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9:45 PM ET, August 26, 2019


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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
3-Way Lead as Dem 2020 Picture Shifts  —  Sanders and Warren rise; Biden drops  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President Joe Biden are currently bunched together in the national Democratic presidential preference contest.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
What Elizabeth Warren Is Quietly Telling Democratic Insiders  —  With phone calls, texts and handwritten notes, the Massachusetts senator is continuing an unusually determined outreach effort to show party officials she is aligned with them.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Senator Elizabeth Warren …
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Monmouth poll: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in three-way lead for Democratic bid
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Sixty-eight minutes in Biarritz: A glimpse into Trump's unorthodox mind  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  BIARRITZ, France — For many minutes on Monday, President Trump stood on foreign soil at the close of the Group of Seven summit here and trashed his predecessor.
Discussion: Breitbart
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
After Trump claims first lady has ‘gotten to know’ Kim Jong Un, White House clarifies they've never met  —  President Trump on Monday claimed that first lady Melania Trump has “gotten to know” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, prompting the White House to clarify that the two have never met.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘He was outsmarted’: Trump mocks Obama on world stage  —  President Donald Trump on Monday used the global stage of the G-7 conference to assert that former President Barack Obama was “outsmarted” and embarrassed by Russian President Vladimir Putin — a stinging rebuke of his White House predecessor before an international audience.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Breitbart and Mediaite
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
CNN's Jim Acosta Heckles Trump As He Walks Off Stage During G7 Summit In France
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House clarifies that Melania Trump has not met Kim Jong Un
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
Center for Public Integrity:
Federal Election Commission to effectively shut down.  Now what?  —  Federal Election Commission Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen announced his resignation today.  —  This means the agency that enforces and regulates the nation's campaign finance laws will effectively shut down …
Emily Davies / Washington Post:   GOP appointee resigns from Federal Election Commission, leaving it without a quorum
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Prosecutors Near Decision on Whether to Seek an Andrew McCabe Indictment  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Washington appear to be in the final stages of deciding whether to seek an indictment of Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Report: Feds Close To Deciding Whether To Indict CNN Analyst Andrew McCabe
Tom Cotton / New York Times:
We Should Buy Greenland  —  Trump isn't the only one to recognize the country's strategic importance.  Beijing does, too.  —  Mr. Cotton, a Republican, is a United States senator from Arkansas.  —  After news leaked last week that President Trump had expressed interest in acquiring Greenland …
Bernie Sanders / Columbia Journalism Review:
Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism  —  Walter Cronkite once said that “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.”  He was absolutely right, which is why today's assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action.
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York  —  A group appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed seismic changes to the nation's largest school system.  —  For years, New York City has essentially maintained two parallel public school systems.
Discussion: New York Post
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Journalists' Old Tweets Are Fair Game for Trump  —  Journalists don't have thin skins, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow is reputed to have said, they have no skins.  Reporters are so sensitive that you needn't criticize their work to earn a buzz saw in the face in return.
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million for its role in Oklahoma's opioid crisis  —  NORMAN, Okla.— A judge Monday found Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma's opioid crisis, ordering the health care company to pay $572 million to remedy the devastation wrought by the epidemic on the state and its residents.
Discussion: Slate and Vox
Lisa Needham / Shareblue Media:
Devin Nunes' attorney says parody Twitter accounts are as dangerous as guns and fires  —  At the first hearing on Devin Nunes's lawsuit against Twitter, there were cow ears, cow T-shirts, and over-the-top analogies.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) finally had his day in court.  It didn't go very well.
Matt Keeley / Newsweek:
Devin Nunes' attorney argues @DevinNunesMom, @DevinCow parody accounts as dangerous as guns
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Trump Swerves on Trade War, It's Whiplash for the Rest of the World  —  BIARRITZ, France — Remember when President Xi Jinping of China was the “enemy”?  That was so Friday.  As of Monday, according to President Trump, Mr. Xi was “a great leader” and a “brilliant man.”
Alex Zielinski / Portland Mercury:
Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside  —  Since 2017, far-right groups have flocked to notoriously liberal Portland to march, yell, and engage in violent clashes with left-wing activists.
Washington Post:
Investigators scrutinizing video outside Epstein's cell find some footage unusable, according to people familiar with the inquiry  —  At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself earlier this month had footage …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Professor Forced to Resign Because He Supports Antifa  —  In yet another example of campuses prioritizing nebulous safety concerns over free speech, a community college has pushed a professor to resign for stating his alignment with antifa.  —  “I affirm that I am antifa,” Jeff Klinzman …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Has a Vicious New Primary Challenger—and Drooping GOP Support  —  Trump's numbers among even Republicans are starting to drop, and while Joe Walsh is not going to win the primary, he'll be launching feral attacks and calling out the lies.  —  By MICHAEL TOMASKY8.26.19 4:58 AM ET
Page Six:
Hamptons DJ refuses to turn down the music for Bill Clinton  —  It takes a fearless DJ to stand up for “late-night vibes” when you've got Bill Clinton asking you to turn the music down.  —  But that's what happened in the Hamptons when Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jon Bon Jovi and former …
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Secret Memos Show the Government Has Been Lying About Backpage  —  For nearly a decade, Backpage has been demonized by politicians, denounced in legislatures, and dramatically mischaracterized by the press, Hollywood, and well-funded activist groups.  As early as 2010, top prosecutors …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Some Senate Democrats Value Susan Collins's Friendship More Than Power  —  Throughout the Trump presidency, the Democratic leadership has begged progressive activists to appreciate the limits of their party's power, and the wisdom of its strategic judgment.  —  When immigration advocates demanded …
Washington Post:
Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit in move to soften Russia's pariah status  —  BIARRITZ, France — President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020 …
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials  —  The trade war is dragging on.  The yield curve is inverting.  Investors are fleeing to safety.  Global growth is slowing.  The stock market is dipping.  The Millennials are screwed.  —  Recessions are never good for anyone.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hot Air
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Jumps on the Seth Rich Conspiracy Bandwagon  —  Trump's lawyer says he's just pointing to “nagging coincidences,” even though Rich's family has begged people to stop speculating about their son's death.  —  Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani promoted discredited conspiracy theories …
Discussion: Raw Story
GOP Rep. Sean Duffy resigning to help care for child with ‘complications’  —  ‘This is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now,’ Duffy says.  —  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) will resign from Congress at the end of September …
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Trump approval hits new low among Virginians in Roanoke College poll  —  RICHMOND — Virginians' dislike of President Trump is growing, according to a new statewide poll that suggests the head winds Republicans could face in crucial legislative elections this fall.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Internal poll from Andy Beshear campaign shows significant lead over Gov. Matt Bevin  —  An internal poll from the campaign of Andy Beshear shows the Democratic attorney general leading Gov. Matt Bevin by 9 percentage points in the race for governor, with a little over two months until the election.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Baker / New York Times:
The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein  —  Nine years before any police investigation, Maria and Annie Farmer reported the troubling behavior of Jeffrey Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell.  No one would act.  —  As more women have come forward in recent days …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Bethany Milton / New York Times:
My Final Break With the Trump State Department  —  What is there left to defend to foreign audiences, other than a promise that we're a democracy and that there are future elections to come?  —  Ms. Milton is a former Foreign Service officer.  —  When President Trump allowed a crowd to chant …
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The Times of Israel:
US State Department drops Palestinian territories listing from website
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Breitbart
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Elizabeth Warren tells crowd of 15,000 in Seattle, ‘Nobody gets to stay on the sidelines’
Rory Fleming / Filter:
As Major Report Estimates 5 Million Jailed Each Year, What Now?
Discussion: Shadowproof
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Examiner:
Embattled Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam under fire over appointee with history of anti-Catholic tweets
Discussion: CNSNews and Townhall
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump shows strength with women as 4,600 join 2020 ‘victory’ team
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Al Franken Case Shows We're Asking Journalism to Do Too Much
Steve Eder / New York Times:
A Former Trump Hotel Partner Is Charged With Felony Theft
 Earlier Items: 
David Mark / NBC News:
Ted Kennedy died 10 years ago.  It's time for liberals, and America, to reassess his life and crimes.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Progress Pond
Eunique Jones Gibson / BOTWC:
North Carolina Teen Registered People to Vote as They Waited in Line at Popeyes
Michael Shellenberger / Forbes:
Why Everything They Say About The Amazon, Including That It's The “Lungs Of The World,” Is Wrong
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Even Trump's Supporters Are Getting Tired of His Daily Drama
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Why the CIA doesn't spy on the UAE
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
France's Macron accuses Brazil's Bolsonaro of ‘incredibly disrespectful’ comments about his wife
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Jacobin