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3:25 PM ET, September 19, 2019

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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 …
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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  —  (CNN)The White House and the Justice Department have advised the nation's top intelligence agency that the controversial complaint is outside intelligence activities as covered by laws governing intelligence whistleblowers …
Discussion: The Week
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Schiff threatens to sue over secret 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
Toronto Star:
‘I should have known better’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface in 2001
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
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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 …
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%
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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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
The End of Saudi Arabia's Illusion
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
Discussion: spiked, Breitbart and Vanity Fair
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: Ilhan Omar accuses Trump of putting her life in danger after retweeting false claim
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Education Dept. Hunts for Anti-Israel Bias  —  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 after concluding …
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Collin Binkley / Associated Press:   UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say
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
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Only plausible candidate’: Never Trump Republicans plotting to back Biden
Discussion: RedState
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.
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.
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” …
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
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 …
Saphora Smith / NBC News:
After falling short in Israel's election, Netanyahu set to confront his legal fate  —  “In these 2019 elections of April and September, escaping court and possibly jail was Netanyahu's political raison d'etre,” one expert said.  —  As this week's election results and exit polls continue …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Wall Street Journal:
Netanyahu Calls for Unity Government After Election Deadlock
Discussion: Alternet.org and Progress Pond
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 …
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
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 …
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: Alternet.org and Raw Story
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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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Zelensky defends relationship with US after Trump accused of pushing Ukraine to meddle in 2020 election
Alex Rogers / CNN:
Senate panel postpones Darrell Issa confirmation hearing over FBI file questions
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Government to Scrutinize Contractors Who Claimed ‘Native American’ Ancestry Without Basis
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Republicans sound off against D.C. as too corrupt, financially insecure to be a state
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding
KCRW:
All kinds of privilege
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's War on Blue America
Discussion: New York Times, Engadget and Hullabaloo
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
It's tall, it's tough, it's too hot to touch: President Trump has just the wall for you
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Booker Clings to Positive Job Rating
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Women's March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military
Discussion: twitchy.com
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
Associated Press:
Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict
Discussion: KTLA
Washington Post:
He wanted nonpartisan federal solutions.  Now his Kavanaugh tip has thrust him into a partisan brawl.
New York Times:
San Francisco to Get Environmental Violation for Homelessness, Trump Says