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4:15 PM ET, August 15, 2018


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Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
I read six sycophantic pro-Trump books — and then I read Omarosa  —  Hagiographies of the president share seven core traits.  —  Some are born Trump sycophants.  Some achieve Trump sycophancy.  And some have Trump sycophancy thrust upon them — since he's a star, they let him do that.
Discussion: HuffPost, Mediaite, IJR and Mashable
Hatch on Trump tweet calling Omarosa a ‘dog’: 'I'm not comfortable with that'  —  Giuliani defends Trump's insults of Omarosa  —  Washington (CNN)Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the veteran Republican and Senate president pro tempore, said Wednesday he wasn't comfortable with President Donald Trump …
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Penn Jillette says Trump used ‘racially insensitive’ language on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Documents Reveal Successful Cyberattack in California Congressional Race  —  The FBI investigated hacking attempts targeting a Democrat who ran against “Putin's favorite congressman”  —  WASHINGTON — FBI agents in California and Washington, D.C., have investigated a series of cyberattacks …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Revokes Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan's Security Clearance  —  WASHINGTON — In a remarkable attack on a political opponent, President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan's “erratic” behavior.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Huckabee Sanders apologizes for false statement about black employment  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized late Tuesday for wrongly stating that President Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Barack Obama did.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director Brennan, a critic of the president  —  President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John O. Brennan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday, citing “the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior.”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Trump revokes John Brennan's security clearance  —  President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at today's press briefing.  —  The details: Sanders also stated that Trump is also considering revoking …
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN Poll: Democratic advantage grows in race for Congress  —  (CNN)Democrats now lead Republicans by 52% to 41% in a nationwide generic Congressional ballot according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released Tuesday.  The blue lead has increased slightly from eight percentage points …
Discussion: Political Wire
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The organizer of the Charlottesville rally just got humiliated by his own father  —  “Get out of my room,” Jason Kessler's father said to him during a live stream.  —  I reported from the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington on Sunday.  It was a dreary failure that attracted around 30 people …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and USA Today
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
White supremacist rally leader gets yelled at by his dad during livestream
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US  —  A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behaviour” has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official.  —  “We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort trial Day 12: Prosecution hammers Manafort's ‘lies,’ defense chides ‘selective’ evidence  —  Prosecutors urged jurors in the trial of Paul Manafort to focus on financial records and Manafort's “lies”— and to set aside personal feelings about a tainted star witness — as they offered their closing argument on Wednesday.
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:   Can Manafort's Team Make a Killer Closure?
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Three More GOP Seats Join the Toss Up Column  —  For Republicans, the 2018 House playing field is a lot like a game of Whack-a-Mole: everywhere they turn, new problems keep popping up in surprising places.  In January, we rated 20 GOP-held seats as Toss Ups or worse, including three leaning towards Democrats.
Discussion: Florida Politics
NBC News:
Tim Pawlenty goes down and six takeaways from Tuesday's primaries  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Last night's primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota …
Discussion: NPR, The Week and Washington Times
CBS Sacramento:
Trump Supporter Claims Social Distortion Lead Singer Mike Ness Beat Him Up Over Politics  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Trump supporter claims he was attacked by the lead singer of a punk rock band when he jeered the frontman's political statements.  —  Tim Hildebrand of Galt says the attack happened …
Tana Ganeva / Raw Story:
WATCH: Trump supporter beat up by Social Distortion singer at punk show after he protests anti-Trump rant
Discussion: Splinter
Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun-Times:30 minutes ago
Joe Biden 'under doctor's orders' to skip Illinois State Fair Democrat Day  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Former Vice President Joe Biden won't be campaigning at the Illinois State Fair due to an illness, state Democrats announced late Tuesday.  —  Biden had been scheduled to take part …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Joe Biden cancels Illinois event due to 'doctor's orders'
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism  —  She's unveiling a bill to make corporate governance great again.  —  Elizabeth Warren has a big idea that challenges how the Democratic Party thinks about solving the problem of inequality.  —  Instead of advocating for expensive …
Discussion: Townhall
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
New Estimates Show Overdose Deaths Surpassed 72,000, a New High, in 2017  —  Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.  —  Drug overdoses killed more than 72,300 Americans last year …
Discussion: New Republic and Hit & Run
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Treasury retweets Trump, possibly violating campaign law  —  The Treasury Department on Wednesday retweeted a post from President Trump  —  celebrating Republican wins in congressional elections this year, potentially violating federal campaign law.  —  The department's official Twitter account shared …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Jim Carrey's (Reluctant) Return to Hollywood: At Home With an Actor, Artist and Trump-Era Agitator  —  In his first extensive profile in years, the one-time $20 million-a-movie star and current political cartoonist opens up about his disappearance, his personal pain, his outrage and why he's returning …
Discussion: IJR, AOL, The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Did I Join a Movement That Naturally Attracts Extremists and Kooks? … This week's news about Omarosa secretly taping chief of staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump is yet another reminder of something about Trumpworld: Politics has always attracted eccentric opportunists, but people in this administration are especially weird.
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:25 minutes ago
Kobach Primary Victory Moves Race to Toss Up  —  A week after the polls closed, Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  While Kobach's lead over Colyer dwindled to less than 100 votes two days after the primary, Kobach pulled ahead once county officials started counting provisional ballots.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Democrats Discard Washington Platform in Bid for House Control  —  DALLAS — House Democrats, looking to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans in November, are discarding the lessons of successful midterms past and pressing only a bare-bones national agenda, leaving it to candidates …
Elaine Ou / Bloomberg:
Your Name Is All Over the Internet.  It Doesn't Need to Be.  —  As more activity is linked to our real names, the stakes seem excessively high.  There has to be a better way.  —  In the 1981 sci-fi novel “True Names,” Vernor Vinge describes a dystopian future in which hackers go to great lengths …
Annie Palmer / Daily Mail:NEW!
Sex robots could IMPROVE marriages by letting spouses put more focus on companionship and creating a family, expert claims  — Sex robots could also lead to improvements in monogamous marriages, as partners are less focused on sexual compatibility and more on raising children
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
200+ newspapers will write pro-journalism editorials.  Will they also listen?  —  On Thursday, more than 200 newspapers will publish editorials in a “coordinated response” to President Trump calling the press the “enemy of the people.”  Each publication will write its own editorial.
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Kevin Daley / The Daily Caller:
Colorado Is Going After Jack Phillips Of Masterpiece Cakeshop Again   Find
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Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Kobach Primary Victory Moves Race to Toss Up   Find
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Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun-Times:
Joe Biden 'under doctor's orders' to skip Illinois State Fair Democrat Day   Find
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Hollywood Reporter:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NFL, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and the Summer Movie as Protest Song
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Wire and Raw Story
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The treachery of Tom Perez
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ted Home / Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Real average hourly earnings down 0.2 percent over the 12 months ending July 2018
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Jerry Seinfeld Says Jokes Are Not Real Life
Discussion: Mediaite
Maya Salam / New York Times:
For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy.
National Journal:
In A News Vacuum, Politicians Construct Their Own Realities
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
White House spokesman: I've never seen an NDA in Trump White House
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Hungary's Leader Was Shunned by Obama, but Has a Friend in Trump
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
'The guy's not right': Morning Joe raises new questions about Trump's mental health
Don Behm / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Earnell Lucas defeats Richard Schmidt in Milwaukee County sheriff's race
Discussion: The Atlantic and JSOnline
Craig Unger / New Republic:
When a Young Trump Went to Russia
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
'You're on your own,' &c.  —  In the past several days …
Rochelle Olson / Star Tribune:
Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says cancer has returned to his lungs, ‘shaken my soul’