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8:25 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.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump communication reportedly at center of whistleblower complaint
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School  —  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.
globalnews.ca:
Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup  —  Watch: Global News has obtained video showing Justin Trudeau in blackface.  —  Global News has obtained video showing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface, the third instance of racist dress to come to light in 12 hours.
Toronto Star:
‘I should have known better’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface in 2001
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Nancy Cook / Politico:   An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Once A ‘Rocket Ship,’ National Security Council Now Avoided By Government Pros
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict
Discussion: KTLA
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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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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the 2020 Democratic race is still a mystery  —  Polls in the most important states are few and far between.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is in dire straits in Iowa, according to a poll released Wednesday.  The David Binder poll shows him languishing in fourth place among Democratic …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris bets it all on Iowa to break freefall
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and CNN
Washington Post:
Election setback has Netanyahu now seeking to share power in a unity government  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeing his chances of outright victory slipping as the final votes from this week's election were counted, called Thursday for a power-sharing agreement …
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Daniel Shapiro / Washington Post:
Netanyahu has dominated the U.S.-Israel relationship. What happens if he's gone?
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:   Israelis contend with prospect of third poll days after vote
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.
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Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Exclusive: Zarif threatens ‘all-out war’ in case of military strike on Iran  —  Tehran, Iran (CNN)Iran's foreign minister has raised the specter of “all-out war” in the event of US or Saudi military strikes and that Saudi Arabia would have to fight “to the last American soldier.”
Philip Wegmann / 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 …
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.
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence taps former DHS press aide as new press secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired Katie Waldman to be his new press secretary, NBC News has learned.  —  Waldman, who is currently communications director for Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., previously served …
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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Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Plane Sabotage May Have Ties to Terrorists, U.S. Says  —  A judge denied bail to the employee, who the authorities said told federal agents he had tampered with the plane because he was upset about an impasse over a union contract.
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Manchin: 'Beto O'Rourke's Not Taking My Guns Away From Me'  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) on Wednesday said presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke “is not taking my guns away from me.”  —  O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, Texas, has made gun confiscation part of his presidential platform …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke calls for federal legalization of marijuana, government stipends for ex-offenders  —  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 and Axios
Washington Post:
He wanted nonpartisan federal solutions.  Now his Kavanaugh tip has thrust him into a partisan brawl.  —  Brett M. Kavanaugh worked for independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr in the late 1990s, writing the rationale for impeaching President Bill Clinton, who was accused of perjury and obstruction …
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 …
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CNN:
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Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
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Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump, Carson reject California's request for federal help on homelessness
Discussion: The Week
FiveThirtyEight:
The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Why an Assault Weapons Ban Hits Such a Nerve With Many Conservatives
Discussion: Bearing Arms and twitchy.com