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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.
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’
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 …
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Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren has been the only big winner in polling after 2 debates
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Wall Street is freaking out at the thought of President Liz Warren
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Trump Flirts With $15 Billion Bailout for Iran, Sources Say  —  Trump says he hates the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.  But he's toying with a French proposal to get the Iranians to comply with it: a $15 billion line of credit to Tehran.  —  President Donald Trump has left the impression …
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Two names who would give Trump an all-star security team after Bolton
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
Wall Street Journal:   After Bolton, Pompeo's Role Grows Larger, and Also More Solitary
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Social Security Plan: Raise Benefits by $200 a Month  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts unveiled a plan on Thursday to give all recipients of Social Security benefits an extra $200 per month and to pay for it by raising taxes on the rich …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Warren Plan Would Close Tax Loophole Joe Biden Uses
Discussion: The Intercept
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ahead of Democratic debate, Warren calls for raising Social Security benefits, O'Rourke urges banks …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
House Panel Approves Procedures for Trump Impeachment Probe  —  The resolution authorizes Chairman Jerrold Nadler to designate certain hearings as part of the continuing investigation into President Trump  —  WASHINGTON—The House Judiciary Committee formalized procedures for its investigation …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
House committee votes to take steps toward impeachment as Democrats mull potential charges against Trump
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeachment?
Discussion: Power Line
NBC News:   Impeachment inquiry ramps up as Judiciary panel adopts procedural guidelines
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.
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Washington Post:   Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’
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: The Week
Washington Post:
Trump officials tour unused FAA facility in California in search for place to relocate homeless people  —  A team of Trump administration officials toured a California facility once used by the Federal Aviation Administration this week as they searched for a potential site to relocate homeless people …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism  —  One evening in early September, the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., hosted a debate between Sohrab Ahmari, the op-ed editor of the New York Post, and David French, a constitutional lawyer …
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.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis' political team planned $25K golf games, $250K ‘intimate gatherings,’ memos say  —  Internal documents from DeSantis' political committee provide a rare peek into the inner workings of the main political operation behind Florida's top elected official.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees  —  Pence's stay at Trump's Irish golf resort has reinvigorated the debate about whether the president is using his position to enrich himself.  —  Ground transportation for Vice President Mike Pence's stay …
Discussion: PinkNews
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 …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World  —  Fox Business' Lou Dobbs bemoaned the “pervasive” funding efforts of George Soros and warned that the “tentacles” of the Jewish billionaire “work against sovereignty, work against our laws.”
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Beast
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 …
Washington Post:
'You're a prop in the back': Advisers struggle to obey Trump's Kafkaesque rules  —  In President Trump's renegade orbit, there are unspoken rules he expects his advisers to follow.  He tolerates a modicum of dissent, so long as it remains private; expects advisers to fall in line and defend his decisions …
Bloomberg:
Trump Advisers Consider Interim China Trade Deal to Delay Tariffs  —  Trump administration officials have discussed offering a limited trade agreement to China that would delay and even roll back some U.S. tariffs for the first time in exchange for Chinese commitments on intellectual property …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio lawmaker wants to slap Rep. Jim Jordan with a subpoena  —  State Rep. Tavia Galonski wants to grill Jordan about the Ohio State sex abuse scandal.  —  An Ohio lawmaker is seeking to compel powerful Republican Rep. Jim Jordan to testify under oath about whether he was aware that the wrestlers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Voters are off-the-charts excited about voting in an election that's still 14 months away  —  President Trump's rallies are bonkers.  Trump loves them because it combines two of his favorite things: an ability to say whatever he wants and being greeted with rapturous applause.  And that's generally what he gets.
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Washington Post:
Democrats should give Trump a win on his trade deal with Mexico and Canada
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
'I don't blame Kim Jong Un': In dismissing Bolton, Trump sides with North Korean leader — again
Andrew Perez / Tarbell:
Expect More Health Industry Spin At Thursday's Democratic Debate
Discussion: The Week and The Guardian
The Charlotte Observer:
Full Video: Rep. Deb Butler leads Democrat protest of surprise veto override vote
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Top Democrat attempts to block Trump from paying farm bailout money, setting up battle over trade war tactics
Discussion: Townhall
Bloomberg:
U.S. Core Inflation Exceeds Forecasts as Medical-Care Costs Jump
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review
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Adam Kinzinger / Fox News:
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Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
ICE Is Building A ‘State-Of-The-Art’ …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Philippe Reines / Politico:
Why Only a Woman Can Win a Debate Against Trump
Discussion: USA Today
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
How Fan Culture Is Swallowing Democracy
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Mexican Man Has Died In ICE Custody. He's The 8th Death In US Custody This Year.
Discussion: Splinter
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 seen with Jeffrey Epstein getting off his plane in 2018 …
Adam Reiss / NBC News:
Source: Michael Cohen met with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization