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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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Tara Law / TIME:
Shell Union Workers Had to Choose Between Attending President Trump's Speech or Losing Pay: Reports  —  Union workers at a Royal Dutch Shell's manufacturing facility in western Pennsylvania were told that they had to attend President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday - or take the day off without pay, reports say.
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and Splinter
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Pittsburgh plant workers just revealed they had to go to Trump's rally or go without 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.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Splinter and TheBlaze
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
How Stephen Miller Rode an Anti-Immigration Wave to the White House  —  Behind Mr. Miller's singular grip on the Trump anti-immigrant agenda are forces far bigger than his own hostility toward the foreign-born.  —  WASHINGTON — When historians try to explain how opponents of immigration captured …
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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
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   If You Think Trump Is Helping Israel, You're a Fool
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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: The Daily Beast and WXIA-TV
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Warning or threat?  Democrats ignite controversy with Supreme Court brief in gun case  —  It is rare that an amicus brief filed in a Supreme Court case is characterized as both a brassy reality check and unprecedented political bullying.  —  But such is the controversy that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Crime Report
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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
 
 
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