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Good Monday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
 The First Draft Team

When Foreign Companies Are Making, Not Killing, U.S. Jobs

Tractors at Southeast Mahindra, an assembly plant and distribution center for the Indian manufacturer Mahindra, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Tractors at Southeast Mahindra, an assembly plant and distribution center for the Indian manufacturer Mahindra, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Melissa Golden for The New York Times

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At the airport here, there is a reminder to travelers of the jobs that global trade can bring. A shiny 2017 Volkswagen Passat is stationed near the entryway and labeled: “Designed in Germany. Built in Chattanooga.”
The American map is dotted with towns drained of jobs after homegrown factories bolted to lower-wage countries. But for many spots throughout the country, the same strategy of moving operations overseas — when practiced by foreign companies — has buoyed local fortunes.
In Chattanooga and the surrounding region, for example, more than two dozen companies from 20 countries have set up shop, generating billions of dollars in investment, employing thousands of workers and helping drive Tennessee’s jobless rate to 3.6 percent in June, a record low for the state.
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Michael Anton, right, the head of communications for the National Security Council, has written extensively on what President Trump offers conservatives.

They’re Building a Trump-Centric Movement. But Don’t Call It Trumpism.


A group of renegade thinkers is attempting what many fellow conservatives have said is impossible: making the intellectual case for the ultimate anti-intellectual.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at the annual ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila on Sunday.

Tillerson Hails Sanctions as Chinese Minister Rebukes North Korea


Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson called the sanctions “a good outcome,” but the Chinese foreign minister told the North not to “provoke the international society’s good will.”

Mark White in 1982. As governor of Texas, he championed an overhaul of public education, including the “no pass, no play” rule for high school athletes.

Mark White, Texas Governor Who Championed Public Education, Dies at 77


As governor from 1983 to 1987, Mr. White limited class sizes, increased teachers’ pay and required high school athletes to pass their classes.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, center, at a news conference last month. “We don’t prosecute journalists for doing their jobs,” Mr. Rosenstein said Sunday. “That’s not our goal here.”

Reporters Not Being Pursued in Leak Inquiries, Justice Dept. Says


Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, clarified the department’s position two days after he declined to answer the question at a news conference.

Vice President Mike Pence called a report that he was preparing to run for president if President Trump didn’t “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team.”

Mike Pence Rejects Report That He Is Positioning for 2020 Run


The vice president has formed a fund-raising organization, and advisers have intimated that he would run if President Trump doesn’t seek re-election.

An image from Occupy Democrats, a left-wing Facebook page.

Political Donors Put Their Money Where the Memes Are


Funding is flowing into social media, where partisan organizations are specializing in creating viral messages to reach voters.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
• Ian Tuttle in National Review:
“It’s a truly imaginative conspiracy that ropes together al-Qaeda and Jewish bankers, but the dedication of these commentators to accuracy — or even plausibility — has always been minimal.”
After the dismissal of three allies of Michael Flynn from the National Security Council, the alt-right has stepped up its attacks on H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser. Breitbart, for instance, has published nine articles this week critical of General McMaster and what it reports is his hostility to Israel and to the president himself. In his piece for National Review, Mr. Tuttle defends General McMaster and reminds his readers that the general is “not the enemy.” Read more »
From the Left
• Peter Beinart in The Atlantic:
“A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.”
Mr. Beinart includes himself in the group of liberals who find it tempting to believe that Republicans have moved to the right on immigration while the left has stayed put. But, according to him, “If the right has grown more nationalistic, the left has grown less so.” While once they were divided on the issue, liberals all seem to agree that there are no downsides to immigration, and passionately advocate a less restrictive policy. Mr. Beinart gives an accounting of how he believes that came to be. Read more »
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