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8:55 PM ET, August 21, 2019

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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.
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Iceland's prime minister will skip Pence's visit.  She says it's not a snub.  —  Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said she will not be around for Vice President Pence when he visits the country next month.  —  Jakobsdottir told the Icelandic news outlet RÚV that it was …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
Trump Buying Greenland Seemed Like a Joke.  Then It Got Ugly.  —  It started as a headline seemingly straight out of The Onion.  Then it launched a torrent of jokes on late-night television and social media.  And finally it exploded into a serious diplomatic rupture between the United States and one of its longtime allies.
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Defected  —  Yesterday, President Donald Trump canceled a meeting with the new Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, because she refuses to discuss the sale of Greenland.  Greenland used to be a Danish colony but now belongs to the people of Greenland—the Danish government could not sell the island even if it wanted to.
Discussion: Slate, Washingtonian and Roll Call
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one’  —  A defiant President Trump sparred with reporters Wednesday in a testy back-and-forth for more than a half-hour as he dug in over his positions on the trade war with China, gun control, the apparent pursuit …
Yair Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Trump keeps pushing anti-Semitic stereotypes.  But he thinks he's praising Jews.  —  Philo-Semitism may seem benign.  It isn't.  —  When it comes to Jews, President Trump presents a puzzle.  —  His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry his Jewish son-in-law.  He has Jewish grandchildren.
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Rafi Schwartz / Splinter:
Trump Is Gaslighting the Hell Out of Jews  —  Just hours after glowingly referring to himself as the “King of Israel” and the “second coming of God,” President Donald Trump doubled down on—and ramped up—his blatant anti-Semitism, making clear to the White House press corps that he thinks Jewish Americans …
Marc Schulman / Newsweek:   With His Accusation of ‘Disloyalty,’ Trump Reminded Jews Exactly Why They Vote Democratic | Opinion
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president  —  The decision could give a single elector the power to decide the outcome of a presidential election — if the popular vote results in an apparent Electoral College tie.  —  A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump says he wanted to give himself Medal of Honor  —  President Donald Trump claimed to laughter on Wednesday that he sought to give himself a Medal of Honor, but decided not to after being counseled against the move by aides.  —  The offhand remark from the president came during his address …
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Job Gains Were Weaker Than Reported, by Half a Million  —  Employers added a half-million fewer jobs in 2018 and early 2019 than previously reported, the Labor Department said Wednesday.  —  The revisions, which are preliminary, are part of an annual process in which survey-based estimates …
The Babylon Bee:
Concerning Survey Finds Too Many People Believe Snopes Is A Legitimate Fact-Checking Website  —  U.S.—A troubling new survey released by The Babylon Bee confirmed Wednesday that too many people think Snopes is a real fact-checking website.  —  The survey found that over 60% of people believe Snopes …
New York Times:
Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Political Opponents  —  WASHINGTON — Months after backing out of a trip to Ukraine amid criticism that he was mixing partisan politics with foreign policy, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, has renewed his push …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
At least eight jail officials knew Jeffrey Epstein was not to be left alone in cell  —  At least eight Bureau of Prisons staffers knew that strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans have a choice, but they prefer the racist anti-Semite  —  The Post reports: “The anti-Trump movement inside the Republican Party — long a political wasteland — is feeling new urgency to mount a credible opposition to [President]] Trump before it's too late.
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Washington Post:
Trump critics eye GOP primary race, even if defeating him seems ‘preposterous’
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes Medicare-for-all plan in face of opposition by organized labor  —  ALTOONA — Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a key change to his Medicare-for-all insurance plan Wednesday, a move meant to assuage fears on the part of organized labor, whose support is being heatedly sought …
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New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Sets a Goal: Double Union Membership in 4 Years
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Jacqueline Mroz / New York Times:
Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm.  The Doctors Used Their Own.  —  Scores of children born through artificial insemination have learned from DNA tests that their biological fathers were the doctors who performed the procedure.  —  Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 …
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
ABC News announces details for third Democratic primary debate  —  The upcoming third Democratic primary debate, hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision and slated for Sept. 12 and 13 in Houston, will feature four moderators, ABC News announced Wednesday.
Discussion: RedState, Axios, New York Times and UPI
Terry Tang / Associated Press:
Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left  —  When Amanda Berg heard reports that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought back painful memories from her childhood.
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 …
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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 …
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New York Post:
Prince Andrew flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet with teen ‘sex slave’: pilot  —  Prince Andrew flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet — at least twice — with the disgraced money manager's alleged 17-year-old sex slave Virginia Roberts on board, the pilot claimed.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Sun
Penelope Gristelfink:
Letter to the editor of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Thank you for firing my ex-husband Kevin D. Williamson.  —  What Kevin Tweeted about how women who have abortions should be hanged, and what he said in the MediaMatters podcast, are his true beliefs.
CNN:
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.
New York Times:
Budget Deficit on Path to Surpass $1 Trillion Under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit is growing faster than expected as President Trump's spending and tax cut policies force the United States to borrow increasing sums of money.  —  The deficit — the gap between …
CNN:
Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says  —  (CNN)Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.  —  The fires are burning at the highest rate since …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says administration looking ‘seriously’ at ending birthright citizenship  —  President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is once again seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers cast doubt on his ability to take such action.
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
‘What changed?’:  Scaramucci hosted Trump Jr. for dinner days before break with president  —  Less than two weeks before Anthony Scaramucci broke with President Trump, the former White House communications director hosted a dinner in Manhattan with Donald Trump Jr. in a bid to impress clients of a business he owns.
Daily Mail:
Man who posed up for THAT Clinton in a dress painting speaks out: French model says he was ‘stunned’ to learn the now infamous artwork wound up on the wall of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's $56 million New York home  — The man who posed up for a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress …
Discussion: New York Post
Yashar's Newsletter:
Trump/Elephants  —  Subscribe … NEWS: US to Oppose Proposal by African Nations to Sell Ivory Stockpiles  —  Elephants in Africa are in crisis because of poaching, climate change and a host of other issues.  —  But I just learned that they're getting a bit of a reprieve from the Trump administration.
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: Breitbart and The Week
CNN:
At least 27 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings  —  Police: Teen arrested after making threat in chat room  —  (CNN)When authorities arrived Friday to arrest a 15-year-old in Florida after threats to commit a school shooting showed …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
In Latest Filing, Trump Lawyers Signal Supreme Court May Need to Resolve Heated Subpoena Fight  —  Attorneys for the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday submitted a scathing response to the legal brief filed by the Department of Justice, which supported President Donald Trump's position …
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Mom Said Her Son Was “Just A Little Boy.”  Police Said He Could Be The Next “Kid From Parkland.”  —  A 15-year-old high school student was arrested at his home in Volusia County, Florida, on Friday for allegedly making an online threat to shoot up a school.
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.”
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Yield curve briefly inverts again with 2-year Treasury yield topping 10-year rate  —  The spread between the yield on the 10-year Treasury note and that of the 2-year note on Wednesday turned negative for the second time in one week, a recession warning that flashed for the first time since 2005 on Aug. 14.
HuffPost:
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
 
 
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The Babylon Bee:
Trump's Loyalty To Republican Values Questioned After He Actually Does Something To Defund Planned Parenthood
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Has Spent Nearly A Third of His Presidency Visiting His Business Properties At Taxpayer Expense: Report
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jake Thomas / The Intellectualist:
Graves Of U.S. Veterans To Be “Dug Up” For Trump's Border Wall
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Mike Pompeo says no to Senate run in exclusive, wide-ranging interview
Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Julián Castro Is in the Next Debate. That's a Big Deal.
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and Bloomberg
Bloomberg:
Farm Tensions Escalate as USDA Staffer Is Threatened in Midwest
 Earlier Items: 
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Merkel to Johnson: Let's find a Brexit plan in 30 days
Paul McLeary / Breaking Defense:
Pentagon Cancels Multi-Billion $ Boeing Missile Defense Program
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Langevin comes out for Trump impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Vox
Brian Rosenwald / The Atlantic:
They Just Wanted to Entertain
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Trump admin weighs letting states, cities deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement in U.S.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit