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7:00 AM ET, September 4, 2019


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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Brexit Vote Goes Against Boris Johnson, and He Calls for an Election  —  LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, moving to prevent him from taking the country out of the European Union without a formal agreement.  The epic showdown has Britain on the verge of a snap general election.
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and Slate
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Britain's Conservatives Erupt Into Civil War as Unlikely Rebels Defy Boris Johnson  —  LONDON — They have been dubbed the Conservative rebels, a group of renegade lawmakers willing to risk their careers to defy their newly chosen leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and hobble his leadership over their clashing views on Brexit.
Discussion: The Week
Ian Dunt /
Historic rebel victory: Parliament moves to stop no-deal  —  It wasn't even that close in the end.  The government was defeated by a majority of 27.  Twenty-one of them - an extraordinary number - were Tory rebels.  —  MPs had faced down the threats, one after the other.
Nick Miller / Sydney Morning Herald:   Boris Johnson loses control as raucous Parliament debates Brexit
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson is presiding over Britain's stupidest hour
Boris Johnson defeated as MPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:   Britain is on the verge of a constitutional crisis
Washington Post:
Britain may face snap elections after Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffers major loss in Parliament
Discussion: National Review
Ned Simons / HuffPost:
Boris Johnson's Party Loses Parliamentary Majority As MP Defects Right In Front Of Him
Discussion: BBC
Elizabeth Warren embraces Jay Inslee's climate change platform  —  Warren to audience member: You may want to sit for this  —  (CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday announced she would adopt Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's 10-year climate plan, while also expanding on his blueprint with a series …
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris, other 2020 candidates offer climate change plans before CNN event  —  Sen. Kamala D. Harris joined the Democrats' climate change fray Wednesday with a multifaceted plan that aims for a carbon-neutral economy by 2045, a $10 trillion blueprint that amounts to her most comprehensive proposal so far on any issue.
Discussion: Politico
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
100% Clean Energy for America
Discussion: Axios, BuzzFeed News, Politico and The Week
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Unveils $3 Trillion Climate Plan, Embracing Inslee's Goals
Discussion: Climate Debate and UPI
Gavin Bade / Politico:   How Julián Castro would address climate change
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
North Carolina Court Strikes Down Gerrymander, Citing Smoking Gun Evidence in the Hofeller Files  —  A North Carolina court struck down the state's legislative maps on Tuesday, ruling that the districts amounted to a partisan gerrymander in violation of the state constitution.
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
Judges strike down NC state legislature lines as unconstitutional gerrymandering  —  North Carolina's political maps for the state legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2020 elections, lawyers for the winning side said Tuesday.  —  The ruling hasn't been posted online yet …
New York Times:
North Carolina's Legislative Maps Are Thrown Out by State Court Panel
Discussion: Mother Jones
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump administration raids military construction projects for border wall  —  The Trump administration is carrying out plans to raid $3.6 billion in military construction projects to build the border wall, further inflaming lawmakers who have accused President Donald Trump of illegally overriding Congress' spending decisions.
New York Times:   Pentagon to Divert Money From 127 Projects to Pay for Trump's Border Wall
Washington Post:
Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump's wall
Discussion: CNN and UPI
Kroger asks customers to quit openly carrying guns in stores  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. grocer Kroger Co (KR.N) has begun asking customers to stop openly carrying firearms in stores, a change in policy, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.  —  Kroger previously had followed local and state laws on the matter, she said.
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Kroger to Customers: No More Open Carry of Firearms in Our Stores
Discussion: CNBC and The Week
Walmart Inc.:
McMillon to Associates: Our Next Steps in Response to the Tragedies in El Paso and Southaven
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
Judge orders White House to restore Playboy reporter's press pass  —  A U.S. district judge on Tuesday ordered the White House to restore Playboy correspondent Brian Karem's press credentials after the administration said last month it was revoking his hard pass.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge tells White House to reinstate reporter's pass
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Whoopi Goldberg Goes Off on Debra Messing: 'You Don't Have the Right!'  —  “Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves,” Goldberg said, referring to Joseph McCarthy's Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s.  —  Whoopi Goldberg is not impressed with actress Debra Messing's call …
Summer Eldemire / The Daily Beast:
McConnell Whines About ‘Moscow Mitch’ Nickname: It's ‘Over the Top’  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell complained about the nickname “Moscow Mitch” during a radio interview, calling it “modern day McCarthyism.”  On The Hugh Hewitt Show show Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican said it was …
Associated Press:
AP source: Texas shooter purchased AK rifle at private sale  —  ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that previously blocked him from getting a gun …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why Trump's hurricane antics are so terribly odd  —  In recent years, American presidents have routinely been evaluated on their administrations' responses to hurricanes.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush created a low standard, and there's a broad expectation …
Jessica Levinson / NBC News:
What GOP Rep. Devin Nunes' Twitter defamation lawsuit says about the future of defamation law  —  The congressman's suit is clearly petty.  But it does ask the legal system to answer questions it will eventually need to tackle.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not much like being the subject of criticism or ridicule.
Associated Press:
Conversion therapy crusader has something to say: He's gay  —  “Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it's very harmful,” said McKrae Game, a South Carolinian who founded one of the nation's biggest ex-gay ministries.  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A South Carolina man who founded …
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar's husband wants divorce after affair bombshell: source  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ilhan Omar's marriage appears to be headed for the rocks, a longtime friend of the couple told The Post.  —  The congresswoman's husband Ahmed Hirsi, the source said, is poised to file for divorce …
Foreign Policy:
State Department Failed to Shield Its Diplomats From Political Reprisals, Officials Concede  —  But the department's top leaders say they can't sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.  —  U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan has acknowledged having failed to act more vigorously …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why America is losing the information war to Russia  —  Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.”  He believed that in the marketplace of ideas, the truth would ultimately prevail.
Discussion: Raw Story
Graham L Brewer / NPR:
Cherokee Nation Names First Delegate To Congress  —  Toggle more options  —  The Cherokee Nation has named its first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Former Obama appointee Kimberly Teehee's nomination was approved by the tribe's council on Thursday.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump made ‘suggestion’ Pence stay at president's Irish golf club, VP's chief of staff says  —  “I don't think it was a request, like a command,” Pence's chief of staff Marc Short told reporters Tuesday.  “I think that it was a suggestion.”  —  President Donald Trump suggested …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
After beating by guards, Florida woman is a quadriplegic.  She's suing.  —  In what's being called one of the worst prison beatings in memory, four male Florida prison guards attacked an inmate suffering from mental illness, slammed her to a concrete floor, elbowed her in the neck …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Fox News:
Both sides make closing arguments in trial of ex-Obama White House lawyer Greg Craig
Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: Raw Story