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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.
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 …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren has been the only big winner in polling after 2 debates
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Amanda Hess / New York Times:   How Fan Culture Is Swallowing Democracy
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What to Expect during Tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Warren Plan Would Close Tax Loophole Joe Biden Uses
Discussion: Eschaton and The Intercept
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’
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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Washington Post:
Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’
Discussion: Common Dreams
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi walks out on press: I'm done talking about impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut down press questions about whether the House is conducting a formal impeachment inquiry as some lawmakers claim.  —  “I'm not answering any more questions about a possible inquiry, investigation …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeachment?
Discussion: Crooked Media
NBC News:
Impeachment inquiry ramps up as Judiciary panel adopts procedural guidelines
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: twitchy.com
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Top Democrat attempts to block Trump from paying farm bailout money, setting up battle over trade war tactics  —  House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is proposing to block the White House request over its farm bailout program, according to a draft of legislation reviewed …
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
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 …
Jack Crosbie / Splinter:
How High Are the Stakes Tonight for Each Democratic Candidate?  —  The third Democratic primary debate, live tonight on ABC News and Univision, will be the first time all of the major candidates have been together on one stage, and also Beto O'Rourke made it in.  Many, many pundits are asking: How high are the stakes tonight?
Discussion: NPR, The Federalist and Vanity Fair
Maryam Saleh / The Intercept:
With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were  —  The Center for Immigration Studies, a far-right, anti-immigrant group, was frequently cited by major U.S. newspapers in the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency …
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
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Wrestles With Its QAnon Problem
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
When Your Commander in Chief Is Also Providing Your Hotel Room
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio lawmaker wants to slap Rep. Jim Jordan with a subpoena
Discussion: Raw Story
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
'I don't blame Kim Jong Un': In dismissing Bolton, Trump sides with North Korean leader — again
The Charlotte Observer:
Full Video: Rep. Deb Butler leads Democrat protest of surprise veto override vote
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Trump Advisers Consider Interim China Trade Deal to Delay Tariffs
Discussion: Daily Kos
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
What Kamala Harris Needs to Do Tonight
Discussion: National Review
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
ICE Is Building A ‘State-Of-The-Art’ …
Discussion: Common Dreams
John Solomon / The Hill:
Two names who would give Trump an all-star security team after Bolton
Discussion: Breitbart
Philippe Reines / Politico:
Why Only a Woman Can Win a Debate Against Trump
Discussion: USA Today
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Beast
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees
Discussion: PinkNews