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9:40 PM ET, August 23, 2019


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Washington Post:
Dow Jones industrial average loses more than 600 points, or 2.4%, after Trump demands companies stop doing business with China  —  The slide came after the trade war between the United States and China worsened Friday, with Beijing imposing retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in American goods.
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 …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump calls the Fed chair an ‘enemy’ after Powell said trade war is ‘turbulent’  —  JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — President Trump escalated his unprecedented attacks against America's central bank Friday, calling Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell an “enemy” of the United States that is as bad as China …
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.
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Raise Existing Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 30%  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, angered by Beijing's decision on Friday to retaliate against his next round of tariffs and furious at his Federal Reserve chair for not doing more to juice the economy, said he would increase taxes …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump increases tariffs on Chinese goods hours after slamming Fed chief
Discussion: Barron's Online, CNBC and Quartz
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:   Trump will raise tariff rates on Chinese goods in response to trade war retaliation
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. ends 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 summary of a blog post from a white nationalist website …
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
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
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Trump admin to Supreme Court: It's OK to fire workers for being gay
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 …
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.
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
Amazon fires spark Macron threat to kill South America trade deal  —  BIARRITZ, France — The Amazon rainforest is ablaze, and Emmanuel Macron feels like he just got burned.  —  Only two months after Europe concluded a landmark trade deal with the South American Mercosur bloc …
Victor Caivano / Associated Press:   Bolsonaro to send army to contain Amazon fires
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79  —  He and his brother, Charles Koch, helped to build a massive conservative network of donors to support libertarian-leaning economic policies.  —  David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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 …
Lynh Bui / Washington Post:
Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States  —  Leon Haughton likes honey in his tea.  Which is why during his Christmas visit to relatives in Jamaica, he made his regular stop and bought three bottles from a favorite roadside stand before heading home to Maryland.
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
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The speech we want to hear: ‘This is madness’  —  President Trump's increasingly manic, irrational and incoherent rants have not provoked a significant response from the Democratic presidential contenders.  Perhaps they don't want to interrupt while Trump is in the process of self-destruction.
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site.  The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products  —  Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Seized on Epstein Case as Doubts Mounted About Justice Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr was at home in his study, working on a speech, when the call came from his chief of staff: Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking who had connections to an array …
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Laura Snapes / The Guardian:
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BuzzFeed News:
These New Documents Confirm Trump Associate Felix Sater Helped Track Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mixing troubling policy and loony distraction, Trump tries to get away with media madness
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Press Herald
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed News:
A Powerful Catholic Group Is Facing Allegations of Insurance Fraud
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Trump Affiliate Secretly Worked With Prosecutors, FBI and CIA for Years
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Tulsi Gabbard's campaign wants the DNC to change debate qualifying poll requirements
Discussion: National Review
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking
Discussion: Eschaton