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2:30 PM ET, September 15, 2019


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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 …
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 …
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 tweeted, misspelling the word “libel.”
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh should ‘start suing people’ after new report of sexual misconduct  —  KEY POINTS  — President Donald Trump said that Justice Brett Kavanaugh should “start suing people” or the Department of Justice “should come to his rescue” on Sunday.
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and Raw Story
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.
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: Axios
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
Chris Bumbaca / USA Today:
VP Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah bit him during visit to Kentucky farm
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Let's Debate: Are Democrats Doomed?  —  Trump changed the game forever.  —  WASHINGTON — He's in our heads.  —  Even more than we knew.  —  It isn't just that he hovered over the Democratic debate on Thursday night: Should the candidates attack him or leave him to self-destruct?
Discussion: Althouse
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Biden allies attack Warren's electability
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Texas congressman switches endorsement from Castro to Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Brady Slater /
Suspect arrested in Duluth synagogue fire
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
Washington Post:
Iran denies carrying out crippling attacks on Saudi oil facilities
Discussion: The Week
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.
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
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 …
Kalina Oroschakoff / Politico:
David Cameron: Boris Johnson 'didn't believe' in Brexit  —  David Cameron has accused Boris Johnson of not believing in Brexit but backing it anyway during the referendum campaign on Britain's EU membership to advance his political career.  —  In an extract from his forthcoming memoir …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Back Off from the ‘Resist’ Nonsense  —  Perhaps we should back off from the Third Reich analogies and begin to take our duties as citizens seriously.  —  When Donald Trump was elected president of these United States — or, more properly, president of the federal government of the United States of America …
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Despite Turning Down Inauguration Gig, Elton John Has a Recurring Role in Trump's Presidency  —  The email was cordial, warm and deferential.  —  “Thank you so much for the extremely kind invitation to play at your inauguration,” wrote one of President Trump's favorite musicians, Sir Elton John.
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Jonathan Cohn / U.S. Political News …:
Trump's War On Obamacare Is Also A War On Opioid Treatment
Kansas City Star:
Kris Kobach sent names of Nebraska residents to ICE while running for Kansas governor
Discussion: 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
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Trust Our Weather Forecasters, Not Trump
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Tulsi Gabbard, Ted Cruz Among 60 US Lawmakers To Attend PM Modi's Event
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders, in Las Vegas, Previews Plan for Affordable Housing
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
Alyssa Milano: I met with Ted Cruz. This is why
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Daily Wire
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed