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8:20 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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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: Mediaite, The Week and Splinter
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.
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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump says U.S. ‘locked and loaded’ after attack on Saudi oil
Bloomberg:
Attack on Saudi Arabia Demands a United Response
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.
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's first priority as president: ending government corruption  —  Warren's bold plan to crack down on corruption in Washington, explained.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just previewed the first major piece of legislation she'd try to get passed through Congress if elected president …
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption  —  NEW YORK — Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a new plan Monday to tackle corruption in Washington, part of the Democratic presidential candidate's ongoing promises to enact “big structural change” if elected.
Discussion: Politico
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
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Axios:   The 3 villains of Democrats' 2020 plan
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex “all the settlements” in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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.
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
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Ilhan Omar says she's controversial only because ‘people seem to want the controversy’  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar, reacting to outrage over a resurfaced video in which she appeared to compare migrant detention centers to the slave trade, said Sunday she's “controversial” only because “people seem to want the controversy.”
Discussion: Breitbart
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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 …
CBS News:
Most Americans say climate change should be addressed now — CBS News poll  —  A majority of Americans think action needs to be taken right now to address climate change.  Most consider it at least to be a serious problem — including more than a quarter who say it is a crisis.
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Los Angeles Times:   Climate change is already here. 2020 could be your last chance to stop an apocalypse
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Trumped Out?  —  The new post-Mueller media narrative is …
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Why populism is back in full force
New York Times:
All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Amy Klobuchar to embark on tour of ‘blue wall’ states
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Kamala Harris Can Make a Comeback
 Earlier Items: 
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   
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Biden delivers most significant speech yet on race, says silence on hate ‘is complicity’
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Wyoming coal country struggling despite Trump's support
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