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1:35 PM 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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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump's Call to Block Them  —  JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday barred the entry of two American Democratic congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, hours after President Trump had urged the country to block them.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Israel's ban of Omar and Tlaib is a grave misstep  —  The Post reports, “Caught between the opposing views of President Trump and Democratic leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed himself on Thursday and decided to prohibit Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib …
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 …
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Backtracks After Pressure From Trump, Bars Omar, Tlaib From Entering Israel
Michael Bachner / Associated Press:
Israel will bar US lawmakers Omar, Tlaib from entering, deputy FM confirms
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Final decision? Latest report indicates Israel will bar Tlaib and Omar
Discussion: RedState
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:
Israel considers banning entry to outspoken US congresswomen
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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: Splinter
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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 …
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
5 reasons asking women candidates about “electability” is misguided
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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:
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.
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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Karen Pinchin / FRONTLINE:
In Private Meeting, Trump Calls El Paso Mayor a “RINO”
Discussion: Mediaite, CNN and CBS Pittsburgh
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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Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Shoppers Splurge in Face of Global Headwinds
Discussion: Mother Jones
Heather Long / Washington Post:
9 key countries are on the verge of recession, driving fears the U.S. could follow
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Someone Should Probably Step In and Stop the Economy From Tumbling Into a Recession
Discussion: Above the Law and Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tanya Somanader / Crooked Media:
PollerCoaster 2020: What's Happening in Wisconsin  —  Wisconsin plays a crucial role in the Democrats' strategy to take back the White House in 2020.  That's why the latest poll in our PollerCoaster 2020 series with Change Research is designed to survey Wisconsin voters in a way that a campaign …
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   PollerCoaster 2020: How to Win Wisconsin
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 …
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.
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
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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Caroline Linton / CBS News:
6 officers shot in “active and ongoing” standoff with gunman in Philadelphia
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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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion Ledger:
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Discussion: Conservative Review
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The Writer in Black:
“How do you propose to end mass shootings then?”