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1:30 AM ET, August 16, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland  —  In conversations with aides, the president has—with varying degrees of seriousness—floated the idea of buying the autonomous Danish territory  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump made his name on the world's most famous island.
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W. Dale Nelson / Associated Press:
Wanna Buy Greenland?  The United States Once Did  —  WASHINGTON (AP) _ The United States in 1946 proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping oil-rich land in Alaska for strategic parts of the bleak Arctic island, documents in the National Archives show.
Discussion: 6abc and WPIX 11 New York
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Is Reportedly Considering Buying Greenland Which Sure Why Not At This Point  —  Okay, look, everything is melting and/or on fire right now, but here's something nobody saw coming.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that President Donald Trump is considering having the US just buy Greenland.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump aides look into U.S. purchasing Greenland after directives from president
New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein's gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell spotted at In-N-Out Burger in first photos since his death  —  Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam and former lover Ghislaine Maxwell has been discovered — at In-N-Out Burger.  —  The 57-year-old was photographed alive and well Monday by an eagle-eyed diner …
Prynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Poll: Elizabeth Warren Jumps Out To Big Lead In The Iowa Caucus  —  Elizabeth Warren's early investment in Iowa is paying off.  —  A new Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows the senator opening up a commanding lead in the Iowa Caucus.  Warren was the top pick of 28% …
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden still leads Democratic race, Warren climbs into second  —  In the first major shakeup to the lineup, Elizabeth Warren moves ahead of Bernie Sanders to claim second place behind Joe Biden in the Democratic nomination race.  In addition, primary voters sharply divide between …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Governing by grievance, Trump wields official powers against political enemies  —  By pressuring the Israeli government to bar entry by two members of Congress, President Trump once again used the power and platform of his office to punish his political rivals.
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Peter Beinart / The Forward:
Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive  —  Most establishment American Jewish leaders think Israel's decision to bar Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the West Bank was, in the words of The Democratic Majority for Israel, “unwise.”
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump's Call to Block Them
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
The New York Times Unites vs. Twitter  —  In a transcript of the newspaper's crisis town-hall meeting, executive editor Dean Baquet grapples with a restive staff and outside scrutiny.  —  “What I'm saying is that our readers and some of our staff cheer us when we take on Donald Trump …
Richard Behar / Forbes:
Jeffrey Epstein Spent Time Alone With Young Female Prison Visitor  —  Contributing Editor of Investigations, Forbes magazine  —  The day after he was taken off suicide watch, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours locked up alone with a young woman …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War  —  On August 15, 2014, an angry 20-something ex-boyfriend published a 9,425-word screed and set in motion a series of vile events that changed the way we fight online.  The post, which exhaustively documented the last weeks of his breakup …
Discussion: We Hunted The Mammoth
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump has a dream team for mismanaging a recession  —  President Trump inherited a good economy, and for roughly 2½ years managed (mostly) not to mess it up.  As with his business empire, he also somehow convinced much of the public that this windfall was due to his personal talents rather than luck.
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and CNBC
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Washington Post:
Trump, banking on strong economy to win reelection, frets over a possible downturn  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Mounting signs of global economic distress this week have alarmed President Trump, who is worried that a downturn could imperil his reelection, even as administration officials acknowledge …
Discussion: The Week
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trump-Appointed Federal Prosecutor Launches Extraordinary Attack On Philly DA Larry Krasner
Discussion: Politico, CNN and New York Post
Washington Post:
At rally, Trump defends economic record amid worries of a downturn  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump told a packed crowd here Thursday night that supporters and critics alike must vote for him in 2020 because otherwise they'd see their personal finances depleted.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Breitbart
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Corey Lewandowski does not join Trump on stage at New Hampshire rally amid Senate run speculation
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and UPI
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democrats protest Trump ahead of, and during, his NH rally
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Anthony Scaramucci Calls Trump “Crazy” and “Narcissistic,”  —  A few days into his jihad against his former boss, Anthony Scaramucci discusses his view of Trump's increasing mental problems, his racist tactics, and why he hopes an Arya Stark will rise up to kick him out of office.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“You're the Man”: Fox News Emails With Trump Treasury Department Reveal Coziness  —  “The first two blocks are on the tax plan.  You'll like it,” Fox Business host David Asman told a Treasury aide.  —  A trove of Treasury Department emails released to the non-profit organization Democracy Forward …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Karen Pinchin / FRONTLINE:
In Private Meeting, Trump Calls El Paso Mayor a “RINO”  —  The mayor of the grieving city of El Paso told President Donald Trump in a private meeting that he's presenting “misinformation” about crime in his city, and pushed back when the president used a derogatory term to suggest he wasn't a real Republican.
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein's last words to lawyer before his jailhouse death  —  Jeffrey Epstein was confident he could fight the child sex-trafficking charges against him and was in “great spirits” just hours before his jailhouse death on Saturday morning — even telling one of his lawyers, “I'll see you Sunday,” The Post has learned.
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NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein's body claimed by unidentified ‘associate’
John Hickenlooper / YouTube:
Thank You YOUTUBE  —  This morning, I'm announcing that I'm no longer running for President.  While this campaign didn't have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I'm thankful to our entire team.  While I don't yet know what's next for me, I'll be sure to let you know.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
‘This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation's future  —  DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Janet Flaherty got an alarming call last October from the agency tasked with coordinating in-home care for her 82-year-old mother.  It could no longer send her mom's home caretaker.
Discussion: National Review
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet  —  Polar sea ice melted to record lows  —  Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share by email Print  —  Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded.
Ken Ward Jr / ProPublica:
Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest  —  Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia's richest man and owns its most storied resort.  When lobbyists and state agencies book there, he profits.  Here's how the governor, dubbed “Big Jim,” became West Virginia's little Trump.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Panel Subpoenas Corey Lewandowski and Trump Aide in Obstruction Case  —  WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee issued two subpoenas on Thursday to compel the former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a former White House aide to testify publicly about actions taken …
Discussion: The Week
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Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Migrant Children Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules  —  A federal appeals court panel ruled on Thursday that the government must provide detained migrant children with basic hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes and sleeping mats, ending a debate that incited national outrage …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, NPR and CNN
John Solomon / The Hill:
New evidence shows why Steele, the Ohrs and TSA workers never should have become DOJ sources  —  One of the inevitable outcomes of the Russia case will be that the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost certainly will need internal reforms.  —  The first reform is the most obvious …
Oregonian:
Joey Gibson faces felony charge in fight at NE Portland's Cider Riot, preparing to turn self in  —  Joey Gibson has been charged with rioting in connection to a May Day fight at a Northeast Portland cidery, according to his attorney.  —  Gibson, the leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer …
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Gateway Pundit
New York Daily News:
Twitter's debate-chilling problem: The social media site's arbitrary policies allow foreign nations to censor American — often without explanation  —  I am the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, whose account Twitter locked because it tweeted a link to a Daily News article …
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent  —  They met at a libertarian conference in Las Vegas in July 2015, where they discussed Milton Friedman, Anton Chekhov and John Locke.  —  He was the philosophizing founder and chief executive of Overstock.com …
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Investigators believe five poultry companies violated immigration law, search warrants say  —  Unsealed documents detail trove of evidence, including videotaped statements by managers.  —  Federal immigration officials say they have probable cause that all five companies operating poultry plants raided …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Last Refuge
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why this Never Trump ex-Republican will vote for almost any 2020 Democratic nominee  —  I'm good with anyone who is mentally stable and in no way sympathetic or beholden to a hostile foreign power.  That's it.  Policy just doesn't matter.  —  CONNECT  —  I don't care if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a mendacious Massachusetts liberal.
Discussion: twitchy.com and Washington Post
 
 
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Washington Post:
Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Blade
Andrew Blankstein / NBC News:
IRS staffer pleads guilty to giving Michael Cohen data to Stormy Daniels' lawyer
Discussion: BizPac Review and New York Post
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood to exit federal program Aug. 19 over abortion ‘gag rule’ unless court rules in its favor
Discussion: The Root and LifeNews.com
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says economy will ‘go down the tubes’ if he loses
Discussion: Breitbart
HuffPost:
The Golfer In Chief Is Also The Goatherd In Chief, Saving Him Tens Of Thousands
Leah McDonald / Daily Mail:
Norah O'Donnell caught on open mic saying ‘sounds like someone else here’ …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Wrap
ABC News:
Trump can keep hot air balloon grounded because ‘he is so fat’: Yang
Discussion: Splinter and The Atlantic
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Why is Seth Moulton still running for president?
 Earlier Items: 
Vicky Ward / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: New documents reveal behind-the-scenes clash over spending inside Trump inaugural committee
Courier-Journal:
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton sues Gov. Matt Bevin over firing her staff members
CNN:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives plane crash at small Tennessee airport, officials say
Discussion: The Week
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
We found out how many times the Mueller report has been downloaded
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.'s Deactivated Call Records Program
Discussion: Boing Boing