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5:45 AM ET, September 16, 2019


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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 …
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 …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Elizabeth Warren Joins Harris, Castro in Calling for Kavanaugh's Impeachment
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
John McCormack / National Review:
The New York Times Anti-Kavanaugh Bombshell Is Actually a Dud
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.
Trump says US ‘locked and loaded depending on verification’ of attack on Saudi oil field  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that the US has “reason to believe that we know” who is responsible for an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field and the country is …
Discussion: Mediaite, NPR, WTKR-TV and WTVR-TV
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ against attackers of Saudi oil facility ‘depending on verification’  —  President Trump on Sunday suggested U.S. investigators had “reason to believe” they knew who launched crippling attacks against a key Saudi oil facility, and vowed that America was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”
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
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.
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: Mediaite
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In call with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer say any gun bill that doesn't include background checks …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Rolling Stone and Politico
Sarah Ferris / Politico:   Moderate Democrats warn Pelosi of impeachment obsession
Kaitlyn Krasselt /   Pelosi, in CT appearance, says she's optimistic on background checks
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 …
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
The Texas Tribune:
Julián Castro hit Joe Biden over Barack Obama's immigration legacy. …
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 …
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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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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Corey Lewandowski is plotting a run for Senate in New Hampshire as a pro-Trump candidate
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia's ‘off-off-year’ elections were once sleepy. And then came Trump.
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Wyoming coal country struggling despite Trump's support
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
No millennial bump for Buttigieg, but hints of broad appeal
Kansas City Star:
Kris Kobach sent names of Nebraska residents to ICE while running for Kansas governor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Blake Schuster / Yahoo! Sports:
American Pharoah manager denies horse bit Mike Pence during 2018 visit
Discussion: USA Today