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1:00 PM ET, August 25, 2019


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Washington Post:
Trump expresses regret about escalating China trade war, then reverses course and says he wishes he raised tariffs higher  —  ● The White House said President Trump's earlier suggestion that he regretted escalating the trade war with China was “misinterpreted” and that what he regrets is not raising tariffs higher.
Macron Invites Iran's Zarif to G-7 Sidelines, Risks U.S. Outrage  —  Emmanuel Macron has thrown his G-7 guests a mid-summit curveball — inviting Iran's foreign minister for a surprise visit in a move that risks infuriating Donald Trump's administration.  —  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad …
Discussion: UPI
Washington Post:
Iran's Zarif makes surprise trip to G-7, catching Trump off-guard  —  BIARRITZ, France — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise visit to the city hosting the Group of Seven summit Sunday, a move that caught President Trump off-guard and added another element of tension to the meeting of world economic leaders.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
G7 summit: Iran foreign minister makes surprise Biarritz appearance  —  Visit comes during summit at which policy on Iran has been one of most contentious issues  —  Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has made a surprise appearance in Biarritz in the middle of a G7 summit …
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
Boris Johnson's G7 Balancing Act
Discussion: BBC
Associated Press:   High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China trade war: White House clarifies Trump comments about “second thoughts”
Discussion: Vox, Reuters, The Guardian and BizPac Review
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump expresses confidence on Brexit talks
Associated Press:
The Latest: G-7 leaders meeting on threats to global economy
Wall Street Journal:   G-7 Summit Off to Rocky Start as U.S. Officials Assail France
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Steve King Is Broke And Has Been Abandoned by His Colleagues as He Runs for Re-Election  —  It turns out that there are some actual political consequences for a congressman sounding off repeatedly about white supremacy and abortion.  —  As he gears up for a difficult re-election cycle, Rep. Steve King's campaign is strapped for cash.
Discussion: Axios and Talking Points Memo
Will Steakin / ABC News:
‘THIS WEEK’ EXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces Republican primary challenge against Trump  —  Conservative firebrand former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh announced Sunday with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week” that he's launching a long-shot Republican presidential primary challenge against President Donald Trump.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:   Joe Walsh announces Trump primary challenge: 'I'm in'
Under Trump, the deficit has ballooned, exploding a GOP myth  —  Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and author, with Kevin Kruse, of the new book “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.”  Follow him on Twitter at @julianzelizer.
Teresa Ghilarducci / Forbes:
Trump's Second-Term Plan For Social Security: Starve The Beast  —  I am an economics professor focusing on retirement security and jobs.  —  “> In using deficit fears to target entitlement programs, many Republicans are hoping to use Trump's second term to cut Medicare and Social Security.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
‘A deep and boiling anger’: NBC/WSJ poll finds a pessimistic America despite current economic satisfaction  —  A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 70 percent of Americans say they're angry at the political establishment  —  WASHINGTON — The political and cultural upheaval …
Discussion: CBS News, Political Wire and Hullabaloo
Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Duke psychiatrist: Trump ‘may be responsible for many more million deaths’ than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao  —  The former chairman of the Psychiatry Department at Duke University claimed on CNN that President Trump is as bad as the worst dictators of the 20th century, and that his presidency might lead to even more deaths than they did.
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Anthony Scaramucci Turns Up At Hamptons Charity Event Featuring ... Joe Biden  —  Biden trumpets fight for “soul of the nation.”  The Mooch says he's still a Republican, and searching for a GOP candidate to challenge Trump, who has “lost his mind.”  —  President Donald Trump's former long …
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Scaramucci appears at Biden campaign event and says Trump will lose in 2020
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘Speed dating’: Candidates connect early with super delegates amid fear of convention chaos  —  At the Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco last week, concern mounted that the primaries won't yield a clear winner.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For more than three decades …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:   Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cindy McCain on political division: “This country is not well right now”  —  On the anniversary of John McCain's death, his wife Cindy reflected on the late senator's legacy and said on ABC's “This Week” that she was launching a new social media initiative called #ActsOfCivility in his memory.
Discussion: Breitbart
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Former Kirsten Gillibrand staffers want senator to quit presidential campaign  —  It's time for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's sputtering presidential campaign to call it quits, a friend of hers and two former aides told The Post.  —  “It would be best if she decided that this was not her time …
Discussion: Breitbart, BizPac Review and IJR
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New York Times:
Trade Turmoil Gives Democrats an Opening to Hit Trump on Economy
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Blame Economists for the Mess We're In
Jeff Poor / Yellowhammer News:
ALGOP passes resolution calling for Ilhan Omar's expulsion from Congress- 'Let Alabama …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Terror-sponsor Iran threatens Washington think tank with actions by ‘security apparatuses’
Discussion: Fox News and Radio Free Europe
 Earlier Items: 
NewsHound Ellen / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Graham: Be Glad Trump's China Trade War Tanked Your 401(k)!
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Fox News:
Graham warns withdrawing from Afghanistan will lead to ‘another 9/11’
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Mazel Tov, Trump. You've Revived the Jewish Left.