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2:55 PM ET, August 17, 2019

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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump has one playbook, and very few plays left in it  —  After a week in which the threat of recession rocked global financial markets, his trade war with China showed no signs of progress and the government of Israel got into a nasty dispute with two members of Congress …
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New York Times:
Israel's Alliance With Trump Creates New Tensions Among American Jews  —  A rabbi in St. Louis Park, Minn., was more than six thousand miles from Jerusalem when he heard the Israeli government decided to bar two Muslim members of Congress from making an official visit to the Jewish state.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   If You Think Trump Is Helping Israel, You're a Fool
Michael Wilner / Miami Herald:
House Democrats weigh action against U.S. and Israel ambassadors over banned visit
Discussion: RedState and Front Page Magazine
Mary Papenfuss / Yahoo:
Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest: Report  —  Workers at a massive new Shell plant in  —  Pennsylvania had to attend a speech by President  —  Donald Trump there earlier this week to be paid — and were  —  ordered not to protest, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Pittsburgh plant workers just revealed they had to go to Trump's rally or go without pay  —  President Trump trashed union leadership at a Shell plant even after management forced its unionized workers to attend one of his hate speeches at their plant, or lose pay.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
New York Times:
Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein  —  The notorious jail in Manhattan was a sharp departure from his formerly gilded life.  Here's what happened inside.  —  Jeffrey Epstein, inmate 76318-054, hated his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Anthony Scaramucci Predicts Exact Month Donald Trump Will Abandon 2020 Race  —  The former White House communications director also turned to “Game of Thrones” to explain why Trump should be primaried.  —  Anthony Scaramucci thinks he knows when Donald Trump will decide not to run for president again.
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection  —  There's no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen's forehead and right cheek.  —  But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists …
Robert Moore / Washington Post:
'Here in El Paso, we're just a family': City turns out for widower of Walmart massacre victim  —  EL PASO — Antonio Basco, overwhelmed by loneliness and grief after his wife, Margie Reckard, was slain in a mass shooting on Aug. 3, invited the El Paso community to attend her prayer service Friday night.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Joseph Kennedy III Said to Be Eying Edward Markey's Massachusetts Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts is considering a primary challenge next year against Senator Edward J. Markey, according to a senior Democratic official.
VICE:
Militant Neo-Nazi Group Actively Recruiting Ahead of Alleged Training Camp  —  The Base, a neo-Nazi group aiming to provide military and survivalist training to fellow white supremacists, has been ramping up its activities including a massive recruitment campaign and a planned “hate camp.”
Discussion: PinkNews
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen  —  The freeze-up in business confidence, caused in part by the trade war, could wind up affecting consumer confidence.  —  These three things are all true: The United States almost certainly isn't in a recession right now.  It may well avoid one for the foreseeable future.
CNN:
Aides got Trump to delay tariffs by telling President it could ‘ruin Christmas’  —  Burnett: Why blame China when you can blame someone else?  —  (CNN)As President Donald Trump's trade advisers were searching last week for a strategy to forestall his threatened tariffs on China …
Discussion: Quartz
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests  —  MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands.  Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist.  —  This summer's wave of anti-government protests …
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Nikolai Petrov / Chatham House:   Protests in Russia Show How the Political Environment Has Changed
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNN's Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story  —  NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject of a 15-minute propaganda video denigrating her work.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to ‘toss up’  —  The Cook Political Report shifted its forecast of the Maine Senate election from “lean Republican” to “toss-up” on Friday, signaling a tight reelection race for Sen. Susan Collins (R).  —  Collins won her last reelection bid …
Bloomberg:
White House Mulled Ways to Block Migrant Children From Schools  — Idea was ultimately abandoned amid questions over legality  — 1982 case says can't deny education on immigration status  —  Some top aides to President Donald Trump sought for months for a way to give states the power …
Discussion: The Week
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Wyden Slams Republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations  —  Senator Ron Wyden blasted the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Friday after the agency's Republican commissioners blocked an attempt to fully investigate the National Rifle Association …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage.  Who draws attention in foreign capitals.  Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving.  —  It's not just President Donald Trump.
Michael Luo / New Yorker:
America's Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History  —  On February 28, 1882, Senator John Franklin Miller, a Republican from California, introduced a bill to bar Chinese laborers from entering the United States.  Miller had been a brigadier general in the Union Army.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Black Democrats are split along generational lines  —  (CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the Boy Meets World closing credits.  —  Poll of the week: A new national Fox News poll finds that among black Democratic primary voters, former Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: WXIA-TV and The Daily Beast
 
 
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Adam Higginbotham / nsarchive.gwu.edu:
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump official has talked about undocumented immigrants as ‘invaders’ since at least 2007
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women's Rights
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Don't waste your breath trying to convince Trump supporters he's repugnant
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Warren Chips Away at Biden's Strength as The One Who Beats Trump
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump admin argues transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights law in new Supreme Court filing
Discussion: The Root
U.S. Department of Justice:
Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker “Grace 1” …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and Politico
Pew Research Center:
Most Democrats Are Excited by ‘Several’ 2020 Candidates - Not Just Their Top Choice
Jeff Cohen / Salon:
Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Here's what the NRA's Marion Hammer had to say about Florida's proposed assault weapons ban.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media