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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: Contemptor and NPR
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump's idea of buying Greenland is far from absurd
Discussion: CBC News, The Week and Just Security
Talk Business & Politics:
Sen. Cotton says he asked Danish ambassador about selling Greenland
Morten Buttler / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Nasty’ Label Draws Response From Danish Prime Minister
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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
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 …
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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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
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.
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.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump, frustrated by unpopularity with Jews, thrusts Israel into his culture war
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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: NB Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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” …
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 and Politico
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 …
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 …
 
 
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The Babylon Bee:
Reality Criticized For Not More Clearly Distinguishing Itself From Satire
Gur Megiddo / Haaretz:
Israel Hired Black Cube, Allowing Spy Firm to Operate Out of Military Intel Base
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Jay Lowder / Washington Post:
I'm an evangelist and a Trump voter. But Trump as the ‘second coming of God’ is blasphemous.
Reuters:
Facing farmer anger, Trump scrambles Cabinet to brainstorm on biofuel policy: sources
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
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Has Returned 35,000 Asylum-Seekers To Mexico. Now The Country Is Pushing Back.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The More You Know: Reporter Discovers That Background Checks Work When Denied A Firearms Purchase
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
Ex-Trump Doral golf members may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president
Washington Post:
The war inside Palantir: Data-mining firm's ties to ICE under attack by employees
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
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders's ‘Green New Deal’: A $16 Trillion Climate Plan