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11:30 AM ET, September 11, 2019


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John Bolton / 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 …
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Bolton lost the latest Trump administration factional battle, but not the last  —  In every administration — but especially in the Trump administration — personalities are policy and internal factions form assorted alliances to exert influence and maintain power.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Inside Trump and Bolton's spectacular split
Associated Press:
Inside Bolton's exit: Mongolia, a mustache, a tweet
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
NBC News:
As frustration with Bolton mounted, Trump reached out to ex-adviser McMaster
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 …
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.
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
Peter Elkind / Texas Monthly:   From Obscure Web Developer to Trump Campaign Manager: The Inside Story of Brad Parscale's Unlikely Rise
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?
Washington Post:
Trump says ‘boneheads’ at Fed should cut interest rates to zero — or even set negative rates  —  President Trump upped his attacks on the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, demanding the central bank slash interest rates to zero, or even push them into negative territory, claiming that he wants …
Kamini Ramdeen /
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 …
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 …
Raleigh News & Observer:
House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent  —  In a surprise move on 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Is Trump afraid to face primary competition?  —  REPUBLICAN PARTY officials in four states have decided not to hold presidential primaries or caucuses next year but instead simply to assign their delegates at the 2020 Republican National Convention directly to President Trump.
Discussion: TIME
Associated Press:
Still on: Iowa, New Hampshire won't nix 2020 GOP contests
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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
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: NBC News and ABC News
Washington Post:
Waiting for Trump, Congress remains at loggerheads on gun legislation
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. …
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Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Poll: 71 Percent Of Americans Only Trust Some Or None Of What The WH Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
This Is Still Happening: Elaine Chao
Washington Post:
Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world
Pete Buttigieg / The Moment:
Remembering  —  On one of its worst days, America found its best self.
Discussion: The Guardian
Olivia B. Waxman / TIME:
9/11 Is History Now. Here's How American Kids Are Learning About It in Class
Discussion: Daily Wire
Hayley Halpin /
51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
A Q&A With Jon Ossoff, Who Wants to Turn Georgia Blue
Discussion: New York Daily News and VICE
 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Ryan / The Guardian:
‘Rick Scott had us on lockdown’: how Florida said no to $70m for HIV crisis
Discussion: Splinter and Florida Politics
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
Scottish judges rule UK parliament suspension ‘unlawful’
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Senators press Saudi Crown Prince on Jamal Khashoggi murder
California church leaders charged with forced labor of homeless, US attorney says
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
Texas Monthly:
Announcing Five New Hires, Including Our First Taco Editor!
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump's housing finance plan will make mortgages more expensive, especially for black borrowers, housing groups say
Discussion: Vanity Fair and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving …