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12:45 PM ET, August 23, 2019


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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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Seth Moulton to end 2020 presidential campaign
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts drops out of presidential race after failing to break through …
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.
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
China announces new tariffs on $75B in US goods
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UPI
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.
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.
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
Maggie Severns / Politico:
David Koch, billionaire conservative donor, dies at 79
Discussion: CNBC, Axios and New York Post
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 …
Washington Post:
France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor  —  Like an annual holiday gathering where the main goal is to get through the day without a family explosion, one of France's main objectives as host of this weekend's Group of Seven summit is to minimize the chances that President Trump will blow it up.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Will Trump blow up the G7 summit?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Trump is set to blow up the G-7. In so doing, he'll reveal the worst.
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Justice Department says it mistakenly emailed link to white nationalist website
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show  —  KEY POINTS  — Communication between Facebook employees from 2015 illustrate early actions the company took to investigate third-party use of their data.  — Facebook released the emails …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge and Facebook
NBC News:   Scoop: Facebook's internal Cambridge Analytica document
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.
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 …
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: Politico, NPR and The Guardian
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.
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 …
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
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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
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Proud Boys Leader Admits Their Rallies Are For Fighting And Wasting Money
Discussion: New York Post and Oregonian
Pete For America:
Healing and Belonging in America
Discussion: Teen Vogue and Breitbart
Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Payback: Democrats rig Tulsi Gabbard right out of their next debate
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Electoral College Members Can Defy Voters' Wishes, Court Rules
Associated Press:
Making a case to women: Trump female defenders go on offense
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Here's what that means for the environment
Discussion:, WGNO, Undark and VICE
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Mesa College English Professor Showed QAnon Video in Class, Students Say
Discussion: Splinter
Jimmie E. Gates / The Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi prof, who went to Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Ignore It at Your Peril  —  Earlier this week, my colleague …
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon