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7:10 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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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism  —  The New York Times' bungled handling of revelations from a book on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh managed to draw fire from both conservatives who long defended the Supreme Court justice and feminists who fought against his confirmation …
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 …
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.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The controversy surrounding the Times's handling of the latest Kavanaugh allegation, explained  —  Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends the State of the Union address at the US Capitol Building, in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019.  Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senator told FBI last fall of new information about Kavanaugh
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Republicans know Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath: They just don't care
Discussion: Vox, NPR and Washington Post
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Sen. Susan Collins faces fresh fire after emergence of new Kavanaugh allegation
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 …
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CNN:   Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns
NBC News:
Manhattan DA subpoenas Trump's tax returns in probe of hush money payments
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Working Families Party endorses Warren in blow to Sanders
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 …
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The Hill:
House committee launches investigation into Transportation Secretary Chao
Discussion: Common Dreams
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
House Oversight probing whether Chao improperly helped her family's company
Discussion: Axios
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
Oversight Launches Investigation of Ethics Allegations Against Chao
Discussion: Slate and Occupy Democrats
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 …
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran
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: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
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 …
The Daily Beast:
John Bolton Already Talking With Book Agents: ‘He Has a Lot to Dish’  —  He penned one after leaving the Bush administration.  Now, the president's former top national-security aide is exploring another book.  —  Following his acrimonious departure from the White House …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court  —  A cavalcade of Obama-era national security leaders have committed to testify on behalf of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   McCabe's legal team says Trump's attacks have made fair prosecution an ‘impossibility’
David French / National Review:
The Arizona Supreme Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom  —  Free speech and religious liberty are on a winning streak.  Last month the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals ruled that Christian wedding photographers could not be compelled to use their artistic talents to help celebrate same-sex weddings.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Shane Gillis Dropped From ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Amid Criticism of Racist Slurs  —  A few days after Gillis was named to the cast, the show said that he would not stay on, and that it had been unaware of his offensive remarks.  —  Shane Gillis, a comedian named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” …
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Michigan is 5th state to try to rig GOP primary to help Trump's reelection  —  As Republican challengers line up to battle Trump, states like Michigan are changing the rules to protect him.  —  Republican officials in Michigan are changing the rules of the primary to protect Donald Trump from challengers, MLive reported on Sunday.
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Sarah Longwell / NBC News:   Donald Trump claimed the primaries were rigged in 2016. Now he's the one rigging them.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Nadler: Trump impeachment needed ‘to vindicate the Constitution’  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) pressed Monday that he personally believes President Trump should be impeached as senior Democrats try to defend their recent muddled messaging on the issue.
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