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4:25 PM ET, September 18, 2019


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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 …
Lewandowski hearing was a disaster
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election  —  Israeli voters went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in five months.  The results aren't certain, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to gain the support he had hoped for.
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
The End of the Netanyahu Era
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:   Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election
Israeli election: Netanyahu says he won't concede, blames media bias
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
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
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  —  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.
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
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:, Variety and Vanity Fair
Jordan Julian / The Daily Beast:   ‘SNL’ Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Audiences: Report
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.
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
Reed Galen / Real Clear Politics:   Just Admit It, Democrats: You Want to Lose Next Year
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:   White House circulates gun background check proposal to lawmakers
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
This report tallied the human and economic toll of gun violence in all 50 states.  The cost is staggering.  —  2017 marked the first time firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents, the report said.  —  Gun violence hits America's youth and rural states the hardest and has reached …
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 …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator ‘Doubtful’ He'll Support Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi  —  “If he'll treat a United States senator the way he treated us, I wonder how he would treat the people,” said Sen. John Kennedy.  —  WASHINGTON ― Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Wednesday that he's not inclined …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 Flare and Political Wire
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.
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Trump can punish Iran, without starting a war  —  President Trump is reportedly looking for a way to respond to Iran's brazen attack on Saudi Arabia that would be proportional but not drag the United States into a new war.  The best place for such a response would be in Syria …
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and Shareblue Media
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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Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
A modest defense of ‘The West Wing’
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Lily Adams helped her grandmother Ann Richards win Texas.  Can she get Kamala Harris to the White House?
Brian Hiattt / Rolling Stone:
Taylor Swift: The Rolling Stone Interview
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How long will Warren dodge on health care and taxes?
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ …
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
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again
Discussion: Raw Story and
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