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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
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Axios
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:   Pompeo could ‘pull a Kissinger’ and replace Bolton while remaining secretary of state: Sources
Foreign Affairs:
Bolton Was Trump's Best Match, Until He Wasn't
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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 …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Ominous signs could sink Republicans' chances of retaking the House  —  A parade of Republican retirements.  Red flags about the economy.  President Donald Trump's approval ratings under water.  A nail-biter race in a GOP stronghold.  —  House Republicans are grappling with a string …
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 …
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Trump campaign to counter Dems' debate by flying massive banner blasting socialism  —  While some may be anticipating sparks to fly between Democratic candidates onstage, the Trump campaign plans to literally fly its counter messaging in the air above Houston ahead of Thursday's debate.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Deadline and TheBlaze
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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 …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Exclusive: Michael Cohen is interviewed for probe into Trump Organization
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Business Leaders Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence  —  “Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the heads of 145 companies wrote to senators.  —  In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives …
Discussion: CNN, Fortune and The Week
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Divided Democrats Step Back From Assault Weapons Ban
Discussion: Politico and VICE
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: PinkNews, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
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
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 …
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.
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Daniel Gordis / Bloomberg:   The Netanyahu Show Is Finally Fizzling Out
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 …
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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’:  Inside Warren's War With the Obama Team  —  Elizabeth Warren was in the president's head.  —  From the summer of 2010 through summer of 2011, the usually unflappable Barack Obama spent long hours agonizing over the then-Harvard Law professor …
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.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Judiciary Committee Democrats privately map out possible impeachment articles against Trump  —  A group of Judiciary Committee Democrats has begun privately mapping a list of possible charges against President Trump, sketching out the contours of potential articles of impeachment …
James Shotter / Financial Times:
Poland's parliament suspended until after next month's election  —  Poland's ruling Law and Justice party has unexpectedly asked for parliament to be suspended until after a general election on October 13, sparking claims by the opposition that it is planning to delay unpopular bills until after the vote.
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.
 
 
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Education Department threatens to suspend employee who provided The Post with budget data
New York Times:
Six Men Tell Their Stories of Sexual Assault in the Military
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
How Fan Culture Is Swallowing Democracy
Jake Sherman / Politico:
DCCC taps new executive director after summer staff upheaval
Discussion: DCCC and Axios
Mike Ludwig / Latest - Truthout:
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Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Mexican Man Has Died In ICE Custody. He's The 8th Death In US Custody This Year.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Ben Sasse scores Trump endorsement after biting his tongue and keeping his head down
Discussion: Townhall and Hot Air
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Purdue Pharma reaches tentative deal in federal, state opioid lawsuits
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey
KCRW:
It's an impeachment *investigation*
Discussion: Popehat
Byline Times:
£8 Billion Bet on No Deal Crash-Out by Boris Johnson's Leave Backers