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1:35 AM ET, August 19, 2019

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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, 77 WABC Radio and CNN
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's economic record is one big con  —  President Trump came into office promising some fabulous yet unspecified health-care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.  No plan existed; every plan Republicans came up with managed to reduce the number of insured.
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump economic adviser dismisses fears of looming recession
Discussion: Fox News
CNN:
There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren't stopped, authorities say  —  (CNN)Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.
Discussion: New York Post and The Week
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Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Ohio white nationalist, anti-Semite arrested for threatening to shoot up Jewish community center, police say  —  An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown.  —  James Reardon Jr., 20, has been charged with telecommunications harassment …
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
'I'm not happy with it': Trump hits Fox News over poll results  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed his preferred news network over recent unfavorable poll results, saying: “There's something going on at Fox [News], I'll tell you right now.  And I'm not happy with it.”
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump calls Juan Williams ‘pathetic,’ ‘always nasty and wrong’  —  President Trump on Sunday tore into Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, calling him “pathetic,” “nasty” and “wrong.”  —  “Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Amid failure to topple Maduro, Trump privately proposes a naval blockade of Venezuela  —  President Trump has suggested to national security officials that the U.S. should station Navy ships along the Venezuelan coastline to prevent goods from coming in and out of the country …
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Associated Press:
US Official: Secret communications opened with Venezuela socialist boss Cabello over guarantees for Maduro insiders  —  BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — US Official: Secret communications opened with Venezuela socialist boss Cabello over guarantees for Maduro insiders.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss
Discussion: The Week
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Danish prime minister calls Trump's interest in buying Greenland ‘absurd’  —  What you should know about Trump's interest in Greenland  —  Washington (CNN)The Danish Prime Minister called Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland “absurd” the same day the President confirmed he had discussed …
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Amy Russo / HuffPost:
Larry Kudlow Says Trump Admin Still ‘Looking At’ Buying Greenland
Discussion: Slate, POLITICUSUSA and Fox News
HuffPost:
Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally  —  Many had feared the rally in Portland would be the most violent fascist rally of the Trump era.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. ― A few hundred fascists once again invaded Portland for a much-anticipated rally Saturday …
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The Daily Beast:
Disgraced Pundit Mark Halperin's Accusers Call New Book Deal a ‘Slap in the Face’  —  News of the “Game Change” author's deal with Regan Arts came as a shock to his accusers, and prominent Democrats interviewed in the book have been scrambling to explain themselves.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House aide on the front page of today's NYT and WaPo  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LOOK WHO IS ABOVE THE FOLD OF THE FRONT PAGE TIMES AND WAPO TODAY: STEPHEN MILLER.  Here's the Sunday NYT and Sunday WaPo.  —  NYT: “How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Chief Wedged Between a Slowing Economy and an Angry President  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell faces scrutiny from markets and the White House in an economy unsettled by a trade dispute and fears of recession  —  Jerome Powell is entering the most perilous stage yet of his tenure …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
PA bans LGBTQ activities in West Bank  —  The ban came after LGBTQ group Al-Qaws was planing to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus.  —  The Palestinian Authority has banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Intersectionality On the West Bank
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:   Palestinian Authority bans LGBT activities in West Bank
Joel Achenbach / Greenwich Time:
Two mass murders a world apart share a common theme: ‘ecofascism’  —  Before the slaughter of dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand and El Paso, Texas this year, the accused gunmen took pains to explain their fury, including their hatred of immigrants.
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Websites that peddle disinformation make millions of dollars in ads, new study finds  —  New York (CNN Business)As the United States gears up for another presidential election, aware of the role online disinformation played in 2016, the business of publishing false or extremist content online remains a lucrative one.
Daily Mail:
The tantalising mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's burger bar ‘makeover’ as conspiracy theorists ask why she ‘took off her glasses while reading a book and had TWO drinks next to her’  —  They are the photographs that raise more questions than they answer.  —  When Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend …
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Interview: The Only Person Who Attended Steve King's Forum  —  It was early Saturday morning, and Jessica Birch didn't feel like getting out of bed.  Hungover and tired, the 21-year-old University of Northern Iowa student could easily have turned off her alarm.
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Parliament cannot stop Brexit, Johnson to tell Macron and Merkel  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Westminster parliament cannot stop Brexit and a new deal must be agreed if Britain is to avoid leaving the EU without one.
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren lie about the Michael Brown case
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Seeking democracy on the streets of Russia
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers' Market
Reuters:
Iranian tanker at center of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar, shipping data shows
Alayna Treene / Axios:
White House and Congress say it's “September or bust” on gun legislation
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population
Discussion: Splinter and Daily Wire
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Graham: IG's report on Russia probe will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ
Discussion: RedState
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New York Times:
Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Scaramucci asks left to create ‘off ramp’ for Trump officials, compares it to ‘trying to deprogram people from a cult’
Discussion: Political Wire
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump's chances in 2020
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:
Inside Elizabeth Warren's courtship of Native American leaders
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The ‘follow-up appointment’  —  For many people in medical debt …
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
My Childhood Rape and My Life That Might Have Been
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for free trade reaches new high in NBC/WSJ poll
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo