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11:55 PM ET, September 16, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A book on Kavanaugh has real news.  But it's lost in the furor over a botched New York Times excerpt.  —  If you happened to see the excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in print, you might have flipped right past it.  —  It was on an inside page …
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Brett Kavanaugh Turmoil Engulfs the New York Times  —  Sources say Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn't enough juice to warrant a story there—punting the scoop to the Sunday Review section.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push  —  Senior Democrats are moving quickly to snuff out calls to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, arguing those tactics are unrealistic and politically harmful.  —  Democrats are already wrestling with whether to try to oust President Donald Trump …
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism  —  The New York Times' bungled handling of revelations from a book on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh managed to draw fire from both conservatives who long defended the Supreme Court justice and feminists who fought against his confirmation …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New Kavanaugh book says seven people back up Deborah Ramirez allegation.  Who are they?  —  A much-discussed article by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of the new book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, revives the story of Deborah Ramirez …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The Deborah Ramirez ‘corroboration’ that wasn't
Discussion: Townhall and twitchy.com
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
NYT Insider Reveals Who Drafted And Sent The Vile Tweet About Kavanaugh
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Republicans know Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath: They just don't care
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11  —  “It seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans,” one expert says.  —  A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view …
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The Daily Beast:
John Bolton Already Talking With Book Agents: ‘He Has a Lot to Dish’  —  He penned one after leaving the Bush administration.  Now, the president's former top national-security aide is exploring another book.  —  Following his acrimonious departure from the White House …
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Tulsi Gabbard accuses Trump of being 'Saudi Arabia's b—' over response to attacks on oil fields
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran
New York Times:
8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.  —  Investigators demanded the president's personal and corporate tax returns as they examine hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.  —  State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump's accounting firm to demand eight years …
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CNN:
Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns
Discussion: Raw Story
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren.  Here's Why It Matters.  —  The progressive group, whose electoral influence has grown since it backed Bernie Sanders four years ago, is now supporting Ms. Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The Working Families Party …
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
At Her Biggest Rally, Elizabeth Warren Laid Out A Model For Her Own Kind Of Movement  —  When Bernie Sanders came to Washington Square Park in 2016, marijuana smoke filled the air.  The rock band Vampire Weekend took the stage and sang a cappella.  And the actor Tim Robbins recalled coming to this same spot …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
“Corruption is breaking our democracy”: Elizabeth Warren's case for the White House
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
New York Times:
Elaine Chao Investigated by House Panel for Possible Conflicts  —  WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday to turn over documents related to communication with her family's shipping company as the panel stepped up an investigation …
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Tanya Snyder / Politico:
House Oversight probing whether Chao improperly helped her family's company
Discussion: Axios
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
Women's March cutting ties with three original board members accused of anti-Semitism  —  Calls for the co-chairs to resign arose before the 2019 Women's March on Washington.  —  The Women's March is cutting ties with three inaugural board members who have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lewandowski Cleared for Limited Testimony in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday blocked two more former aides to President Trump from testifying in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, but cleared a third witness, Corey Lewandowski …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Mediaite
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
White House blocks former top Trump aides from testifying
Discussion: Axios and U.S. Political News …
Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump Keeps Telling World Leaders The Same Bizarre Story About Kim Jong Un  —  It has become Donald Trump's anecdote of choice for world leaders.  At the last two G7 summit meetings — which bring together the heads of government of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the UK and the US …
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Donald Trump stole pancakes and forgot a relative was dead while visiting family, cousin claims  —  A relative of President Donald Trump has accused the self-proclaimed billionaire of being a pancake thief, having stolen a handful of flat cakes while on vacation at his late mother's former home in Scotland.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump's acting intelligence chief told to turn over whistleblower complaint or face public questioning by Congress  —  Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has until Tuesday to turn over a whistleblower complaint regarding a “serious or flagrant” abuse involving an intelligence activity and possibly the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
A Marine Looks Back at His Battles in Afghanistan  —  Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, served four years in the Marines and first deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, then again in 2009 at the beginning of the troop increase ordered by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil  —  On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours to leave the United States and was seizing …
 
 
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Emily Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
The West Wing is 20 years old. Too many Democrats still think it's a great model for politics.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump, on offensive, hosts New Mexico rally, aiming to turn the state red
Discussion: Politico and KRQE-TV
Brittany Slaughter / The College Fix:
Whites need not apply: Campus sci-tech symposium to only feature scholars of color
Detroit News:
UAW official charged in conspiracy advising on worker deal with GM
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Spurned by championship teams, Trump handpicks athletes for White House ceremonies
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Trump prepares big push on homelessness, White House floats new role for police
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The Blood-Dimmed Tide
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U.S. officials knew bomb-sniffing dogs were dying from neglect in Jordan. They sent more.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's Zombie Impeachment Memo That Could Help Fell Trump
Discussion: Breitbart