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9:05 PM ET, August 16, 2019

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Michael Wilner / Miami Herald:
House Democrats weigh action against U.S. and Israel ambassadors over banned visit  —  Senior Democratic members of Congress are considering action against top emissaries of the Israeli government and the Trump administration for their roles in Israel's decision to bar two House members from entering the country.
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David French / National Review:
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel  —  This should be a national scandal.  —  To the extent that I care at all about Israel blocking entry to two U.S. congresswomen who partner with anti-Semites who seek its destruction …
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
Trump, Netanyahu relationship erodes core values of U.S.-Israeli bond: Today's talker
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Axios
Yossi Klein Halevi:   The day Israel humiliated its US friends in Congress
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Denmark Offers to Buy U.S.  —  COPENHAGEN (The Borowitz Report)—After rebuffing Donald J. Trump's hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead.  —  “As we have stated, Greenland is not for sale …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Reuters
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Washington Post:
‘Not for sale:’ How Greenland and Denmark are reacting to Trump's apparent interest
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself in Suicide  —  Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Conclude He Hanged Himself  — The findings from New York City's chief medical examiner refute conspiracy theories that Mr. Epstein may have been murdered.
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left  —  The GOP memo falsely pinned the El Paso massacre and other notable mass shootings on the left.  —  Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Deadspin Editor Quits, Rails Against Bosses: 'I've Been Repeatedly Lied To and Gaslit'  —  The new bosses in charge of what used to be the Gawker network of websites have drastically upended the culture, Greenwell said, leaving her no choice but to resign.  —  Deadspin's editor in chief …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump phones supporter he mocked for having a ‘weight problem’  —  President Trump on Thursday called the man he mocked for having a “weight problem” at a New Hampshire rally earlier that evening after discovering he was a supporter.  —  A senior administration official said Friday …
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Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Trump's large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid  —  The choice for thousands of union workers at Royal Dutch Shell's petrochemical plant in Beaver County was to either spend Tuesday standing in a giant hall waiting for President Donald Trump to speak, or to take the day off with no pay.
Discussion: Washington Press and Payday Report
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Rachel Maddow's Racial Smear of Second Circuit Nominee Steven Menashi  —  In a 2010 law-review article titled “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” Second Circuit nominee Steven Menashi argues that “ethnonationalism remains a common and accepted feature of liberal democracy that is consistent …
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Free Beacon
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Trump nominates advocate of ‘ethnonationalism’ for judgeship
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Asked The Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Workers Just For Being Transgender  —  The Trump administration on Friday took one of its most agressive steps yet to legalize anti-transgender discrimination by telling the Supreme Court that federal law allows firing workers solely …
Discussion: Out Magazine
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Obama and Biden's Relationship Looks Rosy.  It Wasn't Always That Simple.  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was riding his call for generational change to the Democratic presidential nomination in the spring of 2008 when he began musing about potential running mates with aides traveling with him on the trail.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Anthony Scaramucci talks to Bill Kristol about trying to force Trump off the GOP ticket in 2020  —  KEY POINTS  — Anti-Trump pundit and veteran GOP operative Bill Kristol confirmed to CNBC in a few brief text messages that he has spoken to Anthony Scaramucci since the SkyBridge Capital founder had a public falling out with Trump.
Discussion: Breitbart, Vanity Fair and The Week
Associated Press:
Recession signs worry Trump ahead of 2020  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate.
Jeff Cohen / Salon:
Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias  —  Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders' suggestion that ownership influences coverage.  I can tell you it's true  —  Mainstream journalists are having a ridiculous hissy fit over Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion …
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Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Discussion: naked capitalism and Common Dreams
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump's tax cut isn't giving the US economy the boost it needs  —  KEY POINTS  — Benefits from what President Trump called “the biggest reform of all time” to the tax code have dwindled to a faint breeze just 20 months after its enactment.  — Half of corporate chief financial officers surveyed …
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount  —  Xavier Einaudi did not want to wait for Wells Fargo to send him a check.  —  The bank informed Mr. Einaudi that it was closing all 13 of the checking accounts it provided his roofing company, CRV Construction, for a reason it called “confidential.”
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Limits of My Conservatism  —  In the first year of the Trump presidency, I had a very pleasant dinner with Michael Anton, the brilliant, bespoke Straussian who went to work for Trump's National Security Council for a while.  I wanted to talk to him about reactionism …
Lila Thulin / Smithsonian:
A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.  —  Smithsonian researcher describes a previously unknown species of olive-green bloodsucker that has three jaws with up to 59 teeth  —  In the summer of 2015, when Smithsonian research zoologist Anna Phillips and other scientists …
NBC News:
Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, announces he is gay  —  The father of five says he is leaving the Mormon church and has divorced his wife as he is “finally acknowledging a part of me that I have struggled with most of my life and never wanted to accept.”
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Study: Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real  —  In a news cycle full of clownish characters and outrageous rhetoric, it's no wonder satire isn't fully registering with a lot of readers.  —  Editors' note: The following article is from the academic-research site The Conversation.
Discussion: RedState, Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Here's what the NRA's Marion Hammer had to say about Florida's proposed assault weapons ban.  —  Spoiler: She's not a fan.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer warned state economists Friday that a proposed assault rifle ban would be devastating …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Spent Tens of Thousands on Hair and Makeup for CEO's Wife  —  The gun group used donor funds to fly Susan LaPierre's favorite stylists around the country and put them up in style.  —  The NRA spent tens of thousands of dollars bringing hair and makeup artists around the country for the wife of its CEO …
Associated Press:
Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes  —  SANTA ANA, California (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film.  —  ___
Discussion: Shareblue Media, The Week and Daily Kos
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena Says He Created A Cryptic Gmail Account And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary's Emails  — All but four of Hillary Clinton's 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according to a new Senate report.
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Townhall
The Moscow Times:
Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren't Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims  —  One doctor was reportedly later found to have a radioactive isotope in their muscle tissue.  —  The three injured men arrived at the hospital around 4:30 pm, naked and wrapped in translucent plastic bags.
Alissa Zhu / The Clarion Ledger:
ICE raid separates 4-month-old baby from breastfeeding mom  —  A mother of three has been detained in the ICE raids.  Now, her husband, also undocumented, continues working and caring for their children.  —  Dad awaits his own deportation hearing  —  CONNECT
 
 
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Nikolai Petrov / Chatham House:
Protests in Russia Show How the Political Environment Has Changed
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Elizabeth Warren Sells Populism to Professionals
Discussion: The Week
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota's 5th Congressional District Listed As Worst District For Black Americans To Live
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Media Home
Capper / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Republicans Still Complete Jerks Towards Paralyzed Democrat
Bloomberg:
Trump Held Call With Dimon, Moynihan, Corbat as Markets Plunged
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Lost The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question.  Now They Have To Pay The Challengers.
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Elena Schneider / Politico:
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A.C. Thompson / ProPublica:
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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
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CNN:
Fact check: Former Michigan congressman sheds light on Trump's claim to be Michigan's ‘Man of the Year’
Discussion: Washington Times
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
A federal judge in D.C. hit ‘reply all,’ and now there's a formal question about his decorum
Discussion: ThinkProgress