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8:45 PM ET, September 13, 2019

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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: twitchy.com
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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 …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The three big winners of the Houston debate
Discussion: New Yorker, Michigan Advance and WHYY
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris' debate performance fails to sway big money donors
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Vanity Fair and Fox News
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Joe Biden struggles to keep his teeth in his mouth during Democratic debate
Discussion: Spectator USA
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For most of the night, Biden weathers a volley of attacks
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Sanders spokeswoman: A lot of candidates will have to answer for their past
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden's debate performance was either ‘presidential’ or ‘disqualifying’ — depending on your media source
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 …
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 …
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”
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  —  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 …
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
House GOP to Run in 2020 on Reducing the Debt They Helped Grow
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: Politico
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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, Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
A Border Patrol gala retirement party will be held at a Trump golf resort  —  US Border Patrol deputy chief Scott Luck will be celebrating his retirement later this month with a private party at president Donald Trump's lavish golf resort in Virginia, according to a flyer for the event obtained by Quartz.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’  —  Two doctor-staffing companies are pushing back against legislation that could hit their bottom lines.  —  Early this summer, Congress appeared on its way to eradicating the large medical bills that have shocked many patients after emergency care.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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
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 …
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’.
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Latinx Advocacy Groups Sue To Block Citizenship Data Release By Trump Officials  —  Latinx community groups based in Texas and Arizona are suing to block the Trump administration from collecting government records for the production of data concerning the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes six false claims in tweets on why he shouldn't be impeached
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why Trump believes his national security advisers 'don't have to work'
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Real estate executive Geoffrey Palmer expected to host Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Kremlin-Controlled Russian Bank Hires Trump Insider as a Lobbyist
Alex Paterson / Media Matters for America:
OANN host Liz Wheeler: “Transgender penguins” are a liberal ploy to get Americans to rely on the government
Donna Borak / CNN:
Trump again dangles a promise of tax cuts
Discussion: Political Wire
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Washington Post stands by bogus report claiming North Carolina GOP held vote while Democrats were at 9/11 ceremony
Discussion: NB Blog and twitchy.com
Kai Weiss / Law & Liberty:
National Conservatism's Fatal Conceit
Discussion: National Review
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Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
David Cameron: UK may need another referendum
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George W. Bush painted John Boehner's portrait
Discussion: CNN
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
Stefanos Chen / New York Times:
One in Four of New York's New Luxury Apartments Are Unsold
Discussion: Curbed NY
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Giuliani Divorce: It's Ugly, It's Operatic. What Did You Expect?
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter