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12:35 PM 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.
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 …
Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
Joe Biden Has An Iowa Problem, Not An Enthusiasm Problem  —  If you've been following our coverage of the Democratic primary, you'll know that I don't think much of media really understands Joe Biden's popularity among Democrats.  That doesn't mean that Biden is destined to win the primary.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Warren Draws Record Crowd of 15,000 in Seattle
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Los Angeles Times:
The promise and peril of Joe Biden's front-runner campaign
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden: Despite gaffes, 'I'm not going nuts'
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
France's Macron accuses Brazil's Bolsonaro of ‘incredibly disrespectful’ comments about his wife  —  French President Emmanuel Macron issued a fiery response to Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro for social media comments that appeared to criticize the appearance of French first lady Brigitte Macron.
Discussion: Mediaite and Jacobin
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
G7: Trump skips talks on climate crisis and Amazon fires
Associated Press:
The Latest: US, France reach deal on taxing online companies
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
USA Today:
Trump only world leader not seen at G-7 meeting on climate
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Peter Baker / New York Times:   G7 Live Updates: Macron Wants to Arrange Meeting Between Trump and Rouhani
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 …
Congressman Sean Duffy:
Next to marrying Rachel, representing you - the people and families of Wisconsin's 7th District - in Congress has been the highest honor of my life.  Together, we have engaged in the most important battles of our time: protecting freedom of speech and religious liberty, taking care of our veterans …
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.
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump strikes optimistic tone on China after weekend of contradictory signals
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren Manages to Woo the Democratic Establishment
Discussion: NBC News
New York Times:
The N.R.A. Has Trump.  But It Has Lost Allies in Congress.  —  The N.R.A. has been assigning fewer A's and more F's to Democrats elected to Congress each cycle.  —  The National Rifle Association has significantly fewer allies in Congress than it did a decade ago, a decline driven …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump zigzags wildly at G-7, one ugly truth remains constant  —  It took three days, but amid President Trump's wild gyrations in his trade wars, his erratic efforts to spread confusion and lies about the utterances of other world leaders, and his unstable lapses of attention into matters unrelated …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Stop the craziness  —  President Trump has an animal instinct for finding an opponent's vulnerability and then attacking it.  His nicknames not only denote disrespect but also serve to keep his opponents' weakness, or perceived weakness, front and center.  It was “Low Energy Jeb,” “Little Marco” and “Crooked Hillary.”
Discussion: ABC News
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Why the CIA doesn't spy on the UAE  —  (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates finances the military leader trying to topple a United Nations-recognized government in Libya.  It helps lead a coalition of nations imposing an economic blockade of Qatar, despite U.S. calls to resolve the dispute.
Joe Kennedy III:
Hi everyone —  —  I hope you're all having a great summer and getting a little break before fall kicks in.  I wanted to take a minute to check in — and to make sure you're hearing directly from me about my plans for 2020.  —  Over the past few weeks I've begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate.
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
A Squeaker in 2020?  Not Likely  —  If history is any guide, the election will not be close — whether the incumbent wins or loses.  —  Will Donald Trump's reelection campaign be a nail-biter?  No Republican president has ever been reelected with less than 50 percent of the vote.
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Inside Susan Collins' reelection fight in the age of Trump  —  OLD TOWN, Maine — Shortly after Barack Obama won and Susan Collins was reelected in 2008, the president invited her to the White House to pitch the economic stimulus.  It was not particularly subtle.  —  “He said: 'You know Susan, they really like me in Maine.
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Macron says he expects meeting with Trump and Rouhani
Discussion: Fox News
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Controversial Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces He's Running Again
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Even Trump's Supporters Are Getting Tired of His Daily Drama
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Jumps on the Seth Rich Conspiracy Bandwagon
Amir Tibon Washington / Haaretz:
Iran Threatens Actions by ‘Security Institutions’ Against D.C. Think Tank
New York Times:
Trump's Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise
Chad Day / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Shifted Dramatically on What Values Matter Most
 Earlier Items: 
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Cardi B might be one of Bernie's most powerful 2020 allies. Seriously.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Washington Examiner:
The opposite of journalism: CNN is encouraging government officials to lie
Yahoo News:
Stocks skittish as markets live by Trump tweets
Discussion: CNBC, TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Mike Baker / New York Times:
The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein
Astra Taylor / New Republic:
One for All  —  As you've probably heard, UN scientists recently warned …
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
China's Spies Are on the Offensive
Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
‘A slap in the face’: Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Experts propose alternative to Brexit backstop