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Attorney general gave no reason for Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment, but the move comes as the bureau faces scrutiny after financier’s death

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6.18pm BST

The acting director of the federal Bureau of Prisons has been removed from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody, the AP reports:

William Barr announced Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment Monday. Hurwitz had served as the agency’s acting director since May 2018.

6.04pm BST

“Newt Gingrich and an eclectic band of NASA skeptics are trying sell President Donald Trump on a reality show-style plan to jump-start the return of humans to the moon — at a fraction of the space agency’s estimated price tag,” Politico reports:

The proposal, whose other proponents range from a three-star Air Force general to the former publicist for pop stars Michael Jackson and Prince, envisions creating a $2 billion sweepstakes pitting billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other space pioneers to see who can establish and run the first lunar base, according to a summary of the plan shared with POLITICO.

5.57pm BST

Trump launched his new baseless attack on the integrity of US elections on Monday just hours after the chair of the Federal Elections Commission took Trump and Republicans to task for recklessly spreading baseless claims of voter fraud:

The FEC chair clobbered Trump for claiming Dems cheated the 2016 election:”Academics have studied this.Lawyers have studied this.The government has studied this.Democrats have studied this.Republicans have studied this.No one can find any evidence of rampant voter fraud” pic.twitter.com/5MoiREBX8R

5.48pm BST

Representative Steve King, the Iowa Republican whose own party has turned on him for his bigoted and controversial speech, has demanded an apology from the media and Republican party leaders after he questioned whether, without the historical persistence of rape and incest, “would there be any population of the world left?”

After the media reported the quote, which as demonstrated by video is accurate, Republican leaders renewed their calls for King to find another line of work.

5.29pm BST

Trump appears to be picking up, in his latest attack on the integrity of US elections, on a psychologist’s speculation that big tech companies have the power to shape public perceptions of US politics and candidates, which is not the same as demonstrating that something actually, you know, happened.

5.13pm BST

Wow, Tweet Just Out! The president is claiming that a big tech company manipulated millions of votes in the last presidential election! That would seem to be extraordinarily reckless on the part of the president, in terms of the potential damage it could wreak to the public faith in free and fair elections, ie American democracy itself, if there were any chance that the story was maybe just another wild conspiracy theory advanced by Judicial Watch, the extreme-right propaganda outlet still devoted in August 2019 to a pretty much uninterrupted stream of Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories which the president retweets frequently especially when he seems especially upset.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

4.47pm BST

Here’s video of the Warren “I’m sorry” moment:

Elizabeth Warren opens Native American forum with apology after past claim of Native American heritage: “Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves I know that I have made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned” https://t.co/f1iCVkBBYm pic.twitter.com/gOPu5FBRzD

4.45pm BST

Warren speaks out forcefully for systemic federal reporting on violence against indigenous women.

“Over and over I’m struck by women who go missing and it doesn’t make a headline… Native women, and it never makes a headline,” Warren says.

4.43pm BST

Warren is earning applause at the Native American forum with a call for the United States to honor treaty obligations and to respect the sovereignty of tribal nations. Now she’s making a call for steps to prevent violence against indigenous women and children, and for better federal reporting on missing and murdered indigenous women.

4.39pm BST

Here’s a livestream of Warren at the Native American forum:

LIVE: 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren attends Native American forum in Sioux City, Iowa. https://t.co/OVySAohKun

4.39pm BST

Senator Elizabeth Warren is among the presidential candidates speaking today at a forum on Native American issues.

She has admitted “mistakes” and said: “I am sorry for harm I have caused.”

“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” Elizabeth Warren tells a Native American forum in Iowa. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened, and I have learned. A lot.”

4.34pm BST

Trump has just attacked (again) his own handpicked chairman of the federal reserve, and the Democrats, who he says are trying to tank the economy to prevent his reelection. Then he extends some free monetary policy advice. But also asserts that the economy is very strong.

…..The Fed Rate, over a fairly short period of time, should be reduced by at least 100 basis points, with perhaps some quantitative easing as well. If that happened, our Economy would be even better, and the World Economy would be greatly and quickly enhanced-good for everyone!

4.30pm BST

Larry Kudlow, director of the US national economic council, will hold a briefing call tomorrow to rebut reports of a recession on the horizon.

The White House, which is insisting reporters are overplaying a potential recession, has scheduled a briefing call for Kudlow with business leaders tomorrow on the topic of the president and the economy.

4.19pm BST

John Delaney has poured a staggering $24m of his own money into running for president. He has been campaigning for the White House for more than two years, and in that time has held more than 200 events in Iowa.

On one recent Thursday morning, these efforts translated into a grand total of 11 people coming out to see Delaney, at a campaign event in the small town of Algona, in the north of the state.

Related: John Delaney draws 11 people to 2020 event – does he truly think he can win?

4.06pm BST

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president, is using his “state-of-the-art digital infrastructure and grassroots army of volunteers” to help American workers from the campaign trail, Politico reports:

Sanders has tapped his email list to push his fans to join picket lines and labor rallies at Veterans Affairs hospitals, University of California campuses, Ralphs grocery stores, Reagan National Airport, a Kaiser Permanente campus, and McDonald’s restaurants in at least 12 places, including the first-in-the-nation caucus state Iowa and delegate-rich California. His efforts haven’t been limited to labor events: Sanders has also used his campaign apparatus to recruit volunteers to get out the vote for Queens District Attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán in New York and to boost turnout at a protest at a proposed migrant detention center in Oklahoma.

Sanders has tapped his email list to push his fans to join picket lines and labor rallies at:• VA hospitals• University of California campuses• Ralphs grocery stores• Reagan National Airport• A Kaiser Permanente campus• McDonald’s restaurants https://t.co/18jBgD3z5q

3.49pm BST

Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will host a press conference on travel restrictions to Palestine and Israel and potential policy responses, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to deny them entry, their offices have announced.

The event, scheduled to begin at 4pmET, is to include people directly impacted by the travel restrictions. We’ll bring you a live stream and blog coverage.

3.44pm BST

Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose claim to Native American ancestry has been the subject of political controversy, is among the 2020 presidential hopefuls participating today in a forum on Native American issues.

Marianne WIlliamson is the first candidate up. Applause when she says this: “If and when I’m president, we will begin by taking that picture of Andrew Jackson off the wall of the Oval Office.”

3.37pm BST

Citing a scheduling conflict, Senator Kamala Harris will not participate in a CNN “climate town hall” for presidential hopefuls next month, the network says.

Candidates to have RSVP’d “yes” include Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

The candidates, who will make back-to-back appearances, will take questions directly from a live studio audience in New York and a CNN moderator. The audience will be drawn from Democratic voters interested in the issue. The town hall will air live on CNN platforms around the world.

3.17pm BST

For future generations of political pros eager for the secret of how to transform a promising gubernatorial career into a presidential campaign job that basically amounted to a humiliating paid internship, except are we sure he was paid?, Chris Christie has announced that he is opening a politics institute named for himself, NJ.com reports:

The former governor, known for his often brash leadership style that propelled him to the national stage as a tell-it-like-it-is politician, is about to unveil The Christie Institute of Public Policy, a non-profit, nonpartisan institute in part with his alma mater, Seton Hall University School of Law.

2.55pm BST

Donald Trump said on Sunday he would keep vice president Mike Pence as his running mate next year.

“I’m very happy with Mike Pence,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey.

2.47pm BST

Donald Trump has walked back a previous prediction that the United States could institute universal background checks for gun buyers, as the country’s most recent major mass shootings recede in the public consciousness.

Here’s what Trump said on 7 August, after separate attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 and left dozens injured:

There is a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks. And I think we can bring up background checks like we’ve never had before. I think both Republican[s] and Democrat[s] are getting close to a bill on, to doing something with background checks.

I’m not saying anything. I’m saying Congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas. And they’ll come in from Democrats and Republicans. And I’ll look at it very strongly. But just remember, we already have a lot of background checks. OK? Thank you.

Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out. Here’s what we know about them. https://t.co/IaAW3EtQxV

2.03pm BST

Scaramucci and Trump have taken their cable TV – Twitter smackdown entirely to Twitter. Developing…

My wife @DeidreScaramuc2 response: “I don’t really like being tweeted at by @potus on a Monday morning but at least I had my coffee!” More to follow . . . @moochandthemrs https://t.co/XKEoAlc4s5

1.48pm BST

Donald Trump is in a dis-war with his former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.

As with most of Trump’s insult battles, which scientists estimate take up 87% of his daily attention, this one started with someone saying something bad about Trump on TV, at which Trump has gone on Twitter to say something bad about that person.

….got fired. Wrote a very nice book about me just recently. Now the book is a lie? Said his wife was driving him crazy, “something big” was happening with her. Getting divorced. He was a mental wreck. We didn’t want him around. Now Fake News puts him on like he was my buddy!

He was a disloyal incompetent idiot who I knew nothing about so I hired him to be in charge of all White House communications. https://t.co/TwExzglOSy

1.27pm BST

Good morning and welcome to our live blog politics coverage. An increasing number of economists see a recession looming in the US, according to a new report, while Donald Trump – whose erratic course on trade and monetary policy has shaken markets, analysts say – sees a conspiracy afoot.

Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021, the Associated Press reports:

That’s up from 25% in a survey taken in February. Only 2% of those polled expect a recession to begin this year, while 38% predict that it will occur in 2020. […] The economists have previously expressed concern that Trump’s tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually dampen the economy.

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on goods from many key US trading partners, from China and Europe to Mexico and Canada. Officials maintain that the tariffs, which are taxes on imports, will help the administration gain more favorable terms of trade. But US trading partners have simply retaliated with tariffs of their own.

Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby, he couldn’t have been nicer as he asked me to take a picture of him and me for his family. Yet he is always nasty and wrong!

He has insisted that his own handpicked Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H Powell, is intentionally acting against him. He has said other countries, including allies, are working to hurt American economic interests. And he has accused the news media of trying to create a recession.

“The Fake News Media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election,” Mr Trump tweeted last week. “The problem they have is that the economy is way too strong and we will soon be winning big on Trade, and everyone knows that, including China!”

Still, for now, most economic signs appear solid. Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace, the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low and consumers are optimistic. US retail sales figures out last Thursday showed that they jumped in July by the most in four months.

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