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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
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
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 …
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 …
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
A progressive revolt against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)
Discussion: The Hill, BizPac Review and IJR
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Internal poll shows Kobach trailing Democrat in Kansas Senate race
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
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
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
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
Rosalie Chan / Business Insider:
Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it ‘clouds your judgment’  — Former US president Barack Obama said that when making a decision, it's helpful not to watch TV or read social media.  — That's because those things create …
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
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.
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 inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House circulates gun background check proposal to lawmakers
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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
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 …
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How Trump can punish Iran, without starting a war
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Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
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Aaron Eisenberg / Jacobin:
Ban Private Jets
Discussion: National Review
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
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Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg
Discussion: Fox News, Mother Jones and The Guardian