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9:30 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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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump's communications with a foreign leader sparked whistleblower complaint  —  Washington (CNN)A communication between President Donald Trump and a world leader prompted a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of a dispute between the director of national intelligence and Congress, a source familiar with the case told CNN.
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 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
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 …
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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
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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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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Why the 2020 Democratic race is still a mystery
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and CNN
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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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Ridiculous Campaign Against Vaping
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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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
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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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
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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Manchin: 'Beto O'Rourke's Not Taking My Guns Away From Me'  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) on Wednesday said presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke “is not taking my guns away from me.”  —  O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, Texas, has made gun confiscation part of his presidential platform …
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.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
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