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6:35 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
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump aides look into U.S. purchasing Greenland after directives from president  —  President Trump has pushed top aides to investigate whether the U.S. government can purchase the giant, ice-smothered island of Greenland, two people with direct knowledge of the directive said.
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.
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 …
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.”
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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.
Emily Tamkin / New Republic:
Ilhan Omar Is Already Changing Washington
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris
Discussion: Fox News
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: The Week, CNBC and MarketWatch
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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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
From Trump Boom to Trump Gloom
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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 …
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: Fox News and Breitbart
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Matthew Choi / Politico:   Trump praises N.H. lawmaker who called for shooting Hillary Clinton
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democrats protest Trump ahead of, and during, his NH rally
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
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
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
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 …
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.
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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
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
David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke: ‘I will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate’  —  Beto O'Rourke has to keep finding new ways to tell people he isn't running for Senate.  —  On Thursday night it was MSNBC and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.  —  “You know the question's going to keep coming up …
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
NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein's body claimed by unidentified ‘associate’  —  Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide Saturday morning.  Multiple sources said he wasn't on suicide watch.  —  Jeffrey Epstein's body has been claimed from the New York City medical examiner's office, a source close to the investigation told NBC News on Wednesday.
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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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'  —  President Trump on Thursday mocked the weight of a protester who briefly interrupted his rally in Manchester, N.H.  —  “That guy's got a serious weight problem.  Go home, start exercising,” …
Discussion: PJ Media Home and CBS Boston
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.
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans.  He has our endorsement.  —  Robert Kabel is chairman of Log Cabin Republicans.  Jill Homan is the vice chairwoman of Log Cabin Republicans.  —  While the chasm between left and right in this nation continues to grow, and even the definition …
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Blade
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Son Of Clinton Preacher Worked For Intel Agency And Was Suspected To Be A Mole In Hillary Email Probe — Now He Works For Trump's ODNI  — The Intelligence Community Inspector General believed one of his attorneys may have been leaking, according to a new Senate report.
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 …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
It Is Criminal That We Aren't Borrowing Trillions to Fix the Country and Save the Planet Right Now
Discussion: New Republic
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Andrew Blankstein / NBC News:
IRS staffer pleads guilty to giving Michael Cohen data to Stormy Daniels' lawyer
Discussion: BizPac Review and New York Post
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Investigators believe five poultry companies violated immigration law, search warrants say
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Last Refuge
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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. should build more psychiatric institutions in response to rising gun violence
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
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Vicky Ward / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: New documents reveal behind-the-scenes clash over spending inside Trump inaugural committee
CNN:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives plane crash at small Tennessee airport, officials say
Discussion: The Week
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several
Discussion: NPR, UPI and Talking Points Memo
Ken Ward Jr / ProPublica:
Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
‘This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation's future
Discussion: National Review