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Russia, Turkey discuss coordination in Syria after Trump’s withdrawal

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Foreign and defense ministers from Russia and Turkey discussed coordination between their forces in Syria after the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from the Arab republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday.

“Today, an understanding was reached on how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue coordinating their steps “on the ground” under new conditions with a view to the ultimate eradication of the terrorist threat in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Lavrov said.

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In an abrupt policy shift, Trump has said that Washington would withdraw roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming U.S. allies.


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GOP’s impeachment ‘game plan’ fell apart after Trump’s Yovanovitch tweet and now they’re unsure how to defend him: Politico reporter

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On CNN Saturday, Politico's Melanie Zanona noted that President Donald Trump's decision to attack former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in a tweet while she was testifying to Congress not only risks another article of impeachment — it is also leaving his Republican allies unable to defend his behavior.

"Melanie, it's hard to know what all independent and undecided voters might be thinking, but I had a guest on earlier who made a powerful point, in that some voters might be looking at the pattern of how the president describes particularly powerful women, and he would call her bad news and she had such an esteemed reputation," said anchor Fredricka Wilson.

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‘Game over’ for Trump if Sondland confirms phone call revealed by David Holmes: ex-Watergate prosecutor

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, two veterans of the Watergate hearings that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon said the slow trickle of information coming out about Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings could lead to a sold case for his impeachment.

According to former prosecutor Nick Akerman, a lot could be riding on the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland who has been put in a precarious position after diplomat David Holmes said he overheard a conversation Sondland had with the president that would indicate the president was using foreign aid as a bribe for dirt on a political opponent.

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GOP using Elise Stefanik in impeachment hearings because Jim Jordan has ‘zero credibility’ outside of Trump hardliners: MSNBC analyst

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy," communications strategist Tara Dowdell told anchor Joy Reid that Republicans now realize Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), their go-to man for shouting and intimidating congressional witnesses, was not compelling for the American people — which is why they instead arranged the stunt in Friday's hearing with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

"I think [House Intelligence chairman] Adam Schiff handled this extremely well, and I think it shows why he was the right person to lead this charge," said Dowdell. "If you look at the Republicans, just to go back to some of the points that you made earlier, they were yelling, screaming. Jim Jordan was sweating. He was sweaty. His comments were sweaty. And so, I think that when you look at —

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