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5:35 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 …
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.
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.
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
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Republicans know Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath: They just don't care
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senator told FBI last fall of new information about Kavanaugh
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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NBC News:
Manhattan DA subpoenas Trump's tax returns in probe of hush money payments
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:   Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns
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
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran
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
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 …
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 …
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Obama's team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court
Sarah Longwell / NBC News:
Donald Trump claimed the primaries were rigged in 2016.  Now he's the one rigging them.  —  By canceling primaries, the Republican Party leadership is essentially sticking its fingers in its ears and shouting “la la la” to avoid reality.  —  In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump complained …
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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
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.
 
 
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