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6:30 PM ET, August 18, 2018


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New York Times:
White House Counsel Has Cooperated Extensively With Mueller's Obstruction Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry …
The NYT's Latest McGahnObstructAPalooza: Sometimes “Cooperation” Is Just Cover Your Ass  —  By far the most telling passage in this 2,225+ word story laying out Don McGahn's “cooperation” with the Mueller inquiry is this passage: … Over two thousand words and over a dozen sources …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emily Stewart / Vox:
White House counsel Don McGahn is worried Trump's setting him up on obstruction — so he's talking a lot to Mueller  —  According to the New York Times, McGahn is cooperating “extensively” with special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction of justice inquiry.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Inside the security clearance revolt  —  Several wanted to fiddle with the punctuation, some wanted to add nice things about John Brennan; others thought it would be wiser to pare them back.  —  But in 12 hours, a couple of former CIA senior aides pulled off a first in American history.
Discussion: Vox, CBS Chicago, KTLA, Hullabaloo, CNN and Breitbart
Kori Schake / War on the Rocks:
McRaven's Rousing Protest: Are Civil-Military and Democratic Norms in Tension?  —  President Donald Trump withdrawing the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan has set off a cascade of former professionals from the military and intelligence community condemning the president's public …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:NEW!
Trump caught weaponizing security clearances to kill bad news stories  —  Trump doesn't control the media from the inside — so he's taking a page from the modern authoritarian's playbook and trying to control it from the outside, instead.  —  After revoking the security clearance …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Slippery Slope of Complicity  —  When was the last time centrist talking heads declared, “Donald Trump just became president” (because he bombed someone, or something like that)?  I think it's been more than a year.  At this point, you have to be a truly fanatical practitioner of bothsidesism …
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS Los Angeles:
ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital To Deliver Baby  —  SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — A newborn is without his father Friday after immigration agents detained the man as he was taking his wife to deliver the baby.  —  “I feel very bad right now,” Maria del Carmen Venegas told CBS2 News …
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Trump Blasts Social Media ‘Censorship’: ‘Discriminating Against Republican/Conservative Voices’  —  “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won't let that happen,” POTUS says in Saturday tweet-storm  —  President Trump on Saturday issued a tweet-storm following the removal …
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA and Shareblue Media
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Bill Maher criticizes social media bans: ‘Alex Jones gets to speak’
Discussion: The Stream
The Daily Beast:
Alleged Russian Agent Marina Butina Moved to Virginia Jail, Unclear Why … Maria Butina, the Russian national accused of acting as a Kremlin agent in the United States, was abruptly moved from a jail in Washington to a lockup in Alexandria, Virginia, according to her lawyer.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Netflix's ‘Classless’ Cancellation of Michelle Wolf's ‘The Break’ … Well, that was fast.  On Friday, Netflix quietly pulled the plug on The Break with Michelle Wolf, one of the only “late-night” shows on “television” hosted by a female comedian, just three months after it premiered.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Kofi Annan, Diplomat Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80  —  Kofi Annan, a soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana, who became the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world's conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles …
Stanley Meisler / Washington Post:
Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary general, dies at 80
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and The Week
Joshua Posaner / Politico:
Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies aged 80
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Georgia lawmaker says he would have no problem if Trump used n-word in the past  —  (CNN)A Georgia state lawmaker said he would not have an issue if President Donald Trump used the n-word in the past and argued that holding a president accountable for mistakes made before entering office would “set a bad precedent.”
Cicero Estrella / Mercury News:
Omarosa: Donald Trump might deport Melania if she crosses him30 minutes ago
Discussion: IJR and AOL
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
National debt jumps $500 billion in less than six months  —  The U.S. national debt has increased by more than half a trillion dollars in less than six months, amid predictions that the U.S. is on the verge of returning to another explosion in government borrowing.
Rod Nordland / New York Times:20 minutes ago
Who Is Winning the War in Afghanistan?  Depends on Which One  —  Rod Nordland has been reporting on Afghanistan's travails since well before the American-led invasion that booted the Taliban from power in 2001.  For the past eight years, he has been a correspondent and then Kabul bureau chief …
Souad Mekhennet / Washington Post:
Austria's far-right government ordered a raid on its own intelligence service.  Now allies are freezing the country out.  —  VIENNA — The raids came without warning, surprising even the intelligence operatives whose job is to never be caught off guard.  —  On the morning of Feb. 28 …
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Truth-Testing Trump's 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry  —  We assessed President Trump's claims about Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing federal investigation of his campaign.  —  The federal investigation into whether Russia actively sought to help Donald J. Trump win …
Discussion: The White House
Patsy McGarry / The Irish Times:
Cardinal in Pennsylvania withdraws from World Meeting of Families in Dublin  —  Cardinal Donald Wuerl was to give a keynote address on families at RDS on Wednesday  —  A Cardinal who was heavily criticised for his handling of child sexual abuse allegations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report …
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Who Is Winning the War in Afghanistan? Depends on Which One   Find
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Cicero Estrella / Mercury News:
Omarosa: Donald Trump might deport Melania if she crosses him   Find
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Bill Maher criticizes social media bans: ‘Alex Jones gets to speak’   Find
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Should you be eating diatomaceous earth, the fossilised remains of tiny marine animals?
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Zinke said he would never sell public land. But the Interior is considering it.
New York Times:
Tax Cuts Are a Hit With One Pivotal G.O.P. Group: Rich Donors
Discussion: Florida Politics
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Charter Spectrum plans to report local TV news, 24 hours a day, in Los Angeles
Wall Street Journal:
China's Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Plan for Coal Emissions: Let Coal States Regulate Them
Discussion: Common Dreams and Bloomberg
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
Rahm Emanuel under increasing fire for linking Chicago violence and morals in minority neighborhoods
Discussion: IJR and Chicago Tribune
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Top Republican opens up about Russia probe
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Trump backed ‘space force’ after months of lobbying by officials with ties to aerospace industry
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats know they need to talk about how Kavanaugh would rule, and yet they fall into the trap of Senate process
Satanic Temple Rally at State Capitol Targets Arkansas Lawmaker
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Far-right Sweden Democrats hope to topple century of socialism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Bars Statements Made by Guantánamo Detainees During F.B.I. Interrogations
Quinta Jurecic / Lawfare:
Document: George Papadopoulos Sentencing Memo