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8:55 PM ET, August 24, 2019


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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
G-7 Summit Off to Rocky Start as U.S. Officials Assail France  —  French president is accused of ignoring Washington's input and focusing event on ‘niche’ issues  —  From left, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron …
Washington Post:
‘Senseless disputes’: E.U.'s Tusk says Trump's trade wars are damaging global economy
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Washington Post:
G-7 leaders hope for productive — and quiet — summit amid worries Trump will disrupt the gathering
NewsHound Ellen / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Graham: Be Glad Trump's China Trade War Tanked Your 401(k)!  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (Trump-SC) is A-OK with markets diving and prices spiking in a China trade war.  But behind the scenes, he helped companies in SC avoid the pain.  —  Yesterday, after even Fox News host Martha MacCallum acknowledged …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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,” …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Mazel Tov, Trump.  You've Revived the Jewish Left.  —  ‘Only one political party is quite literally inciting white nationalists to shoot up our synagogues.’  —  On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B'Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan …
New York Times:
In Aftermath of El Paso Attack, a Reckoning on Texas's Divisive Political Rhetoric  —  HOUSTON — Typically, a campaign plea from a Texas governor calling for fellow Republicans to “defend Texas” from illegal immigration and “take matters into our own hands” would be met with a collective yawn.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Terror-sponsor Iran threatens Washington think tank with actions by ‘security apparatuses’  —  Iran, an international sponsor of terrorism, has announced sanctions against a hawkish Washington think tank, threatening that any actions taken against it by “security apparatuses” will be “considered legitimate” by Tehran.
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 …
Jeff Poor / Yellowhammer News:
ALGOP passes resolution calling for Ilhan Omar's expulsion from Congress- 'Let Alabama be first and let's see how many other states follow'  —  AUBURN — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-Minn.) is no friend of the Alabama Republican Party.  —  That was the takeaway on Saturday at the ALGOP's summer meeting hosted …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:
Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call  — Iowa, other state officials outraged that system may change  — Democrats required states to try a virtual option in 2020  —  The Democratic National Committee has raised substantial cybersecurity concerns over virtual caucusing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Amazon Fires Are More Dangerous Than WMDs  —  When Jair Bolosonaro won Brazil's presidential election last year, having run on a platform of deforestation, David Wallace-Wells asked, “How much damage can one person do to the planet?”  Bolsonaro didn't pour lighter fluid to ignite the flames …
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Fox News:
Graham warns withdrawing from Afghanistan will lead to ‘another 9/11’
Discussion: RedState
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Justice Dept. cancels news briefings service after sending white nationalist link
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Parker / RedState:
He's Hip!  He's Hip!  Joe Biden Sizzles with Teenaged Heat as He Announces His Openness to ‘Radical Decarbonization’
Discussion: Daily Wire
James Veltmeyer / Washington Times:
The Cultural Marxist attack on Western society
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates
Wall Street Journal:
Just Another Manic Friday
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Google Puts Curbs on Political Debate by Employees
Discussion: Axios
Chris Hayes on the inception of white terrorism in America
New York Times:
Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics
Discussion: NPR, Vox and The Guardian
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Calls Republican's Belief in Only Two Genders ‘Incendiary’
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Slavery Was Not a Secondary Part of Our History