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12:15 PM ET, August 29, 2019


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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore  —  On December 19 of last year, Admiral Michael Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met James Mattis for lunch at the Pentagon.  Mattis was a day away from resigning as Donald Trump's secretary of defense, but he tends to keep his own counsel …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. to Roll Back Regulations on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is set to announce on Thursday that it intends to sharply curtail the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change, according to an industry official with knowledge of the plan.
Associated Press:   Trump admin to roll back rules on climate-changing methane
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
Energy Companies Set to Get Reprieve on Methane Rules
Discussion: Fox News, CNN, Raw Story and Slate
Washington Post:
Trump administration to reverse limits on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas
Discussion: Progress Pond and The Daily Caller
DOJ watchdog says James Comey broke FBI policy by keeping, leaking Trump meeting memos  —  Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey violated agency policies when he retained and leaked a set of memos he took documenting meetings with President Donald Trump early in 2017 …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
James Comey violated FBI policies with memos on Trump discussions, IG report says  —  A scathing inspector general report released Thursday said that fired FBI Director James Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking and retaining memos documenting discussions with President Trump.
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. inspector general finds Comey violated FBI policies in handling memos about interactions with Trump  —  The inspector general found former FBI director James B. Comey ran afoul of the rules when he shared the memos with a friend to give to a reporter, and stored them in his home without telling the FBI.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   What Is Justice for McCabe?  —  The former deputy director's …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Texts With Donald Trump's New Challenger: (Woke?)  Joe Walsh  —  This is an excerpt from The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News' newsletter about what really matters in the 2020 campaign.  You can sign up here.  —  Joe Walsh came out of nowhere with the tea party surge in 2010 …
Discussion: Axios
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Joe Walsh and the secret doubts of Trump supporters  —  Two Republicans are challenging President Trump for his party's presidential nomination in 2020.  The first, former Gov. Bill Weld (R-Mass.), is genteel and moderate.  The second, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), is brash and conservative.
Discussion: Washington Post
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
From Trumpism to Trump Challenger: Joe Walsh on His 2020 Run
Kim Kozlowski / Detroit News:
Sasha Obama set to begin college career at University of Michigan  —  Ann Arbor — Former President Barack Obama's younger daughter, Sasha, is poised to begin her college career at the University of Michigan next week.  —  Sasha, whose legal name is Natasha, was seen by students attending …
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Some children of US troops born overseas will no longer get automatic American citizenship, Trump administration says  —  Some children born to U.S. service members and government employees overseas will no longer be automatically considered citizens of the United States …
Patricia Kime /
Here's Who's Affected by New Citizenship Policy for Children of Troops Serving Overseas
Discussion: The Week
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:   Trump administration ends automatic citizenship for some children of military, federal workers born abroad
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump had better be careful about hate-tweeting Fox News  —  The president is threatening to steer viewers elsewhere if Fox doesn't toe his line.  But in 2020, Trump arguably needs Fox more than Fox needs Trump.  —  President Trump, as he is wont to do, said the quiet part out loud Wednesday on Twitter.
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Ruth Davidson quits as leader of Scottish Conservatives  —  LONDON — Ruth Davidson quit Thursday as Scottish Conservatives leader with a thinly veiled swipe at Boris Johnson over his approach to Brexit.  —  The Tory MSP said she had been struggling to juggle family life with her political responsibilities …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Presidential Race  —  The New York senator anchored her candidacy in issues of women's equality, but she was unable to gain traction and her failure to qualify for the next debate convinced her to withdraw.  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democratic Candidates Jostle, and Gripe, as Debates Winnow the Field
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and Mediaite
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump can change history by declassifying three Obama-era documents  —  My sources tell me President Trump is putting the finishing touches on a White House initiative to declassify documents that have remained hidden from the public for far too long.  —  This welcome effort to provide …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans grow anxious about the Trump economy  —  Republicans have sat patiently with President Donald Trump on his tariff roller-coaster ride with China.  Now they're starting to feel queasy.  —  Trump argues his escalating trade war will force China to the table for a deal.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
FBI studies two broken cameras outside cell where Epstein died: source  —  (Reuters) - Two cameras that malfunctioned outside the jail cell where financier Jeffrey Epstein died as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges have been sent to an FBI crime lab for examination, a law enforcement source told Reuters.
A Storm is Brewing in Rockland:
A STORM IS BREWING IN ROCKLAND.  —  If They Win, We Lose!  —  The stakes have never been higher.  The future of our County, our communities, and our homes hangs in the balance of this year's election on November 5th.  —  If Aaron Weider and his Ramapo machine win, they will control …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
An inside look: Who could seek Johnny Isakson's seat in 2020  —  U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's decision to retire at the end of the year paves the way for two separate U.S. Senate elections in 2020 - and two separate battles over who should replace the third-term Republican.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Isakson's retirement makes Georgia ‘ground zero’ for politics in 2020
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
CBS News:
Woman angry at Biden buys $500,000 in ads against him  —  A wealthy private citizen named Shirley Shawe has purchased $500,000 in ad time in early-voting states to slam Joe Biden over a business dispute that negatively affected her son's company years ago.  The ad, which has little …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump's Lawless Wall and Callous Attacks on Puerto Rico Are Connected  —  “The President is calling on you at this critical time to remind AOC and Democrats that this is our country, not theirs.”  This is the message that Donald Trump's reelection campaign conveyed to its supporters in a fundraising email on Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story, Fox News and The Week
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Trump 2020 aide denies the President lies despite his repeated lies  —  Cuomo to Trump press secretary: He lies and you know it  —  Washington (CNN)A press secretary for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign disputed an assertion by CNN's Chris Cuomo that the President frequently lies …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
‘Bad Blood’ Author John Carreyrou on Why He Left The Wall Street Journal and What He'll Do Next  —  The man who exposed Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes has left the paper he's called home for 20 years.  —  The author of Bad Blood, one of the biggest books of the year, has left his day job.
New York Times:
The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open  —  JERUSALEM — Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel's defenses.
Discussion: CNN
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard rules out running as an independent presidential candidate  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she will not run as an independent candidate if she fails to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  “I will not,” the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Jim Scuitto on “Newsroom” Thursday.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Farmers' loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules  —  LACONA, Iowa (AP) — When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit.  Even as the soybeans in his fields about an hour south …
The most commonly committed federal crime  —  Listen 37 min MORE  —  The New York Times reports federal prosecutors are nearing a decision about whether to prosecute Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe was fired last year (on the day he was set to retire) …
Discussion: Popehat
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Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Piper Perabo: Resistance Celebrity
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Arizona's Governor Is Leading Republicans' Quiet, Radical Takeover of State Supreme Courts
Lucas Kunce / New York Times:
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Ilhan Omar dismisses ‘stupid questions’ about alleged affair, use of campaign funds
Bernie Sanders' plan to restructure your life
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Public backs criticism of journalists, Trump's attacks ‘appropriate’
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Steve Thompson / Washington Post:
The little firm that got a big chunk of D.C.'s lottery and sports gambling contract has no employees
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Most voters disapprove of Trump's Jewish ‘loyalty’ comment: poll
 Earlier Items: 
Elon Musk and Jack Ma Will Debate AI at China Summit
Discussion: Breitbart
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Knights Of Columbus Face Accusations Of Self-Dealing Amid Insurance Fraud Lawsuit
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson's constitutional crisis now resembles America's
Discussion: The Independent
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Another Look at Impeachment, at the End of a Long Summer
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS Boston:
Boston Teen Allegedly Planned School Shooting At North Carolina's High Point University
Discussion: Raw Story
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia
Discussion: CNN and The Week
David Karpf / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: I made a joke about Bret Stephens and bedbugs. His response was never about civility