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11:50 PM ET, August 23, 2019


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Gyrating Economy, and Trump's Volatile Approach to It, Raise Alarms  —  BIARRITZ, France — President Trump has again tossed out the economic and political playbook that guided other occupants of the Oval Office for generations as the United States dominated the flow of goods and services across the world.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Dow drops more than 300 points after Trump orders US companies to look for ‘alternative to China’  —  China plans to raise import tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods  —  Stocks fell to their lows of the day on Friday after President Donald Trump ordered in a series tweets …
Washington Post:
Dow Jones industrial average loses more than 600 points, or 2.4%, after Trump demands companies …
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Raise Existing Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 30%
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump increases tariffs on Chinese goods hours after slamming Fed chief
Discussion: Barron's Online, CNBC and Quartz
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump calls the Fed chair an ‘enemy’ after Powell said trade war is ‘turbulent’
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trade war explodes as Trump clashes with US firms over ‘order’ to abandon China, block fentanyl shipments
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. cancels internal news briefing after judges were sent link to anti-Semitic blog post  —  The Justice Department has canceled a news-clip service for employees in its immigration review office after Monday's edition included a link to and a summary of a blog post …
New York Times:
As Amazon Fires Become Global Crisis, Brazil's President Reverses Course  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilizing the armed forces to help contain blazes of a scale not seen in nearly a decade.
Discussion: Politico, NPR, Washington Post and Slate
Victor Caivano / Associated Press:   Bolsonaro to send army to contain Amazon fires
New York Times:
Joe Biden, Recalling '68, Asks Audience to Imagine Obama's Assassination  —  “Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee,” Mr. Biden said, evoking the tumult of 1968.  —  HANOVER, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Evoking 1968 at town hall, Biden asks: What would have happened if Obama had been assassinated?
Discussion: Politico
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just completed three weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court disclosed Friday.  —  The radiation therapy, conducted on an outpatient basis …
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for new pancreatic cancer
Megan Greenwell / The Concourse:
The Adults In The Room  —  There is a version of the story of this company in which idealistic journalists, unconcerned with profit, are posed against ruthless business-doers, concerned about profit above all else.  That would be a convenient story, pitching me and my colleagues and friends …
Associated Press:
Candidate: Michigan city should be as white ‘as possible’  —  MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan said Friday she has no plans to end her campaign after shocking a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible.”
Jackie Smith / The Times Herald:
Racist comment shocks Marysville forum amid message of growth, momentum
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump has questioned why he must attend G7  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump departs late Friday for a summit he's questioned is worth his time.  —  This year's G7 gathering, held in seaside France, is Trump's third.  It comes amid global economic jitters, tensions from the Mideast …
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Asked The Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Workers Simply For Being Gay  —  The Trump administration took its hardest line yet to legalize anti-gay discrimination on Friday when it asked the Supreme Court to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on their sexual orientation.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Splinter
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Trump Clarification Syndrome  —  In December, 2003, the columnist Charles Krauthammer made a brief return to his first career, as a psychiatrist.  Writing in the Washington Post, he said, “It has been 25 years since I discovered a psychiatric syndrome (for the record: 'Secondary Mania …
Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:
Far-right troll Jacob Wohl scammed a Trump fan out of $25,000 (updated)  —  ‘We got cheated by some 20-year-old kid.’  —  Jacob Wohl scarcely goes a month without being implicated in a scam.  And his latest is a doozy.  —  Two men say that his latest target was the Telugu Association of North America …
Fact check: Trump wrong that doctors left operating rooms to meet with him, El Paso and Dayton hospitals say  —  Cooper: Even pretending to care was too much for Trump  —  (CNN)When President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday what victims of mass shootings are telling him about gun laws, he did not answer directly.
Antonia Farzan / Washington Post:
Trump said doctors left operating rooms to greet him after mass shootings. …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Penn Law Professor Wants to Make America White Again  —  Amy Wax, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is the academic who perhaps best represents the ideology of the Trump Administration's immigration restrictionists.  Wax, who began her professional life as a neurologist …
Discussion: Power Line, Eschaton and Althouse
NBC News:
African American employee's office vandalized inside Education Department  —  African art figurines were found beheaded and a school desegregation poster was damaged, leading to fears the attack was racially motivated.  —  WASHINGTON — The office of an African American employee …
Discussion: Fox News
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Seth Moulton Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign With a Warning  —  Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a candidacy that emphasized Mr. Moulton's centrist politics and military service but gained no traction with Democratic primary voters.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
When will Trump supporters finally say, ‘Okay, this is not normal’?  —  The left had an easy time settling on its attitude toward President Trump's supporters: a mixture of horrified outrage and sneering contempt.  For many of us on the right, though, it hasn't been so easy.
Erica Orden / CNN:
Trump's banks won't tell court if they have his tax returns  —  New York (CNN)Lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One repeatedly refused Friday to tell an appellate court in New York whether the banks are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns, citing “contractual obligations” …
Mike Baker / New York Times:
How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space  —  Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer living in Kansas, has been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the past year.  So she was surprised when she noticed …
Associated Press:
This means trade war: Is Trump's economic team up for it?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office.  —  The assembled brain trust for Friday's urgent consultations included …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The ‘1619 Project’ Isn't Anti-American — It's Anti-White Identity Politics  —  Your great saints were child rapists.  Your sacred texts are false alibis for a world-historic crime.  That isn't a hill your shining city sits upon, but the unmarked graves of men it condemned to unlived lives.
Discussion: USA Today, New York Times and Raw Story
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
The Very Real Possibility of President Elizabeth Warren  —  Can she beat Trump?  There's a plan for that  —  Not too many campaign websites first ask visitors if they are unsure about the candidate in question.  But if you click the “I'm not sure yet” button on the launch page …
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
Biden campaign accuses Trump campaign of poaching donors  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is accusing President Trump's campaign of poaching online donors.  In a fundraising email sent to supporters Thursday, the Biden campaign pointed out that if someone types “donate Joe Biden” …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Andrea Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
ICE shut down a hotline for detained immigrants after it was featured on ‘Orange Is the New Black’  —  In the fifth episode of the last season of Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black,” the character Maritza, who has been languishing in an immigrant detention center, finds out about a toll-free hotline she can call to get a free lawyer.
Discussion: The Root and TheBlaze
Emily Yoffe / Reason:
'I'm Radioactive'  —  Until the spring of 2018, Jonathan Kaiman was the Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times.  Today he is living at the home of his parents in Phoenix under conditions he describes as a form of psychological house arrest.  There are no visitors, and his few remaining friends rarely call.
Russia's first seaborne nuclear power plant sets sail across Arctic  —  Lev Sergeev, Maxim Shemetov  —  MURMANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country's most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns.
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Rep. Mo Brooks: “Growing Influence Of The Islamic Religion In Democratic Party” Fuels Anti-Israel, Anti-Jewish Views
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
California Is the ‘Popular Boy or Girl at the Dance’ in 2020
Discussion: Breitbart
Sophie Tatum / ABC News:
Kids left without either parent at home for 8 days after Mississippi ICE raid
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trolling Trump, Joe Walsh Tries to Recruit George Conway for Nascent Challenge
Laura Snapes / The Guardian:
Taylor Swift: Trump thinks his presidency is an autocracy
BuzzFeed News:
These New Documents Confirm Trump Associate Felix Sater Helped Track Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The speech we want to hear: ‘This is madness’
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Seized on Epstein Case as Doubts Mounted About Justice Dept.
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Top Democrat from L.L. Bean town erases logo from her Patagonia jacket in campaign video
Discussion: Press Herald and Bangor Daily News
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed News:
A Powerful Catholic Group Is Facing Allegations of Insurance Fraud
Lynh Bui / Washington Post:
Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79