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2:30 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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Guardian
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Campaigns Prep Early For Steak Fry Spectacle  —  It's Steak Fry day in Iowa.  —  The biggest event yet of this Iowa Caucus season is upon us, and campaigns are pulling out all the stops to project momentum to both caucus-goers and the media.  —  Seventeen Democratic presidential candidates …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, New York Post and twitchy.com
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's plan to eliminate medical debt, explained
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
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 …
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.
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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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can President Trump Be Held Accountable for the Whistle-Blower Complaint?
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Daniel K. Gardner / New Republic:
“What About China?” Is a Bad Response to the Climate Crisis
Rex Crum / Reuters:
Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for promoting political discord
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: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Sheldon Whitehouse / USA Today:
On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Drops to Lowest Level Since Shutdown
Discussion: Breitbart
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Scientology policy enabled years of child sexual abuse, lawsuit says