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9:50 AM ET, September 17, 2019

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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 …
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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.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don't Be Afraid to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh cry out for Democratic hardball in response.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Trump pitches to Latino voters at New Mexico rally as he vows to “make it a Republican state.”
Discussion: The Week, CNN, Mediaite and Washington Post
Mimi Rocah / USA Today:
Confirmed: Powerful men ignored women in short-circuited Brett Kavanaugh investigation
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The Deborah Ramirez ‘corroboration’ that wasn't
Discussion: Vox and Townhall
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
'Just didn't make any sense': Friend of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford now challenges her story
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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New York Times:
Trump's Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve  —  WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back.
Austin Carson / Washington Post:
After the Saudi oil attack, will the U.S. and Saudis start a war with Iran?  Here are 3 things to know.
Washington Post:
Pentagon urges restraint after strikes on Saudi oil facilities
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Saudi-Iran crisis could end Trump's lucky streak on the economy
Dennis Ross / Washington Post:
Trump must react to the attacks on Saudi Arabia. But a quick fix won't be enough.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The looming crisis in the Middle East should remind us of the importance of fracking
Discussion: The Week, CNN and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Trump has dug himself into a hole with Iran
Discussion: Axios, Slate, The Drive and Breitbart
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Speeches Attack Corruption, but Two Different Kinds  —  In New York, Senator Elizabeth Warren described a government compromised by the influence of the wealthy.  President Trump, in New Mexico, denounced a “failed liberal establishment.”  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren stood beneath …
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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, Breitbart and The Week
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump spurns Dems on universal background checks  —  President Donald Trump will not consider the House-passed universal background checks bill as part of his proposed gun package, according to a source familiar with the conversation on guns.  —  Trump's position on the House-passed bill is not exactly a surprise.
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:   House Democrats sidestep border wall fight until November
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Spurned by championship teams, Trump handpicks athletes for White House ceremonies
Discussion: Law & Crime and Breitbart
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The hardest job for the next president may be fixing Trump's mess
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
In New Mexico rally, Trump makes a direct appeal to Hispanic voters  —  RIO RANCHO, N.M. — President Trump, whose crackdown on illegal immigration and incendiary rhetoric about Latinos have been hallmarks of his first term, made a direct appeal here Monday night to Hispanic voters to secure him a second term.
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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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 …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Netanyahu's election bid and the shadow of apartheid  —  Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions?  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at it again.
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Associated Press:
Israel votes in repeat election focused on Netanyahu
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 …
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Has Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period
Discussion: BizPac Review, KTLA and New Yorker
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Tuesday to announce her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive candidate seeking to oust Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat …
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Raw Story
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Air Force crews stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort for days at a time  —  TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND— Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of combat theaters can pick up some more brass with a short pitstop in Southwest Scotland.  —  As part of its relationship with the Air Force …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A teen allegedly wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for fun.’ Cops found an AK-47 in her bedroom.  —  Alexis Wilson was working an afternoon shift at the local Pizza Inn in McAlester, Okla., on Sunday, when she pulled a co-worker aside to boast about her new gun.  —  The slight 18-year-old …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
 
 
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
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Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner
Discussion: The Crime Report
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A central 2020 question for Democrats: How critical are working-class white voters?
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Michael Bennet releases new TV ads in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
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