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2:40 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Quint Forgey / Politico:   Marianne Williamson vows to remove Andrew Jackson painting from Oval Office
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: 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, twitchy.com and Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Discussion: The Resurgent, Raw Story and Axios
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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Financial Times:
Group of US corporate leaders ditches shareholder-first mantra
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Jay Inslee unlikely to qualify for CNN's climate change town hall
Discussion: Political Wire
Twitter:
Information operations directed at Hong Kong  —  We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change.  —  What we are disclosing  —  This disclosure consists …
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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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Trump rages at ‘unstable’ Scaramucci after threat to organize ex-Cabinet officials against him
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 …
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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: A Republican poll shows overwhelming support for stricter gun control among suburban women
Discussion: Political Wire
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: The Week and Political Wire
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Calls for a Big Fed Rate Cut, Again Criticizes Central Bank Chairman  —  President says Jerome Powell has ‘horrendous lack of vision,’ says big reduction would improve economy  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump on Monday called for the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark interest rate …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It Feels Like a Rerun: Trump Publicly Fumes About Former Staffer, Again
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of Democratic National Committee delegates will be here next weekend for a three-day gathering that gives them a chance to meet and hear from 13 presidential contenders …
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 …
James Arkin / Politico:
The low-key, Harley-riding senator Democrats are leaning on to win the majority  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Democrat Gary Peters, a bearded, buttoned-down genial Midwesterner who could easily pass for the investment adviser he once was, is known in the Senate mostly for steering as far clear from the spotlight as he possibly can.
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says media, GOP leaders owe him an apology after his comments on rape and incest  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is demanding an apology from the media and Republican leaders after he remarked last week that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest.
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
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 …
 
 
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Governor During Hurricane Katrina, Dies at 76
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US prisons chief removed after Epstein's death
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
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)
Hannah Leone / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Teachers Union group's trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as ‘propaganda tour’
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?
 Earlier Items: 
David Mark / Washington Examiner:
How political talk radio's rise led to President Trump: Book Review
German Lopez / Vox:
I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Six times Biden described major events in his life that never happened
Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist  —  Good morning, readers.  I'm taking a break …
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Howard University to add golf teams after receiving sponsorship from NBA star Stephen Curry
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race