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The Daily BeastSep 18, 2019
How the U.S. and Iran Got Locked in a Toxic Dance of Death
Kaveh Kazemi/GettyOn Saturday, Houthi rebels launched their most audacious attack to date in their war against Saudi Arabia, badly damaging two oil plants that process most of the country's crude output. The attacks were carried out by drones with a range of almost 1,000 miles, and immediately escalated tensions between the United States and Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of being behind "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply." The Iranians have long supported the Houthis in their ongoing conflict with Saudi Arabia, a close American ally, and American intelligence officials strongly suspect that Iranian technicians trained the Houthis to deploy missile-launching drones.

The Houthi attack on the Saudi refineries is perhaps best seen as the most recent development in what historian David Crist calls the 40-year "twilight war" between Iran and the United States. Most experts see President Donald Trump's May 2018 withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 as the beginning of the most recent chapter of the conflict.

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The Daily BeastSep 18, 2019
Stephen Colbert Desperately Tries to Get Elizabeth Warren to Bad-Mouth Joe Biden
CBSBefore she sat down with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, the mere mention of Elizabeth Warren's name during The Late Show host's monologue drew loud applause from the live audience.

That enthusiasm only continued when the senator and 2020 presidential candidate joined Colbert at his desk moments later. "Why don't we just quit now and do a selfie line?" she joked.

But Colbert wanted to talk about more than just selfies. And he began by asking about a specific line from her massive rally the night before in New York City's Washington Square Park.

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Fox PoliticsSep 17, 2019
AOC says Lewandowski hearing 'increases the case for impeachment' of Trump
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told Fox News Tuesday Corey Lewandowski's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday "increases the case for impeachment" of President Trump.

Ex-campaign chief defends Trump, defies Democrats at impeachment hearing (Reuters Politics)

CNN PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Lewandowski: 'I have no obligation to be honest with the media'
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he has "no obligation" to tell the truth to the media while acknowledging that he had not told the truth when asked earlier this year about his interactions with President Donald Trump.

Drudge ReportSep 17, 2019
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Lewandowski refuses to answer questions at first 'impeachment' hearing on Capitol Hill (CNN Politics)

Reuters PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Wary of conflict with Iran, Trump takes go-slow approach to attack on Saudi oil
Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach to whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year.

CNN PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Pentagon ordered to offer options as US rules out 'knee jerk' response to Saudi attack
US defense officials were ordered to plan potential responses to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities in a Monday meeting with President Donald Trump, but the White House is waiting for the Kingdom's rulers to decide on a response before charting a path forward, administration officials and sources familiar their thinking tell CNN.

CNN PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Trump on Cokie Roberts' death: 'She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday reacted to the death of veteran journalist Cokie Roberts by saying "she never treated me nicely" before extending his well wishes to her family.

The Daily BeastSep 17, 2019
Corey Lewandowski's House Testimony Was Basically His Senate Campaign Launch
Bloomberg via GettyIn calling in Corey Lewandowski to testify, House Judiciary Committee Democrats hoped they'd get a spectacle that might boost their impeachment efforts. 

It's unclear whether that will happen. What they clearly did get, however, was a spectacle that cemented Lewandowski's brand as an unapologetic fighter for Donald Trump—for better or for worse.

Tuesday's high-profile hearing was essentially a coming-out party for Lewandowski's long-teased, but still unannounced campaign for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire: he talked up his "blue collar" roots and service to President Trump while effusively praising his former boss and gleefully trolling his Democratic questioners. During a bathroom break, he tweeted out a link to a web site supporting his possible Senate run; at another point, while answering a question from a friendly lawmaker fantasized about what he'd do if he were in the "upper chamber."

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Key Moments from Corey Lewandowski's Testimony Before Congress (New York Times Politics)

Drudge ReportSep 17, 2019
Says USA does not need Middle East oil, but cargoes keep coming...

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Huffington Post PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Corey Lewandowski Refuses To Answer Questions At House Hearing
The White House instructed the former Trump campaign aide not to "disclose any conversations" he'd had with the president.

CNN PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Trump rebuts Graham: My response to Iran 'was a sign of strength'
President Donald Trump offered a reserved rebuttal to Sen. Lindsey Graham's assertion that the administration's response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this summer was viewed as "weakness," with the President calling his response "a sign of strength."

Reuters PoliticsSep 17, 2019
Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski to testify at impeachment hearing
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and close confidant, is due to testify in Congress on Tuesday despite a White House effort to prevent him from talking about Trump's alleged efforts to impede the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Yahoo PoliticsSep 16, 2019
Trump: Kavanaugh is the one being ‘assaulted'
The president continues to fume over a New York Times report of a new sexual misconduct allegation against the Supreme Court justice.

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