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2:15 AM ET, August 8, 2017

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Bloomberg:
Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo  —  Engineer wrote memo blasting “politically correct monoculture”  —  CEO Pichai said Google employee violated Code of Conduct  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting …
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech  —  The author wrote, among other things, that females suffered from more “neuroticism”  —  In a memo to employees, CEO Sundar Pichai said the employee who penned a controversial memo that claimed that women …
Louise Matsakis / Motherboard:
Here Are the Citations for the Anti-Diversity Manifesto Circulating at Google  —  A complete version of a Google engineer's manifesto sheds new light on its controversial contents. … Saturday morning, we reported the existence of an anti-diversity memo written by a Google software engineer that was shared widely within the company.
Charlie Nash / Breitbart:
Google Fires Viewpoint Diversity Manifesto Author James Damore
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval …
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Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal  —  Exclusive: series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead … Staff at the US Department of Agriculture …
Noa Yadidi / CNN:
Trump, Blumenthal exchange jabs on Twitter  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called President Donald Trump out on Twitter for “bullying” after a Twitter attack from the President accused the senator of lying and being a “phony Vietnam con artist.”
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Chicken hawk piece of trash’: Vets unload on Trump for attacking Dem senator's military record  —  President Donald Trump on Monday once again attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for misrepresenting his military record.  —  “Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters …
Discussion: Mediaite
Addy Baird / ThinkProgress:
Blumenthal claps back at Trump
The Daily Beast:
Lara Trump ‘Running the Show’ at ‘Trump TV’ … President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law is “running the show” at his Trump TV project funded by his reelection campaign, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast.  —  When the Trump campaign unveiled a new Trump-friendly news product on social media last week …
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Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
5 tweets from the new Republican Party spokesperson that are very awkward now
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
TRUMP to head back to New York next week — BUZZ: KAYLEIGH MCENANY joining the RNC — PETER THIEL waffling on POTUS
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
The curious case of Nicole Mincey, the Trump fan who may actually be a Russian bot  —  President Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington at the start of a 17-day vacation in Bedminster, N.J. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Twitter suspends army of fake accounts after Trump thanks propaganda ‘bot’ for supporting him
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mashable
CNN:
Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump's overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can't trust most of what they hear from the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite, TheStreet, Axios and Politico
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Stephen Miller blasted a reporter as ‘cosmopolitan.’ But he lives in a $1 million CityCenter condo.  —  White House senior adviser Stephen Miller famously used the adjective “cosmopolitan” to insult CNN's Jim Acosta during an exchange in the White House briefing room last week …
Chris Crowley / grubstreet:
Trump Made Up His Story About the 21 Club Renovation, Former Owner and CEO Say  —  Last week, it was reported that President Donald Trump compared an Afghanistan policy review to the renovation of upper-crust restaurant the 21 Club.  In typical Trumpian fashion, it turns out that the morality tale …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Has Been Hedging His Bet On Donald Trump  —  Peter Thiel has said publicly that Trump's administration is “off to a terrific start.”  Privately, he's told friends that there is a 50% chance the current presidency “ends in disaster.”  —  Donald Trump's most prominent Silicon Valley supporter …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here Is The Alias Email Account Loretta Lynch Used As Attorney General  —  Like her predecessor, Eric Holder, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used an email alias to conduct government business, The Daily Caller has confirmed.  —  Several of Lynch's emails were included in 413 pages …
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Fox News:
Lynch used email alias ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ to write about Clinton tarmac meeting
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Is This an ‘Ominous’ Message for the Disabled Under Trump?
Discussion: Rewire and Daily Kos
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
‘May you die in pain’: Northern California GOP congressman gets an earful at town hall  —  “May you die in pain.”  —  That was the nastiest moment of Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa's early morning town hall in Chico on Monday.  —  The wish was uttered by an older man who criticized LaMalfa …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Political Wire
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!  —  Bill Burr's 2003 report recommended using numbers, obscure characters and capital letters and updating regularly—he regrets the error  —  The man who wrote the book on password management has a confession to make: He blew it.
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
Washington Times:
Bakers refused to make pro-Trump birthday cake for 9-year-old boy: Report  —  A boy whose letter to President Trump made national headlines last month reportedly wanted a pro-Trump cake for his birthday party, but his mother was unable to find a baker willing to fulfill the order.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street  —  Thanks to a little-noticed auction sale, a South Bay couple are the proud owners of one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco — and they're looking for ways to make their purchase pay.  —  Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched …
Alvin Chang / Vox:
We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends transcripts.  It's far weirder than state-run media.  —  How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump's posse.  —  It was 6 am, just a few weeks after Donald Trump had moved into the White House — and there was a light on in the East Wing.
Discussion: Raw Story and Shareblue
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines  —  The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.  —  The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense …
Poppy Harlow / CNN:
Here, heroin spares no one, not even the sheriff's wife  —  Video by Jeff Simon, Haley Draznin and Zach Wasser, CNN  —  (CNN)Robert Leahy was sitting on his couch, watching TV, when his wife, Gretchen, walked through the front door.  —  It was about 10 p.m. She'd left for the grocery store hours earlier.
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Manchin one of three Democratic senators not to sign tax-reform stance  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of three Senate Democrats who didn't sign a letter establishing the party line on tax reform, though he said Tuesday he agrees with all its components.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats  —  Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan sparks fears of primary election challenges.  —  House and Senate Democrats have wondered for months whether Bernie Sanders' supporters might choose to focus their energy on launching primary challenges to party moderates in 2018.
Bloomberg:
Warren Blocks Trump's Pick for Antitrust Chief  —  Makan Delrahim excluded from group of Senate confirmations  —  AT&T-Time Warner early talks said to advance without Delrahim  —  Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren put a “hold” on the confirmation of Makan Delrahim …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
De Blasio naps on his office couch after workouts: sources  —  Between workouts and naps, it's a wonder he has any time to try and raise taxes. … Mayor de Blasio's daily exercise routine at a Brooklyn gym often leaves him too tuckered out to stay awake at City Hall, where he catches …
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
‘Good Conservative’ Grassley Ramps Up His Panel's Trump-Russia Probe  —  Republican Grassley calls himself ‘equal opportunity overseer’  —  Some Republicans question Grassley's Judiciary Committee probe  —  Donald Trump may have annoyed the wrong man in Congress.
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Axios
 
 
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Ted Goodman / The Daily Caller:
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. Is Sending More Marines to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Intercept:
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Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump voters' patience wears thin in Arizona
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Copp / Military Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Miles Kohrman / The Trace:
Right-Wing Militias Are Now Actively Supporting Some State and Local Pro-Trump Politicians
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Source: Trump Is Upset With New Book About Bannon's Role On Campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Refuse to Accept the Lies - Before It Is Too Late
Kat Rosenfield / Vulture:
The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
Discussion: Mother Jones