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Trump Is Thinking of Buying a Giant Socialist Island

Trump Is Thinking of Buying a Giant Socialist IslandPresident Donald Trump is interested in buying Greenland, The Wall Street Journal reports. “In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland,” the paper says. And while one source speculates to the Journal that the president might be making a kind of joke—“since Mr. Trump hadn’t floated the idea at a campaign rally yet, he probably isn’t seriously considering it”—the paper also reports that Trump has asked White House lawyers to investigate.This plan faces, shall we say, an immediate logistical hurdle: Greenland is not for sale. Denmark, which forcibly colonized Greenland’s residents in the 18th century, now governs the island as a semi-autonomous territory and isn’t too keen to part with its large Arctic asset. In addition to any sentimental attachment that Danes have for Greenland, the island—the world’s largest—makes otherwise dinky…

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Money Is Pouring Into Race for Susan Collins’ Senate Seat

Money Is Pouring Into Race for Susan Collins’ Senate SeatPORTLAND, Maine—Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises. Money is pouring into Maine’s high-profile Senate race, threatening to upend the state’s reputation for genteel politics and giving way to a new era of partisanship. Observers predict the race will set a spending record in the state, with tens of millions of dollars going into the state, even though Collins has yet to officially announce that she’s seeking reelection. Related Articles Funding Platform to Unseat Susan Collins in 2020 Crashes From Traffic Surge by Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams Advertising data shows Democrats plan to spend at least $1.2 million on ads through December, including a spot that aired for the first time this month that accuses…

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Stacey’s Nom?

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Stacey’s Nom?Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list.What We’re Following TodayIt’s Friday, August 16. ‣ Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said she will no longer go to Israel, after the country first banned her from entering and then reversed course.Here’s what else we’re watching:(Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)Tired of Winning: Last night at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, President Donald Trump was able to channel the days when his presidency was nothing more than an aspiration, Elaina Plott writes. “For Trump, to hold court under the bright lights of a jam-packed stadium somewhere, anywhere, is to shut out the inconveniences that come with the reality of running a country.”A Giant Socialist Island: Two hurdles stand in the way of Trump purchasing Greenland, which he reportedly…

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Warren Apologizes to Native Americans for Heritage Claim

Warren Apologizes to Native Americans for Heritage ClaimDemocratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability. “Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” the Massachusetts senator said at a forum on Native American issues in the pivotal early-voting state of Iowa. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused.” Monday’s remarks were an effort to move past the fallout from her past claims of tribal ancestry, which culminated in a widely criticized release of a DNA analysis last year. The issue nearly derailed her campaign in the early days as President Donald Trump began derisively referring to her as “Pocahontas.” Now that Warren is gaining in most polls, she’s trying to prove to voters that the controversy won’t doom…

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State attorneys general to reportedly launch antitrust probe into Big Tech

State attorneys general to reportedly launch antitrust probe into Big TechProbes from federal and state officials could be impactful for consumers By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs August 20, 2019 The big squeeze on Big Tech continues. A contingent of state attorneys general is perched to launch a joint antitrust investigation into Big Tech. In the wake of Congress showdown with the industry, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the AGs offensive could launch as soon as September. Despite the lack of a formal announcement from the National Association of Attorneys General, the WSJ noted that the groups bipartisan make-up gives the probe added moxie. That additional vigor could help shelter Republican officials from being quizzed about whether their actions are driven by political fears over how online platforms handle conservative speech. The attorneys general involved have concerns over the control of personal data by large tech companies and will…

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The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat SheetIf a candidate leaves a primary and no one was ever supporting him, did he really leave it? And for that matter, was he even ever really a candidate?These are a few of the philosophical questions raised by John Hickenlooper’s exit from the Democratic race, perhaps best pondered with some of the finest cannabis in the Rocky Mountain State, which legalized weed during his governorship; or if that’s not your thing, maybe a pint from Wynkoop, the Denver brewery Hickenlooper co-founded.But enough philosophical navel-gazing and on to practical concerns: As Hickenlooper announces his decision to leave the race on Thursday, he faces the concrete question of and whether to jump into the U.S. Senate race in Colorado against Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.Hickenlooper’s departure is unlikely to leave too many voters without a champion in the race. In the latest Hill/HarrisX poll, he drew…

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