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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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John Solomon / The Hill:
Two names who would give Trump an all-star security team after Bolton  —  Love him or hate him, Donald Trump knows exactly what he wants when it comes to foreign policy.  He wants a clear definition of the American strategic interest across the globe and a commitment that war is always a tool of last resort.
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
Wall Street Journal:   After Bolton, Pompeo's Role Grows Larger, and Also More Solitary
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 …
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Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren has been the only big winner in polling after 2 debates
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Wall Street is freaking out at the thought of President Liz Warren
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
‘Simply Unacceptable’: 145 Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence  —  “Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the corporate chiefs urged senators in a letter.  —  In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America …
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Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
145 CEOs implore Senate to act on gun violence, saying doing nothing is ‘simply unacceptable’
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House  —  The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington …
NBC News:
Impeachment inquiry ramps up as Judiciary panel adopts procedural guidelines  —  The House committee passed a resolution Thursday that would set the outlines for future impeachment investigation hearings.  —  WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee took a big step Thursday morning …
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
House committee votes to take steps toward impeachment as Democrats mull potential charges against Trump
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeachment?
Discussion: Power Line
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:   Is It an Impeachment Inquiry or Not? Democrats Can't Seem to Agree
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
Expanding Social Security  —  I've dedicated most of my career to studying what's happening to working families in America.  One thing is clear: it's getting harder to save enough for a decent retirement.  —  A generation of stagnant wages and rising costs for basics like housing …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Warren Plan Would Close Tax Loophole Joe Biden Uses
Discussion: Eschaton and The Intercept
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Social Security Plan: Raise Benefits by $200 a Month
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ahead of Democratic debate, Warren calls for raising Social Security benefits, O'Rourke urges banks …
Discussion: Politico
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, which had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies.
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Washington Post:   Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Gordon Witkin / Center for Public Integrity:
You donated to kids with cancer.  This Vegas telemarketer cashed in.  —  Inside his machine that turns charitable and political contributions into paydays.  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The telemarketer asked Eric Thomas a question: Would he consider donating money to the Children's Leukemia Support Network?
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 …
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 and Raw Story
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct  —  Mithril Capital raised over $1 billion on the name of Thiel, one of Silicon Valley's biggest celebrities.  Now federal investigators are looking under the hood.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
What Kamala Harris Needs to Do Tonight  —  She had a great June debate and lost steam over the summer.  Her surrogates, donors and even some supporters hope that in Houston she can recapture the magic that initially won them over.  —  The good news for Senator Kamala Harris of California …
Discussion: National Review
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Ominously Warns of George Soros' Financial ‘Tentacles’ Spreading Around the World  —  Fox Business' Lou Dobbs bemoaned the “pervasive” funding efforts of George Soros and warned that the “tentacles” of the Jewish billionaire “work against sovereignty, work against our laws.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Bloomberg:
Trump Advisers Consider Interim China Trade Deal to Delay Tariffs  —  Trump administration officials have discussed offering a limited trade agreement to China that would delay and even roll back some U.S. tariffs for the first time in exchange for Chinese commitments on intellectual property …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Top Democrat attempts to block Trump from paying farm bailout money, setting up battle over trade war tactics  —  House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is proposing to block the White House request over its farm bailout program, according to a draft of legislation reviewed …
Philippe Reines / Politico:
Why Only a Woman Can Win a Debate Against Trump  —  As Hillary Clinton's sparring partner in her 2016 general election debate prep, I was part of the team that helped get her ready for both the predictable and the unthinkable.  And despite what happened on Election Night, to most of America there was no question she won those debates.
Discussion: USA Today
Reuters:
Exclusive: Falwell blasted Liberty student as ‘retarded,’ police chief as ‘half-wit’ in emails  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In emails to his colleagues over the years, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr has denigrated students and staff at the Christian university he runs …
Discussion: Political Wire
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
ICE Is Building A ‘State-Of-The-Art’ ‘Urban Warfare’ Training Facility That Will Include ‘Hyper-Realistic’ Simulations Of Homes In Chicago And Arizona  —  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is looking to build a “state-of-the-art” “urban warfare” training facility that will include …
Discussion: Common Dreams
 
 
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The Charlotte Observer:
Full Video: Rep. Deb Butler leads Democrat protest of surprise veto override vote
Bloomberg:
U.S. Core Inflation Exceeds Forecasts as Medical-Care Costs Jump
Adam Kinzinger / Fox News:
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: White House may have given up on health plan it says it is writing
Dahlia Scheindlin / Washington Post:
Here's what the Israeli public thinks about Netanyahu's campaign promise to annex parts of the West Bank.
Daniel Gordis / Bloomberg:
The Netanyahu Show Is Finally Fizzling Out
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Education Department threatens to suspend employee who provided The Post with budget data
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Amanda Hess / New York Times:
How Fan Culture Is Swallowing Democracy
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
DCCC taps new executive director after summer staff upheaval
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, DCCC and Axios
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders
Garrett M. Graff:
The Only Plane in the Sky
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Girls who appeared to be 11 to 12 seen with Jeffrey Epstein getting off his plane in 2018 …
Adam Reiss / NBC News:
Source: Michael Cohen met with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues