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7:10 AM ET, September 16, 2019

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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New Book: Christine Blasey Ford's Friend Leland Keyser Doesn't Believe Her  —  “It just didn't make any sense,” lifelong friend Leland Keyser told New York Times reporters about Ford's allegations, adding “I don't have any confidence in the story.”  —  Buried at the end of their new book …
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
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Axios:
The 3 villains of Democrats' 2020 plan  —  Democrats plan to portray President Trump, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the three villains defining the three branches of government for the 2020 campaign.  —  Why it matters: Each of these white men …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi's next target: Mitch McConnell  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will escalate her caucus' anti-Mitch McConnell messaging this fall, testing a theory that this can be more effective than just continuing the party's anti-Trump rhetoric, Democratic leadership aides tell Axios.
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and Mediaite
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 …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached
Discussion: Splinter, New York Post and Reuters
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Calls for Kavanaugh's Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
John McCormack / National Review:
The New York Times Anti-Kavanaugh Bombshell Is Actually a Dud
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In call with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer say any gun bill that doesn't include background checks …
Martha Raddatz / ABC News:
Iran fired cruise missiles in attack on Saudi oil facility: Senior US official  —  Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attack on a key Saudi oil facility Saturday, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News Sunday.
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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump says U.S. ‘locked and loaded’ after attack on Saudi oil
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy  —  Purdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer accused of triggering the nation's epidemic of opioid addiction through its sale of the profitable but highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy Sunday.
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Shakes Up New Hampshire Operation  —  Senator Bernie Sanders has overhauled his New Hampshire state operations five months before the primary, as his campaign fights to maintain support in a state he won by more than 22 percentage points in 2016.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Bernie Sanders has replaced the New Hampshire state director of his presidential campaign after growing indignation from his fiercest supporters that their concerns about losing the first-in-the-nation primary state were being ignored.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Why Trump is rallying in New Mexico  —  At a Trump rally back in February in El Paso, Texas, the campaign saw an unexpected pattern in the attendee data — a large crowd of New Mexicans crossed the state line to be there.  — “That was our first glimpse into the idea that there might …
Discussion: Politico
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Steven Mnuchin's Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout  —  The treasury secretary's name shows up on official records for a company formed in the 1980s by Jeffrey Epstein's close friend, the model scout Jean-Luc Brunel.  —  In the late 1980s—before he was a member of Donald Trump's Cabinet …
NBC News:
Biden delivers most significant speech yet on race, says silence on hate ‘is complicity’  —  “There can be no realization of the American Dream without grappling with the original sin of slavery,” Biden said.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday made his most expansive speech yet on race …
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The Texas Tribune:
Julián Castro hit Joe Biden over Barack Obama's immigration legacy. …
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Thor Benson / The Daily Beast:
The Climate Crisis Is Poised to Make Huge Swaths of America Totally Uninsurable  —  “People are going to be trapped because once it's uninsurable, good luck selling the house,” one climate expert cautioned.  —  As climate change spurs increasingly destructive wildfires in California …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Streiff / RedState:
Babylon Bee Accurately Predicts a Snopes Fact Check Nine Months Before They Do It  —  A customer hold a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken outside a KFC restaurant, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Mountain View, Calif. Yum Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, reports second-quarter results after the close of regular trading.
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Trenton councilman defends McBride, says ‘Jew down’ is just a ‘statement of speech’  —  Muschal: 'You know, it's like a car dealer, they wanted $5,000, you Jew ‘em down to $4,000’ … Longtime Trenton City Councilman George Muschal says that will he didn't hear a colleague make an anti-Semitic slur …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Amy Klobuchar to embark on tour of ‘blue wall’ states  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar is kicking off a “blue wall” tour this week, making stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a schedule shared with POLITICO.  —  The Minnesota Democrat has centered her presidential bid …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Kamala Harris Can Make a Comeback  —  The Democratic field is still flawed.  —  The most effective presidential candidates are able both to energize their base and persuade the political middle.  Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and F.D.R. all did so.  They managed to seem exciting …
 
 
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Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Parkland Policy Allowed Students Four Misdemeanors Per Year Without Punishment
Discussion: RedState
Mike Hayes / CNN:
Muslim American mayor says border agents confiscated his phone after he arrived at NY airport
Discussion: Axios
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Most Important Question Facing Americans Today
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Ilhan Omar says she's controversial only because ‘people seem to want the controversy’
Discussion: Breitbart
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Democrats should think like criminal prosecutors as they investigate Trump impeachment
Colin Packham / Reuters:
Exclusive: Australia concluded China was behind hack on parliament, political parties - sources   
Washington Post:
TikTok's Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds a huge U.S. audience
 Earlier Items: 
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Corey Lewandowski is plotting a run for Senate in New Hampshire as a pro-Trump candidate
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia's ‘off-off-year’ elections were once sleepy. And then came Trump.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Wyoming coal country struggling despite Trump's support
Discussion: Raw Story
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Make Long-Shot Bid to Check Presidential Tariff Powers
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG's FISA report: 'The closest we've ever seen to a coup'
Josh Campbell / CNN:
‘No turning back now’: The inside story of James Comey's trip to Trump Tower