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12:55 PM 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
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Washington consultant for Ukraine party set to plead guilty to violating lobbyist disclosure law, court filings show  —  A Washington consultant who advised a Ukrainian political party and worked with a co-defendant of Paul Manafort has been charged with violating federal lobbying disclosure requirements …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Former Manafort associate is charged with failing to register as a foreign agent  —  The case was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller.  —  Samuel Patten, an associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was charged Friday with failing to register as a foreign agent for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Andrew Martin / Bloomberg:
Manafort Ally Agrees to Cooperate With U.S. After Guilty Plea
Discussion: CNBC and BloombergQuint
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Lobbyist reaches plea deal connected to Russia and Ukraine work
Discussion: HuffPost
Bloomberg:
Manafort Associate Sam Patten Charged With Lobbying Law Violation
Discussion: RedState, Axios and Law & Crime
New York Times:
Lobbyist Linked to Manafort Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Aid Prosecutors
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Associated Press:
AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Two prosecutors leave Mueller's office
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Bombshell leak to Toronto Star upends NAFTA talks: In secret ‘so insulting’ remarks, Trump says he isn't compromising at all with Canada  —  WASHINGTON—High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks …
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.
Kevin Diaz / Houston Chronicle:
Police reports detail Beto O'Rourke's 1998 DWI arrest  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has long owned up to his drunken driving arrest 20 years ago, describing it in a Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News op-ed piece earlier this week as a “serious mistake for which there is no excuse.”
Discussion: The Right Scoop, twitchy.com and IJR
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Jack Crowe / National Review:   Police Report: Beto O'Rourke Tried to Flee Scene of Drunk-Driving Crash
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Dreams of One Texas. Ted Cruz Sees Another Clearly.
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 …
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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Democrats Can't Impeach Him Because He's Doing a ‘Great Job’
Discussion: AOL, New York Post and Mediaite
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
John McCain's remarkable mother: At 106, Roberta McCain has outlived her son  —  She was sitting in a wheelchair as they carried her son's casket into the Capitol Rotunda Friday.  —  Roberta McCain, 106, held granddaughter Meghan McCain's hand and lifted a handkerchief to dab her eyes.
Discussion: ABC News
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Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Leaders from both parties mourn McCain at Capitol
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.
Bloomberg:
Transcript of President Trump's Interview With Bloomberg News  —  President Donald Trump was interviewed in the Oval Office on Thursday by Bloomberg News Editor In Chief John Micklethwait and reporters Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev.  Below is a transcript of their conversation.
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 …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
ER actress Vanessa Marquez shot and killed by police after brandishing BB gun: report  —  Vanessa Marquez, an actress who appeared on the popular TV drama ‘ER,’ was shot and killed by a South Pasadena Police Department officer after reportedly pulling out a BB-gun, reports the South Pasadenan.
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 …
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
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
The Crazy Inside Story of Al Gore's ‘Trump Tower Moment’  —  Al Gore's campaign was sent a cheat sheet to the most important event of the 2000 election—and turned it over to the FBI.  —  Early in the morning on September 13, 2000, a mysterious package arrived at the offices …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Why on Earth Is Trump Making Infomercials From the Rose Garden?  —  You may be wondering why, throughout the second half of August, the president of the United States has been standing in the Rose Garden and yelling.  —  On August 17, he yelled about manufacturing.
Washington Post:
President Trump is considering Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn  —  Earlier this week, Trump interviewed Cipollone, a former Justice Department attorney who practices commercial litigation at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner …
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 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 …
Chloe Johnson / postandcourier.com:
In Hilton Head mayor race, 1 candidate a ‘Holocaust revisionist.’ Another admires Hitler.  —  HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Michael Santomauro was agitated.  —  It was about a half-hour into the first forum of this city's mayoral election.  As one of seven hopefuls, Santomauro gave a short introduction …
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Did Ron DeSantis moderate a far right Facebook group?  —  On Thursday, there was chatter on social media about DeSantis' role in a Tea Party Facebook group.  Here's what we know.  —  On social media on Thursday, liberal groups and activists said that Congressman Ron DeSantis …
Discussion: Mediaite
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?
 
 
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Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
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Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
California legislators OK bill to expand gun-confiscation law
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
This is the new GOP: Angry and afraid
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Reuters:
Exclusive: Chief U.S. spy catcher says China using LinkedIn to recruit Americans
Discussion: Axios, Defense One and Gizmodo
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, Beware of Falling in Love With Fundamentally Flawed Candidates
Discussion: Big League Politics and HuffPost
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows NFL Fan Interest Remains Lower, Stark Divisions Over Anthem Protests
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Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Republican attack ads in tight House races
Marcos Aleman / Associated Press:
El Salvador: 3 kids separated in US were abused at shelters
Andrea Long Chu / Chronicle of Higher Education:
I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser.
Discussion: Longreads and Althouse
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Chuck Todd Warns of Possible Mueller Bombshell: 'I Wouldn't Miss Work Tomorrow'
Discussion: Law & Crime