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9:00 AM ET, September 17, 2019

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Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push  —  Senior Democrats are moving quickly to snuff out calls to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, arguing those tactics are unrealistic and politically harmful.  —  Democrats are already wrestling with whether to try to oust President Donald Trump …
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Brett Kavanaugh Turmoil Engulfs the New York Times  —  Sources say Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn't enough juice to warrant a story there—punting the scoop to the Sunday Review section.
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 …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don't Be Afraid to Pack the Court  —  The lifetime appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh cry out for Democratic hardball in response.  —  President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Mimi Rocah / USA Today:
Confirmed: Powerful men ignored women in short-circuited Brett Kavanaugh investigation  —  Does Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court?  The public needs to know who limited the FBI and how, and if officials are capable of listening to women.  —  CONNECT  —  The painful controversies …
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 …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The Deborah Ramirez ‘corroboration’ that wasn't
Discussion: Townhall and Vox
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
NYT Insider Reveals Who Drafted And Sent The Vile Tweet About Kavanaugh
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The New Kavanaugh Reporting Shows How Far Trump's Control Goes
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11  —  “It seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans,” one expert says.  —  A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view …
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New York Times:
Trump's Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve  —  WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back.
Austin Carson / Washington Post:
After the Saudi oil attack, will the U.S. and Saudis start a war with Iran?  Here are 3 things to know.  —  Iran — and Saudi Arabia — might prefer to let responsibility for the attack remain unclear.  —  Over the weekend, Saudi oil facilities were attacked, in the latest oil-related skirmish …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump's dual instincts on Iran: Big threats and an eagerness to deal  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  President Trump has said Iran is the greatest threat in the Middle East, a would-be nuclear power that he has brought low through the stiffest sanctions ever applied to a single nation.
Washington Post:
Pentagon urges restraint after strikes on Saudi oil facilities  —  Pentagon officials on Monday recommended a restrained response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, arguing against a potentially costly conflict with Iran, which the administration has blamed for the strike on a key American ally …
Dennis Ross / Washington Post:
Trump must react to the attacks on Saudi Arabia. But a quick fix won't be enough.
Washington Post:
Trump has dug himself into a hole with Iran
Discussion: Axios, Slate, The Drive and Breitbart
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Saudi-Iran crisis could end Trump's lucky streak on the economy
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Warren and Trump Speeches Attack Corruption, but Two Different Kinds  —  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 …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
“Corruption is breaking our democracy”: Elizabeth Warren's case for the White House
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Week
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren. Here's Why It Matters.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump spurns Dems on universal background checks
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Sarah Ferris / Politico:   House Democrats sidestep border wall fight until November
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The hardest job for the next president may be fixing Trump's mess
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Washington Post:
In New Mexico rally, Trump makes a direct appeal to Hispanic voters  —  RIO RANCHO, N.M. — President Trump, whose crackdown on illegal immigration and incendiary rhetoric about Latinos have been hallmarks of his first term, made a direct appeal here Monday night to Hispanic voters to secure him a second term.
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Trump pitches to Latino voters at New Mexico rally as he vows to “make it a Republican state.”
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and CNN
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 …
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Has Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period
Discussion: BizPac Review, KTLA and New Yorker
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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David Brennan / Newsweek:
Donald Trump stole pancakes and forgot a relative was dead while visiting family, cousin claims  —  A relative of President Donald Trump has accused the self-proclaimed billionaire of being a pancake thief, having stolen a handful of flat cakes while on vacation at his late mother's former home in Scotland.
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
A Marine Looks Back at His Battles in Afghanistan  —  Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, served four years in the Marines and first deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, then again in 2009 at the beginning of the troop increase ordered by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lewandowski Cleared for Limited Testimony 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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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump's Scottish resort hosted military for longer stays
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Michael Bennet releases new TV ads in Iowa
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Associated Press:
Israel votes in repeat election focused on Netanyahu
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump's acting intelligence chief told to turn over whistleblower complaint or face public questioning by Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
Women's March cutting ties with three original board members accused of anti-Semitism