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5:05 PM 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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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Rashida Tlaib Says She Won't Visit West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Yossi Klein Halevi:   The day Israel humiliated its US friends in Congress
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
Trump, Netanyahu relationship erodes core values of U.S.-Israeli bond: Today's talker
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and HuffPost
Emily Tamkin / New Republic:
Ilhan Omar Is Already Changing Washington
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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The man Trump mocked as heavyset at his New Hampshire rally was a Trump supporter
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'
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.
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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 …
Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
American Imperialists Have Always Dreamed of Greenland  —  Trump's reported hopes of buying the Danish island exemplify his 19th-century values.  —  From his love of tariffs to his racial view of the world, Donald Trump is the nineteenth-century president America never had.
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself in Suicide  —  The New York City's chief medical examiner determination refutes conspiracy theories that he may have been murdered.  —  The official results of an autopsy showed that the financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself …
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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 …
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” …
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 …
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Byler / Washington Post:
What early polls can — and can't — tell you about who will be the Democratic nominee  —  Presidential primaries are notoriously hard to forecast.  Candidates often announce their runs months (or even years — looking at you, John Delaney) before primary voters make up their minds.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump is the one with the ‘electability’ problem
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and NBC News
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.
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Daily Kos and The Week
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos  —  Trump torched America's foreign policy infrastructure.  The results are becoming clear.  —  Earlier this week, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board …
Discussion: The Mahablog, The Week, Al Jazeera and 1A
Bloomberg:
Trump Held Call With Dimon, Moynihan, Corbat as Markets Plunged  — Stocks dropped and bond markets signaled recession that day  — Call came as executives held pre-scheduled meeting at Treasury  —  President Donald Trump held a conference call Wednesday amid a plunge in the stock market …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples  —  In 2003, the United States Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the state of federal support for Indian Country.  The report detailed the chronic failure of the federal government to provide the resources necessary …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg lags behind rivals in Iowa after big national splash  —  TIPTON, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg burst into the 2020 presidential race by building national excitement on social media and cable news shows.  Now, pork chop in hand, he's playing catch-up in the all-important first caucus state.
Discussion: Towleroad Gay News and Fox News
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 …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Zogby: ‘Poor performances’ of Democrats boost Trump's approval to 51%, up with blacks and Hispanics  —  President Trump's approval rating has edged up, driven by long-term confidence in his economy and boosted by the lackluster performances of the two dozen Democrats trying to beat him in the 2020 election …
Discussion: RedState
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Sometimes Winning Gets Old  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—During a rally in the nation's first primary state last night, President Donald Trump delivered two hours' worth of musings on his favorite topics, including, in the order mused: the 2016 election, “fake polls,” the “fake news media,” crowd size …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Intel Committee could bolster Dem case for impeaching Trump  —  When Congress initiated impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon 45 years ago, the House Intelligence Committee didn't exist.  —  Now, Democrats plan to use the panel — and its access to the nation's …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Contemptor
 
 
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Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
July was Earth's hottest month since records began, with the globe missing 1 million square miles of sea ice
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Republicans Still Complete Jerks Towards Paralyzed Democrat
The Moscow Times:
Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren't Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Discussion: naked capitalism and Common Dreams
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Michael Flynn Wants a Judge to Allow Him to Travel to a Conference Held by a QAnon Fan
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
How Elizabeth Warren went from a regulation critic to Wall Street watchdog
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Townhall
Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Court allows Trump admin asylum restrictions to take place along most of border
A.C. Thompson / ProPublica:
“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent's Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It
CNN:
Fact check: Former Michigan congressman sheds light on Trump's claim to be Michigan's ‘Man of the Year’
Discussion: Washington Times
Washington Post:
Trump plans Friday meeting to make arrangements for withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
James Pasley / Business Insider:
35 vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what American cities looked like before pollution was regulated
 

 
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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
The Trump campaign has denied press credentials for several reporters, often after tough questions or articles; in 2016, it denied them for entire news outlets

 
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