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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Contemptor and NPR
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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: Fox News, CBC News and Just Security
Morten Buttler / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Nasty’ Label Draws Response From Danish Prime Minister
Talk Business & Politics:
Sen. Cotton says he asked Danish ambassador about selling Greenland
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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: Fox News
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
NYT: Trump's New Press Secretary Has Two DUI Arrests and Lost Two Jobs For Plagiarism and Cheating on Expenses
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Giuliani says State Dept. aided his effort to press Ukraine on Trump opponents  —  Giuliani pressed for investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the release of damaging information on Paul Manafort.  —  President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed Thursday …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
How anti-Semitic beliefs have quietly taken hold among some evangelical Christians
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics.  They're Still Waiting. … In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to “help people better understand the broader impact of social media on democracy — as well as improve our work to protect the integrity of elections.”
Discussion: Vox
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Home Page Rotator
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Facing farmer anger, Trump scrambles Cabinet to brainstorm on biofuel policy: sources  —  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, summoned Cabinet members …
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.
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 …
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 …
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Returned 35,000 Asylum-Seekers To Mexico.  Now The Country Is Pushing Back.  —  The Mexican government has begun pushing back on a controversial Trump administration program forcing asylum-seekers to return to the country after more than 35,000 people were sent back to Mexico, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Ignore It at Your Peril  —  Earlier this week, my colleague …
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
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
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
Military Lawyer Denied Promotion While Defending Qaeda Suspect
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler asks House committees probing Trump to share docs for its impeachment investigation
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Climate change has increased humidity in D.C., making it feel even hotter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's racism is about to get more scrutiny
Jill Filipovic / The Guardian:
A new poll shows what really interests ‘pro-lifers’: controlling women
Bryan Walsh / New York Times:
A Giant Volcano Could End Human Life on Earth as We Know It
Discussion: New York Post