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2:35 PM ET, September 10, 2019


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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.
John Bolton: Trump sacks national security adviser  —  US President Donald Trump has fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton.  —  “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” he wrote.  —  “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions …
Trump ousts John Bolton as national security adviser  —  President Trump tweeted Thursday that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign.  —  “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.
Washington Post:
Bolton out as national security adviser after clashing with Trump  —  President Trump announced Tuesday that John Bolton was no longer his national security adviser, saying in tweets that he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions” and that Bolton was no longer needed.
Trump Ousts Bolton After Dispute Over Negotiating With Taliban  — Departure comes days after Camp David meeting canceled  — Bolton says in tweet that he offered his resignation on Monday  —  President Donald Trump said he fired his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton …
Philip Ewing / NPR:
Trump Fires John Bolton In Final Break After Months Of Internal Policy Division
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Something is fishy about Trump's John Bolton announcement
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Wire and NBC News
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018  —  The drop, despite a strong economy, was the first since 2014 and at least partly caused by efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act.  —  The share of Americans with health insurance fell last year, despite a strong economy that lifted families out of poverty.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
Mitch Harle / Protect Our Care:   New Census Data Reaffirms Trump-GOP Health Care Sabotage is Increasing the Number of Uninsured Americans
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.
Noah Lanard / Mother Jones:
Judge Promoted by Trump Administration Threatened a 2-Year-Old With an Attack Dog
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn sentencing set for Dec. 18 in case where he pleaded guilty to lying to FBI  —  A federal judge on Tuesday set sentencing for Dec. 18 for President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as prosecutors warned they reserved the option to recommend prison time instead of probation for Flynn.
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Flynn lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘egregious conduct,’ hiding exculpatory evidence
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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 …
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.
Ilya Shapiro / USA Today:
Liberal Supreme Court justices vote in lockstep, not the conservative justices  —  Over the past several sessions, Supreme Court Justices appointed by Democratic presidents voted in unison more than their Republican counterparts.  —  CONNECT  —  Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced …
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
The Republican Party Is Doomed  —  This is a transformational moment.  Do the Democrats understand how to take advantage of it?  —  Mr. Greenberg is a Democratic pollster.  —  The 2020 election will be transformative like few in our history.  It will end with the death of the Republican Party …
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
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,
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 …
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
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
With the Faithful at Trump's North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me’  —  Two months after his rally there produced “send her back” chants, the president brought identity politics back to the state.  —  FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Rick Myers traveled from central California — 2,861.9 estimated miles …
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.
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:
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems stumble on impeachment messaging  —  Democrats are mired in an impeachment mess of their own making.  —  Conflicting signals from the House's most powerful Democrats have left rank-and-file lawmakers exasperated, unable to say confidently whether the House is, in fact …
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.
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Paul Ryan joins DC think tank  —  Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is joining the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as a visiting fellow, the Washington, D.C., think tank announced Tuesday.  —  The former Wisconsin lawmaker retired from Congress in January, citing family reasons.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Mark Sanford might be Republicans' last chance  —  Ideologically I am much closer to former Massachusetts governor William Weld, but as a matter of political pragmatism, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford may be the best bet to save the Republican Party from itself before the Democrats do it for them in 2020.
Discussion: MSNBC, Wall Street Journal and Politico
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Noa Landau / Haaretz:
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Discussion: Vox
Alex Pappademas / Men's Health:
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Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and IndieWire
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Glenn S. Gerstell / New York Times:
N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War
Hillel Halkin / New York Times:
The Persistence of the Oldest Hatred
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
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Mother Jones:
GOP Congressional Candidate Has Ties to Far-Right Supporter of the Proud Boys
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Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Trump found a new way to stress-test the Constitution
Discussion: Politico, New Republic and Slate
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Donald Trump Jr. made a #MeToo joke last night. But pollsters say women aren't laughing
Washington Post:
No, Trump isn't Teflon. Scandals lower his approval among Republicans — if they see the news.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Stunt with the Taliban Was Not About Negotiating Peace
Discussion: Common Dreams, Mediaite and Roll Call
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Republicans Actually Do Stand Up to Trump
Discussion: Brookings
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As billions flow to farmers, Trump administration faces internal concerns over unprecedented bailout
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Daily Kos