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11:20 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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senator told FBI last fall of new information about Kavanaugh  —  A Democratic senator last fall told the FBI of a new allegation of sexual impropriety against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh — a claim that was not investigated at the time but has since become public …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Brett Kavanaugh Faces a New Accusation in The New York Times, but the Alleged Victim Didn't Confirm It  —  Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faces another accusation of sexual misconduct.  Details of the previously unreported incident appeared in The New York Times on Sunday.
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 …
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Calls for Kavanaugh's Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi's next target: Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Judges Say They Aren't Extensions of Presidents Who Appointed Them
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New Book: Christine Blasey Ford's Friend Leland Keyser Doesn't Believe Her
Discussion: Townhall and Power Line
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Pelosi and Schumer take hard line with Trump on gun background checks
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren  —  The progressive group, whose electoral influence has grown since it backed Bernie Sanders in 2016, is now supporting Ms. Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The Working Families Party, the labor-aligned progressive group …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Elizabeth Warren:
End Washington Corruption … In 1958, the National Election Survey first asked Americans a simple question: Do you trust the government to do the right thing most of the time?  That year, 73% of Americans said yes.  —  In 2019, that number is just 17%.  Five out of every six Americans …
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
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 …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:   Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:   Elizabeth Warren beefs up anti-corruption plan ahead of NYC speech
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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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Cornered by the Saudi Drone Attacks  —  The president's inconsistency on Iran and his ties to the Saudis don't bode well for how he will handle a monumental foreign policy challenge.  —  A small squadron of drones — and possibly cruise missiles — penetrated Saudi Arabia's air defenses …
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 …
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia says drones used to attack its oil facilities were Iranian
Bloomberg:
Attack on Saudi Arabia Demands a United Response
New York Times:
Saudi Oil Attack Photos Implicate Iran, U.S. Says; Trump Hints at Military Action
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 …
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 …
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.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden's childhood struggle with a stutter: How he overcame it and how it shaped him  —  One of Joe Biden's proudest childhood accomplishments was a five-minute speech to his all-boys Catholic high school in Delaware.  —  The assignment was routine — a public-speaking requirement for all students.
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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 …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump launches ambitious play to turn New Mexico red
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Most American teens are frightened by climate change, poll finds, and about 1 in 4 are taking action  —  In a coastal town in Washington, climate change has a high school junior worried about the floods that keep deluging his school.  A 17-year-old from Texas says global warming scares him so much he can't even think about it.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products  —  The e-commerce giant overcame internal dissent from engineers and lawyers, people familiar with the move say  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -1.81% has adjusted its product-search system to more prominently feature listings …
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
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff says DNI cited “higher authority” in refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint  —  Congressman Adam Schiff claimed on Sunday that the official who sits atop the intelligence community is rejecting a subpoena to turn over a whistleblower complaint in order to protect …
Jessica Kegu / CBS News:
Edward Snowden wants to come home: “I'm not asking for a pass.  What I'm asking for is a fair trial”  —  In an exclusive U.S. TV interview, Edward Snowden says he would like to return home but that the U.S. won't agree to a fair trial.  —  “I would like to return to the United States.
 
 
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Joe Cox / HOPE not hate:
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Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
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Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
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Colin Packham / Reuters:
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New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Shakes Up New Hampshire Operation
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast