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8:40 AM ET, September 11, 2019


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NBC News:
As frustration with Bolton mounted, Trump reached out to ex-adviser McMaster  —  In phone calls to McMaster, Trump told his second national security adviser that he misses him.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump began losing confidence in national security adviser John Bolton …
Washington Post:
John Bolton's turbulent tenure comes to a Trumpian end  —  Over a turbulent 17 months, President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton had disagreed on a variety of issues, from North Korea to Venezuela to Iran.  —  But Trump finally decided to remove his top security aide on Tuesday …
Washington Post:
John Bolton's legacy: Chaos, dysfunction and no meaningful accomplishments  —  THE DEPARTURE of John Bolton as national security adviser on Tuesday — President Trump said he fired him, and Mr. Bolton maintained that he quit — was logical and overdue.  A rigid ideologue …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Speak Up, John Bolton
New York Times:
‘Trump Unplugged’: A President as His Own National Security Adviser
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser
John Gans / New York Times:
How John Bolton Broke the National Security Council
New York Times:
North Carolina Special Election Results: Ninth House District  —  Candidate Party Votes Pct.  —  Dan Bishop  —  Rep.  —  94,984  —  Dan McCready  —  Dem.  —  90,824  —  Lib.  —  Green  —  186,928 votes, 99% reporting (208 of 210 precincts)  —  2018 North Carolina results ›
Live results: North Carolina elections  —  The latest vote count from North Carolina's 3rd and 9th districts  —  Voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District vote Tuesday in a re-do election, after the results of the 2018 midterm were thrown out over allegations of fraud against a consultant for the Republican candidate.
Drew McCoy / Decision Desk HQ:
NC-09 Special Election Results  —  You can watch DDHQ streaming analysis of tonight's election on Twitch, Twitter/Periscope, or YouTube.  —  Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter (right sidebar) to receive tomorrow's edition with a complete wrap up of tonight's elections.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins North Carolina special election  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready to win a North Carolina battleground district on Tuesday, holding a traditionally Republican seat in a rare do-over election following a 2018 race marred by allegations of fraud.
Li Zhou / Vox:
Republicans hold on to a North Carolina congressional seat plagued by election fraud
Discussion: Daily Kos, Townhall and Mother Jones
New York Times:
Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
Antonio Brown Accused of Rape in a Lawsuit  —  The Patriots receiver is accused of three incidents of sexual assault, in 2017 and 2018, against a woman who attended college with him.  —  Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots, the most prominent receiver in the N.F.L. …
Washington Post:
Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities  —  President Trump has ordered White House officials to launch a sweeping effort to address homelessness in California, citing the state's growing crisis …
Washington Post:
President Trump trails potential Democratic challengers in 2020 test  —  President Trump overcame formidable odds and discouraging poll numbers to win the White House in 2016.  More than a year out from the 2020 election, it appears he might have to repeat that performance to win a second term …
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and RedState
Natalie Beach / The Cut:
I Was Caroline Calloway Seven years after I met the infamous Instagram star, I'm ready to tell my side of the story.  —  The author (right) with Caroline Calloway Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Beach  —  When I was a sophomore in college, I took a creative-nonfiction workshop and met a girl who was everything I wasn't.
Rick Newman / Yahoo Finance:
Trump's trade war has killed 300,000 jobs  —  winning big time, against China.  " But his trade war is causing measurable damage to the U.S. economy, with the pain likely to worsen.  —  Forecasting firm Moody's Analytics estimates that Trump's trade war with China has already reduced U.S. employment …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Team Biden beats the press  —  The first thing you notice at a Joe Biden event is the age: Many of the reporters covering him are really young.  Biden is not.  The press corps, or so the Biden campaign sees it, is culturally liberal and highly attuned to modern issues around race and gender and social justice.
Discussion: Townhall
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Aims to Use Debate to Question Warren's Corporate Work
Discussion: Washington Post, CNBC and CNN
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
Liberty's Falwell says he's target of ‘attempted coup’  —  By SARAH RANKIN and ALAN SUDERMANyesterday  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign orchestrated …
The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump's Reelection Campaign  —  Brad Parscale has said he's taking a relative pittance to run the president's reelection operation.  But as with much of what Parscale has claimed about his work and life, that's not the full story.  This is.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
How to Lose the Revolution  —  Democrats are well-positioned to win back power in 2020 and enact liberal change—unless the progressive revolutionaries running for president sabotage it.  —  Democrats don't appreciate how close they are to securing unfettered power in Washington come January 2021.
Discussion: ABC News
CNN Poll: 6 in 10 say Trump does not deserve a second term  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Six in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, and more now say he's doing a poor job than a good one of keeping important campaign promises.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Washington Post
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trashing Fed ‘Boneheads,’ Trump calls for central bank to cut interest rates to ‘ZERO’  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on the Federal Reserve to slash U.S. interest rates “down to ZERO,” admonishing chairman Jerome Powell and other leaders of the U.S. central bank as “Boneheads.”
Adam Carlson /
Ivanka & Jared 'Aren't Good People,' Meghan McCain Says After Report of Trump Infighting — as White House Hits Back  —  “The idea that the hosts of The View ... have any factual reads on what goes on within the Trump family is completely asinine” a White House spokeswoman says
Discussion: Hot Air, Breitbart and New York Times
Benjamin Ryan / The Guardian:
‘Rick Scott had us on lockdown’: how Florida said no to $70m for HIV crisis  —  Guardian investigation shows state passed on federal funds available to help tackle a serious health epidemic  —  While the Republican senator Rick Scott was governor of Florida, his administration presided …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Tom Lobianco / Politico:
How Pence's Camp Persuaded Trump to Pick Their Guy as VP  —  Trump had already told Pence he was the pick, but the nominee was wavering.  The untold story of how two aides took matters into their own hands.  —  Tom LoBianco is a reporter and author of Piety and Power: Mike Pence and the Making of the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
Scottish judges rule UK parliament suspension ‘unlawful’  —  LONDON — Three judges at Scotland's highest civil court have ruled that the British prime minister's decision to suspend parliament for several weeks was “unlawful,” but the government is refusing to allow MPs back until its appeal of the judgment is heard.
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New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Still on: Iowa, New Hampshire won't nix 2020 GOP contests
Discussion: Political Wire
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Senators press Saudi Crown Prince on Jamal Khashoggi murder
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Democrats step up pressure for Republicans to act on gun control
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Examiner
California church leaders charged with forced labor of homeless, US attorney says
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
Justice News:
Illegal Alien Arrested with Enough Fentanyl to Kill 500,000 People Sentenced to Over Six Years …
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Texas Monthly:
Announcing Five New Hires, Including Our First Taco Editor!
Discussion: New York Times
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Issa on challenging fellow Republican Hunter: ‘He cannot win reelection’
Discussion: RRH Elections
Washington Post:
Trump's housing finance plan will make mortgages more expensive, especially for black borrowers, housing groups say
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Vanity Fair
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Judge sides with doctors and blocks North Dakota abortion counseling law
Discussion: Raw Story
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Flynn Hearing Reveals Existence of Bombshell DOJ Memo Exonerating Michael Flynn
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and emptywheel
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Secret Service arrested El Paso shooting ‘hero’ as he was about to be honored by Trump at White House
Discussion: Breitbart