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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.
David French / National Review:
No, Brett Kavanaugh Has Not Been ‘Credibly Accused’  —  The accusations fail several basic tests of plausibility  —  Yesterday the Kavanaugh Wars erupted again, thanks to a since-revised essay in the New York Times that purported to bring forward a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary chairman 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: Townhall, Washington Post and Axios
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
Discussion: Breitbart
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Calls for Kavanaugh's Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How to remove Brett Kavanaugh without impeaching him
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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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
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Top Progressive Group Endorses Elizabeth Warren For President
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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 …
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.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
U.S. officials knew bomb-sniffing dogs were dying from neglect in Jordan.  They sent more.  —  Mencey, a pointy-eared, caramel-colored Belgian Malinois, was ready to sniff out bombs when he arrived in Jordan in July 2017.  —  The 3-year-old did not get much of a chance.
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.
Discussion: Splinter
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 »
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 …
New York Times:
Elaine Chao Investigated by House Panel for Possible Conflicts  —  WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday to turn over documents related to communication with her family's shipping company as the panel stepped up an investigation …
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.
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 …
Robert Klemko / Sports Illustrated:
There's More History to Antonio Brown's History  —  Exclusive: Accusations range from a previously untold account of sexual misconduct, a charity auction theft, multiple domestic incidents, and a long list of unpaid debts.  Numerous conversations with people who have dealt with Brown …
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.
Discussion: Earther
 
 
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Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Axios and The Week
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Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
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