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The Daily Beast:
Trump Flirts With $15 Billion Bailout for Iran, Sources Say  —  Trump says he hates the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.  But he's toying with a French proposal to get the Iranians to comply with it: a $15 billion line of credit to Tehran.  —  President Donald Trump has left the impression …
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Washington Post:
'You're a prop in the back': Advisers struggle to obey Trump's Kafkaesque rules  —  In President Trump's renegade orbit, there are unspoken rules he expects his advisers to follow.  He tolerates a modicum of dissent, so long as it remains private; expects advisers to fall in line and defend his decisions …
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
CNN:
Administration considers double-tapping Pompeo for national security adviser  —  Washington (CNN)Just one day after President Donald Trump dismissed national security adviser John Bolton, administration officials are discussing the possibility of replacing Bolton with his chief rival, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Wall Street Journal:
After Bolton, Pompeo's Role Grows Larger, and Also More Solitary  —  Chief diplomat arrived as the last puzzle piece; now he's the only one left  —  WASHINGTON—When Mike Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state 16 months ago, he was considered the last puzzle piece to President Trump's overhauled foreign policy team.
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Axios and New York Post
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo could ‘pull a Kissinger’ and replace Bolton while remaining secretary of state: Sources
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs:
Bolton Was Trump's Best Match, Until He Wasn't
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Trump officials tour unused FAA facility in California in search for place to relocate homeless people  —  A team of Trump administration officials toured a California facility once used by the Federal Aviation Administration this week as they searched for a potential site to relocate homeless people …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.  The court said the administration may enforce new rules …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits
Ed Rendell / Washington Post:
I like Elizabeth Warren.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  Ed Rendell, a Democrat, is the former governor of Pennsylvania.  —  I like Elizabeth Warren.  I like her a lot.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  I think Warren (D-Mass.) has been a great senator, and her work in setting …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden leads as Warren and Sanders battle for second on eve of debate  —  This number should concern Trump's 2020 campaign  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Joe Biden leads the Democratic presidential primary but a tight race for second place has formed behind him as Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads …
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   Why Beto O'Rourke Argues He Has a New Case to Make to Voters
Neal Rothschild / Axios:   Elizabeth Warren has been the only big winner in polling after 2 debates
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Ominous signs could sink Republicans' chances of retaking the House  —  A parade of Republican retirements.  Red flags about the economy.  President Donald Trump's approval ratings under water.  A nail-biter race in a GOP stronghold.  —  House Republicans are grappling with a string …
Discussion: The Week and Law & Crime
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Business Leaders Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence  —  “Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the heads of 145 companies wrote to senators.  —  In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives …
Discussion: CNN, Fortune and The Week
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Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
145 business leaders implore Senate to act on gun violence, saying doing nothing is ‘simply unacceptable’  —  The chief executives of 145 U.S. companies pressed Senate leaders to expand background checks to all firearms sales and implement stronger “red flag” laws, marking the latest push …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House  —  The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington …
Adam Reiss / NBC News:
Source: Michael Cohen met with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization  —  Prosecutors are looking into whether or not the Trump Organization falsified business records.  —  The former personal attorney for President Donald Trump has entered into an agreement with New York City prosecutors …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Exclusive: Michael Cohen is interviewed for probe into Trump Organization
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Judiciary Committee Democrats privately map out possible impeachment articles against Trump  —  A group of Judiciary Committee Democrats has begun privately mapping a list of possible charges against President Trump, sketching out the contours of potential articles of impeachment …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:   Is It an Impeachment Inquiry or Not? Democrats Can't Seem to Agree
KCRW:
It's an impeachment *investigation*
Discussion: Popehat
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 seen with Jeffrey Epstein getting off his plane in 2018 as authorities eyed his travel abroad  —  KEY POINTS  — An air traffic controller saw financier Jeffrey Epstein getting off his private plane in the U.S. Virgin Islands with girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 years old in 2018.
Discussion: New York Post
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees  —  Pence's stay at Trump's Irish golf resort has reinvigorated the debate about whether the president is using his position to enrich himself.  —  Ground transportation for Vice President Mike Pence's stay …
Discussion: PinkNews, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ahead of debate, Warren calls for raising Social Security benefits, O'Rourke urges banks to help curb gun violence  —  Ahead of Thursday night's Democratic debate in Houston, two contenders — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and former congressman Beto O'Rourke (Tex.) — are trying to make splashes …
Discussion: Politico
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Divided Democrats Step Back From Assault Weapons Ban
Discussion: Politico and VICE
New York Times:
At the Pentagon, Trump Remembers 9/11 in His Own Way  —  WASHINGTON — On the morning of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Trump began his day by tweeting about his poll numbers and attacking the news media.  —  At 8:12 a.m., around the same …
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Jason Greenblatt teases that he may stay on at White House  —  In a White House known for sudden personnel changes and decisions, outgoing Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt revealed on Wednesday that he may continue on as the administration's point person on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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Daniel Gordis / Bloomberg:   The Netanyahu Show Is Finally Fizzling Out
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World  —  Fox Business' Lou Dobbs bemoaned the “pervasive” funding efforts of George Soros and warned that the “tentacles” of the Jewish billionaire “work against sovereignty, work against our laws.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Trump campaign to counter Dems' debate by flying massive banner blasting socialism  —  While some may be anticipating sparks to fly between Democratic candidates onstage, the Trump campaign plans to literally fly its counter messaging in the air above Houston ahead of Thursday's debate.
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Justify Failed a Drug Test Before Winning the Triple Crown  —  Bob Baffert guided Justify to the 2018 Triple Crown, but a month before the Kentucky Derby, the horse failed a drug test that could have ended that campaign before it began.  —  On June 9, 2018, a colt named Justify thundered home …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’:  Inside Warren's War With the Obama Team  —  Elizabeth Warren was in the president's head.  —  From the summer of 2010 through summer of 2011, the usually unflappable Barack Obama spent long hours agonizing over the then-Harvard Law professor …
 
 
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Dahlia Scheindlin / Washington Post:
Here's what the Israeli public thinks about Netanyahu's campaign promise to annex parts of the West Bank.
Philippe Reines / Politico:
Why Only a Woman Can Win a Debate Against Trump
Discussion: USA Today
Gordon Witkin / Center for Public Integrity:
You donated to kids with cancer. This Vegas telemarketer cashed in.
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Education Department threatens to suspend employee who provided The Post with budget data
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
How Fan Culture Is Swallowing Democracy
James Shotter / Financial Times:
Poland's parliament suspended until after next month's election
Jake Sherman / Politico:
DCCC taps new executive director after summer staff upheaval
Discussion: DCCC and Axios
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Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Purdue Pharma reaches tentative deal in federal, state opioid lawsuits
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey
Garrett M. Graff:
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T. Boone Pickens, larger-than-life energy tycoon and OSU diehard, dies at 91
New York Times:
Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump