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11:05 AM ET, September 13, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Transcript: The third Democratic debate
BuzzFeed News:
The Real Democratic Primary Starts Now. And It's All About Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: Politico, PJ Media Home and CNN
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
How Warren Won Without Having a Big Moment
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In debate, Democrats steer clear of economy
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Dylan Scott / Vox:
What we learned from the Biden-Sanders-Warren debate fight over Medicare-for-all
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Julián Castro goes there on Joe Biden's age: ‘Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?’
Discussion: Fox News, Slate and Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
The Big Three Are Still Dominant in the Democratic Race After the Third Debate
CBS News:   Democrats trade barbs on health care and immigration in third debate
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Key quotes from the 8 major topics covered in the Democratic debate
Discussion: 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 …
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: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
O'Rourke's debate-stage vow: 'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15'
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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 …
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: ABC News
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Fox News Ordered to Face Suit by Deceased DNC Staffer's Parents  —  Fox News must defend a lawsuit by the parents of a Democratic Party staffer whose unsolved 2016 murder touched off a flurry of right-wing conspiracy theories, an appeals court said Friday in reinstating the case.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Hunters Raise $72 Million.  She Still Isn't President.  —  Judicial Watch has raked in record financial support during the Trump era—much of it not from the investigative work the group touts, but direct-mail campaigns pleading for money.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Andrew Yang announces $120,000 giveaway during debate  —  Presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced at Thursday night's debate that his campaign will randomly select 10 families and give them a total of $120,000 over the next year as part of a pilot program for his universal basic income plan.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Root and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows  —  A growing number of Americans describe climate change as a crisis, and two-thirds say President Trump is doing too little to tackle the problem.  —  The results, from a poll conducted by The Washington Post …
A 12-year-old from the Bahamas has reunited with her mom in Florida after days in a shelter for unaccompanied minors  —  (CNN)A 12-year-old from the Bahamas who'd been held for days in a Florida shelter for unaccompanied minors has been released from custody and reunited with her mother, US Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.
Discussion: Miami Herald
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 …
Trump counter-programs Dem debate with his greatest hits — Pelosi looks to change the subject on impeachment — Cruz will oppose Trump's judicial nominee  —  HOLY COW — House Republicans were hoping to have their spirits lifted at this year's annual retreat, which comes following …
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
State IG Set to Recommend Discipline for Trump's Top Iran Hand  —  Brian Hook is reportedly in the running for national security adviser, and any discipline for his role in politically motivated State Dept. firings would likely hurt his chances.  —  The State Department is preparing …
Discussion: Washington Post
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Cruz: ‘I hope to run again’ for president  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, the runner-up to Donald Trump in the bruising 2016 Republican presidential primary, revealed Thursday that he wants to someday mount another White House campaign.  —  “Look, I hope to run again,” the Texas lawmaker told The Christian Science Monitor.
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Ted Cruz eyes the White House: ‘I hope to run again’
David Shepardson / Reuters:
White House moving forward to strip California of vehicle authority: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan to revoke California's authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards and declare that states are pre-empted from setting …
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Joshua Keating / Slate:
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Trump Finances Closer to Scrutiny as U.S. Court Revives Suit
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
When the Culture War Comes for the Kids
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House lawmakers ask Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to turn over trove of records in antitrust probe
Iran in no hurry to allow women into stadiums after ‘Blue Girl’ death
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
Bahamian girl reunited Thursday night after being separated from family
Washington Post:
Trump administration chooses most expansive approach to oil, gas exploration in Alaska wildlife refuge
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
How I Learned to (Try to) Stop Asking Female Candidates About Sexism
Discussion: Politico, Unfogged and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Plame Falsely Accuses Jew of Leaking CIA Identity
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
In Edward Snowden's New Memoir, the Disclosures This Time Are Personal
Kate Irby / Sacramento Bee:
Twitter refuses to say who's behind fake cow and parody mom being sued by Devin Nunes
New York Times:
Which Candidates Got the Most Speaking Time in the Democratic Debate
Discussion: Axios and The Week
FIREHOUSE Strategies:
EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: Democrats Lead Trump in Key Swing States
Darwin BondGraham / The Guardian:
California bans private prisons - including Ice detention centers
Discussion: Reason, VICE and Sara A. Carter
Media Matters for America:
Sebastian Gorka and Michelle Malkin warn that “Soros-allied organizations” are working toward “demographic conquest”