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3:20 PM ET, September 12, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
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Ed Rendell / Washington Post:
I like Elizabeth Warren.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  Ed Rendell, a Democrat, is the former governor of Pennsylvania.  —  I like Elizabeth Warren.  I like her a lot.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  I think Warren (D-Mass.) has been a great senator, and her work in setting …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What to Expect during Tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate
Discussion: RedState, New York Times and Fox News
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:   Buy, Sell, Hold (September Edition)
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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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. authorized prosecutors to charge Andrew McCabe  —  Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe's legal team has been notified that the Justice Department authorized prosecutors to seek an indictment against him for lying to investigators, according to two people familiar with the matter …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and The Week
New York Times:   Justice Dept. Rejects Andrew McCabe's Bid to Avoid Charges
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Prosecutors recommend indicting Andrew McCabe over ‘lack of candor’ about media leaks
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
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 …
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.
Dahlia Scheindlin / Washington Post:
Here's what the Israeli public thinks about Netanyahu's campaign promise to annex parts of the West Bank.
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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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeachment?
Discussion: NBC News and American Greatness
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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Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
145 CEOs implore Senate to act on gun violence, saying doing nothing is ‘simply unacceptable’
CNN:
Exclusive: How John Roberts killed the census citizenship question  —  Washington (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against President Donald Trump's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after changing his position behind the scenes …
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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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Warren Plan Would Close Tax Loophole Joe Biden Uses
Discussion: Eschaton and The Intercept
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 …
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Deficit Tops $1 Trillion in First 11 Months of Fiscal Year, Treasury Says
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, which had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies.
Discussion: Politico and Earther
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Annie Snider / Politico:
Trump administration rolls back landmark water protections
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 …
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Jack Crosbie / Splinter:
How High Are the Stakes Tonight for Each Democratic Candidate?
Discussion: NPR, The Federalist and Vanity Fair
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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Ted Cruz warns Texas will be ‘hotly contested’ in 2020  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is sounding the alarm on Texas.  —  During a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, Cruz warned that Texas will be “hotly contested” in 2020.  He said that while he had confidence his colleague Republican …
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WTKR-TV:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files $400 million lawsuit against CBS … NORFOLK, Va. - Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax filed a defamation lawsuit against CBS on Thursday seeking $400 million.  —  CBS News aired interviews with two women who have accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting them.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax sues CBS over accuser interviews
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.
Gordon Witkin / Center for Public Integrity:
You donated to kids with cancer.  This Vegas telemarketer cashed in.  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The telemarketer asked Eric Thomas a question: Would he consider donating money to the Children's Leukemia Support Network?  —  Thomas himself was battling a rare and incurable form of leukemia.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Michael Shellenberger / Forbes:
Why California Keeps Making Homelessness Worse  —  I write about energy and the environment.  —  On Tuesday, fifteen officials from the White House toured Skid Row in Los Angeles with the head of a local homeless shelter.  “Four or five of them were from the Environmental Protection Agency …
 
 
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
Jury convicts dad of Alison Lundergan Grimes for giving illegally to Senate campaign
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Why Can't Joe Biden Win a Debate?
Discussion: National Review
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Rare external investigation finds wrongdoing in the CIA's watchdog office
April Glaser / Slate:
Kickstarter Has Fired Two Union Organizers in Eight Days
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
New York Times:
When Your Commander in Chief Is Also Providing Your Hotel Room
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Voters are off-the-charts excited about voting in an election that's still 14 months away
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis' political team planned $25K golf games, $250K ‘intimate gatherings,’ memos say
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio lawmaker wants to slap Rep. Jim Jordan with a subpoena
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Top Democrat attempts to block Trump from paying farm bailout money, setting up battle over trade war tactics
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast:
Trump Flirts With $15 Billion Bailout for Iran, Sources Say