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4:35 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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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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
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
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%
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
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John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:   Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Only plausible candidate’: Never Trump Republicans plotting to back Biden  —  Republicans opposed to President Trump are quietly preparing to support Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, backing that could materialize in the primary as he attempts to fend off a surging Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: RedState
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell warns Pelosi's drug-pricing plan is DOA
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Week, Earther and NPR
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
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
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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” …
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 and TheJournal.ie
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
UK sends mixed Brexit messages
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.
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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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Acting ICE chief defends agents, scolds lawmakers for political rhetoric
Wall Street Journal:
Vaping-Related Lung Ailments Rise to 530, Officials Say
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
Scott Shafer / KQED:
KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
Discussion: Political Wire
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
A Reporter From Hell
KCRW:
All kinds of privilege
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's War on Blue America
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Daniella Greenbaum Davis / Spectator USA:
Do Jewish lives matter to Bill de Blasio?
Discussion: National Review
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: Expanding the Map
Discussion: Florida Politics
Associated Press:
Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict
Discussion: KTLA
Nancy Cook / Politico:
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story