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5:40 PM ET, September 15, 2019


 Top Items: 
John McCormack / National Review:
The New York Times Anti-Kavanaugh Bombshell Is Actually a Dud  —  Maybe Pogrebin and Kelly's book is stronger than their essay, but I'm skeptical.  —  If you opened Twitter on Sunday morning, you were likely greeted with the bombshell headline of the top trending news story …
NBC News:
Democrats call for Kavanaugh impeachment over new sexual misconduct claims  —  Trump defended Kavanaugh after two New York Times reporters revealed new information on the sexual misconduct allegations facing the Supreme Court Justice.  —  A slew of prominent Democrats called on Congress …
Mary Papenfuss / U.S. Political News …:
2020 Candidates Call For Kavanaugh Impeachment After New Misconduct Accusation  —  Some Democratic presidential contenders and former U.S. attorneys have raised concerns the investigation during Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings was incomplete.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, The Hill and Vox
David Cohen / Politico:
Trump stands up for Brett Kavanaugh over ‘liable’  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday once again came to the defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  —  “Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for liable, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue,” the president wrote on Twitter, misspelling the word “libel.”
Carla Herreria / U.S. Political News …:
NYT Reporters Say They Uncovered New Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Kavanaugh  —  Two New York Times reporters said they learned of the unreported claim while investigating Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for an upcoming book.  —  Two New York Times reporters say they've uncovered …
Lissette Rodriguez / ABC News:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Kavanaugh vetting process ‘was a sham’
New York Times:
‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol's Morale Crisis  —  Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter.  —  One Border Patrol agent in Tucson said he had been called a “sellout” and a “kid killer.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Axios
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden  —  Washington (CNN)Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez on Sunday flipped his support from Julián Castro to Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying now is the time to narrow the 2020 field and unite as Democrats.
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden allies attack Warren's electability
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Let's Debate: Are Democrats Doomed?
Discussion: Althouse
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Texas congressman switches endorsement from Castro to Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable - the world is in danger  —  It is almost too late for impeachment.  The 25th amendment is untested.  The ballot box offers our only remaining hope  —  In retrospect, what's most disturbing about “Sharpiegate” isn't Trump's clumsy effort to doctor …
Discussion: Althouse
Blake Schuster / Yahoo! Sports:   American Pharoah manager denies horse bit Mike Pence during 2018 visit
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In call with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer say any gun bill that doesn't include background checks ‘will not get the job done’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday urged President Trump to endorse House-passed gun measures …
Discussion: Politico
Kaitlyn Krasselt /   Pelosi, in CT appearance, says she's optimistic on background checks
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning  —  In her first race, she defied her old boss, a fund-raising pledge — and the implication that she owed her career to her ex-boyfriend.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The rebuttal sounded something like a threat.  That seemed to be Kamala Harris's point.
Discussion: Althouse
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Kellyanne Conway: It's unconstitutional for Democrats to ‘embarrass this president’ with impeachment  —  White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday insisted that Democrats do not have a “constitutional basis” to embarrass President Donald Trump by conducting an impeachment inquiry.
Josh Campbell / CNN:
‘No turning back now’: The inside story of James Comey's trip to Trump Tower  —  (CNN)Josh Campbell is a CNN law enforcement analyst and former FBI supervisory special agent.  His bureau career assignments included serving as special assistant to former FBI director James Comey.
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Rejects U.S. Accusations Over Saudi Oil-Facility Attacks  —  Saudis race to repair the damage from the strikes, which forced the suspension of more than half of the kingdom's output  —  Iran denied American accusations that it was behind Saturday's debilitating strikes on Saudi oil facilities …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension
Discussion: Progress Pond
Washington Post:
Iran denies carrying out crippling attacks on Saudi oil facilities
Discussion: The Week
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG's FISA report: 'The closest we've ever seen to a coup'  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., promised that guilty parties will be held accountable after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
New York Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes by Emergency Order  —  The state would become the second in the nation, behind Michigan, to outlaw sale of the fruity flavors popular with children and teenagers.  —  Amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo …
Amir Vera / CNN:
Minnesota police charge man with arson in connection with fire that destroyed a 119-year-old synagogue  —  (CNN)A man was arrested Friday in connection with a fire that destroyed a 119-year-old synagogue, Minnesota authorities said.  —  Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth …
Brady Slater /
Suspect arrested in Duluth synagogue fire
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
No millennial bump for Buttigieg, but hints of broad appeal  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change.  But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own.
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Jonathan Cohn / U.S. Political News …:
Trump's War On Obamacare Is Also A War On Opioid Treatment
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Is Mark Sanford's Quest for the Mythical Reluctant Trump Voter Noble or Pathetic?
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Guardian
Kansas City Star:
Kris Kobach sent names of Nebraska residents to ICE while running for Kansas governor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Maanvi Singh / The Guardian:
US says man can bring back ‘skin, skull, teeth and claws’ of hunted Tanzania lion
Washington Post:
A Uighur professor vanished and may be executed. Yet China expects respect.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats are and should be conducting an impeachment inquiry
 Earlier Items: 
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Kalina Oroschakoff / Politico:
David Cameron: Boris Johnson 'didn't believe' in Brexit
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Back Off from the ‘Resist’ Nonsense
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Trust Our Weather Forecasters, Not Trump
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Despite Turning Down Inauguration Gig, Elton John Has a Recurring Role in Trump's Presidency
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
'I'm going to kill myself:' A veteran tells Sanders he's drowning in medical debt
Discussion: Fox News
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood and Fired Former Chief Mired in Escalating Dispute
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story