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10:05 AM ET, September 14, 2019


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U.S. House of Representatives Permanent …:
Chairman Schiff Issues Subpoena for Whistleblower Complaint Being Unlawfully Withheld by Acting DNI from Intelligence Committees  —  f t # e  —  Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a subpoena to the Acting Director …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding ‘urgent’ whistleblower complaint  —  The nation's top intelligence official is illegally withholding a whistleblower complaint, possibly to protect President Donald Trump or senior White House officials, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff alleged Friday.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Honor Team That Worked on Kavanaugh Confirmation Process  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will present one of its most prestigious awards to the lawyers who worked on the highly contentious Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
DOJ cites Dems' mixed-up impeachment messages to undercut House probe  —  The Justice Department on Friday flatly rejected House Democrats' claim that they're in the midst of an “impeachment investigation” into President Donald Trump, pointing to the scattershot messaging by Democratic leaders …
David Shortell / CNN:   DOJ argues House lawmakers should not gain access to Mueller grand jury materials
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Inspector General Has Completed FISA Abuse Probe
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Wire
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Leaning Against Calling Stormy Daniels as a Witness
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
House Democrats pursue Sessions for testimony in impeachment probe of Trump
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
Dave Lawler / Axios:   Report: Trump asked for “my favorite dictator”
Washington Post:
We are Trump's Republican challengers.  Canceling GOP primaries is a critical mistake.  —  Mark Sanford was governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011.  Joe Walsh represented Illinois's 8th Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.  Bill Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers  —  In a court filing, the state attorney general's office says that it has found new account transfers by members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioids.  —  The New York attorney general's office said on Friday …
New York Times:
Notre-Dame's Toxic Fallout  —  PARIS — The April fire that engulfed Notre-Dame contaminated the cathedral site with clouds of toxic dust and exposed nearby schools, day care centers, public parks and other parts of Paris to alarming levels of lead.  —  The lead came from the cathedral's incinerated roof …
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 …
Discussion: and Vox
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Sanders spokeswoman: A lot of candidates will have to answer for their past
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Coming for your AR-15?  O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's “hell yes” moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns.  —  The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean …
Discussion: Reason and Associated Press
Washington Post:   White House prepares gun proposals, but where Trump stands is unclear
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
Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
RCMP intelligence director accused of violating secrets act
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Otto Warmbier's parents will have dinner at the White House  —  (CNN)The parents of Otto Warmbier, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, will have dinner at the White House on Saturday night with President Donald Trump and Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, according to two administration sources.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes six false claims in tweets on why he shouldn't be impeached  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made a three-tweet argument Friday morning about why he should not be impeached, touting what he said were his accomplishments.  Over the course of 139 words …
METRO SPORTS BUSINESS OPINION RHODE ISLAND POLITICS LIFESTYLE MARIJUANA ARTS MAGAZINE CARS REAL ESTATE EVENTS  —  The MIT Media Lab's schedule was cleared on a Saturday afternoon in October 2015.  There was a special guest and potential donor visiting then-director Joi Ito's office.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Famed Computer Scientist Richard Stallman Described Epstein Victims As ‘Entirely Willing’
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Homeland Security investigating who drew a swastika inside one of its buildings  —  (CNN)A hand-drawn swastika was found on the third floor of a Department of Homeland Security building on Friday in Washington, a government official told CNN.  —  Some staffers in the building …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State  —  Several months ago, General Michael Flynn replaced his original defense team with Sidney Powell, a Texas lawyer who is a veteran of the Department of Justice and author of Licensed To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Trump uttered what many supporters consider blasphemy.  Here's why most will probably forgive him.  —  President Trump has had trouble with a number of the Ten Commandments.  —  There's the adultery.  There's the prohibition against giving false witness, for a man who has made more than 12,000 false …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans clash with Trump-aligned operatives  —  BALTIMORE — House Republicans sparred behind closed doors with Trump-aligned political operatives at a GOP retreat over the new online fundraising platform backed by party leaders and the White House.  —  The fight Thursday over WinRed's data …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCarthy doubles down on denouncing Democrats and bets the House on Trump  —  BALTIMORE — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a goal no party has done in 65 years, winning back the majority just two years after losing it.  —  But the California Republican knows better than to over promise and under deliver.
Discussion: Politico
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Felicity Huffman Gets Prison Time in College Admissions Scandal  —  The most famous person stung by ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ paid $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT score.  Now she says she's sorry.  —  BOSTON—When Felicity Huffman finally received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 …
PBS NewsHour:
Appeals court rules parents of slain DNC staffer can sue Fox News  —  NEW YORK — A lawsuit alleging Fox News exploited the killing of a Democratic National Committee employee was revived by an appeals court Friday after a lower court tossed it out.  —  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto Blows Lid Off ‘No One Wants to Take Your Guns’  —  'Hell yes, we're going to take you're AR-15, your AK-47'  —  Democrats and media members have pledged for years some version of “nobody wants to take your guns away” when gun control laws come up for debate.
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The three big winners of the Houston debate  —  Thursday's Democratic debate lacked the sparks and conflicts that characterized the first two outings.  It nonetheless produced three clear winners: former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and The Nation
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Trump's Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse  —  SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kevin Mims / Quillette:
William Peter Blatty's Counter-Countercultural Parable
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Salvadorans, Washington's Builders, Face Expulsion Under Trump
Discussion: Axios
Megan Paetzhold / New York Times:
Robert Frank's Legacy: Nine Photographers Reflect
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
A Border Patrol gala retirement party will be held at a Trump golf resort
Discussion: Raw Story
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Latinx Advocacy Groups Sue To Block Citizenship Data Release By Trump Officials
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Real estate executive Geoffrey Palmer expected to host Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Kremlin-Controlled Russian Bank Hires Trump Insider as a Lobbyist
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Collins cast deciding vote to let Trump take money from military families for his wall
Kai Weiss / Law & Liberty:
National Conservatism's Fatal Conceit
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks ‘dead’
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The New York Times Has Abandoned Liberalism for Activism
Discussion: IJR and The American Conservative
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey for reelection
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire