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12:55 PM ET, August 22, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Daily Kos
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders to join Fox News as a contributor
Discussion: Politico
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sarah Sanders joins Fox-White House revolving door
Discussion: Variety
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Join Fox News as Contributor
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.
Discussion: BizPac Review, PinkNews and USA Today
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
How anti-Semitic beliefs have quietly taken hold among some evangelical Christians
Discussion: Politico
Noga Tarnopolsky / Los Angeles Times:
Many Israelis are worried about the state of the U.S. alliance
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Joe Walsh to mount primary bid against ‘absolutely unfit’ Trump  —  CHICAGO — Joe Walsh, the flame-throwing conservative radio show host and former Illinois congressman, is moving toward challenging President Donald Trump in a Republican primary, calling the president an “unfit divider-in-chief” …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Lincoln Chafee: 'I'd Be Open' to a Libertarian White House Bid
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.”
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Abolishing the Filibuster Is Unavoidable for Democrats
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, National Review and Eschaton
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: Vox and CNN
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's campaign plays the electability card: ‘You have to look at who is going to win’
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders' ‘Green New Deal’: A $16 Trillion Climate Plan  —  Mr. Sanders's climate change proposal calls for the U.S. to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050.  —  John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor who ended his presidential campaign last week, will run for Senate.
Brian Kahn / Earther:
Bernie Sanders' $16 Trillion Climate Plan Is Nothing Short of a Revolution
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Jay Inslee on Why He's Dropping Out of the 2020 White House Race  —  The Democratic field no longer has a climate candidate.  Washington governor Jay Inslee, who made global warming the centerpiece of his long-shot campaign for the presidency, announced Wednesday evening that he was dropping out of the race …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Jay Inslee drops out of the 2020 presidential race
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
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 …
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
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.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump Is Not the Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy  —  The president isn't the type to think he can walk on water, but he is the type to hope that millions of evangelicals keep falling for his shtick.  —  While talking to reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday about his plans …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and his Minnesota mini-me set out to flip the state red  —  For President Donald Trump, Minnesota is the one that got away in 2016.  Now he's fixated on flipping the state in 2020 — with the help of a provocative ex-radio host whose rantings earned him the nickname “mini-Trump.”
The Appeal:
Governor's Race Could Decide If Louisiana's Prison Population Continues to Shrink  —  Louisiana shed its status as the county's top incarcerator last year, but the trend is fragile.  —  Louisiana overhauled its criminal legal system in 2017 and soon shed its status as the country's top incarcerator.
Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips.  This Is Life in America's Booming Service Industry  —  Published in partnership with The Fuller Project, a non-profit newsroom that reports on issues impacting women.  —  After an eight-hour shift on her feet, shuffling between a stuffy kitchen …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump's Riskiest Bet  —  It's the nightmare scenario that President Donald Trump's camp dreads most: an economic downturn that steadily intensifies as the 2020 election nears.  What would it mean for Trump if, by the fall of 2020, the jobless rate had doubled, economic growth was hovering …
Discussion: Politico, TheBlaze and Daily Kos
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
C.E.O.s Should Fear a Recession.  It Could Mean Revolution.  —  America's economic titans want you to know they really care.  Doubt them.  —  A recession looms, and the nation's C.E.O.s are growing fearful.  —  It isn't the potential of downturn itself that has them alarmed …
Discussion: Fortune
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‘We will continue to represent men at their best’: Gillette's backflip after ‘toxic masculinity’ backlash
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Yale Professor Lured Students to Caribbean Island to ‘Molest’ Them, Investigation Finds
Discussion: New York Post
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
This Isn't the Madman Theory. This Is a Madman President.
Just Security:
Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations
New York Times:
Economic Anxiety Among Voters Is a Sign of Vulnerability for Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Democrats, citing GOP-imposed voting restrictions, aim to take over secretary of state offices in five states
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
White House considers new project seeking links between mental health and violent behavior
Discussion: Splinter
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Surprising Surge of Andrew Yang
Discussion: The Week
Scott MacFarlane / NBC4 Washington:
Ex-GSA Official Had Sex With White House Staffer on Govt. Agency Rooftop: Investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
In the Trump Era, a Family's Fight With Google and Facebook Over Disinformation
Discussion: Instapundit
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president