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11:15 AM ET, August 31, 2018

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Washington Post:
Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions  —  President Trump's disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel's …
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trouble for Trump: Disapproval at a high, 63% back Mueller, half favor impeachment  —  Disapproval of Donald Trump is at a new high, support for the Mueller investigation is broad and half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll favor Congress initiating impeachment proceedings against the president.
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
The fight for Donald Trump's tax returns is heating up — again  —  From Congress to the courts, Democrats are engaged in a quiet but sprawling push to obtain a copy of President Donald Trump's tax returns, which they say could shed fresh light on possible conflicts of interest …
Washington Post:
Most Americans oppose Trump firing Sessions  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?  Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?  —  Hide Results  —  Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy?
Bloomberg:
Trump Says He'll Keep Sessions Until November Despite ‘Illegal’ Probe
Maxwell Tani Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBC Threatened Ronan Farrow if He Kept Reporting on Harvey Weinstein  —  Ronan Farrow had already left NBC News.  But a top lawyer at the network threatened to smear him if he continued to pursue the Hollywood mogul, multiple knowledgeable sources say.  —  Lachlan Cartwright
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow's Ex-Producer Says NBC Impeded Weinstein Reporting  —  In October, when Ronan Farrow published his first article in The New Yorker on the alleged transgressions of Harvey Weinstein, people in the media and entertainment industries wondered how NBC had missed the story.
Bloomberg:
Manafort Associate Sam Patten Is Charged With Lobbying Violation  —  A former associate of Paul Manafort, Sam Patten, was charged Friday with failing to register in the U.S. as a foreign agent for his work lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party, Bloomberg News reports.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Former Manafort associate is charged with failing to register as a foreign agent
Discussion: Political Wire
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:   Washington consultant for Ukraine party set to plead guilty to violating lobbyist disclosure law, court filings show
Travis Clark / Business Insider:
Neil Armstrong movie ‘First Man’ omits the American flag being planted on the moon, and star Ryan Gosling defended the decision  — The upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” omits the American flag being planted on the moon.  — Star Ryan Gosling defended the decision …
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Anita Singh / Telegraph:
‘First Man’: Neil Armstrong film fails to fly flag for US patriotism  —  When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon in 1969, it marked one of the proudest moments in US history.  —  But a new film about Armstrong has chosen to leave out this most patriotic of scenes …
The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Is Putting Together a ‘Counter-Report’ to Question Robert Mueller's ‘Legitimacy’  —  It's being done with the explicit blessing of Trump who is ‘happy’ that this is part of his legal team's ‘strategy,’ the president's lawyer says.  —  President Donald Trump's legal team is crafting a …
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Chuck Todd Warns of Possible Mueller Bombshell: 'I Wouldn't Miss Work Tomorrow'
Discussion: Law & Crime
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Tough decisions have to be made’: House Republicans prepare for pain  —  Party officials begin deciding which GOP lawmakers to save and which ones to cut loose.  —  With a massive field of vulnerable House incumbents to defend and limited resources to go around, Republicans are readying …
New York Times:
How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?  —  As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher.  See how your hometown has changed so far and how much hotter it may get.
Associated Press:
Concern in White House over shortage of lawyers, press aides  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly convinced that the West Wing is wholly unprepared to handle the expected assault from Democrats if they win the House in November, President Donald Trump's aides and allies are privately raising alarm …
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Politico:
Inside Kavanaugh's hearing prep: Mock hearings and faux protesters
Laura McGann / Vox:
Critics say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can't hang with the intellectual heavyweights ... in Congress  —  Male politicians aren't told to put training wheels back on after a fact check.  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't just a House hopeful; she's an emerging Democratic star who's been barnstorming …
Discussion: twitchy.com and National Review
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
DOJ's Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‘in the loop’ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say  —  Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials …
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Craig Unger / Just Security:
Understanding Trump vs. Bruce Ohr: Think Russia's top crime boss, Semion Mogilevich
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told lawmakers on Thursday he wants to scrap a pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation's budget couldn't support it.  —  In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump described the pay increase as “inappropriate.”
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says Democrats Can't Impeach Him Because He's Doing a ‘Great Job’
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
Annie Karni / Politico:
Why Mark Penn Is Sounding Trumpy  —  The longtime Clinton strategist insists his objection to the Mueller investigation is about principle, not opportunism.  His critics beg to differ.  —  Mark Penn recently moved into a brand new office on Washington, D.C.'s I Street …
Bloomberg:
Trump Defends His Handling of McCain's Death  —  Opinion  —  Iran's Fake News Is a Fake Threat  —  If the Iranians were any good at social media trolling, it might be something to worry about.  —  August 31, 2018  —  Mark Gongloff  —  Nafta's Dying.  What Comes Next?
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
While Washington mourns McCain, Trump leaves town  —  Supporters at the raucous rally didn't seem to mind that Trump had been snubbed by the McCain family.  —  As Washington prepared a last hero's welcome for Sen. John McCain Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump left town.
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Justin Doom / ABC News:
Washington says goodbye to McCain, who will lie in state at the Capitol
Discussion: Politico
CSNY:
Family members question Julia Salazar's claims  —  The state Senate candidate says she grew up in a ‘working-class immigrant family.’  —  State Senate candidate Julia Salazar has attracted significant, often fawning, media coverage, an army of enthusiastic volunteers, endorsements …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA officer's full personnel file released in ‘human error,’ Postal Service admits  —  RICHMOND — The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday acknowledged that it inappropriately released sensitive personal information about Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer challenging Rep. Dave Brat …
Discussion: ABC News
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Washington Post:
A security form became a political weapon. We should all be alarmed.
Bloomberg:
Trump Won't Say When He Learned of Cohen's Stormy Daniels Payment  — Timing could affect president's risk of campaign finance woes  — 'I don't want to get into it,' the president tells Bloomberg  —  President Donald Trump refused Thursday to say whether he knew before the 2016 election …
Discussion: The Week
Frank Tang / Politico:
Trade war: China suffers three-month export downturn as Donald Trump's tariffs bite  —  Indicator of the export sector's health shows lowest reading since China-US trade tensions escalated in March … The powerful export machine of China is quickly losing steam amid threats of a full-blown trade war …
Discussion: Axios
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Maxime Schlee / Politico:
Trump rejects EU offer to scrap car tariffs
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
Andrea Long Chu / Chronicle of Higher Education:
I Worked With Avital Ronell.  I Believe Her Accuser.  —  The humanities are ablaze.  This month The New York Times reported that the Title IX office had found Avital Ronell, a professor of German and comparative literature at New York University and a superstar in literary studies …
Discussion: Althouse
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, Beware of Falling in Love With Fundamentally Flawed Candidates  —  From Andrew Gillum to Keith Ellison, the party's heart is pulling harder than political reality.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The thing about political waves is that they sweep in sturdy and rickety boats alike.
Discussion: Big League Politics and HuffPost
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
This is the new GOP: Angry and afraid  —  One of the unpleasant surprises of your 50s (among many) is seeing the heroes and mentors of your 20s pass away.  I worked for Chuck Colson, of Watergate fame, who became, through his work with prisoners, one of the most important social reformers of the 20th century.
Discussion: Raw Story
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump: ‘When you get good ratings, you can say anything’  —  leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in Indiana, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings.  —  After mocking a protester who was escorted out at the beginning of his rally …
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Why a conservative social network would fail  —  Twitter and Facebook CEOs Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, in their wildest dreams, would love the Donald Trump Jr. notion of “one of the two Silicon Valley conservatives” would start up a conservative social network.
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Republican attack ads in tight House races  —  Attack ads are our bread and butter at The Fact Checker — and, boy, are we swimming in butter this week.  —  The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), has been running a series …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Judge Rules Against Alex Jones and Infowars in Sandy Hook Lawsuit  —  A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday.
 
 
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Reuters:
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