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1:55 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Whistleblower Complaint Involves Trump Communication With Foreign Leader
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.
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%
Discussion: Political Wire and Jewish Insider
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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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 …
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Washington Post:   He wanted nonpartisan federal solutions.  Now his Kavanaugh tip has thrust him into a partisan brawl.
CNN:
Trump sues to try to stop tax returns from being sent to NY prosecutor  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is suing his long-time accounting firm Mazars USA and New York district attorney Cyrus Vance to attempt to stop his accounting records from being sent to the local prosecutor.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns
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” …
KCRW:
All kinds of privilege  —  Listen 34 min MORE  —  The White House claims top advisers have absolute immunity from testifying to Congress about their interactions with the president.  Is there any legal basis for that?  And does either side of the argument want a court to weigh in on this?
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Pelosi's new drug plan pressures Trump on campaign pledge
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: Florida Politics
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
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Once A ‘Rocket Ship,’ National Security Council Now Avoided By Government Pros
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Why the 2020 Democratic race is still a mystery
Laura Widener / American Military News:
Colt is ending production of AR-15s  —  Colt Firearms will be ending its production and sales of its AR-15 rifles due to lack of public demand amid excess market capacity.  —  Get the most beautiful D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative Coin on the market, here
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Breitbart
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: Shareblue Media and The Week
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
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 …
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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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's War on Blue America  —  Across a growing number of issues, from immigration to taxes to health care, President Donald Trump is harnessing federal power to constrain—and even punish—the blue states outside of his political coalition.  —  One recent move escalated that offensive …
Discussion: New York Times, Engadget and Hullabaloo
Dan Freedman / Albany Times Union:
Schumer brushes aside O'Rourke remark on gun seizures  —  WASHINGTON - In the Democratic candidate debate last week, longshot contender Beto O'Rourke declared that, if elected, “hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”  —  The remark, a passionate summation of his views …
Discussion: Politico, Townhall, Bearing Arms, Axios, CNN and IJR
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke calls for federal legalization of marijuana, government stipends for ex-offenders
Discussion: The Crime Report, Politico and Axios
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Zachary Evans / National Review:
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The Guardian:
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Ridiculous Campaign Against Vaping
The Boston Globe:
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