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1:05 PM ET, September 21, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump has done plenty to warrant impeachment.  But the Ukraine allegations are over the top.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  Neal Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, previously served as the acting solicitor general of the United States.
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Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
If This Isn't Impeachable, Nothing Is  —  The president of the United States reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against an American citizen who might challenge him for his office.  This is the single most important revelation in a scoop by The Wall Street Journal …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani  —  When I was a young journalist decades ago, training to cover Washington, one of my mentors offered sage advice: When it comes to U.S. intelligence and diplomacy, things often aren't what they first seem.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Behind the Whistle-Blower Case, a Long-Held Trump Grudge Toward Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON — For months this spring and summer, Ukraine's newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, tried to deflect pressure from President Trump and his allies to pursue investigations into former Vice President …
Washington Post:
How Trump and Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals
Washington Post:
Trump pressed Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden's son, according to people familiar with the matter
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Deny, divert, discredit: Trump turns to his scandal playbook once again
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Cory Booker memo: May not be in race ‘much longer’ if he can't raise millions in days  —  The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign manager warned the NJ senator won't stick around without a viable chance to win.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Cory Booker must raise nearly $2 million …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Booker campaign warns end is near without fundraising surge  —  Cory Booker's presidential campaign is betting it all on the next 10 days, signaling Saturday that it will cease to exist unless it can raise nearly $2 million by the end of the month.  —  “We have reached a critical moment …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Cory Booker / Medium:
Now or Never: Radical Transparency about the Next 10 Days of This Race
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Guardian
Steve Leblanc / Associated Press:
Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign  —  BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962.
Discussion: Axios
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Washington Post:
Massachusetts Rep. Kennedy announces Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Markey
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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Kel McClanahan / Just Security:
Intel Whistleblower Complaint Q&A Part 2: Constitutional Boogaloo  —  On Sept. 17, I did a deep dive into the legal issues raised by the Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint being withheld from the congressional intelligence committees by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and Lawfare
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can President Trump Be Held Accountable for the Whistle-Blower Complaint?
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
Crossfire Hurricane review: tale of Trump and the FBI is a gas gas gas  —  Josh Campbell worked for James Comey - his book is a must-read indictment of the ‘mob boss’ in the White House  —  Few people had better seats than Josh Campbell for the drama that has shaped the Trump presidency.
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Calls for Eliminating Americans' Medical Debt  —  On top of his “Medicare for all” proposal, Mr. Sanders's new plan would wipe out an estimated $81 billion in existing medical debt and ignore such debt in credit scores.  —  WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has long wanted to remake …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
When the Ideologues Come for the Kids  —  Like any religion, wokeness understands the need to convert children.  The old Jesuit motto (sometimes attributed to Voltaire) was, after all, “Give me the child for the first seven years and I will give you the man.”
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
William Saletan / Slate:
Democratic Candidates Are Misrepresenting Michael Brown's Death  —  Last week, in a Democratic presidential debate, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro read a list of black Americans killed by police violence.  Alongside Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
'When you are in, you can't get out.' Women describe how Jeffrey Epstein controlled them  —  For two decades, Jeffrey Epstein built a sex trafficking enterprise that reached across state borders and spanned the globe.  Using an almost bottomless quarry of wealth and connections …
Discussion: New York Post
Myron Ebell / Washington Examiner:
Environmental apocalypse predictions have failed for half a century  —  Climate change activism is warming up this week with climate strikes, a U.N. summit, plus extra media coverage.  Naturally, the apocalyptic rhetoric is warming up, too.  To take only two examples among many …
Rex Crum / Reuters:
Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for promoting political discord  —  San Francisco: Twitter has continued a crackdown on what it considers improper content by removing more than 10,000 accounts for spreading political misinformation and unrest.  —  Twitter said the accounts included …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020  —  She had a plan to take on big banks.  In the fight to get it done, she honed the approach to politics that defines her presidential campaign.  —  Elizabeth Warren did not want a goodbye party.
Washington Post:
U.S. to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia after attacks on oil facilities  —  President Trump has approved the deployment of additional U.S. troops and air defense assets to Saudi Arabia, in a muted military response to last week's attack on Saudi oil facilities.
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Pentagon will deploy US forces to the Middle East after attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities
Discussion: Al Arabiya and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Rare Protests Against Egypt's Leader Erupt in Cairo and Elsewhere
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Sheldon Whitehouse / USA Today:
On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse
Discussion: Alternet.org
Suparna Chaudhry / Washington Post:
India's prime minister will visit the U.S. next week.  What will he say about human rights in Kashmir?
Karen Zraick / New York Times:
Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country
Politico:
The Australian State Dinner, in photos
Discussion: Breitbart
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Judge orders Trump to answer questions under oath in protesters' case
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Drops to Lowest Level Since Shutdown
Discussion: Breitbart
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Prosecutors say an alleged member of a white-supremacist group was involved with illegal guns, drugs
Discussion: Raw Story
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Scientology policy enabled years of child sexual abuse, lawsuit says
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Leftists, liberals, and neoliberals share a problem: Congress