AND HE ENDED SAYING IF TURKEY DOES ANYTHING THAT CONSIDER TO DOES ANYTHING THAT CONSIDER TO BE OFF-LIMITS, I WILL TOTALLY BE OFF-LIMITS, I WILL TOTALLY DESTROY THE ECONOMY OF TURKEY. DESTROY THE ECONOMY OF TURKEY. HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE SUBPOENAED HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE SUBPOENAED THE PENTAGON AND WHITE HOUSE THE PENTAGON AND WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET FOR DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE FOR DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE UKRAINE SCANDAL. UKRAINE SCANDAL. THE DEFENSE SECRETARY AND OMB THE DEFENSE SECRETARY AND OMB DIRECTOR ARE JUST THE LATEST DIRECTOR ARE JUST THE LATEST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TO BE SUBPOENAED. TO BE SUBPOENAED. AT ISSUE IS WHETHER HE PULLED AT ISSUE IS WHETHER HE PULLED AID TO PRESSURE THEM TO AID TO PRESSURE THEM TO INVESTIGATE INTO THE LAWYER REP INVESTIGATE INTO THE LAWYER REP WHISTLEBLOWER SAYS HE IS NOW WHISTLEBLOWER SAYS HE IS NOW REPRESENTING A NEW WHISTLEBLOWER REPRESENTING A NEW WHISTLEBLOWER WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE FIRSTHAND WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF TRUMP’S DEALINGS KNOWLEDGE OF TRUMP’S DEALINGS WITH UKRAINE. WITH UKRAINE. KURT VOLKER LEAVING ANOTHER JOB. KURT VOLKER LEAVING ANOTHER JOB. IN A STATEMENT HE ANNOUNCED THAT IN A STATEMENT HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS RESIGNING AS HEAD OF THE HE IS RESIGNING AS HEAD OF THE McCAIN INSTITUTE AT ARIZONA McCAIN INSTITUTE AT ARIZONA STATE SAYING THE MEDIA FOCUS IS STATE SAYING THE MEDIA FOCUS IS BECOMING A DISTRACTION. BECOMING A DISTRACTION. VOLKER GOT TIED UP IN THE VOLKER GOT TIED UP IN THE UKRAINE SCANDAL AFTER RUDY UKRAINE SCANDAL AFTER RUDY GIULIANI SAID THAT VOLKER GIULIANI SAID THAT VOLKER INTRODUCED HIM TO UKRANIAN INTRODUCED HIM TO UKRANIAN LEADERS. LEADERS.>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD TO>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS BY 1:00 RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS BY 1:00 P.M. TODAY BUT NOW HE DOESN’T. P.M. TODAY BUT NOW HE DOESN’T. THIS MORNING A FEDERAL JUDGE THIS MORNING A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT HIS LONG TIME RULED THAT HIS LONG TIME ACCOUNTING FIRM WOULD HAVE TO ACCOUNTING FIRM WOULD HAVE TO HAND OVER EIGHT YEARS OF TAX HAND OVER EIGHT YEARS OF TAX RETURNS AS PART OF A CRIMINAL RETURNS AS PART OF A CRIMINAL PROBE INTO HIS BUSINESS DEALING PROBE INTO HIS BUSINESS DEALING REJECTING THE PRESIDENT’S CLAIM REJECTING THE PRESIDENT’S CLAIM THAT HE IS IMMUNE FROM CRIMINAL THAT HE IS IMMUNE FROM CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. INVESTIGATIONS. BUT THE PERSON’S PERSONAL BUT THE PERSON’S PERSONAL ATTORNEYS IMMEDIATELY APPEALED, ATTORNEYS IMMEDIATELY APPEALED, THEY WERE GRAFTSED THEY WERE GRAFTSED THEY WERE GRANTED A TEMPORARY THEY WERE GRANTED A TEMPORARY STAY. STAY. LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT JOINING TRUMP IN A FIGHT TO JOINING TRUMP IN A FIGHT TO BLOCK THE SUBPOENA SEEKING THE BLOCK THE SUBPOENA SEEKING THE RETURNS SAYING A PRESIDENT CAN’T RETURNS SAYING A PRESIDENT CAN’T BE CHARGED WHILE IN OFFICE. BE CHARGED WHILE IN OFFICE. THIS ALL STEMS FROM THE THIS ALL STEMS FROM THE INVESTIGATION INTO PAYMENTS MADE INVESTIGATION INTO PAYMENTS MADE TO STORMY DANIELS AND KAREN TO STORMY DANIELS AND KAREN McDOUGAL TO KEEP THEM QUIET McDOUGAL TO KEEP THEM QUIET ABOUT ALLEGED AFFAIRS WITH TRUMP ABOUT ALLEGED AFFAIRS WITH TRUMP PRIOR TO THE AEKS. PRIOR TO THE AEKS. TRUMP HAS DENIED ANY AFFAIR WITH TRUMP HAS DENIED ANY AFFAIR WITH DANIELS. DANIELS.>>>OVER THE WEEKEND, “JOKER”>>>OVER THE WEEKEND, “JOKER” SMASHED BOX OFFICE RECORDS SMASHED BOX OFFICE RECORDS MAKING IT THE HIGHEST OCTOBER MAKING IT THE HIGHEST OCTOBER DEBUT IN MOVIE HISTORY. DEBUT IN MOVIE HISTORY. THE MOVIE FOLLOWS THE STORY OF THE MOVIE FOLLOWS THE STORY OF BATMAN’S CLASSIC FOE AND IS BATMAN’S CLASSIC FOE AND IS PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL. PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL. IT DEPICTURES AS HIM AS A HERO R IT DEPICTURES AS HIM AS A HERO R CONCERNS THAT IT COULD INSPIRE CONCERNS THAT IT COULD INSPIRE VIOLENCE. VIOLENCE. THE OPEN WEEKEND WAS RELATIVELY THE OPEN WEEKEND WAS RELATIVELY INCIDENT FREE, BUT IN NEW YORK INCIDENT FREE, BUT IN NEW YORK CITY, A MAN HAD TO BE KOERTED ED CITY, A MAN HAD TO BE KOERTED ED AFTER LOUDLY CHEERING. AFTER LOUDLY CHEERING. AND NOW YOU KNOW. AND NOW YOU KNOW.>>>MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH>>>MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CONDEMNING SIDES OF THE AISLE CONDEMNING THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW TROOPS THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM SYRIA. FROM SYRIA. THE CONCERN IS THAT WE ARE THE CONCERN IS THAT WE ARE ABANDONING OUR ALLIES IN THE ABANDONING OUR ALLIES IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS. BATTLE AGAINST ISIS. RICHARD ENGEL EXPLAINS HOW THE RICHARD ENGEL EXPLAINS HOW THE KURDS ARE RESPONDING AND WHAT IS KURDS ARE RESPONDING AND WHAT IS TO COME. TO COME.>>KURDISH OFFICIALS I’VE SPOKEN>>KURDISH OFFICIALS I’VE SPOKEN TO SAY THAT THEY ARE BEING TO SAY THAT THEY ARE BEING BETRAYED BY THE AMERICANS, THAT BETRAYED BY THE AMERICANS, THAT THEY ARE BEING BE TWRAED THEY ARE BEING BE TWRAED PERSONALLY BY PRESIDENT TRUMP PERSONALLY BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NOW THEY WORRY THAT THE AND NOW THEY WORRY THAT THE TURKISH MILITARY AND TURKISH TURKISH MILITARY AND TURKISH BACKED MILITIAS COULD CARRY OUT BACKED MILITIAS COULD CARRY OUT A CAMPAIGN OF ETHNIC CLEANSING A CAMPAIGN OF ETHNIC CLEANSING AND GENOCIDE. AND GENOCIDE. THESE ARE VERY BIG WORDS, BUT IT THESE ARE VERY BIG WORDS, BUT IT IS CLEAR THAT THE KURDS ARE IS CLEAR THAT THE KURDS ARE BEING BETRAYED. BEING BETRAYED. THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF POLICY. POLICY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LEAVING THEM PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LEAVING THEM TO THEIR FATE AND THEIR FATE TO THEIR FATE AND THEIR FATE WON’T BE GOOD IF YOU LOOK AT WON’T BE GOOD IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING. WHAT IS HAPPENING. FIRST OF ALL, THESE ARE THE FIRST OF ALL, THESE ARE THE KURDS WHO ARE OPERATING IN KURDS WHO ARE OPERATING IN NORTHERN SYRIA, THE SAME PEOPLE NORTHERN SYRIA, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN WHO THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN FIGHTING WITH FOR THE LAST FOUR

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