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Sherman Smith / Topeka Capital-Journal:
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins ducks reporters amid speculation he could resign  —  Sherman Smith sherman_newsTim Carpenter TimVCarpenter  —  FORT SCOTT — Kansas Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins declined to answer news reporters' questions at a campaign event Thursday amid a flurry …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Invited Himself to Denmark Before Canceling Trip, Danes Say  —  With a trip canceled over his proposal to buy Greenland, Danish officials tell State Dept. their leader wasn't actually being harsh when she called the idea “absurd.”  —  Speaking to reporters on the White House's South lawn in late July …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump's idea of buying Greenland is far from absurd
Discussion: CBC News, Fox News and Just Security
Morten Buttler / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Nasty’ Label Draws Response From Danish Prime Minister
NBC News:
The Epoch Times begins hiding its connection to a huge pro-Trump ad buy on Facebook  —  By hiding its multimillion-dollar dark money ad spend, the organization is bypassing Facebook's political advertising transparency rules.  —  The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet that has spent …
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
NYT: Trump's New Press Secretary Has Two DUI Arrests and Lost Two Jobs For Plagiarism and Cheating on Expenses  —  The New York Times reported President Donald Trump's new White House Press Secretary has two arrests for driving under the influence and lost two jobs over alleged charges of plagiarism and cheating expenses.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump presidency is not just unfolding, it is unraveling  —  Historians studying the Trump presidency will have a prodigious amount of digital material that demands examination but defies explanation.  The president's Aug. 21, half-hour, South Lawn media availability deserves to be at the top of that list.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A Dead Cat, A Lawyer's Call And A 5-Figure Donation: How Media Fell Short On Epstein  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 1  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 2  —  Toggle more options  —  A coterie of intimidating lawyers.  A deployment of charm.  An aura of invincibility.
Washington Post:
The month a shadow fell on Trump's economy  —  Top White House advisers notified President Trump earlier this month that some internal forecasts showed that the economy could slow markedly over the next year, stopping short of a recession but complicating his path to reelection in 2020.
Discussion: The Week
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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Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi prof, who went to Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost  —  A Gulfport professor and advocate is suing the national news website HuffPost alleging defamation involving a September 2018 story on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's days at Georgetown Prep school.
Discussion: American Greatness
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 …
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Trump Has Told Friends That Gutting Medicare Could Be a Fun “Second-Term Project”  —  Republicans want Trump to deal with the exploding deficit by gutting the social safety net, and the president is reportedly receptive to the idea.  —  When Donald Trump was running for president …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Speak up, April Ryan.  Speak up, CNN.  —  Ever since she joined CNN in 2017, April Ryan has distinguished herself as a vociferous and resilient advocate for press freedom.  After the White House stripped CNN's Jim Acosta of his credentials, for example, she responded in grand terms …
Discussion: Mediaite and NB Blog
Polls:
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: The Hill, Hot Air, Bloomberg and Fox News
CNN:
Trump court pick denounced feminists, gay-rights groups and diversity efforts in 1990s, 2000s editorials  —  (CNN)A White House aide nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court seat has a history of denouncing women's marches against sexual assault, dismissing education …
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Israeli Airstrike Hits Weapons Depot in Iraq  —  Israel has carried out an airstrike on a weapons depot in Iraq that officials said was being used by Iran to move weapons to Syria, an attack that could destabilize Iraq and thrust it deeper into the conflict between the United States and Iran.
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Mesa College English Professor Showed QAnon Video in Class, Students Say … An English professor at Mesa Community College kicked off the fall semester by showing his classes a YouTube video spreading a far-right conspiracy theory, according to four students.
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Jay Lowder / Washington Post:
I'm an evangelist and a Trump voter.  But Trump as the ‘second coming of God’ is blasphemous.  —  Since President Trump's election, many in the evangelical community have lauded him, grateful for his work to protect and propel some of the Christian values we hold so dear.
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
Ex-Trump Doral golf members may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president  —  Golfers who quit their memberships at Trump National Doral after the property's namesake became president were aiming to lose their link to a man they do not support.
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Meghan Morris / Business Insider:
We found Jeffrey Epstein's social-media accounts.  On Spotify, his tastes ranged from Louis C.K. to songs like ‘Before You Accuse Me’ and ‘Hot for Teacher.’  — Business Insider found the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's public accounts on social media and music-streaming services, including Pinterest, Twitter, and Spotify.
Discussion: Boing Boing
John Solomon / The Hill:
The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces  —  August in Washington can be the political equivalent of an elephant graveyard: One good rain can wash away the dirt and expose the bones of scandals past.  —  And this August did not disappoint.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump's tendency to double down on bad ideas doesn't bode well for the economy  —  There are lots of reasons to worry about how President Trump would handle a recession, should we tip into one.  There's his incompetent economic team.  Or the limited fiscal policy tools at his disposal …
Discussion: Reason and Politico
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.
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
The Amazon rainforest is on fire.  Here's what that means for the environment  —  Fires in Amazon rainforest rage at record rate  —  (CNN)The Amazon rainforest is an ecological marvel.  —  It's twice the size of India, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and it's the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world.
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Ignore It at Your Peril  —  Earlier this week, my colleague, the wise and empathetic Carly Pildis, wrote a thoughtful and powerful piece about the political future of American Jews.  In it, she argues that the Democratic Party, notwithstanding a handful of problematic and relatively …
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
Talia Lavin / Washington Post:
Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too  —  The religious roots of the president's remarks about ‘great disloyalty.’  —  The first recorded Jewish resident of North America arrived in 1585.  His name was Joachim Gans, and he was a metallurgist from Prague …
The Babylon Bee:
Reality Criticized For Not More Clearly Distinguishing Itself From Satire  —  WORLD—Reality has come under fire for not more clearly distinguishing itself from satire.  —  Fact-checkers and fake news watchdogs have called on reality to label itself after real news stories insisted on sounding like satire.
New York Daily News:
Di Fara Pizza reopened after state seizure over unpaid taxes  —  Di Fara Pizza lovers rejoice!  —  The iconic Brooklyn pizzeria reopened Thursday after settling a $167,506 state tax dispute that caused the Midwood slice spot to be padlocked.  —  Eric Ao, 24, of Brighton Beach …
CNN:
Ivanka and Jared publicly missing in action again amid Trump's ‘disloyal’ claim  —  Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump has rotated between controversies for the last few days, two of his top advisers have been notably publicly absent — again.  —  During a week filled with uncertainty …
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The 'It's Easier To Buy A Gun Than Cold Medicine' Crowd Just Got Slapped With Reality  —  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, and security of firearms in Walmart's stores …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts Kids At Risk  —  The Trump administration's proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country's neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities …
 
 
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Congressman Don Beyer:
House Democrats Demand Answers On Trump Administration's Attempts To Weaken Action On White Supremacist Extremism
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics. They're Still Waiting.
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Keep 2020 Olympians away from Trump until after the election
Discussion: NB Blog and Breitbart
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates testifies against Greg Craig
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Gur Megiddo / Haaretz:
Israel Hired Black Cube, Allowing Spy Firm to Operate Out of Military Intel Base
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Reuters:
Facing farmer anger, Trump scrambles Cabinet to brainstorm on biofuel policy: sources
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Returned 35,000 Asylum-Seekers To Mexico. Now The Country Is Pushing Back.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Climate change has increased humidity in D.C., making it feel even hotter
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
If Trump Were an Airline Pilot
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's unhinged display should frighten everyone
Discussion: Home Page Rotator and Raw Story
TMZ.com:
Barack and Michelle Obama Buying Mega-Mansion in Martha's Vineyard
Mitch McConnell / New York Times:
The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role in Our Constitutional Order