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10:45 PM ET, August 15, 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 …
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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 …
NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein's body claimed by unidentified ‘associate’
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes  —  Allies to Joe Biden have been floating the idea of altering the former vice president's schedule in an effort to reduce the gaffes he has made in recent days.  —  The allies, growing increasingly nervous about Biden's verbal flubs …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren.  They Also Worry About Her.  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built the most formidable campaign organization of any Democratic presidential candidate in the first nominating states, raised an impressive $25 million without holding …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is gaining ground. But her path to the nomination is harder than you think.
Discussion: Politico
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
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump's Call to Block Them
Will Chamberlain / Human Events:
Israel Bars Entry to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Rightfully So.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart 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 …
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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
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.
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Washington Post:
Trump, banking on strong economy to win reelection, frets over a possible downturn
Discussion: The Week
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.
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.
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 and Fox News
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democrats protest Trump ahead of, and during, his NH rally
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
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
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
WH officials look at executive privilege for Lewandowski who never worked at the White House  —  (CNN)White House officials have been engaged in preliminary discussions about invoking executive privilege to limit former campaign aide Corey Lewandowski from complying with a congressional subpoena …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Panel Subpoenas Corey Lewandowski and Trump Aide in Obstruction Case
Discussion: The Week
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
A truck drove into ICE protesters outside a private prison.  They say a guard was at the wheel.  —  The protesters were sitting on the pavement to block staff from parking at a Rhode Island prison that works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when a black pickup truck swerved toward them.
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Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several
Discussion: NPR, Talking Points Memo and RI.gov
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.
New York Times:
Gibraltar Releases Iranian Tanker, Hours After U.S. Asked to Seize It  —  LONDON — The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday released an Iranian oil tanker they impounded six weeks ago, defying a United States request hours earlier to seize the ship.  They also released the ship's crew from detention.
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Government of Gibraltar:
Chief Minister's Statement on the release of The Grace 1 - 595/2019
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
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
Leah McDonald / Daily Mail:
Norah O'Donnell caught on open mic saying ‘sounds like someone else here’ during CBS news story about sexual harassment allegations against opera star Placido Domingo  — Norah O'Donnell was caught saying ‘Sounds like somebody else here’ when discussing sexual harassment allegations made against Placido Domingo
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Wrap
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
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 …
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says the U.S. should build more psychiatric institutions in response to rising gun violence
Discussion: Political Wire
Oregonian:
Joey Gibson faces felony charge in fight at NE Portland's Cider Riot, preparing to turn self in
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Law & Crime
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
ABC News:
Trump can keep hot air balloon grounded because ‘he is so fat’: Yang
Discussion: The Atlantic and Splinter
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
Courier-Journal:
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton sues Gov. Matt Bevin over firing her staff members
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives plane crash at small Tennessee airport, officials say
Discussion: The Week
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet
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
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Gulls
Discussion: CityLab
Kendall Taggart / BuzzFeed News:
Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers