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3:00 PM ET, September 9, 2019


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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.
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 …
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
NWS chief backs forecasters who contradicted Trump  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense Monday of forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government
Discussion: Raw Story and Gizmodo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump suggested his Alabama deception was a big joke.  But NOAA isn't laughing — and neither should we.
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 …
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 …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Privately Tells Confidants That ‘Socialism’ Won't Be ‘So Easy’ to Beat in 2020
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: Politico and Spectator USA
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: National Review
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Not Well  —  During the 2016 campaign, I received a phone call from an influential political journalist and author, who was soliciting my thoughts on Donald Trump.  Trump's rise in the Republican Party was still something of a shock, and he wanted to know the things I felt he should keep …
Discussion: Raw Story
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
U.S. House committees launch probe of Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. House of Representatives committees said on Monday they had begun “a wide-ranging investigation” into reports that President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and possibly others …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
ICE: Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants released from NC jails despite detainer  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants have been released from jails across the state in the past ten months despite administrative detainers filed against them by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
New York Times:
How Trump's Plan to Secretly Meet With the Taliban Came Together, and Fell Apart  —  WASHINGTON — On the Friday before Labor Day, President Trump gathered top advisers in the Situation Room to consider what could be among the profound decisions of his presidency — a peace plan with the Taliban …
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
The Taliban hardly deserve Camp David talks with a president. What was Trump thinking?
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August  —  U.S. immigration authorities apprehended 64,000 people at the southern border in August, the third consecutive month to see a decrease in apprehensions, acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Judge restores nationwide block of asylum ban
Discussion: National Review and Axios
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Air Force leaders order probe of Trump resort stays  —  The U.S. Air Force has ordered a world-wide review of how it chooses overnight accommodations on long flights following revelations that air crews had occasionally stayed at President Donald Trump's Scotland resort while refueling at a small commercial airport nearby.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Public Divided On Assault Weapons Policy  —  Broad support for background checks and “red flag” laws  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans support a ban on the future sale of assault weapons, but oppose a mandatory buyback program to take existing assault weapons out of the hands of current owners.
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Americans of both parties overwhelmingly support ‘red flag’ …
“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...
Discussion: National Review and
Matti Friedman / New York Times:
The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss  —  The decisive factor in next week's election — and the reason for Benjamin Netanyahu's durability — is a repressed memory.  —  Mr. Friedman is a contributing opinion writer and the author of “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel.”
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The push to impeach Trump just got more serious.  But there's a problem.  —  House Democrats are dramatically expanding their inquiry into whether to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump.  That inquiry, which is being run out of the Judiciary Committee …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's claim that he opposed the Iraq War the ‘moment it started’  —  “I did make a bad judgment, trusting the president saying he was only doing this to get inspectors in and get the U.N. to agree to put inspectors in.  From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that moment …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Wire
New York Post:
Parkland dad uncovers how district enabled deranged student-turned-shooter  —  After the deadly Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., national media focused largely on a handful of student activists, leaving it to victims' parents to unravel why the slaughter happened.
Discussion: USA Today and Victory Girls Blog
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Congress returns to McConnell's legislative ‘graveyard’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing criticism that the Senate has become little more than what one member calls an “expensive lunch club,” Congress returns for the fall session Monday with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Recession Already Grips Corners of U.S., Menacing Trump's 2020 Bid  —  The moment usually comes during Greg Petras's commute through the rolling hills and cornfields of southern Wisconsin.  Somewhere between his home near Madison and the factory he runs on the edge of the small town of Brodhead …
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Uberti / VICE:
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Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Violent BDS activists assault Israeli film festival attendees in Berlin
Brian Bennett / TIME:
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Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Save us from the pointless burdens of the TSA
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Adam Schiff lashes Michael Flynn for refusing to cooperate
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Raw Story
The New York Times Company:
Staff Changes in Washington
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Fox News Has the Power Over Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Mnuchin says administration will consider new round of tax cuts in 2020
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The Trump administration's new plan to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, explained
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump hopes his made-up approval rating will scare potential primary challengers
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
How Long Must American Kids Emit ‘Primal Screams’ About Family Chaos Before We Hear Them?
Richard L. Hasen / Vox:
Michigan has a smart idea for fixing gerrymandering. Conservatives want to crush it.
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Trump-Russia and Clinton-Libya: A Story of 2 Probes and the FBI
Discussion: Real Clear Politics