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Washington Post:
Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter  —  A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off …
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Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Official: Trump is Looking for 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As whistleblower scandal deepens, Trump bets on the coverup working  —  President Trump and his minions went to great lengths in 2016 to coordinate with a foreign power's interference in our election on his behalf.  Then Trump engaged in extensive corruption and lawlessness to try to prevent it from coming to light.
New York Times:
‘Urgent Concern’ About the President  —  A whistle-blower's report has alarmed the intelligence agencies' watchdog.  Why won't the administration share it with Congress?  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
How Long Will Republicans Tolerate Trump's Lawlessness?  —  There's only so much Democrats can do about the president's increasingly bold misconduct.  —  I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question.  But the truth is, it's largely irrelevant.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Ukraine being the focus of Trump's whistleblower complaint is particularly ominous  —  As of Wednesday night, everyone was speculating about which foreign country President Trump might have made a “promise” to — a commitment that prompted a U.S. intelligence community whistleblower to lodge a mysterious complaint.
Associated Press:   Trump defends himself against whistleblower complaint
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Hannity: ‘I Was Happy’ That Whistleblower Complaint Is About Ukraine
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: How Trump has handcuffed Washington
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump downplays whistleblower claims in Oval Office
Discussion: Political Wire and KTLA
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Giuliani admits to asking Ukraine about Joe Biden after denying it 30 seconds earlier
Mayor Bill de Blasio / NBC News:
Why I'm ending my 2020 presidential campaign — and what I promise to do next  —  My presidential campaign may be over, but I am going to keep fighting for working people — and ensuring that New York City remains the vanguard of progressivism.  —  There is a framed picture hanging …
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 bid
Discussion: WTVR-TV, CNBC and Florida Politics
Zach Montellaro / Politico:   DNC set to squeeze Dem debate stage again
Brooklyn Eagle:   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid
New York Post:
Bill de Blasio finally pulls the plug on his sputtering presidential bid
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
De Blasio Quits Presidential Race; Trump Gloats
Discussion: Althouse
Alexandra Svokos / ABC News:
Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential campaign
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Kavanaugh and the Crisis of Legitimacy  —  It is impossible to separate the latest attack on Justice Brett Kavanaugh from the political strategy of the Democratic Party.  On September 16, two days after the New York Times “Sunday Review” section told of another allegation …
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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
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   NYT reporters haven't kept their story straight about Brett Kavanaugh asking them to lie
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Washington Blade
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 …
NBC News:
Trump admin ignored its own evidence of climate change's impact on migration from Central America  —  An internal report obtained by NBC News showed migration surged from those areas where climate change is hurting crops and farmers.  —  GUATEMALA CITY — Research compiled one year ago …
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:   Trump administration ignored internal report on climate change and migration
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll to be released Saturday, will show how presidential candidates are faring in first-in-the-nation caucus state  —  Results of a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll on Democratic presidential candidates will be released online at 7 p.m. CST Saturday.
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Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris's Iowa Strategy Is Well-Worn—and Risky
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Kushner to attend Saudi economic conference hosted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  —  Jared Kushner is expected to visit Saudi Arabia next month for an economic conference, one year after a slew of businesses and political figures boycotted the event following the grisly killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Twitter suspends account of former top Saudi aide implicated in Khashoggi killing
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw Tries to Hide in Elevator While Confronted by Combat Veterans Over His Support for Trump: ‘Do Your Duty’  —  Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw unsuccessfully tried to lose two combat veterans by ducking into a private elevator as they confronted him about his support …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
How Trump's Florida ‘field general’ got kneecapped  —  In the homestretch of the 2018 campaign for Florida governor, Donald Trump walked into the hold room before a big rally, looked GOP nominee Ron DeSantis in the eye and pointed to a nearby political operative.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Trump: My Crimes Can't Be Investigated While I'm President  —  The president's latest attempt to keep his tax returns hidden is a novel one.  —  As you may or may not have heard, Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns while running for president, claiming, falsely …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, VICE, Fox News and Bloomberg
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Washington Post:
HUD Secretary Ben Carson makes dismissive comments about transgender people, angering agency staff  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to infiltrate women's homeless shelters during an internal meeting, according to three people present …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats target over 26,000 local races to unseat Republicans  —  Contest Every Race, a new coalition of Democratic groups, is launching a seven-figure campaign to challenge Republican incumbents in 26,849 down-ballot local races, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: 2020 is more than just the presidential election.
New York Times:
For Trump, a Time of Indecision  —  WASHINGTON — Speaking to a Fox News reporter near the Mexican border on Wednesday, President Trump seemed taken aback when asked if the White House were preparing to roll out gun control proposals the next day, a timeline administration officials had suggested was likely.
Discussion: Accuracy in Media and Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“It Won't End Well”: Trump and His Obscure New National-Security Chief  —  Flattery will get you everywhere with Donald Trump.  The President demonstrated this powerfully on Wednesday, when he named the State Department's little-known hostage negotiator, Robert O'Brien …
 
 
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