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3:00 PM ET, September 14, 2019


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Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes  —  Attack on two Aramco facilities is the latest in a series targeting the kingdom's oil assets  —  Saudi Arabia is shutting down about half of its oil output after apparently coordinated drone strikes hit Saudi production facilities …
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   McCarthy doubles down on denouncing Democrats and bets the House on Trump
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans clash with Trump-aligned operatives
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
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 …
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: Fox News, Law & Crime and New York Post
Taylor Hatmaker / The Daily Beast:   MIT Students and Alumni Call for President L. Rafael Reif to Step Down Over Epstein   METRO SPORTS BUSINESS OPINION RHODE ISLAND POLITICS LIFESTYLE MARIJUANA ARTS MAGAZINE CARS REAL ESTATE EVENTS
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
RCMP intel director charged in major case was top adviser to former force head: sources
Discussion: CBC News and Fox News
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 …
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: Breitbart
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
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Honor Team That Worked on Kavanaugh Confirmation Process
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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.
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 …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto Blows Lid Off ‘No One Wants to Take Your Guns’  —  Democrats and media members have pledged for years some version of “nobody wants to take your guns away” when gun control laws come up for debate.  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas), in a reversal of a position he held last year …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
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Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Trump's Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
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Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
A Border Patrol gala retirement party will be held at a Trump golf resort
Discussion: Raw Story