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2:40 PM ET, August 31, 2018

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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 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: Joe.My.God.
Andrew Martin / Bloomberg:
Manafort Ally Agrees to Cooperate With U.S. After Guilty Plea  — Charge filed after referral from U.S. Special Counsel Mueller  — Sam Patten admits to undisclosed lobbying on behalf of Ukraine  —  A former associate of Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors …
Discussion: CNBC and BloombergQuint
Bloomberg:   Manafort Associate Sam Patten Is Charged With Lobbying Violation
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Former Manafort associate pleads guilty to failing to register as a foreign lobbyist
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Lobbyist reaches plea deal connected to Russia and Ukraine work
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Lobbyist Linked to Manafort Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Aid Prosecutors
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Law & Crime
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
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Crooked Media
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:   The fight for Donald Trump's tax returns is heating up — again
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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Kathleen Harris / CBC News:
Trudeau, Freeland react to Trump saying he won't compromise on NAFTA
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Toronto Star
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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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 …
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.”
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:   Concern in White House over shortage of lawyers, press aides
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
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
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 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: Vox
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
‘Liberal Feminist Lawyer’ Stands To Gain From Her Public Advocacy For Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Politico
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: 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.
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 …
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.
Darius Tahir / Politico:
Los Angeles billionaire's hospital system declares bankruptcy  —  California hospital chain Verity Health filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will attempt to sell some or all of its six hospitals after the failure of a yearlong effort by Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong to save the system.
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.
Discussion: East Bay Times
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
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 …
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
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
By not inviting Sarah Palin to his memorial, was McCain signaling he played a role in the rise of Trump?  —  Much has been made, rightly so, of the fact that Sen. John McCain's family did not invite President Trump to his memorial service.  McCain made no secret that he thought Trump was taking …
 
 
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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Coming Crisis  —  In little over two months, we'll face …
Wall Street Journal:
Coming Soon to Facebook: Lots of Extreme Political Ads
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany's Far Right
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Observer
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
Georgia's Voting Plan Has Drawn New Criticism, This Time Over How It's Dealing With Voters Overseas
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Still separated: Nearly 500 migrant children taken from their parents remain in U.S. custody
Daily Mail:
From learning lines to serving the long line! …
Lauren Hernandez / San Francisco Chronicle:
Video posted to Twitter shows two men violently pushing a ‘kid’ off Muni train
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Political Wire
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk Faces His Own Worst Enemy
Discussion: Mediaite
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Did Ron DeSantis moderate a far right Facebook group?
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
This is the new GOP: Angry and afraid
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, Beware of Falling in Love With Fundamentally Flawed Candidates
Discussion: Big League Politics