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9:05 AM ET, September 10, 2019

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New York Times:
C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades  —  WASHINGTON — Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks.  Eventually, American spies struck gold …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Possible Russian spy for CIA now living in Washington area  —  The former Russian government official, who had a job with access to secrets, was living openly under his true name.  —  A former senior Russian official is living in the Washington area under U.S. government protection …
Washington Post:
U.S. got key asset out of Russia following election hacking  —  In 2017, the United States extracted from Russia an important CIA source who had provided information about the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to current and former officials.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What tonight could tell us about 2020
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump Had Deal With Scotland Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort  —  WASHINGTON — Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region.
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Air Force crews have lodged at Trump's Scottish resort at least 4 times
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump claims he'll release ‘extremely complete’ financial details
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is military money really propping up a Trump resort?
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Raw Story
New York Times:
Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump's Dorian 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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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration's war on statistics is now threatening lives
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Wilbur Ross faces calls to resign after report he threatened firings over ‘Sharpiegate’
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Ossoff to run for US Senate in Georgia  —  Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff said he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and “mount a ruthless assault on corruption in our political system” that's prevented Congress from addressing urgent issues.
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:   Jon Ossoff Will Run for Senate in Georgia
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
6 in 10 call a recession likely; Trump approval drops by 6 points: POLL  —  6 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 Donald Trump's job approval rating in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Discussion: Washington Times and The Week
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Democrats target suburban voters in key battlegrounds ahead of 2020
Discussion: Politico
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump makes unfounded voter fraud claim — while campaigning for seat opened by GOP cheating  —  The height of irony in Fayetteville.  —  On Monday night, President Donald Trump was in North Carolina to stump for Dan Bishop, a Republican who is competing with Democrat Dan McCready …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Progress Pond
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Gregory Krieg / CNN:   What to watch for in Tuesday's North Carolina special elections
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.
Associated Press:
At rally, Trump paints bleaks picture of Democratic control
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
A controversial dog park that divided Chevy Chase will be dismantled  —  More than 100 people packed into a public hearing in Chevy Chase Village Monday to debate what one board member called “the most contentious and emotionally-charged issue” in the community's history: the barking of dogs.
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 …
Associated Press:
Tennessee Senator calls higher education a ‘liberal breeding ground,’ calls to remove it all together  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Stunt with the Taliban Was Not About Negotiating Peace  —  Eighteen years ago, after hijacked planes dive-bombed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it would have been considered delusional to imagine an American President sitting down with the jihadis tied …
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Wire and Roll Call
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Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Jeanine Pirro went on C-SPAN.  It didn't go well.  —  A September 8 appearance Fox News host Jeanine Pirro made on C-SPAN's Washington Week to promote her new book backfired after callers confronted her over various controversies she's generated.  —  The session began with host Steve Scully asking Pirro …
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.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Actually Do Stand Up to Trump  —  In many cases, the president is simply doing what his party wants, not the other way around.  —  I suppose someone has to come to the defense of Republicans in Congress after a series of confused complaints over the past week.
Discussion: Brookings and Washington Post
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Controversial Trump Court Pick Gets Expedited Senate Confirmation Hearing  —  Steven Menashi, a White House aide with a record of denouncing feminism and diversity, is on track to become a lifetime federal judge.  —  WASHINGTON ― The White House and Senate Republicans on Monday quietly advanced …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats to force one more vote against Trump's border emergency declaration  —  Senate Democrats plan to force another vote in Congress aimed at overturning President Trump's border emergency — potentially triggering another standoff between the administration and congressional Republicans …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Weil / Wall Street Journal:
Summers Sounds the Alarm  —  The Harvard economist says recession chance before 2021 is ‘just below 50%’; unemployment can't get any better  —  Harvard University economist Lawrence Summers sees economic danger ahead.  —  A Treasury secretary under President Clinton …
Washington Post:
No, Trump isn't Teflon.  Scandals lower his approval among Republicans — if they see the news.  —  Here's how we know.  —  Mingxiao Sui ,  —  Kirill Bryanov and Martina Santia  —  President Trump's time in office has been a roller coaster of startling tweets, controversies and scandals.
Discussion: Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
In 2011, Jeffrey Epstein Was A Known Sex Offender.  The Founders Of Amazon, Google, And Tesla Dined With Him Anyway  —  After pleading guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, Jeffrey Epstein spent part of 2011 reintroducing himself to elite society.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Federal budget deficit tops $1 trillion: CBO  —  The federal deficit exceeded $1 trillion in the first 11 months of fiscal 2019, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a report published Monday.  —  The big picture: The deficit is $168 billion more than for the same period in the previous fiscal year.
Discussion: CBO Publications
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As billions flow to farmers, Trump administration faces internal concerns over unprecedented bailout  —  Senior government officials, including some in the White House, privately expressed concern that the Trump administration's nearly $30 billion bailout for farmers needed stronger legal backing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Melody Gutierrez / Los Angeles Times:
California vaccine bills signed by Newsom as protesters are arrested at Capitol  —  California will enact sweeping new restrictions on medical exemptions for vaccines under bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, despite near-constant protests in the state Capitol that resulted in arrests …
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 …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Splinter
Washington Post:
For the first time ever, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color  —  When Mónica Hernández told her husband that her 2019 New Year's resolution was to go back to work, he was surprised.  He kept asking her if that's what she really wanted to do.
Drew Costley / San Francisco Chronicle:
NRA sues San Francisco for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization  —  The National Rifle Association is suing the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization earlier this month through a resolution passed by the board.
Politico:
Von der Leyen unveils portfolios for Commission nominees  —  President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday allocated portfolios to her nominees for the next European Commission.  —  Here is the full list, as published by the Commission:  —  Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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