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4:35 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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The U.S. has no rules for when the president is a national security threat
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, The Daily Beast and The Week
Washington Post:
What did Trump tell Ukraine's president?
Discussion: FORENSIC NEWS, VICE and Law & Crime
Associated Press:   Trump defends himself against whistleblower complaint
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How Trump has handcuffed Washington
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump downplays whistleblower claims in Oval Office
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The president vs. the whistleblower
Discussion: CNN and Wall Street Journal
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: CNBC, The Daily Caller and Politico
Brooklyn Eagle:   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid
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: Fox News, Slate and Washington Blade
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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Washington Post:
Kushner to attend Saudi economic conference hosted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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 …
Discussion: The Bulwark
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   NYT reporters haven't kept their story straight about Brett Kavanaugh asking them to lie
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Why They'll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he could end Afghanistan war quickly but ‘tens of millions’ of people would die  —  President Trump said Friday that the United States could end the nearly 19-year war in Afghanistan “very quickly” if he chose to do so but that it would involve killing “tens of millions” of people.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ime Archibong / Facebook:
An Update on Our App Developer Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update on our ongoing App Developer Investigation, which we began in March of 2018 as part of our response to the episode involving Cambridge Analytica.  —  We promised then that we would review all of the apps …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
Charlie Rose Faces New Harassment Allegations From Makeup Artist  —  A longtime makeup artist for Charlie Rose, who worked with the talk-show host for 22 years on his eponymous PBS show, is suing him and Bloomberg LP, describing “a toxic work environment suffused with sexual harassment and gender-based abuse”.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Leftists, liberals, and neoliberals share a problem: Congress  —  Congress, not neoliberalism, hamstrung Obama's presidency.  —  What are we talking about when we talk about neoliberalism?  —  In its simplest form, neoliberalism refers to a general preference for market mechanisms over state interventions.
Discussion: Washington Post and Splinter
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 and Political Wire
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has just one plan  —  Elizabeth Warren's quiet ruthlessness could reshape the Democratic Party from the inside out.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  A detailed look at Warren's successes and failures at the start of the CFPB — and what they tell us about how she might govern.
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Frederick Douglass photos smashed stereotypes.  Could Elizabeth Warren selfies do the same?  —  They look nothing alike.  —  Frederick Douglass — a black man campaigning for the abolition of slavery in the 1840s — appears alone in almost every photograph, staring down the camera in isolated, thoughtful splendor.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
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Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic:
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Business Insider:
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John Harwood / CNBC:
Economic divide in the US is becoming as stark as its politics
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Kamala Harris to Campaign with Labor Leader Fresh Out of Jail
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
How Trump's Florida ‘field general’ got kneecapped
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NBC News:
Pentagon is last holdout as Stephen Miller tries to slash number of refugees allowed in U.S.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats target over 26,000 local races to unseat Republicans
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“It Won't End Well”: Trump and His Obscure New National-Security Chief