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7:35 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Will Hold This Grudge  —  Donald Trump tweeted this morning that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, and that Bolton's “services are no longer needed at the White House.”  The cold language was not accidental, and it was a strategically odd way to fire …
Brian Bennett / TIME:
Breaking Point: How Trump and Bolton Finally Hit Their Limit
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump ousts Bolton after anger over Afghan news coverage
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
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
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 Playbook PM: Bolton out, and we're on the ground in NC-9
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Aims to Use Debate to Question Warren's Corporate Work  — Former vice president has released two decades of tax returns  — Warren occasionally advised corporations on bankruptcy issues  —  Joe Biden plans to argue at this week's debate that all presidential candidates …
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:   Joe Biden expected to argue in upcoming debate that ‘we need more than plans’
Daniel Marans / U.S. Political News …:
Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On ‘Medicare For All’ In Interview With Dying Activist
Discussion: YouTube and Jacobin
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Flynn Hearing Reveals Existence of Bombshell DOJ Memo Exonerating Michael Flynn  —  A bombshell revelation was barely noticed at National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's hearing Tuesday, when his counsel revealed in court the existence of a Justice Department memo from Jan. 30, 2017 exonerating Flynn of any collusion with Russia.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and emptywheel
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Michael Flynn Is Looking For A Way Out Of His Guilty Plea
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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.
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
Falwell Jr. says FBI to investigate ‘criminal conspiracy’ at Liberty University  —  Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. told Hill.TV on Tuesday that he has begun sharing information with the FBI in what he alleged was a criminal conspiracy against him by former board members at the school.
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 …
Live results: North Carolina elections
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:   The Republican Party Is Doomed
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Slate
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
Adam Jentleson / GQ:   Beating Trump Is Almost Meaningless Without Reforming Mitch McConnell's Senate
Fox News:
DOJ asks Supreme Court to allow enforcement of Trump's asylum restrictions  —  The Supreme Court is considering an emergency appeal from the Justice Department that would allow them to enforce, for now, the Trump administration's ban on asylum for anyone trying to cross the southern border by transiting through a third country.
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Ilya Shapiro / USA Today:   Liberal Supreme Court justices vote in lockstep, not the conservative justices
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Congressional Progressive Caucus backs impeachment inquiry into Trump  —  The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Tuesday voted to back an impeachment investigation into President Trump, adding to the momentum for an inquiry even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opposes one.
Discussion: Politico
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems stumble on impeachment messaging
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:
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's Like, “OK, Well, Screw It"'  —  BOSTON—Beto O'Rourke last week stopped here for beers.  He wasn't hunting big-dollar donors or votes in a state with a meaningful primary.  He instead wanted to stand on a box in the middle of a pub and just let it rip.  So that's what he did.
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Discussion: Raw Story
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