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3:45 PM ET, September 16, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A book on Kavanaugh has real news.  But it's lost in the furor over a botched New York Times excerpt.  —  If you happened to see the excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in print, you might have flipped right past it.  —  It was on an inside page …
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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 …
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How to remove Brett Kavanaugh without impeaching him  —  Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 27, 2018, in Washington, DC.  Melina Mara/Pool via Getty Images  —  The bar for removing Justice Brett Kavanaugh by impeachment is so high as to be insurmountable.
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 …
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 …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Working Families Party endorses Warren in blow to Sanders
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Top Progressive Group Endorses Elizabeth Warren For President
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's first priority as president: ending government corruption
Discussion: The Week
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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Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia says drones used to attack its oil facilities were Iranian  —  ISTANBUL — Yemen's Houthi rebels have threatened additional attacks on Saudi oil installations just days after claiming a crippling assault on facilities in the desert kingdom, the group's al-Masirah TV reported Monday.
Martha Raddatz / ABC News:
Iran fired cruise missiles in attack on Saudi oil facility: Senior US official
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump lashed out at the media for reporting he would meet with Iran with ‘no conditions.’ …
New York Times:
8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.  —  Investigators demanded the president's personal and corporate tax returns as they examine hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.  —  State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump's accounting firm to demand eight years …
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 …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
McCabe's legal team says Trump's attacks have made fair prosecution an ‘impossibility’  —  Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and his legal team have waged a vigorous public campaign to dispute allegations that he lied to investigators about a media leak.  —  Behind the scenes, they have been just as aggressive.
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Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump Keeps Telling World Leaders The Same Bizarre Story About Kim Jong Un  —  It has become Donald Trump's anecdote of choice for world leaders.  At the last two G7 summit meetings — which bring together the heads of government of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the UK and the US …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
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.
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.
Kaylee McGhee / Washington Examiner:
Leana Wen exposes Planned Parenthood's hypocrisy  —  Just months after being pushed out as Planned Parenthood's president, Leana Wen is accusing the abortion giant of hypocrisy and attempted intimidation.  —  Wen was fired in July after leading Planned Parenthood for less than a year.
Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Lawsuit demands FEC action against dark money groups that backed Eric Greitens  —  A liberal watchdog organization filed a lawsuit Monday asking a court to force the Federal Elections Commission to take action on a complaint against four groups that funneled $6 million of anonymous campaign money …
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 …
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.
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 »
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 …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
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Emily Atkin / New Republic:
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Christina Capatides / CBS News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
Biden struggles to recall the word ‘escalator’ when denouncing Trump's 2015 rapists comment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Joe Walsh says Republican Party is a ‘cult’ and will go straight to the voters after canceled primaries
Discussion: The Federalist and IJR
Public Citizen:
Financial Transactions Tax Would Cost Most People Little, Be Paid by the Wealthy, Discourage High-Frequency Trading
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris grew up in a mostly white world. Then she went to a black university in a black city.
Detroit News:
Vape flavor ban doesn't help kids, hurts adults
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
Most American teens are frightened by climate change, poll finds, and about 1 in 4 are taking action
Discussion: Earther
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff says DNI cited “higher authority” in refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Elite D.C. pundits love moderation, low taxes on the rich ... and Joe Biden.  They just don't get it.