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8:20 PM ET, September 9, 2019

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New York Times:
Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump's Dorian Tweets, Sources Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency's Birmingham office contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama …
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Washington Post:
NOAA's chief scientist will investigate why agency backed Trump over its experts on Dorian, email shows  —  National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini has also broken with NOAA leadership  —  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's acting chief scientist said in an email …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017  —  Washington (CNN)In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
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New York Times:
C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades  —  WASHINGTON — Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks.  Eventually, American spies struck gold …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Michelle Theriault Boots / Anchorage Daily News:
Todd Palin files for divorce from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin  —  Todd Palin appears to have filed for divorce from former Alaska governor and one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, his wife of 31 years.  —  In a document filed Friday in Anchorage Superior Court, Todd Palin …
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David Moye / HuffPost:
Todd Palin Reportedly Files For Divorce From Sarah Palin
Discussion: Craig Medred
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump claims he'll release ‘extremely complete’ financial details  —  President Donald Trump on Monday claimed he plans on releasing an “extremely complete” report of his financial record, but he offered no specifics and a murky timeline.  —  Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
On Trump, Sharpiegate, Turnberry, the Taliban and Chaos  —  Good government decays when compromised by a cult of personality.  —  Close to midnight on Saturday, the leader of the free world tweeted a loopy and nearly inscrutable video that included his doctored, Sharpie-enhanced weather map …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Heir  —  The empire begins with a brothel.  It stands, sturdy and square, at the heart of a gold-rush boomtown in northwest British Columbia, a monument to careful branding.  The windows of the Arctic Restaurant have no signs offering access to prostitutes—even in a lawless Yukon outpost in 1899 …
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Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Not Well  —  During the 2016 campaign, I received …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Dynasty Ends With King Donald
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Mediaite
Brandon Ambrosino / Politico:
'Someone's Gotta Tell the Freakin' Truth': Jerry Falwell's Aides Break Their Silence  —  At Liberty University, all anyone can talk about is Jerry Falwell Jr. Just not in public.  —  “When he does stupid stuff, people will mention it to others they consider confidants and not keep it totally secret …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: UK Parliament rejects holding snap elections  —  LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local):  —  British lawmakers have rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request for an election before the country's scheduled departure from the European Union next month.
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BBC:
LIVEMPs vote on PM's call for early election
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Boris Johnson Rebels Show Craven U.S. Republicans How to Try to Save a Democracy
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
The Guardian:
Brexit: Boris Johnson puts forward motion for general election - live news
YouTube:
“Undercover” — Valerie Plame for Congress  —  I'm running for Congress because we're going backwards on national security, health care, and women's rights.  We need to turn our country around. https://val...
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Valerie Plame: Let's Just Forget about that Anti-Semitism Thing
Nick Grube / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?  —  STEHEKIN, Wash. — Deep in the Washington state wilderness, a highly paid political consultant is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Politico
David Uberti / VICE:
Milo Yiannopoulos Says He's Broke  —  “I can't put food on the table this way.”  —  Silicon Valley appears to have blown up Milo Yiannopoulos's business model.  —  The disgraced right-wing troll is complaining that the major social media companies have effectively cut off his alt-right audience …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Trespassing trial of Chinese woman stalls over underwear  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The trial of a Chinese businesswoman charged with lying to a Secret Service agent and trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club bogged down Monday before jury selection over her lack of underwear …
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Washington Post:
For the first time ever, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color  —  When Mónica Hernández told her husband that her 2019 New Year's resolution was to go back to work, he was surprised.  He kept asking her if that's what she really wanted to do.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Mark Halperin ‘Threatened’ MSNBC Chief Phil Griffin for Nixing His Comeback  —  Sources said the disgraced political reporter became hostile in a phone chat with his ex-boss after reports emerged that MSNBC brass axed plans for Halperin to return to punditry.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google  —  Only California and Alabama have not signed onto the probe  —  Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking …
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Melissa Boughton / The Progressive Pulse:
BREAKING: Republican attorneys send legislature prohibited partisan data during remedial mapmaking  —  The law firm representing Republican legislative leaders in an ongoing partisan gerrymandering case may have just polluted the remedial mapmaking process by sending them partisan data prohibited from use.
Washington Post:
‘UVA has ruined us’: Health system sues thousands of patients, seizing paychecks and putting liens on homes  —  Heather Waldron and John Hawley are losing their four-bedroom house in the hills above Blacksburg, Va. A teenage daughter, one of their five children, sold her clothes for spending money.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Chrissy Teigen Gives Trump NSFW Nickname After Latest Presidential Meltdown  —  The president's attack on the model and her husband, singer John Legend, didn't go very well.  —  President Donald Trump paused his feuds with actor Debra Messing, former FBI director James Comey …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN and Vanity Fair
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Elizabeth Warren endorses Texas U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar's Democratic primary challenger  —  The Democratic presidential candidate backed Jessica Cisneros, the immigration lawyer running to unseat Cuellar. … Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is wading into one of Texas …
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Bahamian Hurricane Dorian survivors weren't allowed to evacuate to the US  —  People sift through the destruction left by Hurricane Dorian in the Mudd neighborhood of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, on September 7, 2019.  Carolyn Van Houten/Washington Post via Getty Images
Discussion: Forbes, CNN, Washington Post and Politico
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump contradicts CBP head on Bahamian refugees, argues they might have been infiltrated by ‘very bad people’
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Root and VICE
William Wan / Washington Post:
White House weighs controversial plan on mental illness and mass shootings  —  The White House is considering a controversial proposal to study whether mass shootings could be prevented by monitoring mentally ill people for small changes that might foretell violence.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
'It's a deceptive lead': Why Biden's rivals are planning around his big collapse  —  He continues to outdistance the rest of the Democratic primary field in most polls.  And his head-to-head lead over President Donald Trump are stronger than anyone else's.  —  No one should be surprised next year if Joe Biden becomes the nominee.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump defends states scrapping GOP primaries and calls his challengers a ‘laughingstock’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed his trio of challengers for the Republican presidential nomination as “a laughingstock,” and defended the decisions by GOP leaders in a handful of states to scrap their 2020 primaries and caucuses.
Martha Waggoner / Associated Press:
Poor People's Campaign to register voters on 20-state tour  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign will begin touring more than 20 states later this month to bring together residents of disenfranchised communities and help them register to vote.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money  —  Ms. Warren wooed wealthy donors for years, stockpiling money from fund-raisers, and has used $10.4 million from her 2018 Senate race to underwrite her 2020 bid.  —  On the highest floor of the tallest building in Boston …
Gerren Keith Gaynor / New York Post:
Scientist suggests eating human flesh to fight climate change  — New species of whale discovered on the Japanese coast  — India finds missing Vikram probe on the surface of the moon  —  A Swedish scientist speaking at Stockholm summit last week offered an unusual possible tactic …
 
 
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
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CNN:
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
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