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3:45 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.
Wall Street Journal:   U.S., Canada Cast Doubt on Reaching a Nafta Deal by Friday
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 Says He Illegally Helped Russian and Ukrainian Buy Tickets to Trump Inauguration
Bloomberg:   Manafort Associate Sam Patten Is Charged With Lobbying Violation
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Republican Lobbyist Steered Foreign Money to Trump's Inaugural Committee
Discussion: Vox, BuzzFeed News and Mother Jones
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: CNN, New York Times and Crooked Media
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:   The fight for Donald Trump's tax returns is heating up — again
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  —  Washington (CNN)Prosecutors Ryan Dickey and Brian Richardson are no longer working for the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department confirmed.  —  Both lawyers were relatively junior but frequently spotted members of Mueller's corps.
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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Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Village Voice ends editorial production, lays off half of staff
Discussion: The Outline and WPIX 11 New York
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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Jack Crowe / National Review:
Police Report: Beto O'Rourke Tried to Flee Scene of Drunk-Driving Crash
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:
‘Only The Beginning’: Daily Beast Has ‘A Lot More’ Reporting to Come on NBC News
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes indicted in campaign finance conspiracy
Hunter Walk:
“You need to be extremely good at picking up on subtleties and subtext in communication …
Michael Rothman / ABC News:
Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Daily Wire
Yuval Noah Harari / The Atlantic:
Why Technology Favors Tyranny
Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran moves missiles to Iraq in warning to enemies
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
This new museum doesn't want Instagram or crowds. Does that make it elitist?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Althouse
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
By not inviting Sarah Palin to his memorial, was McCain signaling he played a role in the rise of Trump?
Wall Street Journal:
Coming Soon to Facebook: Lots of Extreme Political Ads
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
Georgia's Voting Plan Has Drawn New Criticism, This Time Over How It's Dealing With Voters Overseas
Lauren Hernandez / San Francisco Chronicle:
Video posted to Twitter shows two men violently pushing a ‘kid’ off Muni train
Discussion: East Bay Times and Raw Story
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 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?
Annie Karni / Politico:
Why Mark Penn Is Sounding Trumpy