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5:15 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: 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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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.
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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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris's big blunder
Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors
Scott Shafer / KQED:
KQED Poll: Harris Slips in California, as Warren, Sanders and Biden Lead the Pack
Discussion: Political Wire
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Slate, The Week and Hullabaloo
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John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:   Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Exclusive: Zarif threatens ‘all-out war’ in case of military strike on Iran
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
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 …
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Collin Binkley / Associated Press:   UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say
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
CNBC:
Trump sues Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and accounting firm Mazars over attempt to get tax returns
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
New Jersey Man Indicted for Terrorist Activities on Behalf of Hizballah's Islamic Jihad Organization
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Vaping-Related Lung Ailments Rise to 530, Officials Say
Discussion: VICE and Washington Post
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
Discussion: Vox, Financial Times and Hullabaloo
 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
Associated Press:
Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict
Discussion: KTLA