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2:10 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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 matchups of the Democratic presidential primary is unfolding in a glaring contrast of style and substance.
Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
Joe Biden Has An Iowa Problem, Not An Enthusiasm Problem
Discussion: Townhall and Hot Air
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Monmouth poll: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in three-way lead for Democratic bid
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren Manages to Woo the Democratic Establishment
Discussion: NBC News
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Warren Draws Record Crowd of 15,000 in Seattle
Discussion: CNN, Axios and The Daily Caller
Los Angeles Times:
The promise and peril of Joe Biden's front-runner campaign
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.
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
Politico:   Macron says he expects meeting with Trump and Rouhani
Associated Press:
The Latest: US, France reach deal on taxing online companies
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
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 …
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Prosecutors Near Decision on Whether to Indict Andrew McCabe  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Washington appear to be in the final stages of deciding whether to indict Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump, on charges of lying to federal agents …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Examiner:   The opposite of journalism: CNN is encouraging government officials to lie
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 …
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.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘Accept the pain’: Lindsey Graham defends Trump's escalating trade war with China
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 …
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 …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Cardi B might be one of Bernie's most powerful 2020 allies.  Seriously.  —  Hours before the first debate of the 2020 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders was preparing in a hotel conference room in Miami.  He pored over briefing books and talked strategy with his aides.  —  Then he got on the phone with Cardi B.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders nabs national union endorsement
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Controversial Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces He's Running Again  —  Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt and later pardoned by President Donald Trump.  —  Joe Arpaio, the notorious former Arizona sheriff who was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2017 …
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.
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Mike Elgan / Fast Company:
Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
The mysterious family behind In-N-Out has donated more than $15,000 to Trump and the GOP since 2016
Joy Cushman / New York Times:
The Trump Campaign Knows Why Obama Won. Do Democrats?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Even Trump's Supporters Are Getting Tired of His Daily Drama
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Stop the craziness  —  President Trump has an animal instinct …
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Discussion: Fox News
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Inside Susan Collins' reelection fight in the age of Trump
Discussion: Above the Law
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