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7:50 PM ET, September 11, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, seeking to justify his claim of a hurricane threat to Alabama, pressed aides to intervene with a federal scientific agency, leading to a highly unusual public rebuke …
Washington Post:
President Trump ordered staff to correct statement that contradicted his inaccurate Alabama hurricane claim  —  Lawmakers, Commerce Department launch investigations into NOAA's decision to back President Trump over forecasters  —  President Trump told his staff that the National Oceanic …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump denies asking Mulvaney to pressure federal agency on hurricane claims
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Reported White House involvement takes NOAA scandal to new level
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology:   Committee Launches Investigation into Commerce Department's Involvement in NOAA Actions Regarding Hurricane Dorian
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.
Raleigh News & Observer:
NC Republicans' shameless theft of democracy  —  The verdict is now plain.  North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders — not actually leaders, but connivers — are beyond shame.  —  In a stunning display of contempt for democracy, House Speaker Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:   North Carolina Republicans voted to override a budget veto while Democrats were at a 9/11 ceremony
James Arkin / Politico:   Republicans support Trump's wall even after he grabs military funds from their states
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and KTLA
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 …
Boston Herald:
Bernie Sanders jumps to the lead in NH: Franklin Pierce-Herald poll shows
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?  —  The end of the national-security adviser as we know it.  —  President Trump started this week as he has so many in his tenure, distracting from one controversy by plunging headlong into another.
Discussion: CNN, Axios and The Daily Beast
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Bolton's Departure Signals Trump's Foreign-Policy Pivot
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Sends Regards to Departed ‘Mr. Tough Guy’ Bolton
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Ben Sasse scores Trump endorsement after biting his tongue and keeping his head down
Discussion: Hot Air and Townhall
Steve Holland / Reuters:   Three Bolton aides submit their resignations at White House
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: Texas Monthly, Raw Story and Splinter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's war on truth just got a lot more cult-like
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland
Cheryl Hall / Dallas Morning News:
T. Boone Pickens, larger-than-life energy tycoon and OSU diehard, dies at 91  —  Pickens had an energy career that went from laborer to tycoon — and the Oklahoma State benefactor was among the few business elites granted “dual citizenship” on both sides of the Red River.
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 …
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 …
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
“Airplanes Took Aim”: NY Times Shamefully Goes the Ilhan Omar Route in Describing How 9/11 Happened
Discussion: Instapundit and Townhall
James Barron / New York Times:
Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Exclusive: Michael Cohen is interviewed for probe into Trump Organization  —  (CNN)Prosecutors with the New York district attorney's office interviewed Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen in recent weeks as part of their investigation of the Trump Organization's handling …
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?
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   What happened in North Carolina — and what, if anything, it tells us about 2020
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying migrants' asylum while legal fight continues  —  The Trump administration can begin denying asylum requests from migrants at the southern border who have traveled through Mexico or another country without seeking protection there …
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.
New York Times:
Confusion and Defiance Follow California's New Contractor Law  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a sign of the potential confusion and chaos set in motion by a landmark bill that the California Legislature passed on Wednesday to effectively require companies to reclassify their contract workers as employees …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The Last Apple Keynote (Let's Hope)  —  The company's product launch pageant has become a parody.  Time to call it quits.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Roughly six minutes into Apple's annual keynote presentation on Tuesday, I watched with grim fascination …
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
The straightforward question House Democrats can't answer  —  Depending on whom you ask, on Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on procedures to investigate whether to open an impeachment inquiry or to continue an already opened impeachment inquiry.  —  Or maybe there is no inquiry at all.
Matthew Jacobs / HuffPost:
The Steady Cultural Demise Of ‘American Beauty’  —  How the Best Picture winner, which turns 20 this year, went from esteemed suburban satire to widespread punchline.  —  When “American Beauty” nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture in March 2000, its win seemed forward-thinking.
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's Gun Policy Team Includes a Former Gun Lobbyist
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Jerry Springer says Trump ‘took my show and brought it to the White House’
Discussion: Washington Times
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Gun Sales See Spike Despite Democrat Efforts to Slow It Down
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Daily Wire
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
What Spy? Kremlin Mocks Aide Recruited by C.I.A. as a Boozy Nobody
Discussion: CNSNews, Fox News and Power Line
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Secretly Trained Thousands of Activists to Manipulate Media, Clinton Library Docs Show
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
On Eve of Netanyahu-Putin Meeting, Russia Joins in Condemning Annexation Plan
Discussion: The Intercept
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans and Democrats hammer Trump's judicial nominee
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Democrats decry double standard in fact checking
Zamira Rahim / The Independent:
India builds detention camps for up to 1.9m people ‘stripped of citizenship’ in Assam
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
US military fuel deal with Prestwick ‘kicked into long grass’ over Trump investigation
Discussion: Law & Crime
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
ThinkProgress Was Always Doomed
Discussion: Splinter
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
No One Should Take Black Voters for Granted
Washington Post:
Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world
Discussion: The Week