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10:40 PM ET, September 13, 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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why Trump believes his national security advisers 'don't have to work'
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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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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Inspector General Has Completed FISA Abuse Probe
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Wire
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 …
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Report: Trump asked for “my favorite dictator”  —  Searching a room for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at last month's G7 summit in France, the WSJ reports, President Trump called out: “Where's my favorite dictator?”  —  Why it matters: Sisi really is a dictator, and he really is closely allied with the Trump administration.
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: Vox and twitchy.com
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Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Sanders spokeswoman: A lot of candidates will have to answer for their past
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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: The Nation, New Yorker and Fox News
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris' debate performance fails to sway big money donors
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Joe Biden struggles to keep his teeth in his mouth during Democratic debate
Discussion: Spectator USA
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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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.
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and Raw Story
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Leaning Against Calling Stormy Daniels as a Witness  —  They're investigating the president's hush money payments.  But, so far, lawmakers aren't rushing to have the alleged recipient come to tell her story.  —  House Democrats are expanding their impeachment investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
House Democrats pursue Sessions for testimony in impeachment probe of Trump
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Mediaite
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
DOJ cites Dems' mixed-up impeachment messages to undercut House probe
David Shortell / CNN:   DOJ argues House lawmakers should not gain access to Mueller grand jury materials
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 …
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Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
House GOP to Run in 2020 on Reducing the Debt They Helped Grow
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
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Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
RCMP intelligence director accused of violating secrets act
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
Drop Out, Joe Biden  —  The third debate confirmed Biden isn't up to the task  —  Democrats need an antiracist nominee against a racist like Donald Trump.  The third debate confirmed that the former vice president isn't up to the task.  —  Rahm Emanuel helped Chicago police cover …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Federalist
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
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