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6:15 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Speak Up, John Bolton  —  Whatever else he has been through in his career, John Bolton is a patriot.  He has been impelled by a strong vision of the national interest.  He has run career risks and sacrificed life opportunities for the sake of his principles.
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 ›
Discussion: Breitbart, Mother Jones and Mediaite
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
Discussion: PBS NewsHour and Axios
New York Times:
Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Roll Call:
GOP leadership lowers expectations for North Carolina special election
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Atlantic
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 conduct a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California, citing the state's growing crisis …
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Ex-Russian official thought to have spied for the U.S. was hiding in plain sight  —  A former Russian government official thought to have spied for the United States was hiding in plain sight, living in a suburban neighborhood an hour outside of Washington.  —  The Russian Kommersant newspaper …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's Like, “OK, Well, Screw It"'  —  BOSTON—Beto O'Rourke last week stopped here for beers.  He wasn't hunting big-dollar donors or votes in a state with a meaningful primary.  He instead wanted to stand on a box in the middle of a pub and just let it rip.  So that's what he did.
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Flynn Hearing Reveals Existence of Bombshell DOJ Memo Exonerating Michael Flynn  —  A bombshell revelation was barely noticed at National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's hearing Tuesday, when his counsel revealed in court the existence of a Justice Department memo from Jan. 30, 2017 exonerating Flynn of any collusion with Russia.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and emptywheel
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Michael Flynn Is Looking For A Way Out Of His Guilty Plea
Discussion: Tennessee Star and Fox News
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Aims to Use Debate to Question Warren's Corporate Work  — Former vice president has released two decades of tax returns  — Warren occasionally advised corporations on bankruptcy issues  —  Joe Biden plans to argue at this week's debate that all presidential candidates …
CNN:   Joe Biden expected to argue in upcoming debate that ‘we need more than plans’
Los Angeles Times:   Why Kamala Harris needs to recapture that magic in Thursday's debate
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, Washington Post and Axios
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
Texas Monthly:
Announcing Five New Hires, Including Our First Taco Editor!  —  Dallas-based writer José R. Ralat, known for his Taco Trail blog, joins the staff later this month.  —  Pass the tortillas.  As of September 18, Texas Monthly will have a taco editor on staff.
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Issa on challenging fellow Republican Hunter: ‘He cannot win reelection’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
DOJ asks Supreme Court to allow enforcement of Trump's asylum restrictions
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Vox
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Samantha Power Learned on the Job
Adam Jentleson / GQ:
Beating Trump Is Almost Meaningless Without Reforming Mitch McConnell's Senate
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party Is (Probably) Not Doomed
Discussion: New York Times
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