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8:15 PM ET, September 20, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defends Conversation With Ukraine Leader  —  U.S. president didn't mention foreign aid on July call with Volodymyr Zelensky  —  President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden 's son …
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Washington Post:
Trump pressed Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden's son, according to people familiar with the matter  —  President Trump pressed the leader of Ukraine to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden in a call between the two leaders that is at the center of an extraordinary …
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Official: Trump Wants Dirt ‘To Discredit Biden’  —  Ukraine officials see no indication Biden or his son broke their laws.  If Trump wants them investigated in Kyiv, his government will need to say why and what for.  —  KYIV—Ukraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Biden's son Hunter …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Ukraine Scandal Is Hiding in Plain Sight  —  Appearing last night on CNN, Rudy Giuliani created a furor by openly confessing that he had pressured Ukraine's government to investigate Joe Biden.  The apparent revelation was enhanced by Giuliani initially denying the charge before conceding it.
Washington Post:
How Trump and Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals  —  When President Trump spoke on the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in late July, the Ukrainians had a lot at stake.  They were waiting on millions in stalled military aid from the United States …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
How Long Will Republicans Tolerate Trump's Lawlessness?
Washington Post:
What did Trump tell Ukraine's president?
Discussion: Axios, Slate and RedState
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How Trump has handcuffed Washington
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Susan Davis / NPR:
Pelosi Says Congress Should Pass New Laws So Sitting Presidents Can Be Indicted  —  In an exclusive interview with NPR, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has not changed her mind on pursuing impeachment but she is ready to change the law to restrain presidential power and to make it clear …
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Whistleblower Complaint  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after reports of a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the Intelligence Community, which is being withheld from Congress in violation of federal law:
Washington Post:
Republicans echo Trump in suggesting whistleblower complaint is politically motivated  —  Republicans responded with a collective shrug to explosive news that an intelligence official had lodged a complaint with the inspector general about President Trump's communications with a foreign leader …
Discussion: Raw Story
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The U.S. has no rules for when the president is a national security threat
The Hill:   Pelosi urges Trump administration to release whistleblower complaint
J.K. Trotter / INSIDER:
Why did Jeffrey Epstein's private jet fly to Riyadh on the eve of the 2016 election?  — Insider previously reported that Jeffrey Epstein's private jet flew from Paris to somewhere over the Arabian Peninsula on November 7, 2016.  The jet returned to Paris 48 hours later.
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Joe Anuta / Politico:
FEC finds fault with de Blasio's campaign finances  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign is over, but concerns over his fundraising practices linger on.  —  An official with the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the mayor's presidential campaign, which ended Friday …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 bid
Mayor Bill de Blasio / NBC News:
Why I'm ending my 2020 presidential campaign — and what I promise to do next
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US, El Salvador to sign asylum deal  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America's most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to a senior Trump administration official.
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Young Black Voters to Their Biden-Supporting Parents: ‘Is This Your King?’  —  An organic effort by black millennials and Gen Z-ers to influence older family members against Mr. Biden may be important in the Democratic primary.  —  HOUSTON — A groan erupted at a debate watch party …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis said Republicans have ‘dual loyalties’ to Israel, ‘Jewish lobby’ controls the party  —  GOP rep. defends prior comments on ‘slut’ women  —  (CNN)Jason Lewis, a Republican running for US Senate in Minnesota, once said Republicans had “dual loyalties” to Israel …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list.
New York Times:
Why Republicans Play Dirty  —  They fear that if they stick to the rules, they will lose everything.  Their behavior is a threat to democratic stability.  —  Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Ziblatt are political scientists and the authors of “How Democracies Die.”  —  The greatest threat …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa Dems pitch out-of-state caucuses  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa Democrats could hold some of their 2020 primary caucuses outside of the state — perhaps as far away as Arizona and Florida — to accommodate “snow birds” or college students who are Iowa residents.
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Des Moines Register:   New Iowa Poll to be released Saturday, will show how presidential candidates are faring …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Why They'll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh  —  The continuing assault reflects both a fixation and an effort to deprive the court of its legitimacy.  —  Here are the reasons, in no certain order, that the accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh will never stop and his foes on the progressive left never let up.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Kavanaugh and the Crisis of Legitimacy
Discussion: The Bulwark
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
Two U.S. Swing States Lost the Most Factory Jobs in Past Year  — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin payrolls fall amid gains elsewhere  — The states' voters are key for 2020 election as race heats up  —  As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Democratic candidates may want to look …
Discussion: Democrats
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Scientology policy enabled years of child sexual abuse, lawsuit says  —  In the third lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, in three months, a 25-year-old woman alleges she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child in Scientology's care …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Prosecutors say an alleged member of a white-supremacist group was involved with illegal guns, drugs  —  In a secret chat last November, according to court filings, two associates of a violent white supremacist group discussed whether drug use was in line with their political beliefs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Topless women win big as Colorado city drops ban  —  Officials in Fort Collins decided it's not worth the money to fight for its ordinance banning women from appearing topless in public.  —  Fort Collins, Colorado has decided it's not worth the money to fight for its ordinance banning women from appearing topless in public.
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw Tries to Hide in Elevator While Confronted by Combat Veterans Over His Support …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
How Trump's Florida ‘field general’ got kneecapped
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NBC News:
Trump admin ignored its own evidence of climate change's impact on migration from Central America
Discussion: Axios