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8:20 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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en.hromadske.ua:
“Trump Did Not Pressure Zelenskyy, Ukraine Is Independent State” - Foreign Minister Prystaiko  —  Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko denies that U.S. President Donald Trump had pressured President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a telephone conversation.  —  Prystaiko said this in an interview with hromadske.
Discussion: Fox News
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden goes hard after Trump in Iowa over Ukraine accusations  —  DES MOINES — Joe Biden moved quickly under an arch of balloons and a marching band, past an ice cream truck and dozens of supporters — then he lit into Donald Trump.  —  At the Polk County Steak Fry, one of the biggest political affairs …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
President Trump and the warping of democratic governance  —  Not for the first time, President Trump has revealed the fragility of this country's democratic system.  Three years into his presidency, the evidence of a weakened system is all around.  It has happened in plain sight.
Discussion: Raw Story, Opinion Today and Mediaite
Robert Kraychik / Breitbart:
Peter Schweizer on Whistleblower: Media Trying to Turn a Biden Scandal into a Trump Scandal
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden: 'I've Never Spoken to My Son About' Ukraine Business Deals
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Elizabeth Warren leads Register's Iowa Poll for the first time, besting Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders  —  Elizabeth Warren has surged in Iowa, narrowly overtaking Joe Biden and distancing herself from fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNN:
Elizabeth Warren surges and Joe Biden fades in close Iowa race, new poll shows  —  (CNN)A surging Sen. Elizabeth Warren is challenging Joe Biden's dominance in the race for the Democratic nomination, standing at 22% to the former vice president's 20% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers.
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Yemeni Rebels Warn Iran Plans Another Strike Soon  —  The information has been passed along to the Saudis and the U.S., according to people briefed on the warnings  —  BEIRUT—Houthi militants in Yemen have warned foreign diplomats that Iran is preparing a follow-up strike to the missile …
Discussion: Townhall
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South China Morning Post:
China, Russia, Iran ‘plan joint naval drill in international waters’  —  Iranian news outlet quotes military official as saying exercise will be held soon, but Chinese media silent on reported manoeuvres Iranian news outlet quotes military official as saying exercise will be held soon …
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.
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
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Booker campaign warns end is near without fundraising surge
Daniel Strauss / 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.
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson 2024  —  I tried to imagine a president worse than Trump.  Welcome to my nightmare.  —  Presidents these days always seem to get worse, don't they?  —  To many on the left, Donald Trump is an order of magnitude more disastrous a commander in chief than was George W. Bush …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times and Hullabaloo
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Running up the score in House races could deliver White House to Democrats  —  Reps. Ron Kind (Wis.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) have little in common.  Kind is a 12-term veteran of Congress, a leader of the Democratic caucus's moderate wing.  Tlaib is an unabashed liberal in the self-proclaimed “Squad” of young first-term Democrats.
Discussion: Opinion Today
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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Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
How the White Nationalists Who Love Trump Found Inspiration in the Group That Gave Us Narendra Modi
Discussion: The Texas Observer
Gerry Shih / Washington Post:
‘Boiling us like frogs’: China's clampdown on Muslims creeps into the heartland, finds new targets
The Babylon Bee:
Liberals Clarify Their Racism Is Actually Democratic Racism
Discussion: Power Line
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020
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Democratic Candidates Are Misrepresenting Michael Brown's Death
Rex Crum / Reuters:
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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