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12:10 PM ET, September 10, 2019

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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  —  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 …
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Psst! Don't Tell Trump
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, Raw Story and Washington Post
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What tonight could tell us about 2020
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 …
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mother Jones:
GOP Congressional Candidate Has Ties to Far-Right Supporter of the Proud Boys  —  The campaign of North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop has associated with a far-right activist with a history of bigoted rhetoric who has defended the Proud Boys, a controversial neo-fascist outfit.
Discussion: Vox
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Amisa Ratliff / Issue One:
Outside money plays major role in hotly contested North Carolina special election: Here are 7 numbers …
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
What to watch for in Tuesday's North Carolina special elections
Discussion: TheBlaze and Political Wire
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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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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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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New York Times:
Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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
Jeff Hauser / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power  —  The president has given us ample signs that he will use the powers of the presidency in ways previously unimaginable.  How come Democrats seem so relaxed about it?  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The power of an incumbent president …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Kamara Daughtry / ABC News:
Dad posts adorable video of toddler ‘besties’ running toward each other in NYC  —  Two toddlers in New York City are warming hearts all over Facebook after one dad posted a video of these two “besties.”  —  Maxwell and Finnegan are inseparable, Michael Cisneros, Maxwell's father, told ABC News.
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: Common Dreams, Mediaite and Roll Call
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Amy Russo / U.S. Political News, Opinion and Analysis:
Trump Claims Those Fleeing Bahamas Could Be ‘Very Bad People’  —  The president asserted without evidence that drug dealers and gang members could be trying to enter the U.S. in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.  —  President Donald Trump on Monday urged caution in admitting people into the U.S …
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
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,
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Donald Trump Jr. made a #MeToo joke last night.  But pollsters say women aren't laughing  —  Good morning & welcome back 🌞 Tips, comments, recipes, strange NOAA directives from Wilbur Ross?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The Campaign
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Biden is labeled a moderate.  But his agenda is far more liberal than Hillary Clinton's.  —  Many Democrats see Joe Biden as a voice of ideological restraint in a party rapidly moving to the left.  —  But the 2020 Democratic frontrunner's emerging policy agenda is anything but moderate …
Discussion: Political Wire and Common Dreams
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.
Associated Press:
One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10 million  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it “paid Russian propaganda.”  —  One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego.
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 …
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: Shareblue Media and Daily Kos
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 …
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
 
 
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Glenn S. Gerstell / New York Times:
N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court orders resentencing of man who assaulted Sen. Rand Paul
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Ad-makers say Democratic candidates need to stop being boring
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
The Republican Party Is Doomed
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Boris Johnson Secretly Asked For A Massive Amount Of User Data To Be Tracked. …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Trump found a new way to stress-test the Constitution
Discussion: Slate, Politico and The Guardian
Viola Gienger / Just Security:
Trump and Giuliani's Quest for Fake Ukraine “Dirt” on Biden: An Explainer
Discussion: New York Times, Salon and Raw Story
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
A Novel Gun Control Strategy: Pressure Banks and Retailers
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Trump's critics are targeting his donors, sparking fears of a backlash against disclosure
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Limbaugh and Hannity are ‘party leaders’ just as much as McConnell, new book argues
Ben White / Politico:
Trump insists everything is fine as economic anxiety surges
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The Democratic primary looks like it will come down to 3 70-something senators
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax could have slashed billionaires' fortunes
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Actually Do Stand Up to Trump
Discussion: Brookings
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats to force one more vote against Trump's border emergency declaration
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Associated Press:
Tennessee Senator calls higher education a ‘liberal breeding ground,’ calls to remove it all together
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story