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NBC News:
As frustration with Bolton mounted, Trump reached out to ex-adviser McMaster  —  In phone calls to McMaster, Trump told his second national security adviser that he misses him.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump began losing confidence in national security adviser John Bolton …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and most recently Afghanistan.
Washington Post:
Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities  —  President Trump has ordered White House officials to conduct a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California, citing the state's growing crisis …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Something is fishy about Trump's John Bolton announcement  —  President Trump announced Tuesday that he had effectively fired national security adviser John Bolton.  But two key details call into question his version of how it went down — including Bolton's own comment.
The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Gloats as Bolton Bolts  —  “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions,” the president said, claiming he fired the nat-sec adviser.  Bolton, however, disputed that account.  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he had fired his national security adviser John Bolton …
BBC:
John Bolton: Trump sacks national security adviser
Discussion: WayneDupree.com and Fox News
David Frum / The Atlantic:   Speak Up, John Bolton
Axios:
Trump ousts John Bolton as national security adviser
NBC News:
Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser
Discussion: CNN, Townhall, The Guardian and twitchy.com
Philip Ewing / NPR:
Trump Fires John Bolton In Final Break After Months Of Internal Policy Division
Politico:
Trump ousts John Bolton as national security adviser
Discussion: The Atlantic and Washington Post
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 …
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trump approval drops by 6 points, majority say recession likely: POLL  —  Six 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 President Donald Trump's job approval rating …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Bolton out, and we're on the ground in NC-9  —  BOMBSHELL ... JOHN BOLTON OUT ... THE PRESIDENT TWEETS at 11:58 a.m.: “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.  I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:   CNN Poll: 6 in 10 say Trump does not deserve a second term
CNN:
Trump skeptical of using foreign spies to collect intel on hostile countries, sources say  —  US quietly removed top spy from Russia in 2017  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has privately and repeatedly expressed opposition to the use of foreign intelligence from covert sources …
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New York Times:
C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades
CNN:
Joe Biden expected to argue in upcoming debate that ‘we need more than plans’  —  Biden jokes about making Michelle Obama his VP  —  (CNN)Joe Biden is expected to use this week's debate to argue Democrats should select a nominee who is able to offer “more than plans,” an adviser …
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:   Biden Aims to Use Debate to Question Warren's Corporate Work
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Poll: Biden, Sanders top Dem field among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party Is (Probably) Not Doomed  —  The Republican Party and American democracy are having a bit of a falling out.  —  A half-century ago, conservatives claimed to speak for a silent majority of the electorate; now they brag about representing the (even quieter) majority of American dirt and grass.
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Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
The Republican Party Is Doomed  —  This is a transformational moment.  Do the Democrats understand how to take advantage of it?  —  Mr. Greenberg is a Democratic pollster.  —  The 2020 election will be transformative like few in our history.  It will end with the death of the Republican Party …
Roll Call:
GOP leadership lowers expectations for North Carolina special election  —  Republican leadership lowered expectations for the outcome in Tuesday's North Carolina's 9th District special election, calling it a “swing district.”  —  President Donald Trump carried this district by 12 points in 2016 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
With the Faithful at Trump's North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me’
Discussion: IJR
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Secret Service arrested El Paso shooting ‘hero’ as he was about to be honored by Trump at White House  —  One of the people President Trump honored for his heroism during a mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart last month was arrested by the Secret Service during his visit to the White House …
Discussion: Political Wire
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn sentencing set for Dec. 18 in case where he pleaded guilty to lying to FBI  —  A federal judge on Tuesday set sentencing for Dec. 18 for President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as prosecutors warned they reserved the option to recommend prison time instead of probation for Flynn.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Fox News:
Flynn lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘egregious conduct,’ hiding exculpatory evidence
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   Michael Flynn Is Looking For A Way Out Of His Guilty Plea
US Census / News Releases, Press Releases …:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2018  —  SEPT. 10, 2019 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the median household income was not statistically different from the 2017 median, and the official poverty rate decreased 0.5 percentage points from 2017.
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Viola Gienger / Just Security:
Trump and Giuliani's Quest for Fake Ukraine “Dirt” on Biden: An Explainer  —  Vice President Mike Pence was about to finish a routine joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw last week, when he got two astutely specific questions about his meeting the previous day with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy:
New York Times:
Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery  —  MIAMI — A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company …
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.
Discussion: The Week
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Immigration Judge Promoted by Trump Threatened 2-Year-Old Migrant Boy With a Dog Attack, Says Report  —  An immigration judge recently promoted by the Trump administration allegedly threatened a 2-year-old Guatemalan boy with an attack dog in an attempt to make the kid be quiet in court, according to a report.
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Noah Lanard / Mother Jones:
Judge Promoted by Trump Administration Threatened a 2-Year-Old With an Attack Dog
Discussion: Splinter
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
ThinkProgress to Be Archived After Union Threatens ‘Legal Options’ Against CAP  —  The recently closed progressive news site will no longer exist as a sounding board for think tank scholars after union complaints.  —  The union that has represented workers at the site ThinkProgress …
Philip Gefter / New York Times:
Robert Frank, Pivotal Figure in Documentary Photography, Is Dead at 94  —  Mr. Frank's visually raw and personally expressive style made him one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.  —  Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century …
Discussion: The Week and Meduza.io
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
McConnell Said No to Money for Miners, Yes to Russian-Backed Plant  —  The Senate majority leader worked to keep money out of Kentucky coal miners' hands—even as he maneuvered to steer federal cash to an aluminum plant connected to a Putin ally.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Democratic candidates warned not to curse at Thursday's debate  —  (CNN)Ahead of the third Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston this week, candidates are being instructed to clean up their language.  —  In an email to campaigns obtained Tuesday by CNN, officials …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ilya Shapiro / USA Today:
Liberal Supreme Court justices vote in lockstep, not the conservative justices  —  Over the past several sessions, Supreme Court Justices appointed by Democratic presidents voted in unison more than their Republican counterparts.  —  CONNECT  —  Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced …
Meredith Shiner / The Daily Beast:
For House Republicans, a Baby Born at 23 Weeks Is a Political Prop.  For Me, It Was Life.  —  Just short of 23 weeks, I awoke to find I was having contractions.  This was nightmare enough.  A Republican bill would compound the nightmare for every woman in my position.  —  Dear Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy,
 
 
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Discussion: MSNBC, Wall Street Journal and Politico
Reuters:
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
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Jeff Hauser / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
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