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4:50 PM ET, September 17, 2019


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Karma Allen / ABC News:
Legendary journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75  —  Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.  —  Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career.
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75  —  Toggle more options  —  Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump on death of Cokie Roberts: ‘She never treated me nicely.  But I would like to wish her family well.’  —  President Trump reacted Tuesday to the death of journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts from complications from breast cancer by saying “she never treated me nicely” …
ABC News:   Legendary journalist Cokie Roberts dies at 75
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:   Cokie Roberts, Veteran Broadcast Newswoman, Is Dead at 75
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Mad About Kavanaugh and Gorsuch?  The Best Way to Get Even Is to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments cry out for Democratic hardball.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.  “I want to congratulate” Senate majority leader …
The Babylon Bee:   Hypocrisy: Right-Wingers Who Love It When The Babylon Bee Makes Stuff Up Suddenly Get Mad When The NYT Does It
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New York Times Reporters Also Omitted Key Kavanaugh Detail In NPR Interview
Discussion: Townhall and NPR
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Lewandowski hearing descends into chaos
Corey Lewandowski To Testify Before House Judiciary Committee
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Will End California's Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California's legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House …
EPA to Unveil Plan to Take Away California's Authority on Car Emissions
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
How Did Lauren Duca's Revolution Backfire?  —  The viral writer wants to galvanize young people with her new book, How to Start a Revolution.  But past controversies — and a new complaint filed by her New York University students — threaten to undermine her message.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Has Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period  —  “It's like you were being attacked by a swarm of wasps,” one judge said after Spicer attempted a salsa dance.  —  Despite its best efforts, America could not shame Sean Spicer out of joining Dancing With the Stars.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House intervenes in General Motors strike
Discussion: The Atlantic, Political Wire and CNBC
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Lay Out Competing Visions of Populism  —  In New York, Senator Elizabeth Warren described a government compromised by the influence of the wealthy.  President Trump, in New Mexico, denounced a “failed liberal establishment.”  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren stood beneath …
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
The Big Fight, Not the Little Fight
Discussion: TIME, New York Times and VICE
Elizabeth Warren took selfies for 4 hours after her New York rally. It's part of her plan.
Discussion: Politico
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
California Republican Rep. Paul Cook to retire from Congress, run for county supervisor seat  —  Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will retire from Congress at the end of his term and will announce a run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to John Sobel, the congressman's chief of staff.
New York Times:
Women Poop.  At Work.  Get Over It.  —  Why must the bathroom continue to be fraught?  —  There once was a woman who walked regularly from her office in Midtown Manhattan to a hotel across the street in order to use the restroom, and that woman may have been one of us.
Discussion: RedState
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record …
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
DOJ files civil suit against Edward Snowden over new memoir
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump's weird ideas on the US-Saudi relationship, sort of explained  —  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka Castle Park during the G20 Summit on June 28, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:   Pentagon Readying a Public Show of Evidence in Saudi Attacks
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Air Force crews stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort for days at a time  —  TURNBERRY, Scotland— Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of duty can pick up some more brass with a short pit stop in Southwest Scotland.  —  As part of its relationship with the Air Force …
Trent Spiner / Politico:
Sanders campaign wracked by dissension  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Some of Bernie Sanders' fiercest supporters are sounding the alarm that the campaign is bogged down by disorganization, personality clashes, and poor communication between state operations and national headquarters.
Bhaskar Sunkara / Jacobin:
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A teen allegedly wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for fun.’ Cops found an AK-47 in her bedroom.  —  Alexis Wilson was working an afternoon shift at the local Pizza Inn in McAlester, Okla., on Sunday, when she pulled a co-worker aside to boast about her new gun.  —  The slight 18-year-old …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How the Iran conflict would have unfolded under a normal president  —  It did not have to come to this: Neither the American people nor our allies can trust President Trump's word on the origin of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.  And he and his advisers can't be trusted to find …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
NETANYAHU-GANTZ STALEMATE: NO CLEAR WINNER IN SUPER-TIGHT ISRAELI ELECTION  —  Both Channel 12 and Channel 13 exit polls foresee yet another stalemate, granting Blue and White the highest amount of seats.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to carry on his dynasty with a historic victory …
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Trump's Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands …
Discussion: Political Wire
Angie Martoccio / Rolling Stone:
Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America  —  Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress' annual summer recess.  One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Norman Lear Won't Stop: TV Legend's Sony Deal Renewal Takes Him to Age 100 (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Ask Norman Lear what the past couple of months have been like for him, and he responds with a joke.  “It's been 60 days of waking up,” he says.  “I love that.  I love waking up.  And I love going to bed too.”
Discussion: New York Post
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Sheriff helped plot his own deputy's killing over ‘racially offensive’ tape, prosecutors say  —  Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins learned one of his deputies had a tape of him making “racially offensive” comments, prosecutors say.  So the North Carolina lawman encouraged another man …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
FBI Arrests Chinese Official for Visa Fraud
Tom Porter / Business Insider:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is the 3rd Trump administration member linked to Jeffrey Epstein or his circle
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Judge fined, sidelined for promoting Clinton immigration plan at deportation hearing
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNBC
Neo-Nazis Are Glorifying Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Wilbur Ross Still Holds Interest In Shipping Fund He Promised To Divest
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton accuses Trump, McConnell of ‘abdicating their responsibility’ on election security
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Trump campaign cuts ties with top adviser in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
Sarah Smarsh / New York Times:
Something Special Is Happening in Rural America
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Judge forced off bench after online posting of noose, ‘Make America Great Again’ message
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats fret presidential field's leftward lurch presents down-ballot dilemma
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
American Migration Patterns Should Terrify the GOP
Discussion: and Raw Story
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat