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4:40 PM ET, August 24, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump Asserts He Can Force U.S. Companies to Leave China  —  BIARRITZ, France — President Trump asserted on Saturday that he has the authority to make good on his threat to force all American businesses to leave China, citing a national security law that has been used mainly to target terrorists …
National Review:
Out of Order  —  A question in the spirit of Donald Trump's tweets this morning might be: Who's trying harder to crash U.S. markets, the president of the United States or the president of China?  —  After Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell didn't forecast the loosening of monetary policy …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
One Crazy Day Showed How Political Chaos Threatens the World Economy
Discussion: Washington Press
Associated Press:
At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-it-alone stance  —  BIARRITZ, France (AP) — President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in France for an international summit with the leaders of the globe's economic powers as he confronts the consequences of his preference for going it alone …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Raves Over Macron at G7, While Aides Slam France  —  BIARRITZ, France — Lunching on a patio overlooking the Bay of Biscay at the Hôtel du Palais on Saturday, President Trump gushed over Emmanuel Macron, the French president and the host of the weekend's annual Group of 7 meeting …
Washington Post:
With the global economy slowing and the U.S.-China trade war escalating, Trump arrives at G-7 with a list of grievances  —  ● President Trump's trade war with China escalated on Friday as both countries imposed new tariffs, adding to the anxiety over the state of the global economy ahead of the meeting.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and UPI
Washington Post:
‘Senseless disputes’: E.U.'s Tusk says Trump's trade wars are damaging global economy
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump has questioned why he must attend G7
Discussion: Don Surber and Washington Post
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Haley-Pence rivalry heats up as GOP weighs post-Trump future  —  When top Republicans convened at the St. Regis resort in Aspen, Colo. last month for an exclusive donor retreat, several attendees said there was palpable tension in the room as the gathering's two headliners prepared to speak …
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
The Russian spy who posed as a Canadian for more than 20 years  —  Elena Vavilova's book offers rare insight into the Soviet deep-cover ‘illegals’ programme  —  “A spy has to be an actor, but an actor that doesn't need a public or a stage, and doesn't require the approval of others,” …
Chelsea Prince / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Georgia Court of Appeals judge found shot dead behind Albany home  —  A Georgia Court of Appeals judge was found dead behind his Albany home on Saturday morning, authorities said.  —  Stephen Goss, 60, was dead of a single gunshot wound when Albany police arrived at the home …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Six polls and more than 6,000 interviews show Trump's approval dropping  —  (CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the ESPN's SportsCentury.  —  Poll of the week: A new national CNN/SSRS poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 40%.  His disapproval rating is 54%.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Trump's company could save millions if interest rates fall as he demands  —  President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Amazon Fires Are More Dangerous Than WMDs  —  One person shouldn't have the power to set policies that doom the rest of humanity's shot at mitigating rising temperatures.  —  When Jair Bolosonaro won Brazil's presidential election last year, having run on a platform of deforestation …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and Daily Kos
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Liberty and Slavery Have Always Been Wrapped Up With Each Other  —  The question of how to work out the relationship between them is fundamental to understanding American history.  —  I am just one of many contributors to The New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project and can't claim to speak for it.
Ronald Bailey / Reason:
Don't Panic: Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests  —  “A picture is worth a thousand words” is one of the dumbest aphorisms ever coined.  Speaking as a former television producer, I'd say a picture takes a thousand words to explain.  Take this much-circulated NASA satellite photo …
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary  —  In Colorado, nearly a dozen Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 — a race widely seen as the party's most promising pick-up in the Senate.
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
New York Times:
Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past  —  How a long line of questionable decisions led to the crisis over lead contamination in Newark.  —  NEWARK — In the year after receiving test results showing alarming levels of lead in this city's drinking water …
Chris Hayes on the inception of white terrorism in America  —  Chris Hayes explains how white supremacist terrorism is an existential threat to equal and open democracy.
Washington Post:
Trump ‘hereby’ orders U.S. business out of China.  Can he do that?  —  Some see Trump's command as more than ‘cheap talk,’ saying he has real tools to encourage compliance.  —  President Trump's extraordinary edict demanding U.S. companies move out of China — delivered in a series …
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 …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Biden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Evoking 1968 at town hall, Biden asks: What would have happened if Obama had been assassinated?
Discussion: BizPac Review, Mediaite and Politico
Tampa Bay Times:
Michael Drejka convicted of manslaughter in Markeis McGlockton's death  —  The infamous Clearwater parking lot shooting case ends with a guilty verdict.  Drejka will be sentenced at a later date.  —  LARGO — A jury found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter late Friday in the 2018 shooting death …
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Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Google Puts Curbs on Political Debate by Employees
Discussion: Axios
The Times of Israel:
Teen Israeli girl killed as family hit by bomb at West Bank spring
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics
Discussion: NPR, Vox and BuzzFeed News
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Calls Republican's Belief in Only Two Genders ‘Incendiary’
Timothy Meads / Townhall:
The Left Bastardizes Language: San Fran Criminals Must Now Be Called ‘Justice-Involved Persons’
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Rep. Mo Brooks: “Growing Influence Of The Islamic Religion In Democratic Party” Fuels Anti-Israel, Anti-Jewish Views
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:
Far-right troll Jacob Wohl scammed a Trump fan out of $25,000 (updated)
Andrea Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
ICE shut down a hotline for detained immigrants after it was featured on ‘Orange Is the New Black’
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Root
Associated Press:
This means trade war: Is Trump's economic team up for it?
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Candidate: Michigan city should be as white ‘as possible’