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5:55 PM ET, September 10, 2019

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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 …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Speak Up, John Bolton  —  Whatever else he has been through in his career, John Bolton is a patriot.  He has been impelled by a strong vision of the national interest.  He has run career risks and sacrificed life opportunities for the sake of his principles.
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 …
Brian Bennett / TIME:   Breaking Point: How Trump and Bolton Finally Hit Their Limit
BBC:
John Bolton: Trump sacks national security adviser
Discussion: WayneDupree.com and Fox News
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Will Hold This Grudge
Politico:
Trump ousts Bolton after anger over Afghan news coverage
Washington Post:
Bolton out as national security adviser after clashing with Trump
CNN:
CNN Poll: 6 in 10 say Trump does not deserve a second term  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Six in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, and more now say he's doing a poor job than a good one of keeping important campaign promises.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Bolton out, and we're on the ground in NC-9
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Marans / U.S. Political News …:
Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On ‘Medicare For All’ In Interview With Dying Activist
Discussion: YouTube and Jacobin
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 …
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
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 …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   With the Faithful at Trump's North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me’
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
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Adam Jentleson / GQ:   Beating Trump Is Almost Meaningless Without Reforming Mitch McConnell's Senate
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
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:
KABE-LP:
Univision News poll: Democrats surge in Texas, no longer a safe state for Trump in 2020  —  Democrats have an advantage among registered voters in the state, according to a new Univision poll which shows that Hispanics could be a decisive factor in 2020.  Democratic candidates meet for a third debate in Houston on Thursday.
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Poll: Biden, Sanders top Dem field among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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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 …
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 and Splinter
Hillel Halkin / New York Times:
The Persistence of the Oldest Hatred  —  HOW TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM  —  Bari Weiss has written what must be judged a brave book.  That it must be is a badge of shame for the “progressive” America with which she identifies.  —  Should it call for courage for a politically liberal American Jew …
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
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Michael Flynn Is Looking For A Way Out Of His Guilty Plea  —  WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, is exploring options to get out of his guilty plea — his lawyer told a judge on Tuesday that they believed there was evidence that would show …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity's Hillary Clinton obsession, by the numbers  —  During Trump's presidency, Hannity has mentioned his 2016 opponent on 86% of his episodes  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity called his show “the stop-Hillary express” during the 2016 presidential campaign because of its relentless focus …
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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Los Angeles Times:
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Noa Landau / Haaretz:
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Discussion: Vox
Ilya Shapiro / USA Today:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: MSNBC, Wall Street Journal and Politico
Reuters:
Many U.S. farmers fume at Washington, not Trump, over biofuel, trade policies
Discussion: Eschaton
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice and Gizmodo
Jeff Hauser / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10 million