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5:30 PM ET, August 31, 2018

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Manafort Ally Admits to Helping Foreigners Donate to Trump's Inaugural Committee  —  A former Paul Manafort associate who pleaded guilty to a lobbying crime admitted that he helped foreign donors give money to President Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee.  —  In a plea agreement made public Friday …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Joe.My.God.
Andrew Martin / Bloomberg:
Manafort Ally Agrees to Cooperate With U.S. After Guilty Plea
Discussion: CNBC and BloombergQuint
New York Times:
Lobbyist Illegally Helped Russian Buy Trump Inauguration Tickets
Discussion: Bloomberg
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Republican Lobbyist Steered Foreign Money to Trump's Inaugural Committee
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones, RedState and Law & Crime
Bloomberg:   Manafort Associate Sam Patten Is Charged With Lobbying Violation
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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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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rally rant is much more alarming and dangerous than usual  —  At his rally on Thursday night in Indiana, President Trump unleashed his usual attacks on the news media, but he also added a refrain that should set off loud, clanging alarm bells.  Trump didn't simply castigate “fake news.”
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Crooked Media
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
The Village Voice Is Officially Dead  —  Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories.  —  “Today is kind of a sucky day …
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:   After more than 60 years, The Village Voice folds
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Village Voice ends editorial production, lays off half of staff
Discussion: The Outline and WPIX 11 New York
U.S. Department of Justice:
Two Indicted for Making Corporate Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign  —  The former president of a Kentucky-based corporation and a political consultant were both indicted today for using corporate funds to make contributions to the campaign of a candidate for U.S. Senate and for causing …
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes indicted in campaign finance conspiracy  —  Longtime Kentucky Democratic operatives Jerry Lundergan and Dale Emmons were indicted by a federal grand jury in Lexington Friday for allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of Secretary …
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
John Kerry won't rule out 2020 White House run  —  Former Secretary of State John Kerry won't rule out a run for the White House in 2020, but talking about it now is just a distraction, he tells “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan.  The interview will be featured September 2 on CBS' “Sunday Morning” and on “Face the Nation.”
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Washington Post:
President Trump is considering Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Dreams of One Texas.  Ted Cruz Sees Another Clearly.  —  LONGVIEW, Tex. — Beto O'Rourke was racing left again, insisting he knew what he was doing.  —  “Hydroplaning there a little bit,” he said softly, doing 75 in the passing lane through an East Texas downpour, double-fisting beef jerky in his silver pickup.
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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.”
Laura Bassett / HuffPost:
Don't Count On Susan Collins To Save Roe v. Wade  —  The Maine senator greenlighted Brett Kavanaugh before Trump nominated him, a source close to her staff said.  —  What could Sen. Susan Collins be thinking?  A vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is around the corner …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:   ‘Liberal Feminist Lawyer’ Stands To Gain From Her Public Advocacy For Brett Kavanaugh
Lauren Duca / Teen Vogue:
The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable.  But We Can Actually Stop Him.
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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Mediaite:
NEW: Daily Beast's NBC Bombshell is ‘Only the Beginning’, Much Bigger Exposé Expected Soon
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Jeff Burlew / Tallahassee Democrat:
Racist robocalls tied to neo-Nazi group target Andrew Gillum  —  Robocalls against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that say they were paid for by a neo-Nazi group in Idaho are going out to voters in Tallahassee.  —  The automated calls are narrated by someone pretending …
CNN:
Giuliani preps report to rebut potential Mueller findings  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team is preparing a report that will contain sections rebutting a series of potential conclusions special counsel Robert Mueller could reach in his eventual findings, Rudy Giuliani tells CNN.
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.
Discussion: Observer and Raw Story
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.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Democratic House candidate Abigail Spanberger suffers the kind of election year smear John McCain would recognize  — Democratic House candidate Abigail Spanberger faces her own smear campaign that ties her to terrorism when actually she spent eight years as a CIA counter-terrorism agent.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Media's praise for McCain is warranted — but where was it in '08?  —  's passing last weekend has dominated the news, particularly cable news, over the past week.  The life of the former prisoner of war and 2008 presidential candidate is certainly worthy of attention.
Hunter Walk:
“You need to be extremely good at picking up on subtleties and subtext in communication and this is not something men are famous for" - Taylor Lorenz on covering Internet Culture  —  I love anthropology even more than I love algorithms.  Watching people use my products like Second Life …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Coming Crisis  —  In little over two months, we'll face one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes.  That phrase is so often an empty cliche.  Now it's true.  With all other possible checks on the President's actions failing, a check at the ballot box is the only option remaining.
 
 
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Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
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Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
James LaPorta / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Task & Purpose
Eleanor Watson / CBS News:
Republicans embrace protections for preexisting conditions as midterms draw near
Reuters:
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Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
This new museum doesn't want Instagram or crowds. Does that make it elitist?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Althouse
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
Georgia's Voting Plan Has Drawn New Criticism, This Time Over How It's Dealing With Voters Overseas
 Earlier Items: 
Darius Tahir / Politico:
Los Angeles billionaire's hospital system declares bankruptcy
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
John McCain's remarkable mother: At 106, Roberta McCain has outlived her son
Discussion: ABC News, LifeZette and WTKR-TV
Chloe Johnson / postandcourier.com:
In Hilton Head mayor race, 1 candidate a ‘Holocaust revisionist.’ Another admires Hitler.
Discussion: Splinter
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
ER actress Vanessa Marquez shot and killed by police after brandishing BB gun: report
Discussion: The Guardian and East Bay Times
Laura McGann / Vox:
Critics say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can't hang with the intellectual heavyweights ... in Congress
Discussion: The Atlantic and twitchy.com
Annie Karni / Politico:
Why Mark Penn Is Sounding Trumpy
Travis Clark / Business Insider:
Neil Armstrong movie ‘First Man’ …