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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
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
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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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
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Whip Hand
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.
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
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” …
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
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.
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: NBC News and Daily Wire
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 …
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
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.
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
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, 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.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Booker Clings to Positive Job Rating  —  Trails top tier 2020 presidential candidates among home state Dems  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Sen. Cory Booker's home state job rating has taken a hit since he launched his campaign for president, but remains in net positive territory.
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
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 …
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.
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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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
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The Guardian:
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The Boston Globe:
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