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7:20 PM ET, September 19, 2019

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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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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Trump appointee Darrell Issa's confirmation hearing held up because he couldn't pass the background check: report  —  Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was once the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, but as of Thursday, he's no longer being considered for a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
Discussion: Roll Call
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
Associated Press:
Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market  —  WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15.  —  Colt's chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production …
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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
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: Fox News, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Scott Shafer / KQED:   KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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Associated Press:   Trump gets victory in bid to block California tax return law
CNBC:
Trump sues Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and accounting firm Mazars over attempt to get tax returns
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns
Discussion: CNN, The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
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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Harvard University Gazette:
Rex Tillerson details his frustrations on Iran, Israel, Russia, and his revamp of the State Department  —  Rex Tillerson had seen and learned much in his 41-year career at ExxonMobil Corp., and some of it proved useful in his 13 months as U.S. secretary of state.
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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Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
McConnell changes position and backs $250 million for election security
Discussion: Washington Post
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Senate Democrats release list of climate studies buried by Trump administration
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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 …
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate eyes e-cigarette crackdown
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Alex Rogers / CNN:
Senate panel postpones Darrell Issa confirmation hearing over FBI file questions  —  Washington (CNN) — A year after President Donald Trump picked former California Rep. Darrell Issa to run the US Trade and Development Agency, a Senate hearing to consider the nomination was postponed over how to handle questions raised in his FBI file.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Menendez stalls Issa nomination over fake ID flap from youth
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack  — A new Insider poll found just 13% of respondents would back the US military joining or supporting Saudi Arabia in a conflict following an attack on two major Saudi oil facilities.
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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
CNN:
Marianne Williamson entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories in 2012 interview  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson once entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories on a radio show hosted by a prominent “truther” who claimed that the World Trade Center attacks were orchestrated by a “Zionist organized crime outfit.”
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
DHS formally backs off plans to deport sick immigrant children  —  After backlash from Congress and the public, the administration says it will resume consideration of deportations on a “case-by-case” basis.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration formally backed away from plans …
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More voters are registering than dying — but differences by state could shape 2020
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Zuckerberg gets chilly reception in day of meetings in Congress
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘O Reports’: State Department Provides First Glimpse At Christopher Steele's Pre-Dossier Intel Reports
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
Wall Street Journal:
Vaping-Related Lung Ailments Rise to 530, Officials Say
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Saphora Smith / NBC News:
After falling short in Israel's election, Netanyahu set to confront his legal fate
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Pence taps former DHS press aide as new press secretary