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10:55 AM ET, August 16, 2019

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Washington Post:
Rep. Tlaib says she will not go to Israel after the country initially rejected her request for a visit, then reversed course  —  BREAKING:Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said in a statement she will not visit Israel “under these oppressive conditions,” even though her humanitarian request to visit …
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Bari Weiss / New York Times:
King Bibi Bows Before a Tweet
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Tablet Magazine
Peter Beinart / The Forward:
Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive
Discussion: UPI, NPR, Townhall and BostonGlobe.com
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Governing by grievance, Trump wields official powers against political enemies
Discussion: Human Events, Townhall, twitchy.com and UPI
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:   Trump's Hate Makes the ‘Squad’ Stronger
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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Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen / Reuters:
Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale  —  COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump aides look into U.S. purchasing Greenland after directives from president
Discussion: The Week
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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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.
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 …
New York Times:   Economic Trouble Signs Hang Over Trump's Trade War
Wall Street Journal:
Any Economic Downturn Could Scramble Trump's 2020 Strategy
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   A Tabloid Legend on Jeffrey Epstein's Death
Gordon Witkin / Center for Public Integrity:
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders love bashing — and shopping at — Amazon  —  Trashing Amazon is sport for President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.  —  “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon.  THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed,” Trump tweeted Aug. 2.
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
A federal judge in D.C. hit ‘reply all,’ and now there's a formal question about his decorum  —  A clash between judges on two important federal courts in Washington has created an early, unusual test of new rules intended to make sure courthouses across the country are civil, harassment-free workplaces.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Real Reason Obama Didn't Pass Gun Control  —  After every mass shooting, there's a new ritual: sharing an old Twitter post from a British columnist that says: “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate.  Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”
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.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Mark Sanford says he's ‘growing ever closer’ to launching a GOP primary challenge against Trump  —  Former congressman Mark Sanford said Friday that he is “growing ever closer” to mounting a Republican primary challenge against President Trump following a visit this week to New Hampshire.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Appears to Have Benched Two Pro-Trump Contributors  —  Steve Cortes hasn't been seen on the network in more than a month and Ben Ferguson hasn't been on since April, but both are still paid contributors.  —  CNN president Jeff Zucker is famously committed to ideological diversity.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'  —  President Trump on Thursday mocked the weight of a protester who briefly interrupted his rally in Manchester, N.H.  —  “That guy's got a serious weight problem.  Go home, start exercising,” …
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The House Judiciary Committee Will Come Back To Washington A Few Days Early To Work On Gun Control Legislation  —  The committee will mark up three gun control bills on September 4th.  The full House is slated to return September 9th.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Associated Press:
Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren takes on DNA test fallout with sweeping tribal plan
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Donald Trump is spending more money on Facebook ads in Texas than in any other state
Liz Peek / Fox News:
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Bennet says Hickenlooper would be an ‘excellent senator’
James Pasley / Business Insider:
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Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Driving Women Into Law School
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Discussion: The Week and 1A
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
‘A heavy lift’: Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid
Kyle Smith / National Review:
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Foreign Policy:
State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump praises N.H. lawmaker who called for shooting Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and Breitbart
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Son Of Clinton Preacher Worked For Intel Agency And Was Suspected To Be A Mole In Hillary Email Probe …
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent
Discussion: The Week
John Solomon / The Hill:
New evidence shows why Steele, the Ohrs and TSA workers never should have become DOJ sources