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5:05 PM ET, August 15, 2019


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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% …
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 …
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 …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is gaining ground. But her path to the nomination is harder than you think.
Discussion: Politico
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:   Arguing the World  —  Over the past four decades …
David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke: We will ‘die in our sleep’ if we don't confront Trump threat
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's transparent attempt to manipulate American Jews
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Enabled Israel's Antidemocratic Tendencies at Every Turn
Discussion: Breitbart, Reuters and Spectator USA
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Business Insider
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.
NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein's body claimed by unidentified ‘associate’
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 …
Tanya Somanader / Crooked Media:   PollerCoaster 2020: What's Happening in Wisconsin
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump returns to New Hampshire, eyeing battlegrounds won by Clinton
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and
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
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 …
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.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and
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 …
House panel subpoenas Lewandowski and former White House official as impeachment push ramps up
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Dems subpoena Trump's former campaign manager Lewandowski for public testimony
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.
Jessica Chen Weiss / Washington Post:
Hong Kong waits for Beijing's next move.  Here's what the experts say.  —  Why a military intervention could be costly on many fronts … 1. There's a growing consensus that Beijing will inevitably order a military-style crackdown.  Veteran China watchers who hoped for a peaceful democratic transition …
Will Bunch /
American flags in Hong Kong show people still fight for our values. Americans should join them
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Five Democratic senators just declared all-out war on the Supreme Court  —  A tone of ritualized obsequiousness pervades most briefs filed in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judges are powerful and at the Supreme Court level, unaccountable.  They wield enormous …
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.'s Deactivated Call Records Program  —  The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans' phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted.
Discussion: Boing Boing
David French / National Review:
PolitiFact Should Have the Courage to Tell the Truth  —  By excusing the lies Senators Warren and Harris told about Michael Brown's death, the fact-checking site abandoned its mission.  —  In theory, fact-checking is a valuable media enterprise.  No one will do it perfectly …
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Wire and BizPac Review
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
9 key countries are on the verge of recession, driving fears the U.S. could follow
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Rolling Stone
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Jon Street / Campus Reform:
UT-Austin instructor doubles down on claim that Republicans want ‘ethnic cleansing’
Discussion: Breitbart
Christine Theodorou / ABC News:
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family escape plane crash in Tennessee without serious injuries: Sheriff
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Stacey Abrams PAC Pushed $1.2 Million Over to Dark Money Entity
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sam Patten / Wired:
Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller's Probe
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In the War Against Gerrymandering, an Army of Voters Meets a Dug-in Foe
Discussion: NB Blog
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Department watchdog details political retaliation against ‘disloyal’ staffers
Justice News:
Statement by United States Attorney William M. McSwain on the Shooting of Six Philadelphia Police Officers
Discussion: Townhall
Nick Schager / The Daily Beast:
Was a U.N. Secretary-General Assassinated to Cover Up a Sinister Plot to Spread AIDS Across Africa?
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
We found out how many times the Mueller report has been downloaded
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers Blacklist Hard News, Including Trump, Fearing Backlash
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
‘This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation's future
Trump's 2,000 Conflicts of Interest (and Counting)
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Gulls
Discussion: CityLab
Marianne Williamson promoted anti-vaxxer theories on her radio show in 2012 episode
Discussion: Political Wire
In N. Philly gun standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history