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4:45 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 …
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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 …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trade war explodes as Trump clashes with US firms over ‘order’ to abandon China, block fentanyl shipments
ABC News:   Markets tumble on growing tariffs rift between US, China
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
Trump vows response as China plans tariffs on $75B US goods
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump tweets: ‘Who is our bigger enemy,’ Fed Chairman Powell or Chinese President Xi?
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.
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Four Interesting Findings From The Recent Flurry Of 2020 Polls
Discussion: The Federalist and Washington Post
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts drops out of presidential race, then draws a surprise tweet from President Trump
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Elizabeth Warren's human shield
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire David Koch, Who Spent Heavily to Back Conservative Causes, Dies
Bill Hewitt / Washington Post:
David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79
Discussion: The Wrap, UPI and Balloon Juice
Brian Doherty / Reason:
David Koch, R.I.P.
Discussion: Vox and New York Post
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 …
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Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for new pancreatic cancer  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently treated for a “localized malignant tumor” on her pancreas, a court spokesperson said Friday.  —  “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence …
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: Eschaton and 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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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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.
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.
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” …
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Fed Chair Powell avoided triggering a market reaction — then came Trump  —  “Trump wants the Fed to use low interest rates to help him in his battle with China.  But the Federal Reserve is not in existence for political expediency,” said one economist.  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome …
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Post and CNBC
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Politico:
Amazon fires spark Macron threat to kill South America trade deal  —  French president takes aim at Brazilian leader ahead of G7 summit.  —  BIARRITZ, France — The Amazon rainforest is ablaze, and Emmanuel Macron feels like he just got burned.  —  Only two months after Europe concluded …
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.
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
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 …
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Trump Affiliate Secretly Worked With Prosecutors, FBI and CIA for Years  —  Russian-born businessman Felix Sater ‘went above and beyond’ in cooperating after facing fraud charges in 1998, unsealed letter shows  —  A Russian-born businessman at the center of a plan to build a Trump-branded tower …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chris Murphy: Trump isn't giving up on background checks  —  Sen. Chris Murphy isn't giving up on the long-shot effort to pass expanded gun background checks.  And, he says, neither is President Donald Trump.  —  Fresh off Thursday evening conversations with White House staffers and a recent call …
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.
 
 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
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Carrie Severino / National Review:
Another Trump Judicial Nominee, Another Smear
Discussion: NB Blog, Breitbart and CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The schisms in Israel's support structure are widening
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Pomerantsev / The New York Review of Books:
The Info War of All Against All
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking
Discussion: Eschaton and American Greatness
Susan Davis / NPR:
Meltdown On Main Street: Inside The Breakdown Of The GOP's Moderate Wing
Discussion: Politico