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6:30 PM ET, September 13, 2019

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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Think Castro was ‘mean’ to Biden?  Get ready for an absolute bloodbath.  —  Joe Biden's Democratic rivals have now begun to raise questions about his age and mental competence.  But they are doing so ever so gingerly, and even apologetically.  —  President Trump is not being nearly as cautious or circumspect.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris' debate performance fails to sway big money donors  —  KEY POINTS  — Sen. Kamala Harris' debate performance on Thursday failed to impress many of her party's big money donors and failed to win over some financiers who were on the fence about her candidacy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For most of the night, Biden weathers a volley of attacks  —  HOUSTON — With all the leading Democratic candidates on the same stage for the first time this year, former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday delivered the kind of performance his supporters have been waiting for …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Joe Biden struggles to keep his teeth in his mouth during Democratic debate
Discussion: Spectator USA
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The three big winners of the Houston debate
Discussion: New Yorker, Michigan Advance and WHYY
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Castro's kamikaze mission makes Biden more sympathetic - and six other debate takeaways
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Sanders spokeswoman: A lot of candidates will have to answer for their past
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
Drop Out, Joe Biden
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Who Won the Debate? Experts Weigh In
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Lawfare:
On the Mystery of the McCabe Grand Jury  —  Did a federal grand jury refuse to hand up an indictment of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe?  —  No media organization has reported that this is what happened Thursday, but something clearly happened when the grand jury met …
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New York Times:
Andrew McCabe Asks Justice Dept. Whether Grand Jury Rejected Charges  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the former F.B.I. deputy director Andrew G. McCabe, a frequent target of President Trump's, have asked federal prosecutors whether a secret grand jury refused to indict him …
Washington Post:
Andrew McCabe's legal team asks Justice Dept. if grand jury rejected charges in his case  —  The legal team for Andrew McCabe has asked federal prosecutors in D.C. whether a grand jury had rejected their bid to indict the FBI's former acting director on charges of lying to investigators …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Raw Story, CNN and CNBC
Wall Street Journal:
Trump, Awaiting Egyptian Counterpart at Summit, Called Out for ‘My Favorite Dictator’  —  Quip drew attention to uncomfortable facet of U.S.-Egypt relationship  —  Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month's Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France …
BostonGlobe.com:
METRO SPORTS BUSINESS OPINION RHODE ISLAND POLITICS LIFESTYLE MARIJUANA ARTS MAGAZINE CARS REAL ESTATE EVENTS  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young liberal icon from New York, has endorsed Senator Ed Markey's reelection bid next year, as Representative Joe Kennedy III considers …
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
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Ed Markey / YouTube:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement  —  “I'm here to say that I'm proud to enthusiastically support and endorse Senator Ed Markey for re-election to the United States Senate.  —  Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families.  Not just in Massachusetts, but across the country.
Discussion: Washington Post and CBS Boston
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Ivanka tells donors she got her moral compass from her dad  —  At a mid-August fundraiser in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Ivanka Trump was asked to name the personality traits she inherited most from her parents.  —  Without much of a pause, Trump told the crowd of roughly 120 high-end donors …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:   Republicans clash with Trump-aligned operatives
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
House GOP to Run in 2020 on Reducing the Debt They Helped Grow
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
U.S. Court of Appeals Brings Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Back to Life  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday brought back to life an emoluments-related lawsuit against President Donald Trump.  The lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Breitbart
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Appeals court revives lawsuit saying Trump is violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Fox Must Face Suit by Seth Rich's Parents Over Stories on His Death
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Inspector General Has Completed FISA Abuse Probe  —  The Justice Department's inspector general told Congress on Friday that he completed his investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the Trump-Russia probe, and has sent a draft version …
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Fox News:
DOJ watchdog submits draft report on alleged FISA abuses to Barr
Discussion: Daily Wire and Tennessee Star
Washington Post:
House Democrats pursue Sessions for testimony in impeachment probe of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The Times and CNN Will Host the Next Democratic Debate in Ohio  —  The Democratic National Committee has announced that the next debate will be held on Oct. 15, with a possible second night on Oct. 16.  —  The New York Times and CNN will co-host the next Democratic debate near Columbus …
Boris Kachka / New York Magazine:
Among the Moderate Chic at Bari Weiss's Book Party The embattled Establishment assembles to celebrate the Times Op-Ed columnist's book on antisemitism.  —  Bari Weiss — editor, Times columnist, Twitter piñata, extrovert, and now author — began the launch party for her first book …
Discussion: Splinter and Eschaton
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What If the Only Democrat Who Isn't Too Radical to Win Is Too Old?  —  Here is a science-fiction scenario: Imagine a strange new virus that incapacitates everybody below the age of 75.  The virus wipes out the entire political leadership, except one old man, who has survived on account of his age …
globalnews.ca:
RCMP intel director charged in major case was top adviser to former force head: sources  —  ABOVE: A high-level official with the RCMP has been arrested and is facing several charges under both the Criminal Code and Security of Information Act, according to multiple sources.  Mercedes Stephenson reports.
Discussion: Fox News
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Famed Computer Scientist Richard Stallman Described Epstein Victims As ‘Entirely Willing’  —  Stallman, a pioneer of the free software movement, argued about the definition of “sexual assault” on an MIT email listserv about the university's connections to Jeffrey Epstein.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Giuliani Divorce: It's Ugly, It's Operatic.  What Did You Expect?  —  The marriage of Rudolph and Judith Giuliani is coming to an end, and despite a judge's urging, the wreckage is being laid bare for all to see.  —  On a spring afternoon in 2000, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani used a news conference …
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Brian Stelter / CNN:
ABC's ratings show that interest in the Democratic primaries is still high  —  New York (CNN Business)If you're wondering whether interest in the Democratic primary process has cooled off, check the Nielsen ratings and stop wondering.  —  Thursday night's debate featuring ten presidential candidates brought a big audience to ABC.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Axios
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Trump: I look orange, but so do you because of energy-efficient light bulbs  —  “The light is the worst,” Trump said.  His administration earlier this month announced it would roll back regulations for increased energy efficiency.  —  On a night that featured the Democratic debate …
Samantha Lock / The Sun:
MAKE TATTOOS GREAT AGAIN Donald Trump superfans show off their tattoos of president in eye-popping gallery  —  DONALD Trump certainly isn't short of adoring patriotic superfans who have pledged themselves with the president in a bid to ‘make America great again’.
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Collins cast deciding vote to let Trump take money from military families for his wall  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) claims she is opposed to Trump stealing money from the military to build a wall, but she doesn't vote that way.  —  At Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday …
Alex Paterson / Media Matters for America:
OANN host Liz Wheeler: “Transgender penguins” are a liberal ploy to get Americans to rely on the government  —  Wheeler melts down over “transgender penguins,” claims they could lead to the destruction of gender, traditional marriage, and family … One America News Network (OANN) …
Stefanos Chen / New York Times:
One in Four of New York's New Luxury Apartments Are Unsold  —  A quarter of the new condos built since 2013 in New York City have not yet found buyers, according to a new analysis of closed sales.  —  Picture an empty apartment — there are thousands in Manhattan's new towers …
Discussion: Curbed NY
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The New York Times Has Abandoned Liberalism for Activism  —  “Our democracy's ideals were false when they were written.”  —  I've been struggling with that sentence — the opening statement of the introductory essay to the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project on the legacy of slavery in America — for a few weeks now.
Discussion: The American Conservative and IJR
 
 
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats are missing an opportunity to brand Trump as too conservative, poll suggests
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
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Donna Borak / CNN:
Trump again dangles a promise of tax cuts
Discussion: Political Wire
Kai Weiss / Law & Liberty:
National Conservatism's Fatal Conceit
Discussion: National Review
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
David Cameron: UK may need another referendum
Washington Post:
George W. Bush painted John Boehner's portrait
Discussion: CNN
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
John Bolton resumes political activity after leaving White House
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork
Discussion: Axios and Xinhua News Agency
Timothy Sandefur / National Review:
The Anti-Slavery Constitution
Discussion: Reason
Jacob Solis / The Nevada Independent:
At UNLV panel, Reid, Heller say don't count on Trump losing in 2020
George Packer / The Atlantic:
When the Culture War Comes for the Kids
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
State IG Set to Recommend Discipline for Trump's Top Iran Hand
Discussion: Washington Post
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Hunters Raise $72 Million. She Still Isn't President.