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8:55 AM 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 …
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.
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump: ‘We already have a lot of background checks’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU ARE SOMEONE who is looking forward to Congress coming back into session and passing gun control, take a look at what President DONALD TRUMP said Sunday before leaving New Jersey.
Discussion: Associated Press
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:   Fed Chief Wedged Between a Slowing Economy and an Angry President
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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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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Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Associated Press:   US Official: Secret communications opened with Venezuela socialist boss Cabello over guarantees for Maduro insiders
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
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
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: Political Wire
Financial Times:
Group of US corporate leaders ditches shareholder-first mantra  —  One of America's largest business groups has dropped the “shareholder primacy” creed that has driven US capitalism for decades, urging companies to consider the environment and workers' wellbeing alongside their pursuit of profits.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Alan Murray / Fortune:
America's CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation
Discussion: Axios
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.
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: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Fox News, Meduza.io and Forbes
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren's heritage flap re-emerges ahead of native American forum  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Time may really heal all wounds — even those that are self-inflicted and political in nature.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's, D-Mass., controversial rollout of a DNA test regarding …
Discussion: New Republic and Fox News
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race  —  He hardly mentions it, while his adversaries are obsessed with ‘whiteness’ and ‘white privilege.’  —  Long before the El Paso massacre, President Trump's political opponents accused him of sowing “division” with his “racist language.”
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren lie about the Michael Brown case
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Howard University to add golf teams after receiving sponsorship from NBA star Stephen Curry  —  Following a January screening of “Emanuel,” a documentary about the deadly 2015 shooting of nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, S.C., a throng of Howard University students jockeyed …
Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist  —  Good morning, readers.  I'm taking a break from writing the newsletter until Labor Day.  This week, Jonathan Bernstein of Bloomberg Opinion — a political scientist whom I regularly quote — is taking over.  I hope you enjoy his thoughts.  As always, you can find links to the full Times Opinion report below.
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.
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront  —  China's drive to dominate a field with big economic and military applications outpaces some U.S. strides  —  SHANGHAI — More than a decade ago, Chinese physicist Pan Jian-Wei returned home from Europe …
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: Political Wire
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Commerce Department will extend Huawei reprieve, Ross says  —  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday that his department will grant another temporary reprieve to Huawei Technologies, delaying the implementation of a penalty on the Chinese tech giant for another 90 days.
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Virginia Republican in close race now backs ‘red flag’ gun bill  —  Virginia Del. Tim Hugo this week expressed support for a “red flag” gun bill that would remove guns from some people considered a risk to themselves or others, an apparent shift for the Fairfax Republican who faces a tough reelection challenge in November.
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.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No Justice For Trump's Enablers
Discussion: Washington Post
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Did Bill Clinton See This Coming?
Erin Durkin / Politico:
Republican challengers rushing to unseat Ocasio-Cortez
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Warren works to overcome hurdles with black voters in S.C.
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William Echols / POLYGRAPH.info:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Parliament cannot stop Brexit, Johnson to tell Macron and Merkel
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Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers' Market
Clare Duffy / CNN:
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Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
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Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Graham: IG's report on Russia probe will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.