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4:35 PM ET, August 21, 2019


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says Jews Should Love Him Because He's Almost Literally Jesus  —  President Trump has been vexed recently by the refusal of the majority of the American Jewish community to support him.  For insight into the mysterious paradox of why a traditionally liberal social minority remains unenthusiastic …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump quotes conspiracy theorist claiming Israelis ‘love him like he is the second coming of God’  —  President Trump went on Twitter on Wednesday to quote a conservative radio host and known conspiracy theorist who praised him as “the greatest President for Jews” and claimed that Israelis “love him like he is the second coming of God.”
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
DisloyalToTrump Trends After President Accuses Jewish Americans of ‘Disloyalty’: ‘We Know Exactly Who He Is...and We Reject It’  —  President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for suggesting Jewish Americans who vote for the Democrats show either a “total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Discussion: USA Today, Common Dreams and Daily Wire
Josef Federman / Associated Press:   As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet
Marc Schulman / Newsweek:   With His Accusation of ‘Disloyalty,’ Trump Reminded Jews Exactly Why They Vote Democratic | Opinion
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump and the fragile belonging of American Jews
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and Slate
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Jews Who Vote Democrat Are Disloyal or Ignorant, Trump Says
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Danes furious over postponement of Trump's visit, call his behavior ‘insulting’  —  BERLIN — Danish lawmakers on Wednesday reacted in fury to President's Trump's postponement of his two-day visit in early September to Denmark after its prime minister said she was not interested in selling him the autonomous island of Greenland.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Says Danish Prime Minister Was ‘Nasty’ in Rejecting Greenland Offer  —  President Trump on Wednesday said that the new prime minister of Denmark was “nasty” to him when she rejected his interest in purchasing Greenland, as he explained why he abruptly canceled a trip to the European nation next month.
Discussion: Washington Press and Earther
Trump cancels Denmark visit amid spat over sale of Greenland  —  US President Donald Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation's prime minister said Greenland was not for sale to the US.  —  The president was scheduled to visit on 2 September, at the invitation of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II.
Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Greenland fallout: Trump's canceled trip blindsides Denmark
Discussion: Vanity Fair
New York Times:
Deficit Will Reach $1 Trillion Next Year, Budget Office Predicts  —  The federal budget deficit is growing faster than expected as President Trump considers plans that would add to government debt, like tax cuts.  —  Breaking87 comments  —  Trump's Message: The Economy Is Great.  But We Need a Big Stimulus.
Wall Street Journal:
In Reversal, Trump Says He Is No Longer Considering Tax Cuts  —  President had said Tuesday he wanted to bolster the economy by reducing capital gains, payroll taxes  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump said Wednesday he was no longer looking at any form of tax cuts, in a stark reversal from a day earlier.
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
The Summer of Warren  —  Julia Ioffe joins Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, where the surging senator has spent the season overcoming her campaign's wobbly start and getting down to business—trouncing debate foes, climbing in the polls, and somehow making a slew of policy plans feel exciting.
Discussion: The Week
Los Angeles Times:   Bernie Sanders' famed $27 donors are split in 2020's sprawling Democratic field
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren just met her look-alike at a rally. Can you tell them apart?
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
China's Warning to Global CEOs: Toe the Party Line on Hong Kong  — Beijing scrutinizes how companies, workers respond to protests  — Clampdown on airline Cathay Pacific sent a chilling message  —  As anti-government protests in Hong Kong intensified this month …
Bloomberg:   Twitter Helps China Push Agenda Abroad Despite Ban in Mainland
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
Xi's choice: Destroy Trump, or save him and weaken America
New York Times:
Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed …
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS and HHS Announce New Rule to Implement the Flores Settlement Agreement; Final Rule Published …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump now says he has ‘an appetite’ for stronger gun background checks  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered what appeared to be another pivot in his views on gun control measures, saying the nation's background check system is “already strong” but that he has “an appetite” for plugging loopholes in the federal process.
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Langevin comes out for Trump impeachment inquiry  —  WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin announced Wednesday he now supports impeachment hearings against President Trump, becoming the latest House lawmaker to back a process that could lead to Trump's removal from office.
Discussion: Vox
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN Poll: Public's view on the economy dips for the first time in Trump's presidency  —  (CNN)Almost two-thirds of Americans (65%) say current economic conditions are good, but that's down since May, representing the first significant decline in public perception of the economy during Donald …
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
Good Morning America:
‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2019: Hannah B, Karamo and more to compete on new season  —  The celebrities who will battle it out this year on the dancefloor were revealed on “GMA.”
Trump Inflating Scottish Golf Resorts' Value By $165 Million, Per UK Filings  —  The president told British authorities the properties are a combined $65 million in the red.  His U.S. disclosures say they're worth at least $100 million.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Trump critics eye GOP primary race, even if defeating him seems ‘preposterous’  —  Joe Walsh, a pugnacious former congressman, is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as a daily “bar fight” with the incumbent over his morality and competency.
Brian Rosenwald / The Atlantic:
They Just Wanted to Entertain  —  No one set out to turn the airwaves into a political weapon—much less deputize talk-radio hosts as the ideological enforcers of a major American political party.  Instead the story of how the GOP establishment lost its power over the Republican message …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Trump says he is “the chosen one” to take on China in trade war  —  Speaking to reporters outside the White House Wednesday, President Trump looked to the sky and proclaimed “I am the chosen one” while arguing that “somebody” had to take on China over their unfair trade practices.
John McCormack / National Review:
Why Kamala Harris Is Fading in the Democratic Primary  —  There's her backtracking on busing and her waffling on Medicare for All, not to mention her prosecutorial scandals.  —  Anew national CNN poll of the 2020 Democratic primary has some pretty brutal numbers for Kamala Harris.
Discussion: USA Today, NB Blog and CNN
The Daily Beast:
'Where's Steve?':  Trump Frets as CNN Benches His Biggest Defender  —  Amid national uproar over mass shootings, possible economic gloom, and gun control, the president has found time to be distressed over a pro-Trump pundit's lack of CNN airtime.  —  Over the past month …
Discussion: Mediaite
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show Loses More Advertisers  —  In keeping with a monthslong trend, the exodus of advertisers from Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News program continued this month.  —  Over the last year, dozens of advertisers, including Pacific Life, Farmers Insurance and SodaStream …
Washington Post:
Hate crime reports have soared in D.C. Prosecutions have plummeted. … The hatred that day couldn't have been clearer to Ashly Taylor.  —  She had endured it ever since coming out as a teenager, when strangers said lewd things to her for holding another girl's hand and one of her own relatives called her a “dyke.”
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
This viral Instagram hoax duped A-listers — and the man overseeing our nuclear arsenal  —  The ramifications of Instagram's supposedly new “rule where they can use your photos” weren't totally clear.  —  But the warnings multiplied rapidly online: Your posts could end up being leveraged against you in court cases.
Alisa Wiersema / ABC News:
Nearly a year after John McCain's death, Cindy McCain says no one in the GOP carries ‘voice of reason’  —  Nearly a year after her husband's death, Cindy McCain said the current Republican Party is “not the party of Abraham Lincoln ... nor the party of Ronald Reagan.”
Donald Trump made 84 false claims last week  —  Trump falsely claims Google ‘manipulated’ votes in 2016 election  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spent most of last week at his Bedminster golf club, where he sometimes retreats from the public eye.
The Atlantic:
No More Corporate Lawyers on the Federal Bench  —  The next Democratic president should try nominating judges who haven't been partners at big law firms.  —  Co-founder of Demand Justice Co-founder of Demand Justice  —  In response to President Donald Trump's historic transformation …
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
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Joshua Posaner / Politico:
Merkel to Johnson: Let's find a Brexit plan in 30 days
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Yield curve briefly inverts again with 2-year Treasury yield topping 10-year rate
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Colorado's presidential electors don't have to vote for candidate who wins the state, federal appeals court rules
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Paul McLeary / Breaking Defense:
Pentagon Cancels Multi-Billion $ Boeing Missile Defense Program
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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Coal workers fight for benefits as industry struggles under Trump
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Don't Let Sean Spicer Tap-Dance Out of Infamy on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Discussion: CNN, Variety, Mediaite and PAPER
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP megadonor John Childs has given over $330,000 to Republican fundraising committees since …
Ethan Brown / The Appeal:
Man Accused Of Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Was Federal Informant
Discussion: Above the Law
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Who Had ‘War With Denmark’ on Their Trump Bingo Card?
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Susan Collins Faces Bipartisan Anger in Trump-Era Re-Election Bid