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12:25 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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and 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 …
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 …
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 …
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Calls for Kavanaugh's Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Jerry Nadler tells Daily News he won't rush to impeach Trump without enough public support
Discussion: Political Wire
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Judges Say They Aren't Extensions of Presidents Who Appointed Them
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran  —  Officials say intelligence points to Iran as staging ground for strikes, as allies weigh retaliation  —  American officials say intelligence indicates that Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump suggests Iran responsible for Saudi oil attack  —  President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at potential new evidence that could prove Iran was behind a series of drone attacks in Saudia Arabia that struck the heart of its oil production, pointing to prior controversies that he said cast doubt on Iran's denials.
Associated Press:
Trump says US locked and loaded in response to drone attack
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
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
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
CNN:
‘Hate is on the rise again’: Joe Biden delivers impassioned speech on race in Birmingham
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
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Joe Cox / HOPE not hate:
Facebook Admits Conservative Bias Doesn't Exist But Continues to Cave to Republicans Anyway.
Discussion: Washington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Pelosi and Schumer take hard line with Trump on gun background checks
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Andrew Yang's campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Trumped Out?  —  The new post-Mueller media narrative is …
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All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Colin Packham / Reuters:
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New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Shakes Up New Hampshire Operation
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast