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2:40 PM ET, August 22, 2019


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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.”
James Fallows / The Atlantic:   If Trump Were an Airline Pilot
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Abolishing the Filibuster Is Unavoidable for Democrats
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.
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
What Republicans Really Mean When They Call Jews Disloyal  —  Antisemitism is really a wonder to behold, because of how it manages to adapt to the times.  Back in the good old days, the line was that Jews couldn't be trusted because they were loyal to a foreign power.
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:   How anti-Semitic beliefs have quietly taken hold among some evangelical Christians
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Trump's ‘Disloyalty’ Claim About Jewish Democrats Shows He Doesn't Get How They Vote
Noga Tarnopolsky / Los Angeles Times:
Many Israelis are worried about the state of the U.S. alliance
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Daily Kos
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.
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: Contemptor and NPR
Morten Buttler / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Nasty’ Label Draws Response From Danish Prime Minister
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 …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Lincoln Chafee: 'I'd Be Open' to a Libertarian White House Bid
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Joe Walsh to mount primary bid against ‘absolutely unfit’ Trump
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Joe Walsh is not your anti-Trump savior
Discussion: Deseret News, The Week and Axios
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 …
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.
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders Unveils $16 Trillion Green New Deal To Combat Climate Crisis
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden's Poll Numbers Mask an Enthusiasm Gap  —  There are signs of a disconnect between support for Mr. Biden in polls and excitement for his campaign on the ground in Iowa.  —  PROLE, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. is coasting in the national polls.  Surveys show him ahead of his Democratic rivals …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post, Breitbart, Vox and CNN
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp Readies News App to Address Publishers' Concerns About Google and Facebook  — 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 on Thursday, saying in a letter to shareholders that he had no choice but to quit as a result of the attention stirred …
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 …
Denver Post:
John Hickenlooper is running for U.S. Senate: “I'm not done fighting for the people of Colorado”  —  John Hickenlooper is launching a bid Thursday to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, exactly one week after pulling out of his run for the presidency.  —  “I've always said Washington …
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 …
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: Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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 …
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, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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.
James Kynge / Financial Times:
The next stop on Donald Trump's end-of-diplomacy tour  —  The one good thing about Donald Trump's failed bid to buy Greenland is that it softens up America's allies for what is to come.  This weekend Mr Trump will join his G7 counterparts in Biarritz for what promises to be one of the most bizarre meetings in its history.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
This Isn't the Madman Theory.  This Is a Madman President.  —  In business, Trump could paper over his bankruptcies, flops, asinine remarks, and failed cons.  The presidency is different.  —  At this moment, on another Earth, a man is locked in a padded cell, nodding to the gibbering chorus …
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Migrant children face more serious health risks with longer detentions, groups warn
Discussion: IJR, RedState and UPI
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Demoralizing Reality of Life Under Trump
Discussion: Althouse
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren To Introduce Bill Revoking Medals Of Honor For Wounded Knee Massacre
David Propper / The Examiner News:
Maloney Remains Against Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Yale Professor Lured Students to Caribbean Island to ‘Molest’ Them, Investigation Finds
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
C.E.O.s Should Fear a Recession. It Could Mean Revolution.
Discussion: Fortune
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New York Times:
Trump Acclaims Economy, but Voters Are Anxious Amid Recession Talk
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
White House considers new project seeking links between mental health and violent behavior
Discussion: Splinter
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump's Riskiest Bet
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and TheBlaze
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Surprising Surge of Andrew Yang
Discussion: The Week
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and his Minnesota mini-me set out to flip the state red
Discussion: Roll Call