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Washington Post:
Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter  —  A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off …
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New York Times:
Whistle-Blower Complaint Sets Off a Battle Involving Trump  —  The complaint, from a member of the intelligence community, remained opaque but involved at least one of the president's communications with a foreign leader.  —  WASHINGTON — A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Of course I did’: Giuliani acknowledges asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Annual complaints to intel watchdog hotline have more than doubled since Trump took office
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Root and Washington Post
CNN:
White House also involved in advising DNI not to share whistleblower complaint
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Schiff threatens to sue over secret whistleblower complaint
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump Lawyers Argue He Cannot Be Criminally Investigated  —  The president's legal team is trying to block a subpoena seeking his tax returns, claiming that any criminal investigation of Mr. Trump is unconstitutional.  —  Lawyers for President Trump argued in a lawsuit filed on Thursday …
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John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump's tax returns  —  A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California's first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot …
Associated Press:
The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback
Discussion: Townhall
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Brief History of the Warren Presidency  —  A look back at American politics from the year 2050.  —  A crisis of legitimacy swept across American politics in the second decade of the 21st century.  Many people had the general conviction that the old order was corrupt and incompetent.
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Associated Press:
Buttigieg calls Warren ‘extremely evasive’ on health taxes
Discussion: Breitbart
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Fox News, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Washington Post:
HUD Secretary Ben Carson makes dismissive comments about transgender people, angering agency staff  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to infiltrate women's homeless shelters during an internal meeting, according to three people present …
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Black Leaders Condemn Attacks by Sanders Supporters Amid Fallout From WFP's Warren Endorsement  —  In a draft letter obtained by Splinter on Thursday, dozens of prominent black progressive leaders condemned the “hateful, violent, and racist threats” they said have been leveled by “self-identified …
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Sam Adler-Bell / The Outline:
Here's why an endorsement of Elizabeth Warren drove leftists mad
Discussion: Daily Kos
Medium:
2020 and the Party We're Building Together
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Federalist
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Birds Are Vanishing From North America  —  The number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century, scientists find.  —  The skies are emptying out.  —  The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970 …
Associated Press:
Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market  —  WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15.  —  Colt's chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production …
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Trump appointee Darrell Issa's confirmation hearing held up because he couldn't pass the background check: report  —  Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was once the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, but as of Thursday, he's no longer being considered for a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
Discussion: Roll Call and New Jersey Globe
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Alex Rogers / CNN:   Senate panel postpones Darrell Issa confirmation hearing over FBI file questions
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Menendez stalls Issa nomination over fake ID flap from youth
Discussion: Politico
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Used ‘Misinformation’ to Persuade Trump, Says Tillerson  —  U.S. President Donald Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, spoke at Harvard on Tuesday during a 90-minute panel interview with Harvard professors  —  >> Election results are in.  Subscribe now - save 30%
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Harvard University Gazette:
Rex Tillerson details his frustrations on Iran, Israel, Russia, and his revamp of the State Department  —  Rex Tillerson had seen and learned much in his 41-year career at ExxonMobil Corp., and some of it proved useful in his 13 months as U.S. secretary of state.
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies  —  WASHINGTON — The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students …
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Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris's big blunder  —  Sen. Kamala Harris started this year with a smooth rollout that had many insiders predicting she was the likeliest Democratic nominee in 2020.  Now, as the fall campaign season kicks off, she finds herself well out of the top tier of candidates, struggling just to stay relevant.
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Scott Shafer / KQED:   KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
McConnell changes position and backs $250 million for election security  —  Democrats said the Senate majority leader had finally caved into their pressure to safeguard the voting system.  —  WASHINGTON — In a surprise development, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Senate Democrats release list of climate studies buried by Trump administration
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
For Trump, a Time of Indecision  —  WASHINGTON — Speaking to a Fox News reporter near the Mexican border on Wednesday, President Trump seemed taken aback when asked if the White House were preparing to roll out gun control proposals the next day, a timeline administration officials had suggested was likely.
Washington Post:
Trump officials considering plan to divert billions of dollars in additional funds for border barrier  —  Senior Trump administration officials are considering a plan to again divert billions of dollars in military funding to pay for border barrier construction next year …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Reuters:
U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan  —  JALALABAD/ KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday.
Miami Herald:
U.S. Marine unit wants to hold annual ball at presidential venue: Trump's Mar-a-Lago club  —  At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold …
Discussion: Raw Story
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
A Reporter From Hell  —  The title of the talk was “The War in Syria Is Not Over,” but it was more like Nir Rosen's valedictory address.  For roughly 20 minutes, the gonzo war-journalist-turned-mysterious- diplomatic-operator—who counts top advisers to both former U.S. President Barack Obama …
globalnews.ca:
Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup  —  Watch: Global News has obtained video showing Justin Trudeau in blackface.  —  Global News has obtained video showing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface, the third instance of racist dress to come to light in 12 hours.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
White House abruptly cancels meeting with vaping advocates  —  The White House abruptly organized — and then quickly canceled — a meeting Thursday with frustrated conservative policy leaders, to try to tamp down anger about a sweeping vaping ban that's inflamed the Trump administration's traditional allies …
Manu Raju / CNN:
House Judiciary Committee weighs holding Lewandowski in contempt  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to take initial steps to potentially hold former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt over his refusal to answer questions at this week's hearing before the panel, multiple sources tell CNN.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What's the Environmental Crisis?  —  Liberals think that an increase of a few ppm in a trace gas like carbon dioxide is an environmental crisis, even though it has no apparent effect on the environment.  (Don't get me started on “extreme weather events.")  On the other hand …
Discussion: Slate and Shareblue Media
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Zuckerberg meets with Trump, Republican senators  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, the latest sign of the tech mogul's personal outreach amid mounting scrutiny from Washington.  —  Despite the president's history of accusing Facebook …
 
 
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters are frustrated with government, nervous about economy
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
The Man Who Made Trump a Monster: Inside 'Where's My Roy Cohn?'
Discussion: Politico and New Republic
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ady Barkan Won't Let Dying Stop His Activism
Discussion: Common Dreams
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Push to Speed Up Green Card Backlog Stalls
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eileen Reslen / Page Six:
Omarosa visits Michael Cohen in prison, has taken on role of ‘personal adviser’: source
 Earlier Items: 
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
DHS formally backs off plans to deport sick immigrant children
CNN:
Marianne Williamson entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories in 2012 interview
Discussion: Mediaite
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More voters are registering than dying — but differences by state could shape 2020
Bloomberg:
Trump's $28 Billion Bet That Rural America Will Stick With Him
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
‘We were wrong’: Koch network to change strategy against Trump's trade war after ad campaign falls short
Discussion: Axios
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden flexes muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements
Discussion: The Root
Saphora Smith / NBC News:
After falling short in Israel's election, Netanyahu set to confront his legal fate
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds.