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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation's bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle …
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:   New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump administration overhauls Endangered Species Act in bid to reduce red tape
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:   Trump rolls back endangered species protections
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians  —  American intelligence officials are racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled …
New York Times:
Trump Policy Favors Wealthier Immigrants for Green Cards  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will make it harder for legal immigrants who rely on government benefit programs, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to obtain permanent legal status as part of a far-reaching …
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CBS News:
Top immigration official Ken Cuccinelli briefs reporters on change to “public charge” rule
Discussion: Associated Press and IJR
USA Today:
Donald Trump administration wants to deny green cards to migrants on public assistance
CNN:
Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration
Gabby Orr / Politico:
'Using the Lord's name in vain': Evangelicals chafe at Trump's blasphemy  —  Paul Hardesty didn't pay much attention to President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cellphone.  —  The residents of Hardesty's district …
New York Times:
How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars  —  Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled.  The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said.
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Sarah Silverman fired from new movie for blackface photo  —  Sarah Silverman revealed that she was recently fired from a movie over an old photo of her in blackface.  —  She said the photo, which was snapped on the set of “The Sarah Silverman Show” in 2007, recently resurfaced and caught the eye of the film's producers.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
This is how to respond to Trump's conspiratorial lunacy  —  This is how CNN's State of the Union began on Sunday: … Credit Tapper with not allowing Trump to use his show as a megaphone for Trump's insane conspiracy-mongering and reminding viewers that the president feeds conspiracy theories all the time …
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Washington Post:
‘It was inevitable’: Officers watching Epstein were on overtime due to jail staffing shortage, union president says  —  The two correctional officers assigned to watch the special unit in the detention center where financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was being housed …
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Journos' debunker mentality: Rush to rip conspiracy talk
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
What I learned about the Democrats at a family barbecue in North Carolina  —  Every second Saturday in August, my mother and her siblings host a family barbecue, a simple gathering under the enormous pecan tree in the side yard of the house where they grew up in Severn, N.C. In the mix …
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Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Not Enough Room in 2020 Primary for Sanders and Warren  —  Progressive populists pining for a leftist presidential nominee cannot be pleased with how the primary run-up is proceeding.  Many thought that Joe Biden's early lead was an illusion, propped up by name recognition …
Associated Press:
Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protesters Swarm Airport  — Flights to and from city scrapped; Cathay shares tumble  — Chinese official warns protesters showing signs of ‘terrorism’  —  Hong Kong airport authorities canceled remaining flights on Monday …
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Michael Schuman / The Atlantic:
Hong Kong Shows the Flaws in China's Zero-Sum Worldview
Discussion: Reason and Quartz
Washington Post:
Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill as fears grow of Chinese military crackdown
German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris's controversial Michael Brown tweets, explained  —  Elizabeth Warren delivers a campaign speech at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on August 10, 2019.  Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  The tweets claimed a police officer “murdered” Michael Brown.
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Did a Far-Right Star Recruit Jacob Wohl to Terrorize Women?  —  “I'll make it my mission to torture you so much that you end up killing yourself,” reads a text message from a phone number belonging to notorious smear merchant Jacob Wohl.  —  A perennial House candidate's alleged harassment …
Discussion: Contemptor and Mediaite
New York Times:
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil  —  NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life.  —  He was in a band in Niterói, a beach-ringed city in Brazil, and practiced guitar by watching tutorials online.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
L Brands CEO Les Wexner has been giving documents to investigators showing alleged Jeffrey Epstein theft  —  KEY POINTS  — L Brands founder Les Wexner and his legal team have been providing documents to federal investigators that they believe show Epstein misappropriated funds while the child predator was Wexner's money manager.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police's 64th National Biennial Conference  —  Good morning!  Thank you, Chuck [Canterbury], for your kind introduction.  Jim [Pasco], it's great to see you and thanks for all that you have done for the FOP over the years.
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
AG William Barr to Jeffrey Epstein's Possible Co-Conspirators: We're Still Coming for You
Discussion: Daily Wire, Breitbart and New York Sun
Brian Pascus / CBS News:
Tulsi Gabbard to report for active duty for 2 weeks  —  Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii and presidential candidate, will be taking a two-week absence from her campaign Monday to report for active duty with the Hawaiian Army National Guard in Indonesia, she said in an interview with CBSN's Caitlin Huey-Burns.
Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Already Exceeds Last Year's Total Figure  —  The U.S. fiscal deficit has already exceeded the full-year figure for last year, as spending growth outpaces revenue.  —  The gap grew to $866.8 billion in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, up 27% from the same period a year earlier …
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Anger at being labeled racist is the new ‘cultural anxiety’ for Trump supporters  —  The people who backed Donald Trump for president in 2016 have largely continued to support him.  In the previous election, many of them pointed to cultural anxiety as one of their main reasons for backing Trump's pledge to “make America great again.”
Discussion: Towleroad Gay News
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Hey, California, Trump has a right to run for reelection.  The Constitution is crystal clear  —  No one - not Congress, not the president, and certainly not a state government - may unilaterally change the requirements to be president of the United States without first amending the U.S. Constitution.
Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
What happens to Jeffrey Epstein's money and homes now?  Can feds seize everything?  —  Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide is a significant obstacle for federal prosecutors, who spent months painstakingly building a case against the multimillionaire who was charged in July in New York federal court with sex trafficking of minors.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Texas Republicans brace for 2020 drubbing  —  As bad as it's been for Texas Republicans lately, some members of the party are warning that 2020 could be even worse.  —  The rash of recent House GOP retirements is just the latest sign of a state party in distress: In last year's midterms …
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Daily Kos and The Week
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Abrams: Election ‘Stolen From the People of Georgia’  —  In MSNBC special, Abrams blames 2013 Supreme Court decision for her defeat  —  Democrat Stacey Abrams repeated her claim that her 2018 governor's race was “stolen from the people of Georgia” in an MSNBC special on voting that aired Sunday.
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Iowa Democrats Are Getting Nervous About Biden's Trail of Gaffes
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Joe Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work.
Discussion: The Independent and Reason
CNN:
Trump is impeaching himself
KTVU-TV:
San Jose mayor proposes 1st-in-nation insurance requirement for gun owners
Discussion: Fox News
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
White House Targets Foreign Aid Cash With Caps Limiting Spending
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
The Republican Running Against Donald Trump Took His Message To The Iowa State Fair. Few Listened.
President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
President Donald J. Trump is Ensuring Non-Citizens Do Not Abuse Our Nation's Public Benefit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
North Carolina's 9th Congressional District has gotten worse for Republicans
 Earlier Items: 
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Great Land Robbery
James Kynge / Financial Times:
US-China trade war data belie Donald Trump's bragging
NBC News:
Trump is losing ground in America's suburbs
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 days
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Anthony Scaramucci says Trump may need to be replaced for 2020