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8:45 PM ET, September 19, 2019

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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 …
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
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Schiff threatens to sue over secret whistleblower complaint
CNN:
White House also involved in advising DNI not to share whistleblower complaint
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Only plausible candidate’: Never Trump Republicans plotting to back Biden
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Fox News
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Fox News, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Scott Shafer / KQED:   KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
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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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 …
Discussion: Alternet.org, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out Thursday in support of providing states with an additional $250 million in election security funding, an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of opposition by the Kentucky Republican on the issue.
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
McConnell changes position and backs $250 million for election security
Discussion: Washington Post
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Senate Democrats release list of climate studies buried by Trump administration
Discussion: Axios
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Feds Hunt Anti-Israel Bias in Higher Education  —  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 …
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Collin Binkley / Associated Press:   UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say
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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Medium:
2020 and the Party We're Building Together
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Federalist
Sam Adler-Bell / The Outline:
Here's why an endorsement of Elizabeth Warren drove leftists mad
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:   Trump gets victory in bid to block California tax return law
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.
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.
Alex Rogers / CNN:
Senate panel postpones Darrell Issa confirmation hearing over FBI file questions  —  Washington (CNN) — A year after President Donald Trump picked former California Rep. Darrell Issa to run the US Trade and Development Agency, a Senate hearing to consider the nomination was postponed over how to handle questions raised in his FBI file.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Menendez stalls Issa nomination over fake ID flap from youth
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Associated Press:
The Latest: Top Iranian officials get US visas for UN event  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):  —  Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
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Carla Herreria / U.S. Political News …:
NY Times Reporters Say Kavanaugh Asked Them Lie In Exchange For An Interview  —  Reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said that Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed to speak to them as long as they publicly said he declined the interview.  —  New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided.  They Live in Different Worlds. … America's political polarization is almost complete.  Its two main political parties increasingly represent two different economies.  And they barely overlap.  —  Democrats can be found in educated cities …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Marianne Williamson entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories in 2012 interview  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson once entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories on a radio show hosted by a prominent “truther” who claimed that the World Trade Center attacks were orchestrated by a “Zionist organized crime outfit.”
Discussion: Mediaite
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
DHS formally backs off plans to deport sick immigrant children  —  After backlash from Congress and the public, the administration says it will resume consideration of deportations on a “case-by-case” basis.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration formally backed away from plans …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Zuckerberg meets with Trump, Republican senators  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington, according to a person familiar with the meeting, the latest sign of the tech mogul's personal outreach amid mounting scrutiny from Congress and regulators.
 
 
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Omarosa visits Michael Cohen in prison, has taken on role of ‘personal adviser’: source
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‘O Reports’: State Department Provides First Glimpse At Christopher Steele's Pre-Dossier Intel Reports
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lucy McBath passes on Johnny Isakson's Senate seat
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden flexes muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements
Saphora Smith / NBC News:
After falling short in Israel's election, Netanyahu set to confront his legal fate
Discussion: Breitbart
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: Expanding the Map
Discussion: Florida Politics
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence taps former DHS press aide as new press secretary
Nancy Cook / Politico:
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story