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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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Andrew Yang announces $120,000 giveaway during debate  —  Presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced at Thursday night's debate that his campaign will randomly select 10 families and give them a total of $120,000 over the next year as part of a pilot program for his universal basic income plan.
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Democratic debate live updates: Candidates assail Trump on immigration  —  The 10 highest-polling candidates are appearing for a single night of debate in Houston hosted by ABC News and Univision — the smallest roster yet in the third matchup of Democratic National Committee-sanctioned primary debates …
Mattterril / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: Democrats Lead Trump in Key Swing States  —  Firehouse/0ptimus September General Election Poll: Slight Majority Say Trump's Deception on Hurricane Dorian “A big deal”  —  Each quarter this year, we have surveyed 2020 general election voters to gauge public opinion heading into 2020.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Here's what each Democrat needs to do to win Thursday's debate
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Breitbart
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Debate night: Biden, Warren, Sanders and the fight for frontrunner
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Why Can't Joe Biden Win a Debate?
Discussion: National Review
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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Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Federal prosecutors recommend that Andrew McCabe, former FBI second-in-command, be indicted  —  President Trump says it's up to his new attorney general to decide when and whether the Mueller report into Russian election meddling is released.  He also has some harsh words for former FBI …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
‘Simply Unacceptable’: 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, the chief executives …
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Ted Cruz eyes the White House: ‘I hope to run again’
Discussion: CNN
Josh Israel / Shareblue Media:
Ted Cruz: Stopping gun violence could help Elizabeth Warren become president
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and VICE
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cruz warns GOP support for expanded background checks could help elect Warren president
Discussion: Raw Story
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Ted Cruz warns Texas will be ‘hotly contested’ in 2020
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
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: The Daily Dot, Breitbart and Daily Wire
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.
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
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)
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Deficit Tops $1 Trillion in First 11 Months of Fiscal Year, Treasury Says  —  The deficit, up 19% compared with a year ago, has exceeded $1 trillion for the first time since 2012  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. budget gap widened to more than $1 trillion in the first 11 months of the fiscal year …
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Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Posts $1 Trillion Budget Gap; Full-Year May Be Lower
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Falwell blasted Liberty student as ‘retarded,’ police chief as ‘half-wit’ in emails  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In emails to his colleagues over the years, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr has denigrated students and staff at the Christian university he runs …
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 …
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 and The Week
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections
Discussion: Earther and Politico
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 …
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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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 …
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
Manu Raju / CNN:
Mitt Romney says he doesn't plan to endorse anyone in 2020  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Thursday that he's planning to withhold his endorsement in the 2020 race both in the primary and in the general election, underscoring the uneasy relationship between …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’:  Inside Warren's War With the Obama Team  —  Elizabeth Warren was in the president's head.  —  From the summer of 2010 through summer of 2011, the usually unflappable Barack Obama spent long hours agonizing over the then-Harvard Law professor …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
New York City Is Ending a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy.  Here's Why.  —  The City Council fears that if a lawsuit challenging the ban reaches the Supreme Court, the panel could issue a ruling protecting the practice.  —  Nearly two years ago, the New York City Council celebrated when it passed …
 
 
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Gabbard warns that DNC debate qualifications could make voters think ‘the fix is already in’
Darwin BondGraham / The Guardian:
California bans private prisons - including Ice detention centers
Discussion: VICE
Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Secret Service, protesters descend on Baltimore ahead of Trump's visit Thursday
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Democrat subpoenas U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan to appear before panel
Politico:
Ted Cruz will oppose Trump's judicial nominee
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Is the Supreme Court too deferential to Trump — or worried some judges are overstepping their power?
Discussion: Vox, Slate and Fox News
SSRN:
Abstract  —  The U.S. economy exhibits high inequality …
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
Record-fundraiser Dan Baer drops US Senate bid, supports Hickenlooper in 2020
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Ettlinger / Medium:
The Vastly Varying Importance of American Voters (Updated and Revised September 2019)
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
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
Expanding Social Security