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5:30 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.
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
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: Politico, Washington Post and Slate
Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Greenland fallout: Trump's canceled trip blindsides Denmark
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one’
Discussion: Breitbart
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.”
Marc Schulman / Newsweek:   With His Accusation of ‘Disloyalty,’ Trump Reminded Jews Exactly Why They Vote Democratic | Opinion
Josef Federman / Associated Press:   As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump and the fragile belonging of American Jews
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: Breitbart and The Week
Los Angeles Times:   Bernie Sanders' famed $27 donors are split in 2020's sprawling Democratic field
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 …
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
Trump admin aims to finally END catch-and-release in game-changing regulation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Colorado's presidential electors don't have to vote for candidate who wins the state, federal appeals court rules  —  Colorado's presidential electors do not have to vote for the candidate who wins the state's popular vote, the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday evening …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   AOC calls the Electoral College a ‘scam,’ says it has a ‘racial injustice breakdown’
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Republicans have a choice, but they prefer the racist anti-Semite
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Farm Tensions Escalate as USDA Staffer Threatened in Midwest  — NASS crop chief Honig was scheduled to address a group on tour  — 'It's clearly a stressful time right now,' tour organizer says  —  In a sign of rising tensions with the farm community, the Trump administration withdrew staff …
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.”
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.
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 …
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.
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Mike Pompeo says no to Senate run in exclusive, wide-ranging interview  —  Mike Pompeo closed the door on any speculation he might run for the open Senate seat in Kansas next year.  “I am going to stay here,” he said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner.  “There's lots of people talking about it.
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.
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
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Jonathan Bernstein / New York Times:
Julián Castro Is in the Next Debate. That's a Big Deal.
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Rolling Stone
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
Paul McLeary / Breaking Defense:
Pentagon Cancels Multi-Billion $ Boeing Missile Defense Program
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
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Trump admin weighs letting states, cities deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement in U.S.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP megadonor John Childs has given over $330,000 to Republican fundraising committees since …
The Atlantic:
No More Corporate Lawyers on the Federal Bench
Discussion: Above the Law
Ethan Brown / The Appeal:
Man Accused Of Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Was Federal Informant
Discussion: Above the Law
China's Warning to Global CEOs: Toe the Party Line on Hong Kong
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Who Had ‘War With Denmark’ on Their Trump Bingo Card?
Alisa Wiersema / ABC News:
Nearly a year after John McCain's death, Cindy McCain says no one in the GOP carries ‘voice of reason’
Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's overwhelmingly white crowd at event on Chicago's South …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show Loses More Advertisers