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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.
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Trump denies report that ‘promise’ he made to foreign leader prompted whistleblower complaint  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday reacted to a Washington Post story that a “promise” he made to a foreign leader had caused a whistleblower in the intelligence community to make a formal complaint, calling it “Presidential Harassment!”
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Schiff threatens to sue Trump administration over whistleblower complaint
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.
Toronto Star:
‘I should have known better’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface in 2001
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%
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.
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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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” …
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Only plausible candidate’: Never Trump Republicans plotting to back Biden
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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.
Adam Parsons / Sky News:
Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘We can have a deal’ and ‘Brexit will happen’  —  The European Commission President said a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” and he was doing “everything to get a deal”.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told Sky News that “we can have a deal” on Brexit.
Discussion: Politico
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
UK sends mixed Brexit messages
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
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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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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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 …
Scott Shafer / KQED:
KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack  —  California Sen. Kamala Harris has slipped to fourth place among likely Democratic voters in her home state, according to a new poll commissioned by KQED — the first survey of likely California primary voters taken since …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Republicans sound off against D.C. as too corrupt, financially insecure to be a state  —  Republicans kicked off a House committee hearing on D.C. statehood Thursday by calling the District too corrupt and financially dependent on the federal government to be the 51st state.
 
 
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Zachary Evans / National Review:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Alternet.org and Progress Pond
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