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2:40 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 …
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
Discussion: The Federalist, Fox News and Power Line
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
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary
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
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
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.
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Why the Kavanaugh Confirmation Still Haunts Us
Reed Galen / Real Clear Politics:   Just Admit It, Democrats: You Want to Lose Next Year
Haley Byrd / CNN:
Pelosi and other Democrats say no to Kavanaugh impeachment
Discussion: Daily Wire and America's Voice
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
Aron Heller / Associated Press:   Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker
Aron Heller / Associated Press:   Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election
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 …
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 …
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  —  Oversight Demands Documents Withheld by Pentagon and Emails Referred to White House  —  “Unfortunately, the Department's response has been woefully inadequate,” Chairmen Cummings and Raskin wrote.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Politico
CNN:   Fact check: From Iran pre-conditions to the weather in North Carolina, Trump made 87 false claims last week
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 and Balloon Juice
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema
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: Politico, Wall Street Journal and Axios
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mystery of Adam Schiff and whistleblower takes dangerous new turn
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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.”
Discussion: Mother Jones, Fox News and The Guardian
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The ‘Climate Strike’ is a crock that exploits kids
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
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.
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
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
Discussion: PennLive and Fox News
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Big League Politics
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 …
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump says he plans to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he directed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “to substantially increase” U.S. sanctions on Iran following an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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: Vanity Fair and Variety
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Brian Hiattt / Rolling Stone:
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How long will Warren dodge on health care and taxes?
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ …
Michael Rosenwald / Washington Post:
David Rubenstein spent $10 million on the Washington Monument, which reopens Thursday.
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Eisenberg / Jacobin:
Ban Private Jets
Discussion: National Review
David Mastio / USA Today:
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer kept thousands of dead babies but inspires little curiosity
Ernie Suggs / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Jimmy Carter says Trump re-election would be ‘a disaster’
Alison Turkos / Medium:
Why I'm Suing Lyft  —  In the fall of 2017, I got into a Lyft …
Discussion: Mercury News and Splinter