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8:20 AM ET, August 16, 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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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.
Discussion: The Week
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
Peter Beinart / The Forward:
Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive  —  Most establishment American Jewish leaders think Israel's decision to bar Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the West Bank was, in the words of The Democratic Majority for Israel, “unwise.”
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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.
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Israel Approves Rashida Tlaib Petition to Enter ‘On Humanitarian Grounds’ to Visit Grandmother  —  In letter she sent to the interior minister, Michigan congresswoman requests to visit her grandmother, as it may be her ‘last opportunity to see her’  —  Israel has decided to approve a petition …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Emily Tamkin / New Republic:
Ilhan Omar Is Already Changing Washington  —  This week, Donald Trump opened a new front in his war against women of color in Congress.  “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit,” the president tweeted Thursday morning, referring to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib …
Liza Hearon / HuffPost:
Israel To Allow Rashida Tlaib To Visit Family In West Bank  —  The Democratic congresswoman from Michigan wrote a letter requesting entry to see her elderly grandmother.  —  Israel has decided to allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to enter the country and visit with her family in the West Bank, Reuters reported Friday.
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
King Bibi Bows Before a Tweet
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
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 …
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  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Mounting signs of global economic distress this week have alarmed President Trump, who is worried that a downturn could imperil his reelection, even as administration officials acknowledge …
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New York Times chief outlines coverage shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump racism
Discussion: twitchy.com
New York Times:
Citing Economy, Trump Says That ‘You Have No Choice but to Vote for Me’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” …
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Washington Post:
At rally, Trump defends economic record amid worries of a downturn
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Matthew Choi / Politico:   Trump praises N.H. lawmaker who called for shooting Hillary Clinton
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democrats protest Trump ahead of, and during, his NH rally
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden still leads Democratic race, Warren climbs into second
John Bowden / The Hill:
Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris
Discussion: Fox 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
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 …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Anthony Scaramucci Calls Trump “Crazy” and “Narcissistic,”  —  A few days into his jihad against his former boss, Anthony Scaramucci discusses his view of Trump's increasing mental problems, his racist tactics, and why he hopes an Arya Stark will rise up to kick him out of office.
David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke: ‘I will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate’  —  Beto O'Rourke has to keep finding new ways to tell people he isn't running for Senate.  —  On Thursday night it was MSNBC and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.  —  “You know the question's going to keep coming up …
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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: Politico
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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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Trump's Hate Makes the “Squad” Stronger  —  The president gives his opponents media attention and enhances their influence on American life.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  Who better to personify the opposition party than its official congressional leaders?  Tom Daschle.  Harry Reid.
Kyle Smith / National Review:
'Don't Apologize': Ricky Gervais Takes On Verbal Terrorism  —  The Left should listen to comedians more.  —  Ricky Gervais calls himself “a lefty liberal champagne socialist,” but when he says, “I don't agree that feelings are more important than facts,” he echoes Ben Shapiro.
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 …
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent  —  They met at a libertarian conference in Las Vegas in July 2015, where they discussed Milton Friedman, Anton Chekhov and John Locke.  —  He was the philosophizing founder and chief executive of Overstock.com …
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans.  He has our endorsement.  —  Robert Kabel is chairman of Log Cabin Republicans.  Jill Homan is the vice chairwoman of Log Cabin Republicans.  —  While the chasm between left and right in this nation continues to grow, and even the definition …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Migrant Children Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules  —  A federal appeals court panel ruled on Thursday that the government must provide detained migrant children with basic hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes and sleeping mats, ending a debate that incited national outrage …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, NPR and CNN
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 …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Foreign Policy:
State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'
Discussion: PJ Media Home and CBS Boston
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
It Is Criminal That We Aren't Borrowing Trillions to Fix the Country and Save the Planet Right Now
Discussion: New Republic
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Son Of Clinton Preacher Worked For Intel Agency And Was Suspected To Be A Mole In Hillary Email Probe …
New York Daily News:
Twitter's debate-chilling problem: The social media site's arbitrary policies allow foreign nations …
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Investigators believe five poultry companies violated immigration law, search warrants say
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Last Refuge
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood to exit federal program Aug. 19 over abortion ‘gag rule’ unless court rules in its favor
Discussion: The Root and LifeNews.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Leah McDonald / Daily Mail:
Norah O'Donnell caught on open mic saying ‘sounds like someone else here’ …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Wrap
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet
Ken Ward Jr / ProPublica:
Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest
John Hickenlooper / YouTube:
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“You're the Man”: Fox News Emails With Trump Treasury Department Reveal Coziness