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8:25 AM ET, September 10, 2019

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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 …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Possible Russian spy for CIA now living in Washington area  —  The former Russian government official, who had a job with access to secrets, was living openly under his true name.  —  A former senior Russian official is living in the Washington area under U.S. government protection …
Washington Post:
U.S. got key asset out of Russia following election hacking  —  In 2017, the United States extracted from Russia an important CIA source who had provided information about the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to current and former officials.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What tonight could tell us about 2020
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Off the Kuff
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump Had Deal With Scotland Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort  —  WASHINGTON — Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region.
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Air Force crews have lodged at Trump's Scottish resort at least 4 times
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump says he has ‘nothing to do’ with military bookings at his Turnberry resort
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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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration's war on statistics is now threatening lives
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Ossoff to run for US Senate in Georgia  —  Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff said he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and “mount a ruthless assault on corruption in our political system” that's prevented Congress from addressing urgent issues.
Washington Post:
Six in 10 Americans expect a recession and higher prices as Trump's approval rating slips, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds  —  President Trump is ending a tumultuous summer with his approval rating slipping back from a July high as Americans express widespread concern about the trade war …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
6 in 10 call a recession likely; Trump approval drops by 6 points: POLL  —  6 in 10 Americans say a recession is likely in the next year and as many are concerned about higher prices because of the trade war with China, helping to knock 6 points off Donald Trump's job approval rating in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Discussion: Washington Times
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Democrats target suburban voters in key battlegrounds ahead of 2020
Discussion: Politico
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump makes unfounded voter fraud claim — while campaigning for seat opened by GOP cheating  —  The height of irony in Fayetteville.  —  On Monday night, President Donald Trump was in North Carolina to stump for Dan Bishop, a Republican who is competing with Democrat Dan McCready …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Progress Pond
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Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
A controversial dog park that divided Chevy Chase will be dismantled  —  More than 100 people packed into a public hearing in Chevy Chase Village Monday to debate what one board member called “the most contentious and emotionally-charged issue” in the community's history: the barking of dogs.
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 …
Associated Press:
Tennessee Senator calls higher education a ‘liberal breeding ground,’ calls to remove it all together  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Jeanine Pirro went on C-SPAN.  It didn't go well.  —  A September 8 appearance Fox News host Jeanine Pirro made on C-SPAN's Washington Week to promote her new book backfired after callers confronted her over various controversies she's generated.  —  The session began with host Steve Scully asking Pirro …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats to force one more vote against Trump's border emergency declaration  —  Senate Democrats plan to force another vote in Congress aimed at overturning President Trump's border emergency — potentially triggering another standoff between the administration and congressional Republicans …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Actually Do Stand Up to Trump  —  In many cases, the president is simply doing what his party wants, not the other way around.  —  I suppose someone has to come to the defense of Republicans in Congress after a series of confused complaints over the past week.
Discussion: Brookings and Washington Post
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Controversial Trump Court Pick Gets Expedited Senate Confirmation Hearing  —  Steven Menashi, a White House aide with a record of denouncing feminism and diversity, is on track to become a lifetime federal judge.  —  WASHINGTON ― The White House and Senate Republicans on Monday quietly advanced …
Dan Weil / Wall Street Journal:
Summers Sounds the Alarm  —  The Harvard economist says recession chance before 2021 is ‘just below 50%’; unemployment can't get any better  —  Harvard University economist Lawrence Summers sees economic danger ahead.  —  A Treasury secretary under President Clinton …
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Tulsi Gabbard Says She Supports Regulating Abortion in the Third Trimester  —  In an interview with Dave Rubin yesterday, Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard conceded that abortion should not be permitted during the last three months of pregnancy unless the mother was at severe risk.
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Nick Grube / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?
Discussion: Spectator USA and Politico
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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BuzzFeed News:
In 2011, Jeffrey Epstein Was A Known Sex Offender.  The Founders Of Amazon, Google, And Tesla Dined With Him Anyway  —  After pleading guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, Jeffrey Epstein spent part of 2011 reintroducing himself to elite society.
Discussion: CNBC, Big League Politics, Vox and Fortune
John Harwood / CNBC:
These are the three biggest warning signs for Trump's reelection bid  —  KEY POINTS  — Vegas oddsmakers, shrugging off the House Democrats' midterm election triumph, favor President Trump to win a second term in 2020.  So do Wall Street insiders.  — It's easy to understand why they would consider 2018 a temporary setback.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As billions flow to farmers, Trump administration faces internal concerns over unprecedented bailout  —  Senior government officials, including some in the White House, privately expressed concern that the Trump administration's nearly $30 billion bailout for farmers needed stronger legal backing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 and Splinter
Melody Gutierrez / Los Angeles Times:
California vaccine bills signed by Newsom as protesters are arrested at Capitol  —  California will enact sweeping new restrictions on medical exemptions for vaccines under bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, despite near-constant protests in the state Capitol that resulted in arrests …
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.
Politico:
Von der Leyen unveils portfolios for Commission nominees  —  President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday allocated portfolios to her nominees for the next European Commission.  —  Here is the full list, as published by the Commission:  —  Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans …
Drew Costley / San Francisco Chronicle:
NRA sues San Francisco for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization  —  The National Rifle Association is suing the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization earlier this month through a resolution passed by the board.
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.
Aijaz Hussain / Associated Press:
Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown  —  HEFF SHIRMAL, India (AP) — The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar's house in southern Kashmir on Aug. 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its statehood and launched a crackdown.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Dynasty Ends With King Donald  —  The United States of America might not be a hereditary monarchy, but that doesn't keep us from willing political dynasties into existence.  Speaking at a California Republican Party convention over the weekend, President Donald Trump's campaign manager …
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
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Associated Press:
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Right Wing's Cultural Civil War Is a Drag
CNN:
House panel says Flynn failed to comply with subpoena
Discussion: Law & Crime
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Chrissy Teigen Gives Trump NSFW Nickname After Latest Presidential Meltdown
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
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