Here are those links, to the three items I found of particular importance in the October 23, 2019, edition:
I encourage those reading this blog posting to read the articles linked above (if you can get access). Most important, I think, is the article on the Trump rallies. Anyone who wants to understand contemporary politics at the presidential level needs to come to grips with the fact that Donald J. Trump is a master politician. More than anything else, excitement wins elections. Politics is not a "spectator sport." Donald Trump's rallies are masterfully orchestrated and are specifically designed to increase political participation on his behalf. I used to be a politician. His rallies are a model of effective politics. Call them deplorable if you wish. In large part, they are. But let's not underestimate!
In the article on Hillary Clinton's charge that Tulsi Gabbard is a "Russian asset" (and this is an opinion column, not a news story or an expression of the paper's editorial board), the effectiveness of Donald Trump as a politician is the big message I took away from the column. I agree with this observation, excerpted from the column on the Clinton-Gabbard controversy:
Opposition to Mr. Trump’s pullout may not be as widespread as the candidates imagine. In a Rasmussen poll, 55% of Democrats (and 69% of Republicans) agreed that “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.” The pollster didn’t identify the speaker of those words—Mr. Trump.
Finally, "Donald Trump's 'Lynching'" is a statement by the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. It is an official statement by the newspaper, and this particular editorial statement also contains some information about how Donald Trump plays politics:
Donald Trump made himself a political celebrity in 2016 by persuading news media to talk about—Donald Trump. He did it mainly by the expedient of saying outrageous things—by trolling, in the parlance of social media—and it worked. It’s still working ...
(2) - https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-rallies-arent-just-part-of-his-campaign-they-are-the-campaign-11571753199
(3) - https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-hillary-tulsi-fault-line-11571784603
(4) - https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trumps-lynching-11571785928