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4:30 PM ET, September 21, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden accuses Trump of ‘abuse of power’ in whistleblower scandal
Discussion: Mother Jones, Washington Post and Slate
Washington Post:
How Trump and Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals
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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Cory Booker / Medium:
Now or Never: Radical Transparency about the Next 10 Days of This Race  —  From: Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020  —  Cory Booker decided to run for president because he believes that the only way to beat Donald Trump and heal our country is to bring people together — and he's the best person to do that.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Booker campaign warns end is near without fundraising surge
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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Politico:
Sanders deputy field director in Iowa is no longer with campaign  —  Bernie Sanders has parted ways with one of his deputy field directors in Iowa, the campaign confirmed Saturday.  —  Kevin Lata joined the Vermont senator's 2020 team after working in several positions during his first run for the White House.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's plan to eliminate medical debt, explained  —  Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate $81 billion in medical debt and set up a public credit registry.  —  Americans go bankrupt every year because of unpaid medical bills.  —  Now Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Should U.S. troops put their lives on the line for Saudi Arabia?  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP has so far responded with sanctions and diplomacy to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil production facilities last weekend, which his administration and the Saudi government have blamed on Iran.
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Rex Crum / Reuters:   Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for promoting political discord
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
DoD deletes tweet that joked about blowing up millennials trying to storm Area 51  —  Exclusive Hot Mic From ‘Storm Area 51’  —  Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.  —  For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire …
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:
Rep. Kennedy announces Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Markey
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.
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.
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Trump unleashed: He's talking more and tweeting more  —  Washington (CNN)For better or worse, we're getting more Donald Trump these days.  —  If you feel like you are hearing the President's voice all the time, you are not imagining things.  Trump is talking and tweeting more in 2019 than he did in 2018 …
 
 
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Rare Protests Against Egypt's Leader Erupt in Cairo and Elsewhere
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
When the Ideologues Come for the Kids
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Myron Ebell / Washington Examiner:
Environmental apocalypse predictions have failed for half a century
Sheldon Whitehouse / USA Today:
On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse
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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
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Someone Should Do Something
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
'When you are in, you can't get out.' Women describe how Jeffrey Epstein controlled them
Discussion: New York Post