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9:30 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 …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What tonight could tell us about 2020
Washington Post:   U.S. got key asset out of Russia following election hacking
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
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’
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: CNN, 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
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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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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.
Washington Post:
Trump, Pence rally support for Republican candidate in North Carolina special election
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart, Slate and Roll Call
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
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 …
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Politico:
Republicans face crunch time on guns as Trump wavers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:   On guns and other divisive issues, Trump wary of crossing his political base
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Limbaugh and Hannity are ‘party leaders’ just as much as McConnell, new book argues  —  To many Republican voters, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is an establishment hack who can't be trusted, while Fox News' Sean Hannity is a straight talker who keeps the GOP honest.
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Post
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
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 …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax could have slashed billionaires' fortunes  —  The top 15 richest Americans could have seen their net worth decline by more than half — hundreds of billions of dollars — had Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax plan been in place since 1982, Bloomberg reports.
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.
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,
Aijaz Hussain / Associated Press:
Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown  —  HEFF SHIRMAL, India (AP) — The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar's house in southern Kashmir on Aug. 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its statehood and launched a crackdown.
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
 
 
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Ben White / Politico:
Trump insists everything is fine as economic anxiety surges
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The Democratic primary looks like it will come down to 3 70-something senators
Associated Press:
One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10 million
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
McConnell Said No to Money for Miners, Yes to Russian-Backed Plant
Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Stunt with the Taliban Was Not About Negotiating Peace
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Wire and Roll Call
Billy Witz / New York Times:
California Lawmakers Vote to Undo N.C.A.A. Amateurism
Discussion: Axios, ESPN and Deadspin
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Federal budget deficit tops $1 trillion: CBO
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Melody Gutierrez / Los Angeles Times:
California vaccine bills signed by Newsom as protesters are arrested at Capitol
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Tina Turner Is Having the Time of Her Life
Discussion: Metro.co.uk
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Right Wing's Cultural Civil War Is a Drag
Melissa Boughton / The Progressive Pulse:
BREAKING: Republican attorneys send legislature prohibited partisan data during remedial mapmaking
Washington Post:
For the first time ever, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google
David Uberti / VICE:
Milo Yiannopoulos Says He's Broke
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Splinter