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1:55 PM ET, September 22, 2019

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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: A record share of voters dislike Trump personally, but Democrats face challenges of their own  —  Voters overall also have doubts about Democrats' most progressive policy proposals.  And many worry Joe Biden isn't up for the job.  —  WASHINGTON — As Democratic candidates compete …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment watch: Schiff says ‘we need an answer’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SIREN ... HOUSE INTEL CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFF to JAKE TAPPER on CNN'S “STATE OF THE UNION”: “I have been very reluctant to go down the path of impeachment ... but if the president …
CNN:
Elizabeth Warren surges and Joe Biden fades in close Iowa race, new poll shows
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders slides to third in Iowa Poll as fewer respondents view him favorably
David Siders / Politico:
Warren on pace with Biden in Iowa
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Splinter
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Trump Didn't Bribe Ukraine.  It's Actually Worse Than That.  —  Reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has prompted a flurry of speculation that the president …
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Serhiy Leshchenko / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani accused me of exposing Paul Manafort's Ukraine deals to help U.S. Democrats.  That's a lie.  —  Serhiy Leshchenko is a Ukrainian journalist and political activist.  —  On Aug. 19, 2016, I convened a news conference in Kiev at which I revealed previously secret records of payments …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Schiff: Impeachment may be the only remedy if Trump pressured Ukraine on Biden  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that if the allegations that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden are true …
Washington Post:
Trump's Ukraine call reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility  —  When the July 24 congressional testimony of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III deflated the impeachment hopes of Democrats, President Trump crowed “no collusion” and claimed vindication from accusations …
Discussion: Salon, Althouse, NPR, Wall Street Journal and Vox
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Another Pseudo-Scandal  —  Spin the magic wheel: click, click, click, click, click—click—click: Ukraine!  We're all going to Ukraine!  —  Another week, another pseudo-scandal fomented by anonymous anti-Trump actors in the “intelligence community” and fanned into attention-grabbing headlines by an impatient, irresponsible press.
Washington Post:
Ukrainian leaders feel trapped between warring Washington factions
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Pompeo: 'It wouldn't be appropriate' to release transcript of Trump conversation with Ukrainian president
Discussion: Political Wire
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Trump says he would have ‘no problem’ with Giuliani testifying before Congress
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Giuliani charges ‘this town protects Joe Biden’
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Ukraine and Whistle-Blower Issues Emerge as Major Flashpoints in Presidential Race
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
President Trump and the warping of democratic governance
Charles Sykes / NBC News:
Trump critic and rising GOP star Ben Sasse is now a Trump apologist.  How sadly predictable.  —  Sasse could have been a thought leader of post-Trumpian conservativism.  What is he now?  —  In the end, Ben Sasse got the Trump tweet he gave up so much to get.
Ayman Odeh / New York Times:
We Are Ending Netanyahu's Grip on Israel  —  The leader of the Arab Joint List explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.  —  Mr. Odeh leads the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, and is chairman of the Hadash Party.
Mike Baker / New York Times:
She Quit Her Job.  He Got Night Goggles.  They Searched 57 Days for Their Dog.  —  A couple combed a rural Montana community for their Border collie, Katie.  —  After a late night at a stock-car race, Carole and Verne King returned to their dog-friendly hotel in Kalispell, Mont., and made a devastating discovery.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
M.I.T. Media Lab, Already Rattled by the Epstein Scandal, Has a New Worry  —  The M.I.T. Media Lab, an unconventional research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been under scrutiny since August, when its financial ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein became public.
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
VP Pence arrives on Mackinac Island with eight-vehicle motorcade  —  Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in an eight-vehicle motorcade Saturday.  It's the first automobile motorcade on the island, where cars are generally banned.  —  CONNECT
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Legal showdown looms over Trump deposition order  —  A lawsuit brought by protesters who contend they were roughed up by security personnel outside Trump Tower in 2015 has become an urgent problem for President Donald Trump's legal team after a New York judge ruled Friday that Trump must submit to a videotaped deposition in the case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Comey and Baquet — united against Trump — have caused a nonstop feeding frenzy  —  Among the casualties of our domestic political war is the abandonment of professional standards.  For proof, consider how two of America's premier institutions are being dragged through the mud …
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 …
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South China Morning Post:   China, Russia, Iran ‘plan joint naval drill in international waters’
 
 
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Bernie Sanders / Houston Chronicle:
As Trump meets with India's Modi, a reminder to put human rights at center of U.S. foreign policy [Opinion]
Wall Street Journal:
At 10,000 and Counting, This Company Is Flooding the U.S. With Tariff Appeals
James Brooks / Anchorage Daily News:
In support of Trump, Alaska Republicans cancel presidential primary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Pressure growing for Bernie Sanders to dump ‘virulent’ Linda Sarsour
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
New York Times Claims Ed Buck Was ‘Small-Time’ Democrat Donor. He Was Not.
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Posaner / Politico:
Juncker to UK: Don't blame Brussels for post-Brexit border in Ireland
New York Times:
An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump's Aborted Attack on Iran
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Cook 10,500 Steaks While Lecturing Americans About Eating Less Meat
KCRW:
The secret memo  —  Listen 52 min MORE  —  There's a …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Running up the score in House races could deliver White House to Democrats
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Hullabaloo
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson 2024  —  I tried to imagine a president worse than Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story