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12:45 PM ET, September 18, 2019


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Electable Is Elizabeth Warren, Anyway?  —  Elizabeth Warren is not leading the polls (yet), but she is on a trajectory to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  She is well-liked by supporters of other candidates, giving her room to grow.  And the sequence of votes gives …
Discussion: Splinter
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.  —  Carter, who earlier this year became …
Ernie Suggs / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Jimmy Carter says Trump re-election would be ‘a disaster’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
'I hope there's an age limit': Jimmy Carter questions whether he could have handled the presidency at 80
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism  —  In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned lawmakers and aides with a swipe at Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee.  —  Pelosi criticized the panel's handling of impeachment in harsh terms …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment divide …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Corey Lewandowski: “I have no obligation to be honest with the media”
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
After hours of questioning Lewandowski, Democrats finally land punches  —  more than five hours of confrontational exchanges, but Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee finally managed to regain the narrative in their questioning of Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's former campaign manager …
Lewandowski hearing was a disaster  —  In this weekly column “Cross-exam,” Elie Honig, a CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor, gives his take on the latest legal news.  Post your questions below.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump  —  Arizona has long been touted as a potential swing state in the presidential election.  Its time may have finally come.  —  Demographic shifts, progressive organizing efforts and President Donald Trump's potential weakness …
Discussion: Raw Story
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations  —  In a head-spinning few days, Republicans have moved into a full offensive posture over the latest allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, leaving congressional Democrats in a defensive crouch as they try to change the subject.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:   Column: The latest smear against Justice Brett Kavanaugh part of left's scorched-earth strategy
Haley Byrd / CNN:   Pelosi and other Democrats say no to Kavanaugh impeachment
New York Times:
Acting Intelligence Chief Refuses to Testify, Prompting Standoff With Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The acting director of national intelligence will not testify before Congress this week or immediately hand over a whistle-blower complaint to lawmakers, escalating a standoff between Capitol Hill and leaders of the intelligence agencies.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff: Top intel official has refused to turn over ‘urgent’ whistleblower complaint
Kel McClanahan / Just Security:
Q&A on Whistleblower Complaint Being Withheld from Congressional Intelligence Committees
Discussion: Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump taps Robert C. O'Brien to replace John Bolton as national security adviser  —  President Trump on Wednesday named Robert C. O'Brien, who has served as the U.S. hostage negotiator, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted John Bolton.  —  “I am pleased to announce …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump says he plans to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “to substantially increase” U.S. sanctions on Iran following an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Steven A. Cook / Foreign Policy:   This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East
Ron Southwick / PennLive:
Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer loses leadership post over ‘deeply disturbing’ child porn charges  —  State Sen. Mike Folmer, who has been charged with possession of child pornography, is losing a key leadership post in the state Senate.  —  State Senate Republican leaders said Folmer is being removed …
Angela Couloumbis /   Pa. state senator from Lebanon County charged with possession of child pornography
Josh Shapiro / PA Office of Attorney General:
AG Shapiro Charges PA State Senator for Possession of Child Pornography
Discussion:, Fox News and PennLive
Los Angeles Times:
Democratic donor Ed Buck charged with operating drug house after 2 men found dead in home  —  Prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness.
New York Times:
White House Fires Homeland Security Dept.'s General Counsel  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday fired John Mitnick, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, after months of shake-up at an agency responsible for carrying out President Trump's immigration agenda.
Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg  —  WASHINGTON — Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg will be one of the witnesses to testify before a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday on the “global climate crisis.”
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The ‘Climate Strike’ is a crock that exploits kids
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
Iowa State University:
Nearly a third of likely caucus-goers do not want Biden, poll finds  —  AMES, Iowa - Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads the Democratic field of presidential candidates in a new Iowa State University/Civiqs poll.  Warren was the top choice of 24 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers.
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll shows both Biden and Warren building formidable coalitions
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job.
Aron Heller / Associated Press:   Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again  —  They hate Donald Trump's tweets.  They worry about his temperament.  They're still uncomfortable with the name-calling.  —  But many voters in Milwaukee's Republican suburbs like his court appointments.  And they approve of his stewardship of the economy.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
A Georgia man shot and killed 3 masked teens as they tried to rob him at his home, police say  —  (CNN)A Georgia homeowner shot and killed three teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said.  —  The masked teens — a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds …
USA Today:
For mayors, politics isn't a blood sport: Why we need Pete Buttigieg in the White House  —  Pete Buttigieg is a role model to mayors.  We proudly endorse him from heartland towns, coastal cities and suburban communities across this country.  —  CONNECT  —  As we face unprecedented challenges …
Elena Schneider / Politico:   Nearly 60 mayors and ex-mayors endorse Buttigieg
Aaron Eisenberg / Jacobin:
Ban Private Jets  —  We know who's responsible for the climate crisis: rich people.  Nowhere is this clearer than in aviation, with billionaires' private jets ravaging the planet.  We need to ban them now.  —  Our new issue, on war and militarism, is out now.  Get a discounted subscription today.
New York Times:
New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents  —  Under the plan, tuition to all state colleges would be free for students regardless of family income.  —  ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the boldest state-led efforts to expand access to higher education, New Mexico is unveiling …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
A 21st Century Breakup Inside the divorce rattling Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.  —  Three summers ago, a worker stood up at “Q&A,” Facebook's weekly all-hands, town-hall-style meeting, which is usually held on Friday afternoons in Menlo Park and livestreamed to its offices around the world …
Discussion: the fifth wave
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Omar says Trump ‘put my life at risk’ after he retweeted a false claim that she ‘partied’ on 9/11 anniversary
Michael Rosenwald / Washington Post:
David Rubenstein spent $10 million on the Washington Monument, which reopens Thursday.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
How Vladimir Putin is outplaying the U.S. in Africa
Ben Geman / Axios:
Trump moves to block California from setting own auto emissions rules
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
David Mastio / USA Today:
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer kept thousands of dead babies but inspires little curiosity
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Looks to Supreme Court to Rein In Consumer Finance Agency
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Alison Turkos / Medium:
Why I'm Suing Lyft  —  In the fall of 2017, I got into a Lyft …
Discussion: Mercury News and Splinter