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2:15 AM ET, August 8, 2017


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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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)
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Twitter suspends army of fake accounts after Trump thanks propaganda ‘bot’ for supporting him
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mashable
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 $1 million CityCenter condo.  —  White House senior adviser Stephen Miller famously used the adjective “cosmopolitan” to insult CNN's Jim Acosta during an exchange in the White House briefing room last week …
Chris Crowley / grubstreet:
Trump Made Up His Story About the 21 Club Renovation, Former Owner and CEO Say  —  Last week, it was reported that President Donald Trump compared an Afghanistan policy review to the renovation of upper-crust restaurant the 21 Club.  In typical Trumpian fashion, it turns out that the morality tale …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Has Been Hedging His Bet On Donald Trump  —  Peter Thiel has said publicly that Trump's administration is “off to a terrific start.”  Privately, he's told friends that there is a 50% chance the current presidency “ends in disaster.”  —  Donald Trump's most prominent Silicon Valley supporter …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here Is The Alias Email Account Loretta Lynch Used As Attorney General  —  Like her predecessor, Eric Holder, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used an email alias to conduct government business, The Daily Caller has confirmed.  —  Several of Lynch's emails were included in 413 pages …
Fox News:
Lynch used email alias ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ to write about Clinton tarmac meeting
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Is This an ‘Ominous’ Message for the Disabled Under Trump?
Discussion: Rewire and Daily Kos
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
‘May you die in pain’: Northern California GOP congressman gets an earful at town hall  —  “May you die in pain.”  —  That was the nastiest moment of Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa's early morning town hall in Chico on Monday.  —  The wish was uttered by an older man who criticized LaMalfa …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Political Wire
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$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.
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:
EXCLUSIVE: Poll Shows Nevada's Dean Heller Vulnerable In GOP Primary
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. Is Sending More Marines to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement by Attorney General Sessions on the City of Chicago's Lawsuit Against the U.S. Department of Justice
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump voters' patience wears thin in Arizona
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Copp / Military Times:
New policy: Military bases can shoot down trespassing drones
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo, The Daily Caller and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Alabama Senate GOP primary poll: Moore leads with 30 percent support
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 /
Refuse to Accept the Lies - Before It Is Too Late
Kat Rosenfield / Vulture:
The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
Discussion: Mother Jones