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3:55 AM ET, August 18, 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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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Maher rails against anti-Israel boycott movement: ‘A bulls— purity test’ for Democrats  —  Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry …
Discussion: RedState
Ali Sawafta / Reuters:
‘May God ruin Trump’, Tlaib's grandmother says  —  BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank (Reuters) - Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States.  —  “May God ruin him,” she says.
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
“More than anything, I'm a granddaughter”: Tlaib addresses supporters  —  Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib emotionally told supporters in Detroit on Friday that she “should be on a plane” to see her grandmother in the occupied West Bank.  Israel upended diplomatic norms earlier this week by barring …
New York Times:
Israel's Alliance With Trump Creates New Tensions Among American Jews
Discussion: Miami Herald and Politico
Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:
Rashida Tlaib's Grandmother on Trump: ‘May God Ruin Him’
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
THE ADVISER WHO SCRIPTS TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICY … At President Trump's speeches and rallies, Stephen Miller often can be found backstage, watching the teleprompter operator.  As other White House staffers chat or look at their phones, Miller's attention remains glued to the controls.
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Jason DeParle / New York Times:
How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration  —  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 …
Bloomberg:
White House Mulled Ways to Block Migrant Children From Schools
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Miami Herald:
Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women's panties from the Palm Beach jail?  —  A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility's store: two pairs of small women's panties, size 5.
Ryan Prior / CNN:
The water is so hot in Alaska it's killing large numbers of salmon  —  (CNN)Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers.  —  Scientists have observed die-offs of several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Pittsburgh Speech Was a Paying Gig for the Audience  —  Thousands of union workers at a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant being built outside Pittsburgh were given the choice of attending a speech by President Trump on Tuesday or staying away — and losing some of their pay for the week.
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Ralph Whittington, erotica collector extraordinaire, dies at 74  —  Ralph Whittington worked at the Library of Congress for 36 years, rising from an entry-level clerk to become a curator in the main reading room of the library's majestic building across from the U.S. Capitol.
Oregonian:
Portland protests: 13 arrested as police declare civil disturbance (live updates)  —  A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland's waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention …
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
No Wonder the Economy Has Trump Spooked  —  Despite gyrations on Wall Street this week and an associated rise in recession fears, Donald Trump is still ballyhooing the state of the U.S. economy.  In private, however, the President sounded “nervous and apprehensive” when he called a number …
Discussion: Washington Press
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there'  —  White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president.  —  “There's an awful lot …
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Younger Democratic black voters aren't as interested in Biden. Here's why
Discussion: WXIA-TV and The Daily Beast
New York Times:
India Plans Big Detention Camps for Migrants.  Muslims Are Afraid.  —  NEW DELHI — More than four million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country's pluralist traditions …
Discussion: New Yorker and Washington Post
BostonGlobe.com:
Joseph P. Kennedy III to decide soon on challenge to Senator Edward Markey  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III is weighing a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, according to a person close to Kennedy and a Democratic congressional source, a move …
Discussion: The Week, Boston Globe and Fox News
Adam Minter / Bloomberg:
The Next Chernobyl Could Be at Sea  —  Russia and China are leading a push to put nuclear reactors on mobile floating platforms.  Rules need to catch up.  —  Later this month, a flotilla of tugboats will leave Murmansk, a port in Russia's northwest, towing the Akademik Lomonosov, a floating nuclear power plant.
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.
Discussion: Japan Times
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Former vice president Dick Cheney to appear at fundraiser for Trump and RNC  —  Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee …
 
 
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Karen Townsend / Hot Air:
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Hong Kong and Russia protesters fight for democracy. The West should listen and learn.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Voters don't have to settle for a binary choice. Look at Justin Amash.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Warning or threat? Democrats ignite controversy with Supreme Court brief in gun case
Discussion: The Mahablog
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen
VICE:
Militant Neo-Nazi Group Actively Recruiting Ahead of Alleged Training Camp
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to ‘toss up’
Robert Moore / Washington Post:
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Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Wyden Slams Republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bridget Phetasy / Spectator USA:
The battle cry of the politically homeless
Michael Luo / New Yorker:
America's Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNN's Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection