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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 …
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Washington Post:
'You're a prop in the back': Advisers struggle to obey Trump's Kafkaesque rules  —  In President Trump's renegade orbit, there are unspoken rules he expects his advisers to follow.  He tolerates a modicum of dissent, so long as it remains private; expects advisers to fall in line and defend his decisions …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg
CNN:
Administration considers double-tapping Pompeo for national security adviser  —  Washington (CNN)Just one day after President Donald Trump dismissed national security adviser John Bolton, administration officials are discussing the possibility of replacing Bolton with his chief rival, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Wall Street Journal:
After Bolton, Pompeo's Role Grows Larger, and Also More Solitary  —  Chief diplomat arrived as the last puzzle piece; now he's the only one left  —  WASHINGTON—When Mike Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state 16 months ago, he was considered the last puzzle piece to President Trump's overhauled foreign policy team.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Axios and Breitbart
Foreign Affairs:
Bolton Was Trump's Best Match, Until He Wasn't
Discussion: Axios
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:   Pompeo could ‘pull a Kissinger’ and replace Bolton while remaining secretary of state: Sources
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Bolton's Departure Signals Trump's Foreign-Policy Pivot
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.  The court said the administration may enforce new rules …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court allows Trump administration to enforce toughest restriction yet on asylum requests
Discussion: Law & Crime, CNN and Splinter
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
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Raleigh News & Observer:
NC House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent  —  In an early-morning move that shocked and angered Democrats in the chamber, the N.C. House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget.  Just over half of the 120 members were present to vote.
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
North Carolina Republicans voted to override a budget veto while Democrats were at a 9/11 ceremony
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland
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 …
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Washington Post:
President Trump ordered staff to correct statement that contradicted his inaccurate Alabama hurricane claim
Washington Post:
Trump officials tour unused FAA facility in California in search for place to relocate homeless people  —  A team of Trump administration officials toured a California facility once used by the Federal Aviation Administration this week as they searched for a potential site to relocate homeless people …
Adam Reiss / NBC News:
Source: Michael Cohen met with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization  —  Prosecutors are looking into whether or not the Trump Organization falsified business records.  —  The former personal attorney for President Donald Trump has entered into an agreement with New York City prosecutors …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
CNN:
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 …
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Boston Herald:
Bernie Sanders jumps to the lead in NH: Franklin Pierce-Herald poll shows
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Political Wire
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 seen with Jeffrey Epstein getting off his plane in 2018 as authorities eyed his travel abroad  —  KEY POINTS  — An air traffic controller saw financier Jeffrey Epstein getting off his private plane in the U.S. Virgin Islands with girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 years old in 2018.
Discussion: New York Post
Ed Rendell / Washington Post:
I like Elizabeth Warren.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  Ed Rendell, a Democrat, is the former governor of Pennsylvania.  —  I like Elizabeth Warren.  I like her a lot.  Too bad she's a hypocrite.  —  I think Warren (D-Mass.) has been a great senator, and her work in setting …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees  —  Pence's stay at Trump's Irish golf resort has reinvigorated the debate about whether the president is using his position to enrich himself.  —  Ground transportation for Vice President Mike Pence's stay …
Discussion: Raw Story and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
At the Pentagon, Trump Remembers 9/11 in His Own Way  —  WASHINGTON — On the morning of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Trump began his day by tweeting about his poll numbers and attacking the news media.  —  At 8:12 a.m., around the same …
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Purdue Pharma reaches tentative deal in federal, state opioid lawsuits  —  Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin, reached a tentative settlement Wednesday with 23 states and more than 2,000 cities and counties that sued the company over its role in the opioid crisis …
Garrett M. Graff:
The Only Plane in the Sky  —  An Oral History of 9/11  —  The award-winning journalist and author of Raven Rock shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001—a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends, and family members.
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Jason Greenblatt teases that he may stay on at White House  —  In a White House known for sudden personnel changes and decisions, outgoing Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt revealed on Wednesday that he may continue on as the administration's point person on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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 …
KCRW:
It's an impeachment *investigation*  —  Listen 33 min MORE  —  Congress is back, so we're got some investigation action in the committees.  The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week on a resolution setting rules for an impeachment investigation into President Trump.  What significance will this vote have?
Discussion: Popehat
Byline Times:
£8 Billion Bet on No Deal Crash-Out by Boris Johnson's Leave Backers  —  While the Prime Minister defies the law and insists Britain will leave the European Union on 31 October, his backers stand to make billions out of the disaster.  —  Boris Johnson's leadership campaign backers …
 
 
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Mike Ludwig / Latest - Truthout:
Yoel Alonso Leal Is Facing Deportation. Doctors Say He May Die on the Plane.
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Ben Sasse scores Trump endorsement after biting his tongue and keeping his head down
Discussion: Townhall and Hot Air
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Hillary Clinton reads her emails at Venice art exhibit
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Jerry Springer says Trump ‘took my show and brought it to the White House’
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Gun Sales See Spike Despite Democrat Efforts to Slow It Down
Discussion: Daily Wire and Washington Examiner
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Democrats decry double standard in fact checking
Angelica LaVito / CNBC:
Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deaths
Zamira Rahim / The Independent:
India builds detention camps for up to 1.9m people ‘stripped of citizenship’ in Assam