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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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Lewandowski hearing was a disaster
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony
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
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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   How long will Warren dodge on health care and taxes?
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: Politico and Axios
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary  —  A local activist in Queens, N.Y., announced a primary challenge against progressive heavyweight Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.  —  Badrun Khan, whose website describes her as an activist who has …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Military has spent nearly $200,000 at Trump's Scottish resort since 2017  —  Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has spent nearly $200,000 at the president's luxury Scotland resort, according to figures and documents the Pentagon provided to the House Oversight Committee.
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Washington Post:
Pentagon has warned of dire outcomes if military projects canceled for wall don't happen  —  The Pentagon warned of dire outcomes unless Congress paid for urgently needed military construction projects nationwide — the same projects that have now been canceled to fund President Trump's border wall.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
New Documents Show Pentagon Spent At Least $184,000 in U.S. Taxpayer Funds at President Trump's Turnberry Resort
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Politico
Axios:
Israeli election: Netanyahu says he won't concede, blames media bias  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he'll still fight to keep power despite exit polls from today's elections showing his Likud party trailing the center-left Blue and White party and his right-wing bloc falling short of a majority.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Megan Specia / New York Times:
Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
The End of the Netanyahu Era
Discussion: Raw Story
Aron Heller / Associated Press:   Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker
Aron Heller / Associated Press:   Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election
Claire Spellberg / Decider:
‘SNL’ Boss Lorne Michaels Reportedly Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Viewers  —  Just when you thought the Shane Gillis controversy was over, new details have emerged about his Saturday Night Live casting.  According to a new report from Variety's Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider …
Discussion: twitchy.com, Variety and Vanity Fair
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Jordan Julian / The Daily Beast:   ‘SNL’ Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Audiences: Report
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
Corey Lewandowski Just Proved Democrats Have Not Come to Grips With What They're Up Against  —  Many Democrats seem unable to come to terms with what the Republican Party has become.  It is now an authoritarian outfit at every level, from the Republican state legislatures
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Reed Galen / Real Clear Politics:   Just Admit It, Democrats: You Want to Lose Next Year
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.
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Why the Kavanaugh Confirmation Still Haunts Us  —  On Sunday, The New York Times published an excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.  The snippet focused on the story of Deborah Ramirez—a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations
Discussion: twitchy.com
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Ken Cuccinelli Wants The Power To Reveal The Personal Information Of Refugees And Asylees Who Are Accused Of Crimes  —  USCIS has previously said releasing such information could lead to “retaliatory measures by government authorities or non-state actors.”  Cuccinelli said in a memo he wants …
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mystery of Adam Schiff and whistleblower takes dangerous new turn  —  This story is about to get a whole lot more media scrutiny, because it involves secretive back-channel maneuvering, a possible threat to national security and potential lawbreaking at the highest levels of the Trump administration …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Pennsylvania State Senator Resigns After Arrest On Child Porn Charges  —  A Pennsylvania state senator has stepped down following his arrest on charges of possession of child pornography.  —  Sen. Mike Folmer submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday to Republican colleagues in Harrisburg …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans  —  The White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have met with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to shop legislation on expanding background checks consistent with the Manchin-Toomey bill …
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.
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: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Obama swipes Trump on watching TV and using Twitter  —  Why it matters: Obama has largely avoided major criticisms of President Trump, but he used his comments Wednesday to draw a contrast between the two administrations.  — Obama admitted during his speech that he mistakes in hiring.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion rate in the U.S. falls to a 46-year low, data show
Discussion: New York Times, CBS News and The Week
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator ‘Doubtful’ He'll Support Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi
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Christopher Roach / American Greatness:
Why Soft-on-Crime Democrats Are Tough on ‘Gun Violence’
Discussion: Townhall
Brian Hiattt / Rolling Stone:
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ …
CNN:
Fact check: From Iran pre-conditions to the weather in North Carolina, Trump made 87 false claims last week
 Earlier Items: 
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
Aaron Eisenberg / Jacobin:
Ban Private Jets
Discussion: National Review
Iowa State University:
Nearly a third of likely caucus-goers do not want Biden, poll finds
Alison Turkos / Medium:
Why I'm Suing Lyft  —  In the fall of 2017, I got into a Lyft …
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Splinter
Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg
Discussion: Fox News, Mother Jones and The Guardian
Los Angeles Times:
Democratic donor Ed Buck charged with operating drug house after 2 men found dead in home