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New York Times:
Whistle-Blower's Complaint Is Said to Involve Multiple Acts by Trump  —  The complaint goes beyond a commitment that President Trump was said to have made to a world leader.  —  WASHINGTON — A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community …
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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 …
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.
CNN:
White House also involved in advising DNI not to share whistleblower complaint
Discussion: The Week
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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
David K. Li / NBC News:   Colt will stop making AR-15s for civilian sale, says there's already plenty on market
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris's big blunder  —  Sen. Kamala Harris started this year with a smooth rollout that had many insiders predicting she was the likeliest Democratic nominee in 2020.  Now, as the fall campaign season kicks off, she finds herself well out of the top tier of candidates, struggling just to stay relevant.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Only plausible candidate’: Never Trump Republicans plotting to back Biden
Discussion: RedState
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Scott Shafer / KQED:
KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
Discussion: Political Wire
Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors
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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BBC:   Trudeau can't remember how often he wore blackface
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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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
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Alex Rogers / CNN:   Senate panel postpones Darrell Issa confirmation hearing over FBI file questions
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Trump appointee Darrell Issa's confirmation hearing held up because he couldn't pass the background check: report
Discussion: Roll Call
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Political Wire
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Associated Press:   Trump gets victory in bid to block California tax return law
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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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump is the smear artist — not the New York Times
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns  —  Vance's office is probing hush money payments made to women who have alleged affairs with the president.  —  Trump legal team sues in response to subpoenas for his tax returns  —  President Donald Trump filed …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
The End of Saudi Arabia's Illusion  —  Time to face reality: The United States doesn't want to go to war with Iran to protect its Arab allies.  —  Mr. Worth is the author of “A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS.”  —  The missiles that struck last weekend …
Discussion: Slate, The Week and Hullabaloo
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John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:   Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Exclusive: Zarif threatens ‘all-out war’ in case of military strike on Iran
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 …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden flexes muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements  —  A consistent but uneasy front-runner in Democrats' 2020 presidential primary scramble, Joe Biden is flexing his muscle with new endorsements from three congressmen: two former chairmen of the Congressional Black Caucus and a former Florida governor.
Discussion: 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 …
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lucy McBath passes on Johnny Isakson's Senate seat  —  Freshman Congresswoman Lucy McBath ruled out a bid for U.S. Senate on Thursday, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she's focused on winning a second term in one of the country's most competitive House districts.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. won't answer whether grand jury turned down indictment of McCabe, his lawyers say
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
Gracy Olmstead / New York Times:
Don't Let Climate Change Stop You From Becoming a Parent
U.S. Department of Justice:
New Jersey Man Indicted for Terrorist Activities on Behalf of Hizballah's Islamic Jihad Organization
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Vaping-Related Lung Ailments Rise to 530, Officials Say
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
Saphora Smith / NBC News:
After falling short in Israel's election, Netanyahu set to confront his legal fate
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Parsons / Sky News:
Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘We can have a deal’ and ‘Brexit will happen’
Discussion: TheJournal.ie and Politico
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
A Reporter From Hell
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's War on Blue America
Discussion: Vox, Financial Times and Hullabaloo
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
GOP group slams Mike Pence for ‘who cares?’ comment in response to Trump business conflicts
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Week
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: Expanding the Map
Discussion: Florida Politics
Nancy Cook / Politico:
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story