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1:45 PM 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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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.
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Not just Kavanaugh: Another alarming reason to fear the Supreme Court  —  The long conservative takeover of the Supreme Court is getting another round of scrutiny in light of new allegations against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.  Though they are inadequately sourced, the New York Times's latest reporting …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler throws cold water on Kavanaugh impeachment  —  The House Judiciary Committee is too tied up with “impeaching the president” to take immediate action on a potential investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Calls for Kavanaugh's Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
This is the Kavanaugh mess we feared
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 …
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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 …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Warren Goes After Trump's Sister in Anti-Corruption Push  —  The Massachusetts Democrat, who had already introduced a massive anti-corruption bill, is adding some new aspects to her plan.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is adding some new proposals to her anti-corruption plan …
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's first priority as president: ending government corruption
Discussion: The Week
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:   Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption
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 …
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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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump suggests Iran responsible for Saudi oil attack
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.
Detroit News:
Vape flavor ban doesn't help kids, hurts adults  —  While Michigan's flavor ban won't help kids, it will harm adults.  —  “As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told The Washington Post.  Unfortunately, her executive order to ban flavored e-cigarettes will not accomplish that goal.
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 …
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Joe Walsh says Republican Party is a ‘cult’ and will go straight to the voters after canceled primaries  —  Joe Walsh: The Republican party is a cult  —  Washington (CNN)Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh said Monday his campaign will go straight to Republican voters in states …
Discussion: IJR
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Malachi Barrett / MLive.com:
New Republican rules give Trump an advantage in Michigan primary
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 …
Discussion: Vox and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump launches ambitious play to turn New Mexico red  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — John McCain lost New Mexico by nearly 15 percentage points in 2008.  Four years later, Mitt Romney pulled two top staffers from the ground here with weeks to go before Election Day — admitting defeat …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:   Why Trump is rallying in New Mexico
Public Citizen:
Financial Transactions Tax Would Cost Most People Little, Be Paid by the Wealthy, Discourage High-Frequency Trading  —  Report Refutes Spate of Misleading Claims Likely to be Repeated By U.S. Chamber  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Most middle- and low-income families would pay little or nothing …
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Elite D.C. pundits love moderation, low taxes on the rich ... and Joe Biden.  They just don't get it.  —  There were so many weird moments in Thursday night's critical, 10-candidate Democratic presidential debate in Houston that this one largely flew under the radar, even though it was quite revealing.
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Joe Biden's childhood struggle with a stutter: How he overcame it and how it shaped him
Meredith Newman / delawareonline:
‘Corn Pop’ is real: How the Wilmington resident became a part of Biden's 2020 campaign  —  Yes, ‘Corn Pop’ is a real person.  —  This weekend, a clip of presidential candidate Joe Biden recalling his time as a Wilmington lifeguard in the 1960s went viral.  He was speaking in Wilmington in 2017 …
 
 
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris grew up in a mostly white world. Then she went to a black university in a black city.
CNN:
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Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
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Jessica Kegu / CBS News:
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Joe Cox / HOPE not hate:
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Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Jerry Nadler tells Daily News he won't rush to impeach Trump without enough public support
Washington Post:
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Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Andrew Yang's campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Trumped Out?  —  The new post-Mueller media narrative is …
New York Times:
All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Most Important Question Facing Americans Today
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Steven Mnuchin's Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout
Discussion: Raw Story