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The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

Casualties are increasing as Turkey presses on with its cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria. read more


Two associates of the president's private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who helped fund efforts to investigate one of President Trump's political rivals, have been arrested and were expected to appear in court in Northern Virginia on Thursday. read more


Committee on Foreign Affairs: "The House of Representatives is engaged in an impeachment inquiry to determine whether the President violated his oath of office and endangered our national security by pressing Ukraine to launch sham investigations to assist his personal and political interests rather than the interests of the American people. Today, the White House has once again attempted to impede and obstruct the impeachment inquiry. "This morning, we learned from Ambassador Sondland's personal attorneys that the State Department left a voicemail last night at 12:30 a.m. informing them that the Trump Administration would not allow the Ambassador to appear today as part of the House's impeachment inquiry. In addition, Ambassador Sondland's attorneys have informed us that the Ambassador has recovered communications from his personal devices that the Committees requested prior to his interview today. He has turned them over to the State Department, however, and the State Department is withholding them from the Committees, in defiance of our subpoena to Secretary Pompeo. These actions appear to be part of the White House's effort to obstruct the impeachment inquiry and to cover up President Trump's misconduct from Congress and the American people. Ambassador Sondland's testimony and documents are vital, and that is precisely why the Administration is now blocking his testimony and withholding his documents. We consider this interference to be obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. " read more


Lawfare: Is it constitutionally acceptable for the House speaker to initiate an impeachment "by means of nothing more than a press conference"? In short, yes. read more


President Trump on Wednesday addressed his decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, abandoning our Kurdish allies - who have done a majority of the fighting against ISIS - before an impending attack by Turkey. read more


Dana Milbank: President Trump has proved to the 21st century that Lord Acton's 19th-century maxim still holds: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. read more


Turkey launched a planned military operation in northeastern Syria on Wednesday aimed at flushing out a Syrian militia backed by the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote on Twitter. read more


"There are differences between Elizabeth and myself," Sanders, I-Vt., said in an interview with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. "Elizabeth, I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I'm not." read more


Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is stepping down, the network said Friday in a statement. "Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many," Smith said in a statement. "It's been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I've worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I'm proud to have anchored their work each day - I will deeply miss them."


Goldman Sachs released a report on the effect of climate change on cities around the world and the results made for grim reading. The bank's Global Markets Institute, led by Amanda Hindlian, warned of "significant" potential risks to the world's largest cities, which are especially vulnerable to more frequent storms, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and storm surges. read more


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