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9:05 AM ET, August 23, 2019


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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 …
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Federal judges received a link to an anti-Semitic blog post.  It came from the Justice Department.  —  The morning briefings come nearly every workday, seemingly chock-full of all the news fit to be seen by employees at the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which handles the country's immigration cases.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Justice Department says it mistakenly emailed link to white nationalist website
Sherman Smith / Topeka Capital-Journal:
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins ducks reporters amid speculation he could resign  —  Sherman Smith sherman_newsTim Carpenter TimVCarpenter  —  FORT SCOTT — Kansas Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins declined to answer news reporters' questions at a campaign event Thursday amid a flurry …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
With Amazon Rain Forest Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — As dozens of fires scorched large swaths of the Amazon, the Brazilian government on Thursday struggled to contain growing global outrage over its environmental policies, which have paved the way for runaway deforestation …
Discussion: The Guardian, Financial Times and NPR
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Bolsonaro, Trump and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  President Trump and leaders of the other Group of Seven nations will meet at the seaside French town of Biarritz this weekend for a ritzy get-together that hopes to be defined by its eco-friendliness.
Discussion: The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire David Koch, Who Spent Heavily to Back Conservative Causes, Dies  —  He also donated more than $1.3 billion of his fortune to charity  —  David Koch, the billionaire libertarian who gave more than $1 billion to charitable causes but was better known for using his money to reshape U.S. politics, has died.
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 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.
NBC News:   Scoop: Facebook's internal Cambridge Analytica document
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump presidency is not just unfolding, it is unraveling  —  Historians studying the Trump presidency will have a prodigious amount of digital material that demands examination but defies explanation.  The president's Aug. 21, half-hour, South Lawn media availability deserves to be at the top of that list.
Discussion: The White House and Law & Crime
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Will Trump blow up the G7 summit?  —  Trump says he would like to see Russia rejoin G8  —  (CNN)The biggest question clouding this weekend's G7 summit in France is whether the President of the United States will blow it up.  —  It is a measure of the gulf between America and its allies …
Washington Post:
France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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.
Casey Tolan / Mercury News:
Fireworks at San Francisco DNC meeting as committee votes down climate debate resolution
Discussion: Shadowproof and TheBlaze
Susan Davis / NPR:
Meltdown On Main Street: Inside The Breakdown Of The GOP's Moderate Wing  —  Three weeks after Democrats took control of the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections, about 40 reelected and recently defeated lawmakers in the centrist Republican Main Street Caucus gathered at the Capitol Hill Club to sift through the electoral wreckage.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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.
New York Times:
Israeli Airstrike Hits Weapons Depot in Iraq  —  Israel has carried out an airstrike on a weapons depot in Iraq that officials said was being used by Iran to move weapons to Syria, an attack that could destabilize Iraq and thrust it deeper into the conflict between the United States and Iran.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Invited Himself to Denmark Before Canceling Trip, Danes Say  —  With a trip canceled over his proposal to buy Greenland, Danish officials tell State Dept. their leader wasn't actually being harsh when she called the idea “absurd.”  —  Speaking to reporters on the White House's South lawn in late July …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump and the GOP want you to know they're really, seriously thinking about budget-cutting ... in a few years  —  We learned this week that the deficit is rising faster than the Congressional Budget Office previously predicted and that it could hit $1 trillion as soon as this year.
Discussion: New York Times
Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi prof, who went to Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost  —  A Gulfport professor and advocate is suing the national news website HuffPost alleging defamation involving a September 2018 story on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's days at Georgetown Prep school.
Associated Press:
Making a case to women: Trump female defenders go on offense  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It's time to come out of hiding.  —  “There's a lot of people that are fearful of expressing their support, and I want you ladies to know it's OK …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Jay Lowder / Washington Post:
I'm an evangelist and a Trump voter.  But Trump as the ‘second coming of God’ is blasphemous.  —  Since President Trump's election, many in the evangelical community have lauded him, grateful for his work to protect and propel some of the Christian values we hold so dear.
Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Payback: Democrats rig Tulsi Gabbard right out of their next debate  —  Iconoclastic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard did the unforgiveable in the eyes of the hidebound Democratic Party establishment: She knocked down one their favorites, Kamala Harris.  —  Because right after this incident from the last debate:
Discussion: RedState
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Ignore It at Your Peril  —  Earlier this week, my colleague, the wise and empathetic Carly Pildis, wrote a thoughtful and powerful piece about the political future of American Jews.  In it, she argues that the Democratic Party, notwithstanding a handful of problematic and relatively …
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
How Pete Buttigieg would tackle the mental health and addiction crisis  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday unveiled a plan to bolster mental health and addiction services his campaign estimates would cost about $300 billion to coincide with a campaign stop in Manchester …
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
NYT: Trump's New Press Secretary Has Two DUI Arrests and Lost Two Jobs For Plagiarism and Cheating on Expenses  —  The New York Times reported President Donald Trump's new White House Press Secretary has two arrests for driving under the influence and lost two jobs over alleged charges of plagiarism and cheating expenses.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Electoral College Members Can Defy Voters' Wishes, Court Rules  —  In a ruling that kicks at the foundation of how America chooses presidents, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said members of the Electoral College, who cast the actual votes for president, may choose whomever they please regardless of a state's popular vote.
Discussion: CNN
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne says he got ‘fishy’ orders from Peter Strzok; former acting AG unsure of claims  —  Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne, who resigned Thursday amid ties to a government probe related to the 2016 election, claimed he received “fishy” orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok.
Discussion: and Daily Wire
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.
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Mesa College English Professor Showed QAnon Video in Class, Students Say … An English professor at Mesa Community College kicked off the fall semester by showing his classes a YouTube video spreading a far-right conspiracy theory, according to four students.
Discussion: Splinter
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking
Discussion: American Greatness
Nadler asks House committees probing Trump to share docs for its impeachment investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ian Frazier / New Yorker:
When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Proud Boys Leader Admits Their Rallies Are For Fighting And Wasting Money
Libby Emmons / The Post Millennial:
Why does our culture want us to stop having babies?
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump's tendency to double down on bad ideas doesn't bode well for the economy
Discussion: LifeZette and Reason
New York Daily News:
Di Fara Pizza reopened after state seizure over unpaid taxes
 Earlier Items: 
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Keep 2020 Olympians away from Trump until after the election
Discussion: NB Blog and Breitbart
The Babylon Bee:
Reality Criticized For Not More Clearly Distinguishing Itself From Satire
Meghan Morris / Business Insider:
We found Jeffrey Epstein's social-media accounts. …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Speak up, April Ryan. Speak up, CNN.
Discussion: Mediaite and NB Blog
Trump court pick denounced feminists, gay-rights groups and diversity efforts in 1990s, 2000s editorials
Discussion: Breitbart
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
Ex-Trump Doral golf members may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president
Discussion: Splinter