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3:55 PM ET, August 19, 2019

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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump  —  How he became a heartland evangelical—and the President's most loyal soldier.  —  In the winter of 2016, Donald Trump was roaring through the primaries, and Mike Pompeo was determined to stop him.  Pompeo, a little-known congressman from Wichita …
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Pence suggests Hong Kong clampdown could prevent China trade deal
Associated Press:
Warren offers public apology over claim to tribal heritage  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be her biggest political liability.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Williamson vows to rescind military medals, remove Andrew Jackson's Oval Office portrait …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Marianne Williamson vows to remove Andrew Jackson painting from Oval Office
Discussion: American Greatness and CNN
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump cuts off one of his closest friends  —  Tom Barrack and Donald Trump have been friends and confidants for more than three decades — the two men are so close, for instance, that Barrack comforted Trump during the funeral of his father, Fred.  —  But the intimate relationship between …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Want to Turn Trump's Twitter Addiction Into an Election Issue  —  The party recently commissioned polling that showed framing the president as ineffective because of his social media habits is one of its most persuasive arguments.  —  Donald Trump's Twitter habit has caused no shortage of controversy during his presidency.
Discussion: Splinter, Raw Story and twitchy.com
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
No. 4 House Democrat backs opening Trump impeachment inquiry  —  Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the No. 4 House Democrat, announced his support for an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump on Monday.  —  Luján, a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is the highest-ranking House Democrat to back impeachment thus far.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Planned Parenthood to stop taking Title X funds rather than comply with abortion ‘gag rule’  —  Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Planned Parenthood pulls out of family planning program over Trump abortion rule
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Funding
Discussion: Axios and BizPac Review
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Economic Warning Signals, Trump Sees Signs of a Conspiracy  —  President Trump, confronting perhaps the most ominous economic signs of his time in office, has unleashed what is by now a familiar response: lashing out at what he believes is a conspiracy of forces arrayed against him.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's scam is failing him, and he's in a panic over it  —  As President Trump prepares to run for reelection on the claim that his populist nationalist agenda has been a smashing success, it's awfully telling that Trump and his advisers have now launched a frantic, multi-front effort …
Discussion: The Resurgent, Raw Story and Axios
Devan Cole / CNN:
Scaramucci says he's putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020  —  Washington (CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials …
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It Feels Like a Rerun: Trump Publicly Fumes About Former Staffer, Again
Discussion: Mediaite
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Trump rages at ‘unstable’ Scaramucci after threat to organize ex-Cabinet officials against him
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Redemption sounds nice, but disgraced pundit Mark Halperin doesn't deserve it  —  Want to make a comeback?  —  First make amends.  —  Mark Halperin, the author and media commentator who stepped down from his various lofty perches in 2017, seems to have missed that step along the path to would-be redemption.
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The Daily Beast:
Five Years After Killing Eric Garner, NYPD Fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo  —  Garner's last words, 'I can't breathe,' became a rallying cry for justice in New York and across the country.  —  “Five years after Eric Garner's dying plea “I can't breathe” became the rallying cry …
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Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:   New York City Police Department Fires Officer Who Killed Eric Garner
David Shortell / CNN:
Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein suicide  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr removed the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department said Monday, replacing the agency's top official in the wake of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein earlier this month.
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US prisons chief removed after Epstein's death
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke  —  The social-justice Left sees only one path to redemption for the NFL, and that's a team signing Colin Kaepernick.  —  Rapper and mogul Jay-Z announced his company's new partnership with the National Football League and has made much of the social-justice Left furious:
Discussion: The Nation and Bloomberg
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Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
You know things are bad when the PC mob comes for Jay-Z
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
Video: California High-School Students Sang Nazi Song and Gave Hitler Salute  —  Athletes performed a homage to the Third Reich before an awards ceremony.  Their school won't say how they were disciplined.  —  A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang …
Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations  —  The organization representing the nation's most powerful chief executives is rewriting how it views the purpose of a corporation, updating its decades-old endorsement of the theory …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Alan Murray / Fortune:
America's CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation
Discussion: Axios
Mark Preston / CNN:
8 Democratic presidential candidates will participate in CNN climate town hall  —  (CNN)Nine Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month's Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms, and eight of them have said they will participate.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Mueller Was Listening to This Guy?  Sam Patten's wild life as a cooperating witness.  —  I.  —  Late one morning just after Easter 2018, Sam Patten's Siberian husky, Pepper, began to go “berserk.”  Patten, a 48-year-old Republican political operative, could hear a commotion from the basement …
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast  —  Outages spur concerns by experts that Russia is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion  —  Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site …
Matt Katz / WNYC News:
Chris ‘Sit Down and Shut Up’ Christie Creates Think Tank Centered on Civility  —  Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey who built a political brand around unfiltered frank talk aimed at political opponents and constituents alike, is starting a think tank centered on something unexpected: Civility in politics.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Devin Gordon / The Atlantic:
Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?  —  Every morning of my Joe Rogan experience began the same way Joe Rogan begins his: with the mushroom coffee.  —  It's a pour-and-stir powder made from lion's mane and chaga—"two rock-star mushrooms," according to Joe—and it's made by a company called Four Sigmatic …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Julián Castro To Announce Ambitious Animal Welfare Plan  —  The plan is the only comprehensive and detailed animal welfare plan released by any of the presidential candidates.  —  Julián Castro, who previously served as the San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary …
Mark Maxwell / WCIA-TV:
Sandoval apologizes for mock Trump assassination photo at political fundraiser  —  ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A series of pictures posted online after a Friday night political fundraising event for state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) show an event attendee pointing what appears to be a fake assault weapon …
Bloomberg:
‘I Believe in Capitalism’: Kamala Harris Courts Big Donors in the Hamptons  — Harris, Biden, Buttigieg mingle with elite for money boost  — Progressives Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders notably absent  —  Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks …
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Did Bill Clinton See This Coming?  —  In the summer of 1996, as he prepared to turn 50—and win a second term in the White House—Bill Clinton took to musing aloud that he now had “more yesterdays than tomorrows.”  If that sentiment seemed maudlin for a man still in the prime of life …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
For Trump, appeals to white fears about race may be a tougher sell in 2020: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election.  But a Reuters analysis of public opinion …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
 
 
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Adam Rasgon / The Times of Israel:
PA police ban Palestinian LGBT group from holding activities in West Bank
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
ICE-d out! NYPD denied all federal requests to detain immigrants in custody over 1-year period
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Is Bill Weld the Hero Never Trumpers Have Been Waiting For?
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
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Matthew Vann / ABC News:
Trump appears to back away from stronger gun sale background checks
Discussion: Politico
Variety:
‘The Hunt’ Director Breaks Silence on Film's Cancellation (EXCLUSIVE)
Jon Gabriel / Arizona Republic:
Welcome to America, the land of the perpetually whiny and offended
Discussion: Instapundit
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Federal Election Commission chair rebukes Trump's 2016 voter fraud claims
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
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David Mark / Washington Examiner:
How political talk radio's rise led to President Trump: Book Review
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says media, GOP leaders owe him an apology after his comments on rape and incest
German Lopez / Vox:
I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected
James Arkin / Politico:
The low-key, Harley-riding senator Democrats are leaning on to win the majority