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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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CNN:
Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel  —  Schiff: I asked DNI if whistleblower was related to investigations  —  Washington (CNN)Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in an open session …
TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School, Canada's Liberal Party Admits  —  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:
Trudeau Apologizes 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.
Associated Press:   Justin Trudeau campaign hit with ‘brownface’ photo
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Report: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wore brownface at ‘Arabian Nights’ party in 2001
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
A progressive revolt against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)  —  Opinion: Progressive Democrats want to censure the first Arizona Democrat to win a Senate seat in 30 years.  Genius idea.  —  CONNECT  —  A group of Arizona Democrats are demonstrating …
Discussion: The Resurgent, BizPac Review and IJR
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Electable Is Elizabeth Warren, Anyway?
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo News, Politico and Raw Story
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would have held Lewandowski in contempt ‘right then and there’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of lawmakers Wednesday evening that Corey Lewandowski should have been held in contempt “right then and there” when he talked over members, dodged their questions …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi says Corey Lewandowski deserves to be held in contempt
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Corey Lewandowski's stonewall campaign finally crumbles: Are impeachment counts coming?
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism
Washington Post:
House Democrats eager to impeach Trump struggle to galvanize public support
Discussion: The Week
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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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   Trump's Replacement for Bolton Is Also a Hawk
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 …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey
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.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
A 21st Century Breakup Inside the divorce rattling Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.
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: VICE and Politico
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary
Discussion: Fox News
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris bets it all on Iowa to break freefall  —  Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She's shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   With Brett Kavanaugh debacle, The New York Times becomes a dangerous misinformation tool of the left
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.
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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.
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's appeasement of Trump appears to have reached its limit  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has all but admitted to the game he's playing with President Trump.  The man who once derided Trump as a “bigot” and a “kook” during the 2016 campaign has acknowledged his pro-Trump conversion …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
FiveThirtyEight:
The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion  —  A few weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee formally acknowledged what has been evident for quite some time: Nonreligious voters are a critical part of the party's base.  In a one-page resolution passed at its annual summer meeting …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:
Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday's election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.
CNN:
CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall  —  (CNN)Nine Democratic presidential candidates have accepted the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's invitation to participate in a CNN town hall next month focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.
 
 
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Chrissy Stroop / The Forward:
Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals. They Believe Awful Things About Jews
Alayna Treene / Axios:
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Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Daniel Shapiro / Washington Post:
Netanyahu has dominated the U.S.-Israel relationship. What happens if he's gone?
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Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
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WPLG-TV:
American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight has ties to ISIS, prosecutors say
Discussion: twitchy.com and Jihad Watch
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
Anti-vaccine protesters are likening themselves to civil rights activists
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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Discussion: Shareblue Media and Alternet.org
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