American intelligence agencies extracted a top spy from inside Russia in 2017 because they were worried President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified information and could expose the asset as a spy. The extraction took place after President Trump discussed highly classified information with Russian officials in the oval office [CNN].

The CIA informant pulled out of Russia had sent Russian secrets to the U.S. for decades. They also confirmed the Russian interference in the 2016 election was personally ordered by Vladimir Putin [NYT].

Pay attention to this

A special election for a North Carolina congressional seat could be an early barometer for the 2020 midterms. Both Democrats and Republicans are spending heavily to win the Republican-leaning district [CNN].

President Trump held a rally for the Republican candidate on Monday night, claiming a Democratic victory would lead to a nation overrun with crime, poverty and immigrants [AP].


The Trump organization had a partnership with a local airport near his golf resort in Scotland. The resort is coming under scrutiny after it was revealed U.S. military personnel stayed at Trump's resort while their plane refueled at the private airport [NYT].

Air Force crews have stayed at President Trump's Scottish golf resort at least four times since 2018 [Politico].


Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reportedly threatened to fire top employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after the agency contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama [NYT].

NOAA's chief scientist says he will investigate why the agency sided with President Trump over their own scientists [WaPo].


Six in 10 Americans expect a recession to hit within the next year according to a new national survey. The same survey shows President Trump's approval rating falling to 38 percent, which is down from 44 percent in June [WaPo].

Trump's 2020 playbook

President Trump's re-election campaign is trying to expand the 2020 electoral map, targeting several blue states where a Republican hasn't won for decades [Time].


President Trump declared peace talks with the Taliban "dead" after he canceled secret meetings with the organization at Camp David [NYT].

North Korea

Just hours after proposing re-opening talks on denuclearization, North Korea launched two more unidentified projectiles. The weapons test was the 8th since July [NYT].

For your radar

For the first time, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color [WaPo].