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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks  —  An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that “directly attacks sitting immigration judges …
Discussion: Political Wire and Boing Boing
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Trump approval still weak despite economy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research …
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Potential Impeachment Impact On 2020  —  Democrats want inquiry despite little likelihood of ousting Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Donald Trump's approval rating may remain underwater, but a majority of the public continues to oppose removal by impeachment even as the House Judiciary Committee has started proceedings.
Discussion: Fox News
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll
Discussion: Bloomberg
Arkansas Online:
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton backs buying Greenland, says he floated idea to Trump, Danish ambassador  —  The U.S. should obviously buy Greenland, and anyone who doesn't see that is blinded by disdain for the president, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday.  —  Cotton, R-Arkansas …
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Talk Business & Politics:
Sen. Cotton says he asked Danish ambassador about selling Greenland  —  Months before President Donald Trump expressed an interest in buying Greenland, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he suggested the idea to the President and met with the Danish ambassador to propose the sale of the large land mass to the U.S.
Morten Buttler / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Nasty’ Label Draws Response From Danish Prime Minister
Mitch McConnell / New York Times:
The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role in Our Constitutional Order  —  Democrats who want to change Senate rules for temporary political gain will rue the day, as they have before.  —  Mr. McConnell is the Senate majority leader.  —  “You'll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Abolishing the Filibuster Is Unavoidable for Democrats
Discussion: National Review
HuffPost:
Democratic National Committee Votes To Reject Climate Debate  —  The vote came a day after the 2020 climate candidate Jay Inslee, who had been pushing for the debate, dropped out of the race.  —  The Democratic National Committee has rejected a proposal to host a single-issue debate on the climate crisis.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump, frustrated by unpopularity with Jews, thrusts Israel into his culture war  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  President Trump decided long ago that it would be smart politics for him to yoke his administration to Israel and to try to brand the Democratic Party as anti-Semitic.
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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
How anti-Semitic beliefs have quietly taken hold among some evangelical Christians
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Stephanie Grisham's Turbulent Ascent to a Top White House Role  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham doled out fast food and tracked lost gear as a press wrangler on President Trump's 2016 campaign, far from the in-crowd flying on the gold-plated Trump jet.  An early and hard-working convert …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — ‘Crappy Jew Year’: New York Times Editor's Antisemitism, Racism Exposed  —  A New York Times political editor has a years-long history of antisemitic and racist comments on his Twitter page, a Breitbart News investigation has found.  —  Tom Wright-Piersanti …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham ‘Disgusted’ by Antisemitism from New York Times Editor
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:   Lee Zeldin Calls for NYT's Tom Wright-Piersanti to Be Fired for Antisemitism
TMZ.com:
Barack and Michelle Obama Buying Mega-Mansion in Martha's Vineyard  —  BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA LOCKING DOWN INCREDIBLE MARTHA'S VINEYARD ESTATE!!!  —  THE PRESIDENTIAL PAD  —  LAUNCH GALLERY  —  Barack and Michelle Obama may soon become Kennedy adjacent because we've learned they're …
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Bridie Pearson-jones / Daily Mail:   Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly trying to buy a sprawling estate in Martha's Vineyard …
Yun Li / CNBC:
Manufacturing sector contracts for the first time in nearly a decade  —  KEY POINTS  — The U.S. manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers index) was 49.9 in August, below the neutral 50.0 threshold for the first time since September 2009, according to IHS Markit.
New York Times:
Patrick Byrne, Overstock C.E.O., Resigns After Disclosing Romance With Russian Agent  —  Patrick Byrne resigned as chief executive of the online retailer Overstock.com on Thursday, saying in a letter to shareholders that he had no choice but to quit as a result of the attention stirred …
Axios:
Scoop: Top Homeland Security aide resigns amid tensions with White House  —  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan's top aide and spokesman is resigning amid frustration in the White House over the Department of Homeland Security's handling of major policy rollouts and White House distrust …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
If Trump Were an Airline Pilot  —  Through the 2016 campaign, I posted a series called “Trump Time Capsule” in this space.  The idea was to record, in real time, what was known about Donald Trump's fitness for office—and to do so not when people were looking back on our era …
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The More You Know: Reporter Discovers That Background Checks Work When Denied A Firearms Purchase  —  Okay—let's look at the positives of this story.  A Business Insider reporter, Hayley Peterson, tried to buy a gun at Walmart to test “the placement, selection, marketing …
Discussion: Business Insider, NB Blog and RedState
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders's ‘Green New Deal’: A $16 Trillion Climate Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday released a $16.3 trillion blueprint to fight climate change, the latest and most expensive proposal from the field of Democratic presidential candidates aimed at reining in planet-warming greenhouse gases.
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New York Times:
What if we all ate a bit less meat?
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's unhinged display should frighten everyone  —  It's no joke, as former vice president Joe Biden would say.  In the last week or so, we've witnessed President Trump deny there is a threat of recession; blame the Federal Reserve chairman for raising interest rates too high (!); deny …
Katie Schwartzmann / ACLU:
A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx.  We're Suing.  —  Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold - despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump kills plan to cut billions in foreign aid  —  President Donald Trump has scrapped a plan to freeze more than $4 billion in foreign aid in a move that would have been another end run around Congress' power of the purse.  —  The president's decision Thursday to forgo a “rescission” …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's ‘chopper talk’ puts media on the defensive  —  It was another bravura performance of “Chopper Talk.”  —  The latest iteration of President Donald Trump's signature news conferences in front of a thwapping Marine One on Wednesday was a whirligig of boastfulness …
The Daily Beast:
U.S.-Denmark Relations Are Now in the Hands of a Conspiracy-Loving, Climate-Denying Ex-Actress  —  Carla Sands, who heads U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Denmark, has no diplomatic experience and now is in charge of patching things up with the Danes.  —  The United States ambassador tasked …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
'It's going to be tough': House Democrats appear less likely to get Trump's tax returns before 2020 election  —  House Democrats appear increasingly unlikely to secure President Trump's tax returns before the 2020 presidential election, according to interviews with legal experts and several lawmakers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
U.S. created 500,000 fewer jobs since 2018 than previously reported, new figures show  —  Turns out hiring wasn't nearly as strong in 2018 and early 2019 as the government initially reported — by about a half-million jobs.  —  The economy had about 501,000 fewer jobs as of March 2019 …
Jill Filipovic / The Guardian:
A new poll shows what really interests ‘pro-lifers’: controlling women  —  According to their own survey responses, anti-abortion voters are hostile to gender equality in practically every aspect  —  According to self-identified “pro-life” advocates, the fundamental divide between …
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp Readies News App to Address Publishers' Concerns About Google and Facebook  —  Knewz.com will surface articles from hundreds of news sources, using software and human curation  —  News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant to address concerns that Alphabet Inc.'s Google News …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's racism is about to get more scrutiny  —  A series of mass shootings carried out by deranged men animated by white nationalist ideology — along with the arrests of others allegedly hellbent on carrying out their own carnage — has raised two critical questions.
Mark Morales / CNN:
Correctional officers have been subpoenaed in the Jeffrey Epstein death investigation, a source says  —  (CNN)As many as 20 correctional officers who work at the federal detention center where Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide received grand jury subpoenas last week relating to an investigation into his death …
Bryan Walsh / New York Times:
A Giant Volcano Could End Human Life on Earth as We Know It  —  Why isn't anyone taking this problem more seriously?  Unlikely isn't the same thing as impossible, even though it's human nature to conflate the two.  —  Mr. Walsh is the author of a forthcoming book on existential risks.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Climate change has increased humidity in D.C., making it feel even hotter  —  The humidity has increased 5 to 10 percent just since 1970, turning hot summer days even more unbearable  —  It's no secret the world is warming, but thanks in part to climate change, humidity is also beginning to surge.
Sam Roe / Chicago Tribune:
We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation.  Now the FCC is investigating.  —  The Apple iPhone 7 was set to operate at full power and secured below a tub of clear liquid, specially formulated to simulate human tissue.  —  With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action …
 
 
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Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
USCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
Ex-Trump Doral golf members may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
This Isn't the Madman Theory. This Is a Madman President.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Joe Walsh to mount primary bid against ‘absolutely unfit’ Trump
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
White House considers new project seeking links between mental health and violent behavior
James Kynge / Financial Times:
The next stop on Donald Trump's end-of-diplomacy tour