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11:30 PM ET, August 21, 2019

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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 unleashed 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.
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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.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Iceland's prime minister will skip Pence's visit. She says it's not a snub.
Discussion: NPR
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Danes furious over postponement of Trump's visit, call his behavior ‘insulting’
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one’
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 …
Bari Weiss / New York Times:   Donald Trump and the ‘Disloyal’ Jews
Marc Schulman / Newsweek:   With His Accusation of ‘Disloyalty,’ Trump Reminded Jews Exactly Why They Vote Democratic | Opinion
New York Times:
A Former Congressman and Tea Party Republican Considers a Challenge to Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Republican congressman from Illinois, is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend, presenting President Trump …
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Jay Inslee drops out of the 2020 presidential race  —  The Washington governor had centered his campaign around climate change, calling it “the most urgent challenge of our time.”  —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, he announced Wednesday night on MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Jay Inslee withdraws from 2020 presidential race
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
BuzzFeed News:   Jay Inslee Is Ending His Climate Change-Driven Campaign For President
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's ending presidential bid
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: Shareblue Media
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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
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: New York Times, RedState, UPI and Axios
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 …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans  —  President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans.  —  The order, which Trump signed following a speech …
Discussion: Politico, LifeZette and Breitbart
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President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Is Working Tirelessly to Provide the Benefits and Services that Our Brave Veterans Deserve
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes how Medicare-for-all plan treats union contracts in face of opposition by organized labor  —  ALTOONA, Iowa — 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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Melody Gutierrez / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-vaccine activist assaults California vaccine law author, police say  —  An anti-vaccine activist was cited for assault by the Sacramento Police Department on Wednesday after he livestreamed a physical confrontation of state Sen. Richard Pan, author of legislation to restrict vaccine exemptions.
Discussion: KTLA, The Week and CBS Sacramento
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 …
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: Page Six, Breitbart and The Sun
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Crystal Mason Was One Of Thousands Who Cast A Provisional Ballot.  She Was The Only One Prosecuted For A Crime.  —  Mason was one of nearly 4,000 people who had a provisional ballot rejected in her county during the 2016 election.  —  During the 2016 election, almost 4,500 people cast …
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.
New York Times:
Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation  —  A veteran political operative built a potent online disinformation mill with his son.  When Silicon Valley changed the rules, they tried to go straight.  Or did they?  —  Each day, in an office outside Phoenix …
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.
CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes at least 11 false claims to reporters, including two about Greenland  —  Trump calls Danish PM's response on Greenland ‘nasty’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made at least 11 false claims Wednesday while speaking with reporters for more than half an hour …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Breitbart, BizPac Review and Vox
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.
 
 
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Scott MacFarlane / NBC4 Washington:
Ex-GSA Official Had Sex With White House Staffer on Govt. Agency Rooftop: Investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Yashar's Newsletter:
Trump/Elephants  —  Subscribe … NEWS: US to Oppose Proposal …
Fox News:
Reps. Massie and Jordan: More gun legislation?  Let's look at facts before rushing new laws to Trump's desk
Discussion: Big League Politics
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
In Latest Filing, Trump Lawyers Signal Supreme Court May Need to Resolve Heated Subpoena Fight
Jake Thomas / The Intellectualist:
Graves Of U.S. Veterans To Be “Dug Up” For Trump's Border Wall
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Mom Said Her Son Was “Just A Little Boy.” Police Said He Could Be The Next “Kid From Parkland.”
 Earlier Items: 
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Mike Pompeo says no to Senate run in exclusive, wide-ranging interview
Bloomberg:
Farm Tensions Escalate as USDA Staffer Is Threatened in Midwest
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
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Langevin comes out for Trump impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Vox
Brian Rosenwald / The Atlantic:
They Just Wanted to Entertain
New York Times:
Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule