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11:50 AM ET, August 15, 2019

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Washington Post:
Netanyahu considers blocking Omar, Tlaib from entering Israel ahead of a planned weekend visit  —  Democrats in Congress are quietly bracing for a new public fight with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his government informed congressional leaders on Wednesday that it would formally announce …
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
‘They Hate Israel and All Jews’: Trump Says Israel Would Be Weak to Let in Omar, Tlaib  —  Barring Congresswoman would greatly damage Israel's relations with Democratic party, Israeli diplomats warn  —  WASHINGTON — Several Israeli diplomats warned on Thursday that significant damage …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Weighs Blocking Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from West Bank Visit  —  JERUSALEM — Israel is weighing whether to deny entry to two United States congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, for a planned visit to the West Bank, Israeli officials said on Thursday.
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:   Final decision? Latest report indicates Israel will bar Tlaib and Omar
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:   Israel considers banning entry to outspoken US congresswomen
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Political Wire
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Arguing the World  —  Over the past four decades, the American political landscape has been littered with the wreckage of booster rockets from eagerly anticipated presidential campaigns that failed to successfully take off.  —  Begin with John Glenn, whom I profiled on the cover of Newsweek …
Discussion: Washington Post
Li Zhou / Vox:
Women candidates are constantly asked about their electability.  Here are 5 reasons that's misguided.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death  —  An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
M.L. Nestel / New York Magazine:
Jeffrey Epstein's Bodyguard on His Former Boss's Lifestyle, Cruelty, Suicide  —  When Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 and served a 13-month sentence under the cushiest of conditions, it was his bodyguard and driver, former UFC fighter Igor Zinoviev …
Wall Street Journal:
The Navarro Recession, II  —  Evidence of a tariff-inspired slowdown spooks the markets.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  After we warned last week that U.S. trade policy was courting recession, White House aide Peter Navarro took to Fox Business to denounce us for sounding like The People's Daily …
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
9 key countries are on the verge of recession, driving fears the U.S. could follow
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Mahablog
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Someone Should Probably Step In and Stop the Economy From Tumbling Into a Recession
Discussion: Above the Law and Bloomberg
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke's New Approach to 2020: ‘Taking the Fight to Donald Trump’  —  After the shooting in El Paso, Mr. O'Rourke decided to abandon his focus on early primary states and more directly confront the president over immigration and gun control.  —  Beto O'Rourke plans to present himself …
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Hunter Woodall / Associated Press:
Trump's New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies.  But that hasn't happened, and now the 26-year-old owner …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Corey is a political hack’: Lewandowski Senate bid hits backlash in N.H.  —  President Donald Trump's Thursday evening rally in Manchester, N.H., is ostensibly about ginning up support for his reelection campaign.  —  But the state's establishment GOP class is worried he'll use the event …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump touts potential Lewandowski Senate bid ahead of New Hampshire rally
CNN:
Marianne Williamson promoted anti-vaxxer theories on her radio show in 2012 episode  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate and author Marianne Williamson once gave a platform to the unfounded theory that vaccines are linked to autism and called on her audience to “be awake” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Inquirer.com:
In N. Philly gun standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history  —  Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions …
Kendall Taggart / BuzzFeed News:
Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers  —  When police showed up at Harry Schmidt's home on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, he thought they were there to help.  He was still mourning the disappearance of the beloved forest green Ford F-15 pickup that he'd customized …
Robert Moran / Inquirer.com:
Multiple Philly police officers wounded in active shootout near Temple University's health campus  —  At least five police officers were shot in a confrontation with possibly two gunmen Wednesday afternoon in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.  —  Police Commissioner Richard Ross …
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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.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Gulls  —  A Jersey Shore town has come up with a creative but costly way to tame its marauding gulls.  —  OCEAN CITY, N.J. — They are deft predators of the French fried potato, able to pluck a fresh wedge in the milliseconds it takes …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Allies worry Trump is “running out of tools” to boost the economy  —  With #TrumpRecession trending on Twitter, a source close to President Trump told Axios, “I'm very worried about the latest economic data.  A lot of us are concerned.  Without the narrative on the economy, he can't win.”
Discussion: Splinter
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels and lounging in the Oval Office inside his Manhattan mansion - visitor reveals bizarre image inside pedophile's $56m lair  — Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels hanging inside his Manhattan home
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New York Post:
Epstein had bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in dress, heels in townhouse
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Most back gun restrictions after shootings, Trump ratings down  —  In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll.
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record
Discussion: The Week
Ben White / Politico:
Trump resists aides' pressure to back Hong Kong protesters  —  Donald Trump's top aides are urging him to back Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, but the president isn't interested, multiple people familiar with the administration's internal debates say.  —  In recent days …
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Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:   China threatens retaliation if US tariff hikes go ahead
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
PollerCoaster 2020: How to Win Wisconsin  —  RE: The Work We Need To Do To Win Wisconsin  —  The latest Crooked Media-Change Research poll takes a look at the pivotal battleground state of Wisconsin.  We designed our survey to look less like a media poll that focuses on the horse race …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
His Only Relative Died In El Paso.  Now, Her Funeral May Draw Hundreds Of Strangers  —  Antonio Basco's wife of 22 years was killed in the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart this month, and her passing means that Basco has no relatives left.  —  Basco, who runs a mobile car wash business …
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.
 
 
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Joyce White Vance / TIME:
William Barr Is the Wrong Person to Lead the Jeffrey Epstein Investigation
Discussion: FactCheck.org and CBS New York
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Far-Right Proud Boys' Founder Called ‘Hatemonger’
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancée Speaks About Mourning and Freedom
Washington Post:
A goal for Democrats: Make the White House boring again
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion Ledger:
More than 200 applied for chicken plant jobs at job fair after MS ICE raids
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Investigation clears analyst accused of leaking data, but officials never told man's defense team
 Earlier Items: 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
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Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Stacey Abrams: The Grift That Keeps On Grifting
Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
American Capitalism Is Brutal. You Can Trace That to the Plantation.
The Writer in Black:
“How do you propose to end mass shootings then?”
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
John Hickenlooper is dropping out of the presidential race
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Took On Obama Over Student Debt Forgiveness.  How She Won Is Central To Her 2020 Campaign
Discussion: Mother Jones
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records
Discussion: The Daily Caller