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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.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Prosecutors recommend indicting Andrew McCabe over ‘lack of candor’ about media leaks
Discussion: Sara A. Carter, Political Wire and CNBC
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Democrats Are Past the Point of No Return on Impeachment
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox and Politico
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
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, Balloon Juice and The Week
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jack Crosbie / Splinter:
How High Are the Stakes Tonight for Each Democratic Candidate?
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
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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: National Review and Mediaite
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and twitchy.com
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 …
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: Townhall, Vox, Daily Wire and twitchy.com
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein's Secret Charity Gratitude America Was Operated via Deutsche Bank  —  Gratitude America, Jeffrey Epstein's shadowy private charity, operated through an account at Deutsche Bank AG, The Wall Street Journal reports.  The German multinational, which has drawn red flags from regulators …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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NBC News:
They're telling us there's a chance: Why the debate nonqualifiers won't quit (yet)
Discussion: The Week and Politico
New York Times:
For Mike Pompeo, a Moment of Singular Influence
Discussion: Reuters
Congressman Scott Peters:
Rep. Peters Introduces Legislation to Build More Housing Near Transit
Michael Ettlinger / Medium:
The Vastly Varying Importance of American Voters (Updated and Revised September 2019)
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
WTKR-TV:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files $400 million lawsuit against CBS
 Earlier Items: 
Maryam Saleh / The Intercept:
With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
A nonprofit paid to rent Trump's D.C. hotel ballrooms. Its headliners: Pence and Pompeo
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
For Military Personnel, Trump's Turnberry Hotel Is ‘Better Than a Tent’
Discussion: Task & Purpose and National Review
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
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