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11:40 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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New York Times:
Watchdog Refuses to Detail Whistle-Blower Complaint About Trump  —  The complaint, being discussed in a closed meeting with House lawmakers, addresses a commitment that President Trump was said to have made to a world leader.  —  WASHINGTON — The internal watchdog for American spy agencies …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Question Posed by Trump's Phone Call  —  On the 20th of July 1787, Gouverneur Morris rose inside the stiflingly hot Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, to explain why he had changed his mind and now favored including a power of impeachment in the constitutional text.
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
CNN Analyst Condemns Whistleblower Complaint: Intel Community Should Not ‘Snitch’ on Trump to Congress  —  “The president can say what he wants to Putin, he can say what he wants to Kim Jong Un!”  —  CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd expressed outrage Wednesday night over a report …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Week
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 …
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.
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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.
Toronto Star:
‘I should have known better’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface in 2001
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
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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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Trump's National Security Aides to Meet on Possible Iran Options
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Slate
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Whip Hand
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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Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Pelosi's new drug plan pressures Trump on campaign pledge
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Pelosi releases her prescription drug plan
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and Politico
New York Times:
San Francisco to Get Environmental Violation for Homelessness, Trump Says  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Wednesday that his administration would issue a notice of environmental violation against the city of San Francisco because of what he described as its homelessness problem.
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Ridiculous Campaign Against Vaping
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: FiveThirtyEight and PJ Media Home
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Why the 2020 Democratic race is still a mystery
Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Calls for Unity Government After Election Deadlock  —  Benny Gantz vows to lead a broad coalition from across Israel's political spectrum  —  Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz declared victory Thursday in Israel's election and rebuffed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 's calls …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Progress Pond
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Washington Post:
Election setback has Netanyahu now seeking to share power in a unity government
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:   Israelis contend with prospect of third poll days after vote
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” …
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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Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: Expanding the Map  —  Trump is at least a small underdog in all the Clinton states, but trying to play offense is wise  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We don't really think President Trump can win New Mexico, where he campaigned earlier this week.
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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: The Crime Report, Politico and Axios
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Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Manchin: 'Beto O'Rourke's Not Taking My Guns Away From Me'
Dan Freedman / Albany Times Union:
Schumer brushes aside O'Rourke remark on gun seizures
Discussion: Townhall, Axios, CNN and Political Wire
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
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Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
GOP group slams Mike Pence for ‘who cares?’ comment in response to Trump business conflicts  —  The Trump family may have been all smiles after Donald Trump's surprising 2016 presidential win but it wasn't the same for the Pence family according to a new book.  Veuer's Susana Victoria Perez has more.
Discussion: The Week
Carla Herreria / U.S. Political News …:
NY Times Reporters Say Kavanaugh Asked Them To 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 …
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Washington Post:   He wanted nonpartisan federal solutions.  Now his Kavanaugh tip has thrust him into a partisan brawl.
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
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 …
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
DeVos to visit school that refuses to accommodate trans students  —  Anderson Cooper: That's an epic non-response  —  (CNN)Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will attend a roundtable on Thursday at a Pennsylvania Catholic school that subscribes to an anti-trans student policy.
Discussion: Townhall, twitchy.com and Daily Wire
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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:   Barr praised 2017 book that claims colleges unfairly went after male students accused of sexual assault
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren  —  The senator wants to go after Wall Street and supposedly inspires fear among its top brass.  But a few employees of major financial firms are excited to see her doing it.  —  Jhoana Ocampo has worked in finance for 14 years.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Used ‘Misinformation’ to Persuade Trump, Says Tillerson
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Emma Dumain / The State:
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Trump administration moves toward national fuel economy standard, prepares for legal battle with California
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Women's March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military
Tim Reid / Reuters:
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Discussion: Vox and Political Wire
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What's really undermining NATO? Europe's yearning for neutrality.
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky State Police take computer from Alison Lundergan Grimes' office amid inquiry
The Guardian:
Why is New York's most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi crown prince?
Chrissy Stroop / The Forward:
Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals. They Believe Awful Things About Jews
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
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