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12:10 PM ET, September 2, 2019


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Special Report: Hong Kong leader says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Tens of thousands in Hong Kong boycott first day of school  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Clad in gas masks along with their formal white school uniforms, tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following a violent weekend of demonstrations.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Hawkish Trump officials plot national security actions against China
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:   History will remember how Trump responded to Hong Kong
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Does Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This?  —  On certain days, Biden 2020 can feel more like a dutiful slog than the last march of a happy warrior.  —  “How badly do you want to be president?”  Joseph R. Biden Jr. was asked after a recent speech in Prole, Iowa.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
David Catanese / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
“Flip the switch:” Stuck in the polls, Buttigieg plans to beef up campaign staff  —  Pete Buttigieg, who has dazzled Democratic donors but plateaued in the polls, plans to accelerate his presidential campaign in the coming weeks, with a concerted push to transform his fundraising success …
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Presidential hopefuls face a stubborn problem: how to bump Biden  —  Joe Biden's fellow candidates have compared him to Donald Trump, dismissed him as past his sell-by date and gone public in unison with concerns about his previous positions on race, abortion and even his physically affectionate campaign style.
Discussion: Reuters
Washington Post:
Trump's lost summer: Aides claim victory, but others see incompetence and intolerance  —  When President Trump presided over the battle tanks and fighter jets, the fireworks and adoring fans on July 4, he couldn't have known that the militaristic “Salute to America” — as well to himself …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Spends Labor Day Morning Attacking ‘LameStream Media’: ‘Beyond Fake, They Are Corrupt’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Tony Blair: BoJo's Laying A Trap, And Corbyn's The Bait  —  “We want a general election,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declared today, in order to “do everything we can in the coming weeks to prevent a no deal [Brexit].”  His more wily predecessor warned in response that Corbyn's walking into “an elephant trap.”
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Here's How Parliament Is Plotting to Stop a No-Deal Brexit  —  Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story.  —  Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to take Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal on Oct. 31 will be tested in a crunch battle in Parliament this week.
Discussion: Financial Times
The Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Policy  —  NBER Working Paper No. 26187  —  NBER Program(s):Health Economics, Law and Economics, Labor Studies, Public Economics, Political Economy … You may purchase this paper on-line in .pdf format from ($5) for electronic delivery.
Texas loosens firearm laws hours after the state's latest mass shooting left five dead
Ashton Pittman / Deep South Voice:
No ‘Mixed’ or ‘Gay’ Couples, Mississippi Wedding Venue Owner Says on Video  —  LaKambria Welch claims her brother and his fiancée had been in contact with the owner of Boone's Camp Event Hall making wedding arrangements for about a week when, suddenly, the owner of the Booneville …
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
Timothy Burke / Burke Communications:
President Donald Trump, On Category 5 Hurricanes  —  Today Donald Trump stated in reference to Hurricane Dorian that “I'm not sure that I've even ever heard of a Category 5 [...] A Category 5 is something that I'm not even sure that I've ever heard the term.”
Devan Cole / CNN:
Trump doesn't think he's ‘ever even heard of a Category 5’ …
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
From Icon to Just a Con  —  Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university—even as it was still reeling from 1960s protests and beginning a process that resulted in its present chaos and disrepute.  —  Americans of the G.I. Bill-era first enshrined the idea of upward mobility through …
New York Times:
West Texas Shooting Spree Terrorized Two Towns and Killed 7  —  ODESSA, Tex. — The 36-year-old man who terrorized two West Texas towns with an assault-style rifle Saturday had been fired from his trucking job a few hours before he led the authorities on a chaotic high-speed chase that ended …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Odessa, Texas mayor blames ‘problem of the heart’ and video games for most recent mass shooting
Discussion: Mother Jones and CNN
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
$1,000 a month, no strings attached  —  JACKSON, Miss. — Cheryl Gray had sat through so many presentations about programs to lift herself out of poverty that she could practically recite all the advice.  But the one she heard last November seemed too generous to be true.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Reporter calls White House ‘unprofessional’ in cutting off his access  —  Playboy reporter Brian Karem on Sunday called the White House's decision to suspend his press pass “unprofessional,” adding that he had just made “a joke.”  “And I'll never apologize for a joke that got a laugh.”
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
David Edwards / Raw Story:   ‘It could have been worse’: Trump downplays Texas mass shooting rampage in rambling rant on White House lawn
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Top literary agents say Trump's ex-personal secretary could make millions  —  A couple of Washington's top literary agents say President Trump's former personal secretary, Madeleine Westerhout, could make millions if she writes a tell-all of her time working for the president.
New York Times:
How Much Will the Trade War Cost You by the End of the Year?  —  A new wave of tariffs by the Trump administration went into effect on Sunday, rendering the majority of goods imported to the United States from China subject to import taxes.  —  It is the latest move in a drawn-out conflict between the world's two largest economies.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
ABC News:
In escalating trade war, US consumers may see higher prices
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
GOP Judiciary member predicts Horowitz FISA report will lead to indictments
Discussion: Power Line
Yasmeen Mjalli / Not Your Habibti:
Isra Gharib's Murder Exposes Issues of Power We Can't Ignore
Washington Post:
The Park Police chief is being promoted — after stonewalling on Bijan Ghaisar
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Remembering the legacy of Labor Day
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Unions shrink fast in swing states
Discussion: Breitbart
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AWR Hawkins / Breitbart:
25 Shot, 7 Killed, During First Half of Labor Day Weekend in Chicago
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Trump targets Debra Messing after actress calls for exposing Hollywood donors
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Vows to Apply Israeli Sovereignty Over West Bank
Representative Matt Schaefer
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN