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3:15 PM ET, September 4, 2019


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Miriam Lord / The Irish Times:
How Mike Pence shat on the new carpet in Ireland's spare room  —  Stoical smiles as US vice-president delivers strong endorsement of Johnson and Brexit  —  The hospitable hosts buttered up their important guest and made a big fuss of his family and hoped he would say nice things …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and CNN
Pence faces heat over Doonbeg boondoggle  —  Pence stayed in Trump hotel during official Ireland visit  —  Washington (CNN)With fealty to President Donald Trump as his defining political trait, Vice President Mike Pence isn't typically the man in the spotlight.
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
A Top White House Reporter Is Taking Over The Washington Free Beacon  —  A leading political reporter is leaving Politico to lead the neoconservative flagship Washington Free Beacon, the latest move in a conservative media world attempting to adjust to the age of Donald Trump.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Jacob Wohl Wanted on Felony Arrest Warrant  —  The blundering conservative operative faces one charge of unlawfully selling securities in California.  —  Conservative operative Jacob Wohl is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California, a development that could hamper his spree of bizarre, blundering political schemes.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else  —  Political nihilism is one of the president's strongest weapons.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Over the four years during …
Soft-landings and Twitter shame: How the White House handles ex-aides with stories to tell  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's relationship with his chief of staff John Kelly was beyond repair when he announced last December that Kelly would be stepping down.  —  So before Kelly could leave …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's schedule shows a president with plenty of downtime this summer  —  President Trump's daily Twitter feed in recent weeks has been a torrent of personal attacks, news commentary, weather reports, unfounded claims and congratulatory notes.  But when it comes to his day job, the American people have seen little of him.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The White House thinks The Post ignored Trump's summertime successes. So, about that.
Andre Castro / Flores:
Bill Flores Announces Intent to Not Seek Re-election in 2020  —  f t # e  —  U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) announced today that he will not seek another term in Congress.  Flores is currently serving his fifth term representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas …
New York Times:
Hong Kong's Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests  —  HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, said Wednesday that the government would withdraw a contentious extradition bill that ignited months of protests in the city, moving to quell …
Ben White / Politico:
‘They are riding a rubber ducky into alligator-infested waters’  —  President Donald Trump is staring down a series of trigger points that will determine whether he enters the 2020 campaign backed by his most valuable asset — a healthy U.S. economy — or empty-handed and further on the defensive.
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is in serious danger, and his own advisers know it
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Conflicting Rulings on the Electoral College Could Throw the Next Election Into Chaos  —  Since the 2016 election, some Democrats have raged against the Electoral College as an anti-democratic institution that does not reflect the will of the people.  Some Republicans have defended the institution …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump said he granted a disaster declaration at the request of North Carolina's Republican senator.
Discussion: Roll Call, Fox News and Raw Story
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
North Carolina Court Strikes Down Gerrymander, Citing Smoking Gun Evidence in the Hofeller Files
Washington Post:
Pentagon tells Congress which projects it will defund to pay for Trump's wall  —  The Pentagon on Wednesday began notifying lawmakers that certain military construction projects in their districts will be defunded to free up $3.6 billion from the Defense Department budget for President Trump's border wall project.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:   Mattis's former speechwriter faces warning from Pentagon as he prepares book, memos show
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: Jim Mattis's reading list offers a jarring contrast to Trump's lack of intellectual curiosity
Washington Post:
Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there  —  Joe Balash, a Trump appointee, had served as assistant secretary for land and minerals management until Aug. 30.  —  Last summer, Scott Pruitt left his job heading the Environmental Protection Agency …
‘Hundreds of other people could be implicated’ in Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell court documents  —  KEY POINTS  — Secret court filings related to Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell could implicate “hundreds of other people,” Maxwell's lawyer said.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Rules Requiring More Energy-Efficient Bulbs  —  The Trump administration announced new rules on Wednesday to roll back requirements for energy-saving light bulbs, a move that could contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
US offers cash to tanker captains in bid to seize Iranian ships  —  Four days before the US imposed sanctions on an Iranian tanker suspected of shipping oil to Syria, the vessel's Indian captain received an unusual email from the top Iran official at the Department of State.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Nahal Toosi / Politico:   U.S. unveils unusual $15 million reward program targeting Iranian military group
Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Document reveals the FBI is tracking border protest groups as extremist organizations  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is monitoring groups on the border that are protesting U.S. immigration policy, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.  —  The FBI has gathered intelligence from people with …
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
The Season of Scarlett Johansson: Two Hot Films, Her Marvel Future, Woody Allen and a Pick for President  —  With Noah Baumbach's ‘Marriage Story’ and Taika Waititi's ‘Jojo Rabbit’, her Avengers spinoff ‘Black Widow’ and the mantle of the world's highest-grossing actress …
Amelia Nierenberg / New York Times:
A Tomato Grows in the East River  —  A single tomato plant has sprouted on a piling by the Brooklyn Bridge.  Who knows how it got there?  —  On a wooden piling in the waters off Brooklyn Bridge Park, a lone red fruit grows between Pier 1, right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, and Pier 2.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
21 British Conservatives put country over party.  Why can't 21 Republicans do the same?  —  Among them are two former chancellors of the exchequer, an array of former cabinet ministers, and many old and familiar stalwarts of Conservative party conferences and Conservative think tanks.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and BBC
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Four Things That Are Not White Nationalism  —  Conservatism's racism problem is real.  So is a pattern of media smears against non-racist conservatives.  —  The American right in the Trump era has a racism problem.  It's fed by a Republican president who race-baits, a media ecosystem whose guardrails …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Why the Internet Thinks Cuomo Rigged N.Y.'s License Plate Contest  —  The theory: Four choices featuring the Statue of Liberty would split the vote, allowing the Cuomo Bridge design to prevail.  —  ALBANY — It seemed, at first glance, to be an innocuous idea.
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran  —  Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.  Will Trump finally deliver?  —  In july of 2017, the White House was at a crossroads on the question of Iran.
Discussion: The Week
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
The 10 counties that will decide the 2020 election  —  Three years after a presidential election that came down to 77,000 votes in three Midwestern battlegrounds, Democrats and Republicans are eyeing a much larger battlefield ahead of the 2020 contests, one that stretches from the picturesque coastline …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Infowars Loses Appeal in Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuit  —  Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist proprietor of Infowars, and his attorneys were denied an appeal regarding a lawsuit that alleges Infowars broadcast defamatory comments regarding the father of a child murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The deadly hidden risks within the most prominent economic model of climate change  —  Is climate change a crisis demanding immediate aggressive action to smash down carbon emissions, or is it an annoying inconvenience that can be dealt with slowly over decades?
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
US watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border last year suffered post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Christien Kafton / KTVU-TV:
San Francisco Board of Supervisors designates NRA domestic terrorist organization  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - The city of San Francisco has formally adopted a resolution calling the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.  —  San Francisco's Board of Supervisors …
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Video Shows Anti-Kavanaugh Lawyer Saying Christine Blasey Ford Wanted ‘Asterisk’ By Justice's Name  — Video footage obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation shows Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer Debra Katz discussing Ford's motivations for making accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh public.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Marianne Williamson suggests using ‘the power of the mind’ to change Hurricane Dorian's course  —  Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Wednesday offered an un­or­tho­dox suggestion for dealing with Hurricane Dorian: using “the power of the mind” to will the storm elsewhere.
The Brexit Crystal Ball, Explained For People Who Want To Know What The Hell Is Going On  —  Today in Westminster is one of the busiest days in recent political history.  —  The UK prime minister Boris Johnson is facing Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions, Chancellor Sajid Javid …
Southern Cultures:
Fall Issue Launch:  —  TICKETS ($10: includes a copy of the Fall Issue)  —  Save the date!  We're thrilled to host Kevin Kruse, Jamelle Bouie, and Nicole Hemmer in conversation to kick off our Fall politics issue, Left/Right.  Guest edited by Joseph Crespino, the Left/Right issue explores …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Dan Crenshaw is worried that universal background checks might keep him from arming his friends
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Townhall
Angela Ryan / The Independent:
I was one of those white women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.  Now I see what a terrible mistake I made
Discussion: Raw Story
Elizabeth Warren: A climate plan that works for the most vulnerable
Mark Scott / Politico:
Unlike U.S., Canada plans coordinated attack on foreign election interference
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Andrew McCabe to Headline Dem Fundraiser in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Federal Trade Commission:
Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children's Privacy Law
Mairav Zonszein / NYR Daily:
How the Right Has Tried to Rebrand Anti-Semitism
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Daniel Bessner / New Republic:
The Fog of Intervention  —  Let's say it's January 2021 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Life Off the Democratic Debate Stage: Sparse Crowds, Daily Indignities
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
‘Father is Surgeon,’ ‘1 mil pledge’: The Role of Money in USC Admissions
Stephanie Murphy / Washington Post:
Why is the Russian meddling in 2016 such a big secret? I'm not allowed to say.