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9:45 AM ET, September 19, 2019

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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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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump communication reportedly at center of whistleblower complaint  —  The complaint the administration is withholding from Congress was filed by an intelligence officer after a phone call the president had, according to a former official.  —  A whistleblower complaint by an intelligence officer …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and The Week
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
CNN Analyst Condemns Whistleblower Complaint: Intel Community Should Not ‘Snitch’ on Trump to Congress
TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School  —  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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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.
Toronto Star:
‘I should have known better’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface in 2001
Discussion: Washington Post
Nancy Cook / Politico:
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted  —  The China trade war, talks with the Taliban, the response to Iran after Saudi attacks, gun control, new tax legislation and a long list of other policy issues are up in the air and awaiting decisions from President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Associated Press:
Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A president with few ideological constants, Donald Trump has consistently been leery of getting entangled in overseas military engagements.  It's a stance shaped by his belief that wars in places like Vietnam …
Discussion: KTLA
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Once A ‘Rocket Ship,’ National Security Council Now Avoided By Government Pros
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Exclusive: Zarif threatens ‘all-out war’ in case of military strike on Iran  —  Tehran, Iran (CNN)Iran's foreign minister has raised the specter of “all-out war” in the event of US or Saudi military strikes and that Saudi Arabia would have to fight “to the last American soldier.”
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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.
Wall Street Journal:   Iran's Whip Hand
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.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden at new low in Democratic primary race
Tim Reid / Reuters:
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Buttigieg unveils health plan
Discussion: Vox and Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Why the 2020 Democratic race is still a mystery
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 …
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Washington Post:
Election setback has Netanyahu now seeking to share power in a unity government  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeing his chances of outright victory slipping as the final votes from this week's election were counted, called Thursday for a power-sharing agreement …
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Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Calls for Unity Government After Election Deadlock
Discussion: Alternet.org and Progress Pond
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
‘Our relations are with Israel’: Trump appears to give embattled Netanyahu the cold shoulder
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:   Israelis contend with prospect of third poll days after vote
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Final Lesson Donald Trump Never Learned from Roy Cohn  —  One of Donald Trump's most important mentors, one of the most reviled men in American political history, is about to have another moment.  —  Roy Cohn, who has been described by people who knew him as “a snake,” “a scoundrel” …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke calls for federal legalization of marijuana, government stipends for ex-offenders  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke unveiled his plan Thursday for federal legalization of marijuana, which includes a tax on the industry to fund a monthly stipend to repay people …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Eric Bradner / CNN:   O'Rourke unveils plan to legalize marijuana — the issue that launched his political career
Alexi McCammond / Axios:   Beto O'Rourke's plan to turn voters into gun safety activists
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: Ilhan Omar accuses Trump of putting her life in danger after retweeting false claim  —  Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar accused President Trump of spreading “lies that put my life” in jeopardy after he retweeted a false claim about her on Wednesday.  —  Conservative pundit Terrence K …
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence taps former DHS press aide as new press secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired Katie Waldman to be his new press secretary, NBC News has learned.  —  Waldman, who is currently communications director for Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., previously served …
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 …
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Interior Dept Transfers 500 Acres Of Public Land To Pentagon For Border Wall  —  The Interior Department is transferring about 500 acres of public land to the Pentagon in order to construct about 70 miles of President Trump's border wall, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Wall Street Journal:   More Than 500 Acres of Public Land to Be Used for Border Wall Construction
Philip Wegmann / 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: Hot Air, Politico and Shareblue Media
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Plane Sabotage May Have Ties to Terrorists, U.S. Says  —  A judge denied bail to the employee, who the authorities said told federal agents he had tampered with the plane because he was upset about an impasse over a union contract.
Discussion: The Crime Report
Chrissy Stroop / The Forward:
Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals.  They Believe Awful Things About Jews  —  I have a pastor uncle who brought a shofar back from an “end times” trip to Israel.  It's a type of religious tourism popular among America's white evangelicals.  Guided tours include not just …
 
 
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Reuters:
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The Guardian:
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CNN:
Obama says presidents shouldn't watch TV or read social media