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1:40 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.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden looks like a front-runner, until he doesn't  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is the Democratic front-runner.  And there were moments in Thursday night's debate when he looked the part.  —  Standing between a pair of liberal senators offering radical change …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Winners and losers from the third Democratic debate  —  The Democrats met in Houston on Thursday night for the third Democratic debate of 2019, this time all on one night.  After nearly three hours of sparring between the 10 candidates who qualified, here's who won, who lost, and what it means moving forward.
Matt Welch / Reason:
There's Only 1 Democrat Talking About the Constitution, and It's (Shudder) Joe Biden  —  Let us not now pretend that Joe Biden brought anything like coherence to Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Houston.  —  At some point near the exhausted end of the nearly three-hour affair …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Castro's kamikaze mission makes Biden more sympathetic - and six other debate takeaways  —  THE BIG IDEA: When you come at the former vice president, you best not miss.  —  Julián Castro finally took his shot at Joe Biden last night in Houston, but he got his facts wrong.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For most of the night, Biden weathers a volley of attacks
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
How Warren Won Without Having a Big Moment
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Up, Up, Up With Elizabeth Warren
Washington Post:
Who talked the most during the third Democratic debate
Discussion: Politico, PJ Media Home and Vox
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Democratic debate live updates: Candidates take their messages to the spin room
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden's debate performance was either ‘presidential’ or ‘disqualifying’ — depending on your media source
Discussion: CNN and Slate
BuzzFeed News:
The Real Democratic Primary Starts Now. And It's All About Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: PJ Media Home, CNN and Politico
CBS News:
Democrats trade barbs on health care and immigration in third debate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In debate, Democrats steer clear of economy
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:   What was going on between Biden and Castro on health care?
New York Times:
Which Candidates Got the Most Speaking Time in the Democratic Debate
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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 …
Matt Fuller / U.S. Political News …:
Trump Gives A Rambling Mess Of A Speech At The GOP's Baltimore Retreat — And He's A Hit  —  The takeover of the Republican Party is complete.  —  BALTIMORE ― In disjointed, jumbled remarks delivered in a city that he proclaimed in July was “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Vox and ABC News
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:   House GOP to Run in 2020 on Reducing the Debt They Helped Grow
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech
Discussion: Mother Jones
Trump Finances Closer to Scrutiny as U.S. Court Revives Suit  — Emoluments lawsuit is reinstated by New York appeals court  — Trump says his family now manages his business empire  —  President Donald Trump was ordered by a federal appeals court to defend a lawsuit accusing him of profiting from his presidency.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Fox Must Face Suit by Rich's Parents Over Stories on Death  — Parents of murdered DNC staffer claim emotional distress  — Lower court tossed case last year; appeals court reinstates it  —  Fox News must face a lawsuit by the parents of a Democratic Party staffer whose unsolved …
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
U.S. Court of Appeals Brings Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Back to Life
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Breitbart
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
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Trump's plan to pay for border wall with Air Force funds risks national security, report says  —  The report, compiled by the U.S. Air Force and obtained by NBC News, details the importance of each of the 51 military projects chosen by the Trump administration to lose their funding.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
O'Rourke responds to ‘death threat’ from Texas lawmaker  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke early Friday morning characterized an incendiary tweet from a Texas state representative as “a death threat” against him, and charged that the Republican lawmaker should be stripped of his assault weapon.
Yang bucks  —  Andrew Yang kicked off his debate night …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
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: Splinter
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 …
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 …
Max Rose / Staten Island Advance:
Rep. Max Rose: Why I oppose Trump impeachment  —  For the past decade, the American people have been sending a clear and unmistakable message: End the hyper-partisanship and do your jobs.  Yet, both parties have taken electoral victories as mandates to ignore that message to do what they want.
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Trump counter-programs Dem debate with his greatest hits …
Jacob Solis / The Nevada Independent:
At UNLV panel, Reid, Heller say don't count on Trump losing in 2020  —  Dean Heller and Harry Reid didn't agree on much during their time together in the U.S. Senate.  But in Las Vegas on Thursday, they agreed on one thing: Don't count out President Trump.  —  “I think you would be misguided …
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
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
ABC's ratings show that interest in the Democratic primaries is still high
Discussion: Axios
Michelle Ruiz / Vogue:
Boys Will Be Boys? Not in Liz Plank's For the Love of Men
Washington Post:
We still don't know what happened in the 2016 election
Joshua Keating / Slate:
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Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
David Shepardson / Reuters:
White House moving forward to strip California of vehicle authority: sources
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
In Edward Snowden's New Memoir, the Disclosures This Time Are Personal