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9:10 AM ET, September 16, 2019

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Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
New reporting details how FBI limited investigation of Kavanaugh allegations  —  As Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh prepares for his second year on the Supreme Court, new reporting has detailed how the limits ordered by the White House and Senate Republicans last year constrained the FBI investigation …
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Axios:
The 3 villains of Democrats' 2020 plan  —  Democrats plan to portray President Trump, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the three villains defining the three branches of government for the 2020 campaign.  —  Why it matters: Each of these white men …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi's next target: Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and Politico
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Judges Say They Aren't Extensions of Presidents Who Appointed Them
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump lashed out at the media for reporting he would meet with Iran with ‘no conditions.’ He's said as much on camera twice.  —  President Trump lashed out Sunday night at the news media for reporting that he would meet with Iranian leaders with “no conditions” — something Trump has said on camera …
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and The Week
Bloomberg:
Attack on Saudi Arabia Demands a United Response
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump says U.S. ‘locked and loaded’ after attack on Saudi oil
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 and The Crime Report
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.
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
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's Zombie Impeachment Memo That Could Help Fell Trump  —  A document Hillary Clinton helped write nearly a half century ago has returned from the dead to threaten the man she couldn't vanquish in 2016.  —  The bizarre, only-in-D.C. twist centers on a congressional report penned …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Climate change is already here.  2020 could be your last chance to stop an apocalypse  —  The world is drifting steadily toward a climate catastrophe.  For many of us, that's been clear for a few years or maybe a decade or even a few decades.  —  But others have known that a reckoning was coming for much longer.
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CBS News:   Most Americans say climate change should be addressed now — CBS News poll
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
New York Times:
All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office.  Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.  —  Tornadoes are the most challenging tempests that the National Weather Service workers in Alabama typically handle.  But all that changed with a faulty Hurricane Dorian tweet by the president.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Most Important Question Facing Americans Today  —  Who counts?  —  Far too often, voting rights are a dormant topic up until the week before a general election, when we suddenly start to worry about shuttered polling places, long lines, and glitchy voting machines.
 
 
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Andrew Yang's campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest
Discussion: Political Wire
Malachi Barrett / MLive.com:
New Republican rules give Trump an advantage in Michigan primary
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Hayes / CNN:
Muslim American mayor says border agents confiscated his phone after he arrived at NY airport
Discussion: Axios
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Kamala Harris Can Make a Comeback
Streiff / RedState:
Babylon Bee Accurately Predicts a Snopes Fact Check Nine Months Before They Do It
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
NBC News:
Biden delivers most significant speech yet on race, says silence on hate ‘is complicity’
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Trenton councilman defends McBride, says ‘Jew down’ is just a ‘statement of speech’
Thor Benson / The Daily Beast:
The Climate Crisis Is Poised to Make Huge Swaths of America Totally Uninsurable
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story