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12:25 AM ET, August 26, 2019


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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 …
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.
NBC News:
White House blindsided by Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's G-7 appearance  —  U.S. officials said the administration was furious at the French government's decision to invite Zarif with little advance notice.  —  SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France — The White House was blindsided by the arrival …
Washington Post:
Mixed signals, reversals cloud second day of G-7 summit
Julian Borger / The Guardian:   G7 summit: Iran foreign minister makes surprise Biarritz appearance
Associated Press:
High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
Boris Johnson's G7 Balancing Act
Discussion: BBC
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.
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 …
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 …
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Dairy Queen burgers are not made of human flesh, a county coroner is forced to confirm  —  The entire ingredient list for a Dairy Queen burger, the company says, is beef.  From cows.  Not from humans.  —  Dairy Queen had occasion to clarify this on Friday, after a federal raid …
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.
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Walsh Officially Announces 2020 Campaign Against Trump
Discussion: Balloon Juice
ABC News:   ‘This Week’ Transcript 8-25-19: Former Rep. Joe Walsh, Cindy McCain
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Joe Walsh announces Trump primary challenge: 'I'm in'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Andrew McCabe's Unjust Deserts  —  I was going to pass by in silent contempt the news that CNN—the network that patrons of airport lounges cordially dislike and that no one else watches—just decided to hire disgraced former FBI honcho Andrew McCabe as a commentator.
Discussion: National Review
Molly Duerig / Arizona Republic:
Joe Arpaio running for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  —  Joe Arpaio announced on social media Sunday that he will seek another term as sheriff of Maricopa County in 2020.  Arpaio previously served as the county's sheriff for 24 years.  —  Arpaio noted the date of his announcement …
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.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Not a single mile of Trump's border wall has been built where no barrier previously existed  —  More than 2 1/2 years after President Trump took office with an ardent promise to build a wall along the southern border, his administration cannot tell us when it will add its 1st mile of new wall …
New York Times:
Hong Kong Officer Fires Shot, and Police Use Water Cannons at Protest  —  HONG KONG — Hong Kong police officers on Sunday drew pistols on protesters who were charging them with sticks, and one fired a warning shot into the air after another officer fell, as a weekend of violent clashes brought an end to nearly two weeks of restraint.
Discussion: WSVN-TV and UPI
Washington Examiner:
The Duke and Duchess of Climate are disappointed in you  —  It's hardly the first time European royalty have displayed laughably elitist and clueless condescension.  It's not even the worst current scandal involving a British royal and a private jet.  But the spectacle of a prince …
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Seth Kugel / New York Times:
How Guilty Should You Feel About Your Vacation?
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Althouse
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
When Kamala Was a Top Cop
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘Speed dating’: Candidates connect early with super delegates amid fear of convention chaos
 Earlier Items: 
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cindy McCain on political division: “This country is not well right now”
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Trade Turmoil Gives Democrats an Opening to Hit Trump on Economy
Under Trump, the deficit has ballooned, exploding a GOP myth