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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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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.
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
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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   If You Think Trump Is Helping Israel, You're a Fool
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.
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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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Warren Chips Away at Biden's Strength as The One Who Beats Trump
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Elizabeth Warren Sells Populism to Professionals
Discussion: Balloon Juice and New York Times
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump official has talked about undocumented immigrants as ‘invaders’ since at least 2007  —  Burnett challenges Cuccinelli on new immigration rule  —  (CNN)Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, was a founding member of a group more than a decade ago …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Bridget Phetasy / Spectator USA:
The battle cry of the politically homeless … Like millions of other Americans, I'm exhausted.  But I'm not tired from #Resisting or tired from screaming at a MAGA rally.  I'm tired of the toxic tribalism infecting the very foundations of our democracy, straining our relationships, and poisoning our view of our fellow humans.
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 …
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.
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Trump wants to buy Greenland.  But hey, it's not his $1.7 trillion.  —  Trump wants to buy Greenland.  But Denmark says he just can't af-fjord it.  —  President Trump has repeatedly mentioned buying Greenland in recent weeks even though it's not clear why he wants the giant Arctic island …
Adam Higginbotham / nsarchive.gwu.edu:
Top Secret Chernobyl: The Nuclear Disaster through the Eyes of the Soviet Politburo, KGB, and U.S. Intelligence  —  Memorial to Those who Saved the World, Chernobyl, Ukraine (Wikipedia)  —  Edited by Svetlana Savranskaya, Sarah Dunn, Brooke Lennox with Alla Yaroshinskaya
 
 
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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
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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
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker “Grace 1” …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and Politico
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