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6:10 AM ET, September 19, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump's communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say  —  The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President …
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump's communications with a foreign leader sparked whistleblower complaint  —  Washington (CNN)A communication between President Donald Trump and a world leader prompted a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of a dispute between the director of national intelligence and Congress, a source familiar with the case told CNN.
TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School, Canada's Liberal Party Admits  —  Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001.  TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.
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New York Times:
Justin Trudeau Says He Is ‘Deeply Sorry’ After Brownface Photo Surfaces  —  OTTAWA — The re-election campaign of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was thrown into turmoil on Wednesday when a photograph surfaced of him wearing brownface makeup at a 2001 private school party.
Associated Press:   Justin Trudeau campaign hit with ‘brownface’ photo
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
This Picture Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment  —  A Renaissance-style tableau for a divided Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — The photograph has all the trappings of a Renaissance painting — crowded with characters, action and emotion — only this one is set …
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would have held Lewandowski in contempt ‘right then and there’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of lawmakers Wednesday evening that Corey Lewandowski should have been held in contempt “right then and there” when he talked over members, dodged their questions …
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime
Discussion: Roll Call and New York Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony
Washington Post:
House Democrats eager to impeach Trump struggle to galvanize public support
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Bolton unloads on Trump's foreign policy behind closed doors  —  John Bolton, President Donald Trump's fired national security adviser, harshly criticized Trump's foreign policy on Wednesday at a private lunch, saying that inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was …
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Once A ‘Rocket Ship,’ National Security Council Now Avoided By Government Pros  —  Toggle more options  —  President Trump's brand-new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, will inherit a National Security Council struggling to attract talent, current and former U.S. officials tell NPR.
Discussion: Raw Story
Real Clear Politics:
McSally's GOP Senate Challenger Wants to...Annex Mexico  —  Donald Trump wants to build the wall.  A wannabe-Donald Trump in Arizona wants to annex Mexico.  —  Ahead of a general election where the Grand Canyon State could be a bit of a problem for the president, the wealthy owner of a cosmetics company …
The Boston Globe:
Joe Kennedy to formally announce he'll run for Senate  —  Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move …
Daniel Shapiro / Washington Post:
Netanyahu has dominated the U.S.-Israel relationship.  What happens if he's gone?  —  After a decade, a change could be coming  —  There are votes yet to be counted.  A fraught coalition negotiation awaits.  And if he clears those hurdles, indictments for corruption might lie around the corner.
Discussion: The Week and Axios
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Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:   Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris bets it all on Iowa to break freefall  —  Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She's shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and CNN
David Martin / CBS News:
Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader, U.S. official says  —  Washington —The recent attack on Saudi oil facilities was approved by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, but only on the condition that it be carried out in a way that made it possible to deny Iranian involvement, a U.S. official told CBS News.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Ridiculous Campaign Against Vaping  —  Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude.  —  Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes.
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
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Chrissy Stroop / The Forward:
Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals.  They Believe Awful Things About Jews  —  I have a pastor uncle who brought a shofar back from an “end times” trip to Israel.  It's a type of religious tourism popular among America's white evangelicals.  Guided tours include not just …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Lynne Patton Reprimanded for Multiple Hatch Act Violations  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  Washington- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Lynne Patton has been reprimanded for multiple violations of the Hatch Act following two complaints from Citizens …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Leaked background check plan sows chaos on Hill  —  A Trump administration proposal to expand background checks on firearm sales is already in jeopardy unless President Donald Trump unexpectedly saves it, with the White House distancing itself and the National Rifle Association outright opposing it.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Bloomberg, CNN and Breitbart
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’ How Adam Neumann's Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork.  —  The skills that helped fuel We Co.'s breakneck growth are piling up as potential liabilities as the company prepares to go public  —  Adam Neumann was flying high.  Literally.
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Donald Trump Jr Calls Out Instagram for Search Engine ‘Error’  —  The President's son, Donald Trump Jr., has called out Instagram for allegedly removing him and President Trump from search suggestions.  —  In a message on his Instagram account, Don Jr. called out the platform for failing …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden at new low in Democratic primary race  —  It's increasingly more important to Democratic primary voters to beat President Donald Trump than support their favorite candidate — and former Vice President Joe Biden is widely considered the candidate most likely to give them the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
The Guardian:
Why is New York's most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi crown prince?  —  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is going to be sponsoring an event at the iconic New York Public Library.  This reputation-laundering shouldn't be allowed to happen  — Update: on Wednesday at 16:31 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Democrats ready for the coming disinformation tsunami?  —  On Wednesday, President Trump used his Twitter feed to share a video that falsely depicted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) partying on the anniversary of 9/11.  Yes, the president of the United States cheerfully trafficked in disinformation.
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump Insider Claims Melania Has a Long-Term Boyfriend (and Donald Trump Knows About it)  —  It's pretty obviously to anyone with eyes that Donald and Melania Trump don't exactly have a lovey-dovey relationship.  —  From the hand-swatting to the Playboy model to the porn stars …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke calls for taxing marijuana industry to support those harmed by war on drugs  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke unveiled his plan Thursday for federal legalization of marijuana, which includes a tax on the industry to fund a monthly stipend to repay people …
Discussion: Politico
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Election authorities aren't in a position to stop Yang's free money giveaway even if it is illegal  —  Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang's “freedom dividend” free money raffle has raised questions of legality, but the watchdog tasked with overseeing campaign finance issues, the Federal Election Commission, is hamstrung.
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Why an Assault Weapons Ban Hits Such a Nerve With Many Conservatives  —  The premise of Trumpist populism is that the political preferences of a shrinking minority of citizens matter more than democracy.  —  “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Beto O'Rourke exclaimed at last week's Democratic debate.
Discussion: Bearing Arms and twitchy.com
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump expected to formally nominate Peter Gaynor as FEMA chief  —  President Trump intends to tap deputy FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor as the agency's permanent director, 2 sources familiar with Trump's decision tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: The administration has been operating without …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks after being sworn in last year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young progressive star fresh off an upset of one of the top Democratic leaders in the House …
Discussion: VICE and Politico
New York Times:
How China Unleashed Twitter Trolls to Discredit Hong Kong's Protesters  —  For fans of pro tennis, European soccer and British tabloids, the mysterious Twitter account had a lot to offer.  —  Beginning last year, it retweeted news, most of it in English, about Roger Federer and the Premier League …
Discussion: Quartz
Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Twitter Suspends Second Amendment Foundation Account on Eve of Gun Rights Policy Conference  —  The Second Amendment Foundation along with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are holding their annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix this weekend (TTAG will be there).
 
 
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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
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CNN:
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Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
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FiveThirtyEight:
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CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's luxury helicopter charter plans fail to take off
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's appeasement of Trump appears to have reached its limit
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
Anti-vaccine protesters are likening themselves to civil rights activists
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
A progressive revolt against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)
Discussion: The Resurgent, IJR and BizPac Review
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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