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6:35 PM ET, September 12, 2019

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PBS NewsHour:
Man Trump once called ‘my African American’ leaves Republican Party  —  Gregory Cheadle, the black man President Donald Trump once described at a rally as “my African American,” is fed up.  —  After two years of frustration with the president's rhetoric on race and the lack of diversity …
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal  —  U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Rejects Andrew McCabe's Bid to Avoid Charges  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department rejected a last-ditch appeal from defense lawyers for the former F.B.I. deputy director Andrew G. McCabe, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as prosecutors have appeared close to charging him in a criminal case.
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. authorized prosecutors to charge Andrew McCabe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Andrew McCabe appeal to avoid criminal charges rejected
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House  —  The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington …
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The liberal world order helped Israel flourish.  Now, the state is pushing back.  —  The rise of nationalism around the globe may be reflected in the outcome of Israeli elections on Tuesday  —  In the growing confrontation between the liberal world order and its anti-liberal nationalist …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
‘Simply Unacceptable’: 145 Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence  —  “Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the corporate chiefs urged senators in a letter.  —  In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America …
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DeRay Mckesson / Medium:
On Shaun King  —  Integrity.  —  A movement is only as strong as its integrity.  Part of our collective work is to protect this integrity, even when, or especially when, doing so is uncomfortable or hard.  It is in this spirit that I write, to address a lapse in integrity within …
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Buttigieg Money Pit  —  With great fanfare last month, Pete Buttigieg has announced “Phase Three” of his presidential campaign.  Campaign adviser Lis Smith described the first two phases as teaching people how to pronounce his name and then raising gobs of money.
Discussion: National Review
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Buy, Sell, Hold (September Edition)  —  On the occasion of the third Democratic presidential debate, which will feature all of the top 10 contenders on stage for the first time, it is worth re-assessing the state of the race.  I will use my usual “buy/sell/hold” take, which asks whether …
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
Expanding Social Security  —  I've dedicated most of my career to studying what's happening to working families in America.  One thing is clear: it's getting harder to save enough for a decent retirement.  —  A generation of stagnant wages and rising costs for basics like housing …
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Why Can't Joe Biden Win a Debate?
Discussion: National Review
David Dayen / American Prospect:   Warren Plan Would Close Tax Loophole Joe Biden Uses
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘My time is growing near’: John Lewis dangles impeachment announcement  —  Rep. John Lewis has called Donald Trump an illegitimate leader and boycotted his inauguration, but he's remained conspicuously silent on demands for the president's impeachment.  —  Despite his silence …
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Media Matters for America:
Sebastian Gorka and Michelle Malkin warn that “Soros-allied organizations” are working toward “demographic conquest”  —  Trump administration hopes to catch media flat-footed in pushing far-right lawyer toward lifetime judgeship  —  Wash. Post pushes Trump's spin as he makes America's waterways dirtier
The Federalist:
Christine Blasey Ford's Father Supported Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation  —  After Christine Blasey Ford publicly alleged that Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her, her father repeatedly communicated to Kavanaugh's father that he supported Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rendell lights pre-debate stink bomb  —  Former Democratic National Committee chairman and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell sparked a firestorm on social media by escalating attacks on Elizabeth Warren ahead of Thursday's closely watched debate, assailing her as a “hypocrite” in an op-ed.
Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Posts $1 Trillion Budget Gap, Full-Year May Be Lower  — Deficit was $1.07 trillion in first 11 months of fiscal year  — Last month of fiscal year often a surplus due to tax payments  —  The U.S. budget deficit surpassed $1 trillion in the first 11 months of the fiscal year through August …
Discussion: The Hill
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Deficit Tops $1 Trillion in First 11 Months of Fiscal Year, Treasury Says
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Administration to Roll Back Clean Water Protections  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.
Discussion: Axios
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections
Discussion: Politico and Earther
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
ABC Tells Democrats to Keep Debate Clean.  Looking at You, Beto.  —  There will be no delay on the broadcast so no chance to censor any obscenities, should a candidate let loose.  —  There was a time in American history when candidates for president did not need to be reminded …
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Jury convicts dad of Alison Lundergan Grimes for giving illegally to Senate campaign  —  A federal jury found two longtime Democratic operatives guilty Thursday of funneling illegal corporate campaign contributions into Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' 2014 U.S. Senate campaign …
Politico:
Ted Cruz will oppose Trump's judicial nominee  —  ‘Sul’ Ozerden's nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals could be in jeopardy.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz will oppose President Donald Trump's nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden, a major setback for the embattled nomination.
Discussion: Washington Times
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Trump team rushes to find escape hatch for China tariffs  —  President Donald Trump's top advisers are rushing to find an escape hatch for a series of tariff increases in the coming months, worried about the potential for further economic damage.  —  Many of the president's top economic officials …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
MIT President: Oh Yeah, We DID Cover Up Epstein's Donations  —  In fact, he wrote an Epstein a thank you note for one gift.  Even if he doesn't remember it.  —  The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is admitting that not only did the school hide donations from Jeffrey Epstein …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Wrestles With Its QAnon Problem  —  They love the president, and appear at Trump rallies in their favorite merch.  Now believers in the mega-conspiracy theory are posing a challenge to their idol's re-election.  —  In late August 2018, Lisa and John Welch weren't feeling great …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Suburban Vote Isn't as Blue as It Looks  —  My colleague, David Wasserman wrote a (typically) insightful analysis on GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop's narrow win in Thursday's special election in North Carolina's 9th district.  His main conclusion was that the special election continued …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct  —  Mithril Capital raised over $1 billion on the name of Thiel, one of Silicon Valley's biggest celebrities.  Now federal investigators are looking under the hood.
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
Record-fundraiser Dan Baer drops US Senate bid, supports Hickenlooper in 2020  —  The Democratic primary field, which once numbered a dozen candidates, is slowly clearing for Hickenlooper, choice of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  —  DENVER — Dan Baer tells Next with Kyle Clark …
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Secret Service, protesters descend on Baltimore ahead of Trump's visit Thursday  —  President Trump, who infamously insulted Baltimore as “rodent infested,” will be greeted by a 14-foot inflatable rat on his planned visit to the city Thursday evening, among the props that protesters put in place in advance of his arrival.
Discussion: Washington Times
New York Times:
For Military Personnel, Trump's Turnberry Hotel Is ‘Better Than a Tent’  —  TURNBERRY, Scotland — The middle-aged golfers had finished their last single-malt whiskeys late one night this July, and the bartenders were closing up.  —  Then a bus pulled up to the Trump Turnberry hotel …
Discussion: Task & Purpose and National Review
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Ominous signs could sink Republicans' chances of retaking the House  —  A parade of Republican retirements.  Red flags about the economy.  President Donald Trump's approval ratings under water.  A nail-biter race in a GOP stronghold.  —  House Republicans are grappling with a string …
 
 
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NBC News:
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New York Times:
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Congressman Scott Peters:
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Michael Ettlinger / Medium:
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Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Rare external investigation finds wrongdoing in the CIA's watchdog office
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Maryam Saleh / The Intercept:
With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein's Secret Charity Gratitude America Was Operated via Deutsche Bank
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
A nonprofit paid to rent Trump's D.C. hotel ballrooms. Its headliners: Pence and Pompeo
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis' political team planned $25K golf games, $250K ‘intimate gatherings,’ memos say
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Michael Shellenberger / Forbes:
Why California Keeps Making Homelessness Worse
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism
Gordon Witkin / Center for Public Integrity:
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