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Bolton's chaotic White House departure  —  The last time National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke with President Donald Trump was Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. in the Oval Office — offering to resign — about 22 hours before the president's Tuesday tweet suggesting that he had fired Bolton …
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Joseph Cirincione / LobeLog:
The Catastrophic Tenure of John Bolton  —  John Bolton's tenure was a complete disaster.  The national security architecture after Bolton looks like the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.  —  Seventeen months ago, before Bolton became Donald Trump's third national security advisor …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Inside Trump and Bolton's spectacular split
Steve Holland / Reuters:   Three Bolton aides submit their resignations at White House
Associated Press:
Inside Bolton's exit: Mongolia, a mustache, a tweet
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ProPublica:
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Splinter
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Peter Elkind / Texas Monthly:   From Obscure Web Developer to Trump Campaign Manager: The Inside Story of Brad Parscale's Unlikely Rise
New York Times:
White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Democrats Most Like Warren, But Voters Overall Are Lukewarm On Democrats, Trump  —  Toggle more options  —  Elizabeth Warren is on the rise among Democratic voters, but she and other Democrats are less popular with the overall electorate, raising concerns about a bruising primary …
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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 …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Biden camp thinks the media just doesn't get it  —  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.
Raleigh News & Observer:
House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent  —  In a surprise move Wednesday morning, the N.C. House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget with just over half of the 120 members present to vote.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Alarm bells should be ringing at Trump HQ after N.C. House scare  —  Analysis: It's always better to win than lose — but Republicans holding onto a GOP seat by a hair is reason for the president to worry heading into 2020.  —  Does a tight win for NC Republican Dan Bishop spell 2020 trouble for Trump?
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New York Times:
North Carolina Special Election Results: Ninth House District
Kamini Ramdeen / AOL.com:
President Trump sparks anger with ‘never forget’ 9/11 tweet  —  President Donald Trump drew ire on Twitter Wednesday morning with the way he marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.  —  Trump shared a photograph of himself and first lady Melania Trump …
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Pete Buttigieg / The Moment:
Remembering  —  On one of its worst days, America found its best self.
Discussion: The Guardian
Daniel Byman / Foreign Policy:
It's Hard to Commemorate 9/11 If You Don't Understand It.  —  Today's university freshmen were born after the Twin Towers fell.  In the Trump era, lack of historical perspective makes young people susceptible to alarmism and more likely to misread threats.  —  Sept. 11, 2019 marks …
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Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Son of 9/11 victim slams Ilhan Omar at NYC remembrance event: ‘Show respect in honoring them’
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.”
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Washington Post:   Trump says ‘boneheads’ at Fed should cut interest rates to zero — or even set negative rates
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
12-year-old Bahamian girl separated from parents, ends up in Miami home for migrant kids  —  A 12-year-old Bahamian girl was separated from family at a South Florida airport after fleeing the destruction of Hurricane Dorian and was sent by U.S. Customs officials to a Miami Gardens shelter for abused or abandoned children.
Washington Post:
Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world  —  LA CORONILLA, Uruguay — The day the yellow clams turned black is seared in Ramón Agüero's memory.  —  It was the summer of 1994.  A few days earlier, he had collected a generous haul, 20 buckets of the thin-shelled …
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 …
New York Times:
California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees  —  SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
No One Should Take Black Voters for Granted  —  Recent research shows that a crucial bloc of Democrats is at once more moderate and more radical than its counterparts.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.
Tom Lobianco / Politico:
How Pence's Camp Persuaded Trump to Pick Their Guy as VP  —  It was July 14, 2016, just four days before the Republican National Convention, and Donald Trump was still waffling on who to pick as his running mate.  —  He had just told Indiana Gov. Mike Pence he was his pick, but then …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Democrats' leftward shift on third-trimester abortion  —  It's no secret that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is an unusual character in the 2020 Democratic field.  She became a Fox News favorite from when she chastised Barack Obama for not saying “radical Islam,” she has drawn criticism …
Karl Etters / Tallahassee Democrat:
Tallahassee police identify suspect in stabbing that injured five at Dyke Industries  —  The man who allegedly stabbed several people this morning at a west-side Tallahassee business has been identified as Antwann D. Brown, a current employee at Dyke Industries.
 
 
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
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CNN Poll: 71 Percent Of Americans Only Trust Some Or None Of What The WH Says
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