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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Washington Post, Mediaite 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
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
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 …
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: Fox News
Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
RCMP intelligence director accused of violating secrets act
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?  —  They have staked out diverging political paths, but have mostly refrained from attacking each other.  Now a more combative phase of the race seems inevitable.  —  If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What If the Only Democrat Who Isn't Too Radical to Win Is Too Old?
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The three big winners of the Houston debate
Discussion: Fox News, The Nation and The Week
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.
Associated Press:
Coming for your AR-15?  O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's “hell yes” moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns.  —  The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean …
Discussion: Reason and Associated Press
Washington Post:   White House prepares gun proposals, but where Trump stands is unclear
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
DOJ cites Dems' mixed-up impeachment messages to undercut House probe  —  The Justice Department on Friday flatly rejected House Democrats' claim that they're in the midst of an “impeachment investigation” into President Donald Trump, pointing to the scattershot messaging by Democratic leaders …
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze, Mediaite and
David Shortell / CNN:   DOJ argues House lawmakers should not gain access to Mueller grand jury materials
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Inspector General Has Completed FISA Abuse Probe
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dave Lawler / Axios:   Report: Trump asked for “my favorite dictator”
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.
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.
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 …
METRO SPORTS BUSINESS OPINION RHODE ISLAND POLITICS LIFESTYLE MARIJUANA ARTS MAGAZINE CARS REAL ESTATE EVENTS  —  The MIT Media Lab's schedule was cleared on a Saturday afternoon in October 2015.  There was a special guest and potential donor visiting then-director Joi Ito's office.
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 …
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 …
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