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8:15 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 …
Brittany Shepherd / Yahoo News:
Conservative group known for hardball tactics leads charge in Kavanaugh defense  —  WASHINGTON — A conservative group that has aided the confirmation of President Trump's judicial nominees is now leading the Republican Party's charge against the most recent allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Discussion: New York Times, The Atlantic, WBUR and Vox
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
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.
Politico:   ‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senator told FBI last fall of new information about Kavanaugh
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
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren, Here's Why It Matters  —  The progressive group, whose electoral influence has grown since it backed Bernie Sanders four years ago, is now supporting Ms. Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The Working Families Party …
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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 …
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: Breitbart and 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
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
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Tulsi Gabbard accuses Trump of being 'Saudi Arabia's b—' over response to attacks on oil fields
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran
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 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lewandowski Cleared to Testify in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday blocked two more former aides to President Trump from testifying in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, but cleared a third witness, Corey Lewandowski …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:   Nadler: Trump impeachment needed ‘to vindicate the Constitution’
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
White House blocks former top Trump aides from testifying
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Spurned by championship teams, Trump handpicks athletes for White House ceremonies  —  The New England Patriots are reportedly too busy this fall for the Super Bowl champions' traditional visit to the White House.  The World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team made clear this summer it was not interested in meeting President Trump.
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Associated Press:   Trump honors Yankees' Rivera with Medal of Freedom
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.
 
 
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Trump's California fundraisers are drenched in cash — and secrecy
Discussion: Mercury News, Raw Story and Deadline
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Trump prepares big push on homelessness, White House floats new role for police
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Bulwark
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Vanity Fair
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
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Discussion: Nature
Emily Atkin / New Republic:
The Blood-Dimmed Tide
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
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