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8:50 AM ET, August 26, 2019


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Associated Press:
Trump claims serious trade negotiations with China to begin  —  BIARRITZ, France (AP) — President Donald Trump, under pressure to scale back a U.S.-China trade war partly blamed for a global economic slowdown, claimed Monday that the two sides will begin serious negotiations soon.
Discussion: Reuters, The Week and Political Wire
Washington Post:
G-7 summit set to end with little consensus amid Trump's mixed messaging on the trade war  —  BIARRITZ, France — President Trump began his final day at the Group of Seven summit complaining about the media but offering scant evidence that he and other world leaders gathered in France …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Rule 1 at the G7 Meeting?  Don't Get You-Know-Who Mad  —  BIARRITZ, France — For a day, at least, everyone was on their best behavior when the cameras were on, eager to present a show of bonhomie after so many previous meetings ended in discord.  —  But behind the scenes at the annual gathering …
Bloomberg:   Merkel Opens Door to Broader Trade Talks With U.S.: G-7 Update
Washington Post:
Iran's Zarif makes surprise trip to G-7, catching Trump off-guard
New York Times:
Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House  —  WASHINGTON — A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump …
The New York Times Company:
A Campaign Targeting Our Staff
Scoop: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes to stop them from hitting U.S.  —  President Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States, according to sources …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘The rock star’ vs. ‘The rock’: Warren and Biden hurtle toward collision  —  SEATTLE — Elizabeth Warren has the crowds.  Joe Biden has the lead.  —  The split-screen story of one of the most intriguing match-ups of the Democratic presidential primary is unfolding in a glaring contrast of style and substance.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Warren Draws Record Crowd of 15,000 in Seattle  — Democrat touts wealth tax, changing campaign finance laws  — Warren is in second place behind Biden in many 2020 polls  —  Elizabeth Warren drew the largest crowd of her presidential campaign Sunday in Seattle …
Discussion: Axios
China says wants ‘calm’ resolution to U.S. trade war  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through “calm” negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict, Vice Premier Liu He, who has been leading the talks with Washington, said on Monday.
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Experts propose alternative to Brexit backstop  —  LONDON - A team of experts, including a former high-ranking British official in the European Commission, has drawn up a plan to replace the Northern Ireland backstop, which has become the major hurdle to a Brexit deal.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
House Judiciary Committee to subpoena ex-White House aide Rob Porter  —  The House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump …
New Republic:
One for All  —  As you've probably heard, UN scientists recently warned that we have eleven years to avert climate disaster.  We face a civilizational crisis that can only be solved by unprecedented action on an unprecedented scale.  To avert this crisis, we must begin to see our fates as linked and make good on that insight.
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
The Cherokee Nation wants a representative in Congress, taking the US government up on a promise it made nearly 200 years ago  —  (CNN)The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised …
Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
‘A slap in the face’: Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country  —  Gripped with anger, some Iowa ethanol leaders say President Donald Trump should no longer count on their support in next year's election, given his administration's action to cut demand for the U.S. renewable fuel.
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
China's Spies Are on the Offensive  —  In early 2017, Kevin Mallory was struggling financially.  After years of drawing a government salary as a member of the military and as a CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency officer, he was behind on his mortgage and $230,000 in debt.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
The Education of Elizabeth Warren
Hans von der Burchard / Politico:
Trump says tariffs on French wine depend on digital tax ‘deal’
Andre Carson / Indianapolis Star:
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson: Trump spews intolerance from America's highest office
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Not a single mile of Trump's border wall has been built where no barrier previously existed
Molly Duerig / Arizona Republic:
Joe Arpaio running for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020
Discussion: NBC News, Axios and New York Times
Washington Examiner:
The Duke and Duchess of Climate are disappointed in you
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John Bowden / The Hill:
King doubles down, says rape, incest should not be factored in to abortion decisions
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Trump accuses news media of trying to make reelection more difficult
Discussion: RealClearPolitics and Mediaite
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