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4:50 PM ET, September 9, 2019

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New York Times:
Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump's Hurricane 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 …
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 …
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
NWS chief backs forecasters who contradicted Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Democrats investigate whether Trump, Giuliani pressured Ukraine to aid 2020 reelection bid  —  House Democrats on Monday launched an investigation into whether President Trump and his attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani sought to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump's reelection campaign.
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
U.S. House committees launch probe of Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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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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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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Privately Tells Confidants That ‘Socialism’ Won't Be ‘So Easy’ to Beat in 2020
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 and Reason
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.
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...
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
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: Politico, Forbes, Washington Post and CNN
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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: The Root, VICE and Common Dreams
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.
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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 …
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Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
The Taliban hardly deserve Camp David talks with a president. What was Trump thinking?
Discussion: Slate, Foreign Policy and Power Line
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 …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished  —  The Vermont senator has staked his presidential campaign, and much of his political legacy, on transforming health care in America.  His mother's illness, and a trip he made to study the Canadian system, help explain why.
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
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
‘Trust Me’: Kamala Harris Makes Big Play on Criminal Justice Reform  —  In an interview, Ms. Harris sought to paint her prosecutorial career as a reason voters should rely on her to deliver a criminal justice overhaul.  But her critics say she has been part of the problem.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Judge restores nationwide block of asylum ban  —  A San Francisco-based federal judge on Monday restored a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump's move to ban asylum seekers who pass through another country en route to the United States.  —  U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued …
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
A Michigan Moderate Weighs Future in Trump's GOP  —  Fred Upton is deciding whether to run for an 18th House term on the same ballot as the president he has sometimes defied  —  KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Rep. Fred Upton had plans to crisscross more than 100 miles of his southwest Michigan district …
 
 
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Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
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Discussion: Mother Jones and VICE
The Onion:
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New York Post:
Parkland dad uncovers how district enabled deranged student-turned-shooter
Discussion: USA Today and Victory Girls Blog
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Adam Schiff lashes Michael Flynn for refusing to cooperate
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Raw Story
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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Fox News Has the Power Over Trump
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump hopes his made-up approval rating will scare potential primary challengers
Richard L. Hasen / Vox:
Michigan has a smart idea for fixing gerrymandering. Conservatives want to crush it.
Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Recession Already Grips Corners of U.S., Menacing Trump's 2020 Bid
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Air Force leaders order probe of Trump resort stays