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1:45 PM ET, August 23, 2019


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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 …
Yun Li / CNBC:
China will retaliate with tariffs on $75 billion more of US goods and resume auto tariffs  —  KEY POINTS  — The Chinese State Council says it's slapping tariffs ranging from 5% to 10% on $75 billion U.S. goods in two batches effective on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Orders U.S. Businesses to Find Alternative to China  —  President says 'we don't need China' after Beijing announces tariffs on $75 billion of additional U.S. products  —  President Trump said U.S. companies were “hereby ordered” to start looking for alternatives to doing business …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:   Trump vows response as China plans tariffs on $75B US goods
China Hits Back at Trump With Higher Tariffs on Soy, Autos
Discussion: Breitbart and Press Herald
John Bowden / The Hill:
China announces new tariffs on $75B in US goods
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UPI
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.
Sunny Kim / CNBC:
Democrat Seth Moulton drops out of the 2020 White House race
Discussion: New York Times
Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Payback: Democrats rig Tulsi Gabbard right out of their next debate
Discussion: RedState
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts drops out of presidential race after failing to break through …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Seth Moulton to end 2020 presidential campaign
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.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Elizabeth Warren's human shield  —  HAVE YOU NOTICED that nobody in the Democratic field ever attacks Elizabeth Warren?  Sure, a few of the more centrist candidates — Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar — will sort of verbally subtweet her …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79  —  A man-about-town philanthropist, he and his brother Charles ran a business colossus while furthering a libertarian agenda that reshaped American politics.  —  David H. Koch, who joined his brother, Charles G. Koch …
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire David Koch, Who Spent Heavily to Back Conservative Causes, Dies
Discussion: Townhall, The Week and Daily Wire
Brian Kahn / Earther:
David Koch Escaped the Climate Hell He Helped Create
Discussion: Jacobin, BuzzFeed News and The Wrap
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: Althouse
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is set to blow up the G-7.  In so doing, he'll reveal the worst.  —  With President Trump set to attend the Group of Seven this weekend, it's already emerging that he has “shaken up” the schedule.  Trump has called for a special meeting focused on the global economy …
Washington Post:
France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Will Trump blow up the G7 summit?
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.
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
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
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking  —  The most important political book of the past year just might be a grammatically challenged manifesto in favor of nude sunbathing written under the pen name Bronze Age Pervert.  —  Where Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” …
Discussion: Eschaton and American Greatness
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: Shareblue Media, CNN, The Week and Slate
Jackie Smith / The Times Herald:
Racist comment shocks Marysville forum amid message of growth, momentum … Capitalizing on Marysville's current momentum — from redeveloping the old Mighty Marysville property to improvements at city parks — quickly became a common theme for city election candidates during a forum Thursday night.
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
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Trump said doctors left operating rooms to greet him after mass shootings.  Hospitals in Dayton and El Paso say that's not true.  —  Speaking to reporters on the White House's South Lawn on Wednesday, President Trump claimed he was warmly welcomed at hospitals in the wake of recent mass shootings …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Challenges for Monetary Policy  —  Chair Jerome H. Powell  —  At the “Challenges for Monetary Policy” symposium, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jackson Hole, Wyoming  —  This year's symposium topic is “Challenges for Monetary Policy,” and for the Federal Reserve …
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 …
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New York Times:
India's Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse
Carrie Severino / National Review:
Another Trump Judicial Nominee, Another Smear
Discussion: NB Blog, Breitbart and CNN
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
The Narrow Path For Black Politicians Who Want To Be President — And How It's Changing
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The schisms in Israel's support structure are widening
Peter Pomerantsev / The New York Review of Books:
The Info War of All Against All
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge and Facebook
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Proud Boys Leader Admits Their Rallies Are For Fighting And Wasting Money
Discussion: New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Frazier / New Yorker:
When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Electoral College Members Can Defy Voters' Wishes, Court Rules
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Mesa College English Professor Showed QAnon Video in Class, Students Say
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
The Epoch Times begins hiding its connection to a huge pro-Trump ad buy on Facebook