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4:15 PM ET, September 14, 2019


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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Renowned MIT Scientist Defends Epstein: Victims Were ‘Entirely Willing’  —  MIT bigwig Richard Stallman dismissed Epstein's underage victims in emails and defended child pornography on his blog.  —  While MIT engages in damage control following revelations the university's Media Lab accepted millions …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Fox News and New York Post
Taylor Hatmaker / The Daily Beast:   MIT Students and Alumni Call for President L. Rafael Reif to Step Down Over Epstein
A meeting with Jeffrey Epstein led to a gift — and, now, regrets
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
New York Times:
Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids.  She Did Not.  —  Deborah Ramirez's Yale experience says much about the college's efforts to diversify its student body in the 1980s.  —  Deborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983.  But she wasn't prepared for what she'd find there.
Hanna Rosin / New York Times:
‘The Education of Brett Kavanaugh’ Takes a Hard Look at the Supreme Court Justice and His Accusers
Discussion: Washington Post
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Honor Team That Worked on Kavanaugh Confirmation Process
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
POLITICO Playbook: What Republicans are furious about  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) specifically raised concerns about data sharingSTATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT, released this morning: “Hamza bin Ladin, the high-ranking al-Qa'ida member and son of Usama bin Ladin …
Discussion: Miami Herald
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Happens if Trump Won't Step Down?  —  National security expert Josh Geltzer on why we should be prepared for the worst.  —  In February, Georgetown Law professor Josh Geltzer began to ponder aloud what would happen if President Donald Trump refused to leave office were he to be defeated in 2020.
Julia Carpenter / Wall Street Journal:
Your Parents' Financial Advice Is (Kind Of) Wrong  —  The personal-finance playbook followed by past generations doesn't add up for many people the way it used to.  It's time for some new money rules.  —  TEXT  —  385 RESPONSES  —  Liz Weeks listened to her parents.  Go to college, they said.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Joe Biden commits to releasing medical records before 2020 Iowa caucuses  —  Julián Castro takes jab at Joe Biden's memory  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses after questions of whether …
National Review:
Yes, They Are Coming for Your Guns
Discussion: Instapundit and Hot Air
Washington Post:
White House prepares gun proposals, but where Trump stands is unclear
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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 …
Associated Press:
Don't vote?  The Trump campaign would like a word with you  —  FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Arentz is a political unicorn.  —  The 28-year-old Marine from Jacksonville, North Carolina, didn't vote in 2016, and she wasn't even registered to vote in the state.
Michelle Zilio Parliamentary Affairs / Globe and Mail:
RCMP official charged with breaching official secrets law oversaw Russian money-laundering probe  —  ST-FELIX-DE-VALOIS, QUEBEC FOR SUBSCRIBERS  —  The senior RCMP intelligence official charged with breaching Canada's official secrets law oversaw a money-laundering probe into allegations …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Lies, Purging and Prorogation: Two Pivotal Weeks in Brexit  —  LONDON — It started with claims that Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain lied to the people and ended with charges that he lied to the queen.  In between, there was a political spectacle so gaudy and unheard-of in this country …
Zachary Stieber /
Doctor Who Had Fetal Remains in Home Performed Abortions on 10-Year-Old, 13-Year-Old  —  The doctor who had thousands of fetal remains at his house performed abortions on girls as young as 10 years old.  —  Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died on Sept. 3.  An attorney representing his family told authorities …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Dept. releases part of Mueller's conflict-of-interest waiver  —  The Justice Department is offering more insight into how it addressed potential conflicts of interest when former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel for the Trump-Russia investigation two years ago …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Washington Post
Days before Israeli elections, Trump says he'll pursue U.S.-Israel defense treaty  —  Three days before the Israeli elections, President Trump tweeted on Saturday that he spoke on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and agreed to work on a U.S.-Israel defense treaty after the election is over.
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Can Go Forward, Court Rules  —  One of three major cases accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause has been brought back from the dead.  A panel of federal appellate judges ruled Friday that a group of restaurants …
Discussion: Splinter and CNN
PBS NewsHour:   Appeals court rules parents of slain DNC staffer can sue Fox News
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Don Thompson / Associated Press:
California governor commutes sentences for 21 inmates
Eliza Orlins / Blavity News:
Want Real Criminal Justice Reform? …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Pennsylvania Trump voter shreds president for breaking promises to Rust Belt: ‘He pulled a Houdini on us’
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Trump's Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto Blows Lid Off ‘No One Wants to Take Your Guns’
Kevin Mims / Quillette:
William Peter Blatty's Counter-Countercultural Parable
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCarthy doubles down on denouncing Democrats and bets the House on Trump
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Megan Paetzhold / New York Times:
Robert Frank's Legacy: Nine Photographers Reflect
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State
Washington Post:
We are Trump's Republican challengers. Canceling GOP primaries is a critical mistake.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes six false claims in tweets on why he shouldn't be impeached