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8:05 AM ET, August 2, 2018


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New York Times:
Trump Pushes for Interview With Mueller Against Lawyers' Advice  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel's office about him sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Special counsel Mueller wants to ask Trump about obstruction of justice: Sources  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office wants to ask President Donald Trump about obstruction of justice, sources close to the White House tell ABC News.  According to sources, the president learned within …
Associated Press:
Trump urges end to probe ‘right now,’ setting off new storm  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bluntly declared on Wednesday his attorney general should terminate “right now” the federal probe into the campaign that took him to the White House, a newly fervent attack …
‘This idiot judge?’:  Salty Manafort trial chief cracks wise and cracks down  —  U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III has a ‘wicked sense of humor.’  —  As the second day of Paul Manafort's criminal trial wound on, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III sounded less like a federal jurist than an exasperated high school teacher.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and Roll Call
Washington Post:
Mueller offers to limit investigators' questions for Trump in special counsel's latest effort …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Mueller offers to reduce obstruction questions but still wants to interview Trump in person
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
PHOTOS: Manafort's Fancy Clothes, Including The Ostrich Jacket  —  If there was anything prosecutors at Paul Manafort's trial were trying to impress on the jury Wednesday, it's that he liked to spend money wired from his foreign bank accounts on fancy things — items that could not conceivably …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
A Hell of a Performance by Paul Manafort  —  Paul Manafort lumbered into the courtroom, his movements as stiff as you would expect of a man who now sleeps on a concrete bed.  Over the years, Manafort constantly explored novel methods for preserving his youth, for tending to the details of his appearance.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The deep cynicism of Bernie Sanders's chief strategist  —  Tad Devine, during his run as chief strategist for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, railed against the corrupting influence of money in politics.  —  He repeatedly echoed the Sanders message that “our economy is rigged,” …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Guardian and Axios
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   The Judge In Paul Manafort's Case Is Pissed At Prosecutors For Focusing Too Much On His “Luxury” Lifestyle
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Former Ohio State wrestling coach urged Rep. Jim Jordan's accusers to recant, texts show  —  Former coach Russ Hellickson told wrestlers he could help them release a statement in support of Jordan, according to texts shared with NBC News.  —  Retired Ohio State wrestling coach Russ Hellickson reached …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump mulls a pre-election shutdown with Rush, and a pre-election anti-Pelosi ad  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SIREN ... REPUBLICANS are becoming increasingly concerned that they will lose the special election in Ohio's 12th congressional district, which would be a horrible sign for their election prospects this fall.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:   Mueller's Digging Exposes Culture of Foreign Lobbying and Its Big Paydays
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Gap Narrows in CD12 Special  —  Motivated base and gains among independents boost Dem  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The race to fill the open seat in Ohio's 12th Congressional District has shifted from a Republican advantage last month to a toss-up now, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘The Most Accurate Bellwether:’ GOP fears mount over Ohio special election  —  WASHINGTON  —  It's time for Republicans to start worrying again.  —  A special election next week in Ohio's 12th Congressional District is the last big electoral test before November's election …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Kirsten Gillibrand Pays The Price For Speaking Out Against Al Franken  —  A number of Democratic donors are furious at her for calling for Franken's resignation and may not support her in 2020.  —  No one in Congress is more associated with the Me Too movement than Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:   Kirsten Gillibrand Helped End Al Franken's Career. That Could End Hers — Or Make Her President.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Says You Need an ID to Buy Groceries.  Shoppers Say, ‘Huh?’  —  WASHINGTON — Just when it seemed like Tuesday's “Make America Great Again” rally in Florida would end with the typical punch list — Democrats, journalists, immigrants — President Trump added new spice …
Discussion: Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he is looking forward to meeting again ‘soon’ with Kim Jong Un  —  President Trump said early Thursday that he is looking forward to meeting again soon with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite satellite imagery that suggests the North is constructing new missiles.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Pence Says Return of Soldiers' Remains Shows U.S. Progress on North Korea
Discussion: CNN, 105.9 FM and AM 630 and The Week
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate approves release of documents regarding alleged Russian agent  —  The Senate on Wednesday approved the release of internal Intelligence Committee documents to the Justice Department regarding alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina.  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee interviewed Butina …
Discussion: Axios
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon, the Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists, Now Believe JFK Jr. Faked His Death to Become Their Leader … Believers in the bizarre pro-Trump conspiracy theory called QAnon were out in force at the president's rally in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, waving signs and cut-outs of the letter “Q” in front of the television cameras.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch, Axios and CANNONFIRE
Rush Limbaugh / Rush Home:
President Trump Calls the Show!  —  RUSH: So I have this note on the call screener computer: “On the hotline...” We don't have a hotline.  “On the hotline, you're receiving a phone call in recognition of your anniversary broadcast.  You'll want to take this immediately.”  Okay.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Taken to Supreme Court in Potential Blockbuster Case  —  In an application to the high court, TVEyes says it is presenting an “exceptionally important question” about how to balance copyright with the First Amendment right to criticize and comment.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court may soon …
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Rejects Additional Funding for Election Security Despite Intel Warnings … The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid by Democrats to appropriate an additional $250 million in grants to individual states to bolster the security of their voting systems.  —  The rejection of new funding comes less …
Discussion: HuffPost and Gizmodo
Associated Press:   The Latest: Senate Rejects New Money for Election Security
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Sanders claim about Osama bin Laden's phone use and journalists is untrue  —  See what Osama bin Laden had on his computer  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday falsely blamed journalists for thwarting US spying on Osama bin Laden just years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bill Scher / Politico:
Why the Smart Move for Never-Trumpers Is to Become Democrats  —  There's a new debate inside the #NeverTrump movement about how to respond to a president they loathe and the Republican Party that loves him.  Some #NeverTrump conservatives, like New York Times columnist David Brooks …
Discussion: RedState and American Greatness
Trump's stealth attack on Obama's legacy  —  While many of us have been distracted by Rudy Giuliani's latest legal theories — and President Trump's latest tweets — the Trump administration is making two big moves that will get him closer to his goal of erasing President Obama's biggest policies.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Capuano Maintains 13-Point Lead Over Pressley  —  Ayanna Pressley has yet to make inroads into Rep. Michael Capuano's lead in the race for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District.  —  That's the finding of a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs) of registered voters likely to vote in the Democratic primary there.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Why Congress Rolls Over for Trump  —  The powerful institutionalists who used to rule the House and Senate have been replaced by inexperienced partisans.  And it shows.  —  Hardly once during the 18 months of the most unconventional presidency in American history have Republican leaders …
Associated Press:
Donor helping fraudsters, offshore bettors backs Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One customer was a debt collector that threatened to jail people if they didn't pay back loans that they never took out.  Another was an offshore gambling operation that hid bets behind innocuous-sounding websites, including one dedicated to orange cats.
Hollywood Reporter:
Margot Robbie Joins Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron in Fox News Movie (Exclusive)  —  Theron will take on the role of former Fox News host Megyn Kelly and Kidman will portray Gretchen Carlson.  —  Annapurna has tapped another A-list actress for its untitled movie about the women of Fox News.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
A Record Number of Democratic Challengers Are Outraising GOP Opponents  —  For the November 2018 vote, the party's candidates are hoping to ride a green wave of cash.  —  Democrats are hoping a blue wave of support will carry them to victory in this fall's elections.
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
Massachusetts woman enraged by Trump bumper sticker intentionally rammed into car, police say  —  A Massachusetts woman was reportedly taken into custody on Monday after she allegedly drove into a car sporting a Trump bumper sticker.  —  The arrest of Chloe Wright, 25 …
Ciaran McGrath / Daily Express:
Great Wall of China: Fury as section COLLAPSES after heavy rainfall  —  A SECTION of the Great Wall of China has collapsed after recent heavy rains - with critics suggesting that recent renovation works which they believe had weakened its structure are partly to blame.
Discussion: ecns and The Daily Caller
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A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
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Associated Press:
Pastor praises Trump as ‘pro-black’ at prison reform event
Discussion: ABC News
Angela Giuffrida / The Guardian:
‘Fake news’ journalist rejected as Italian state broadcaster's president
Discussion: Politico
USA Today:
Would Brett Kavanaugh be a check on Trump if he tried to abuse his power? We need to know.
Discussion: HuffPost
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Only on AP: Army using drug waivers, bonuses to fill ranks
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
White House, GOP Erase Trump Nominee's Role At LGBTQ Rights Group
Lauren Meier / Axios:
U.S. sanctions Turkish officials over detainment of American pastor
Discussion: One America News Network and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
Pure Ignorance: Nets Push Fake News About 3D Printed Guns
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Local Resistance Builds to Google's ‘Smart City’ in Toronto
Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
News Outlets Are Prewriting Stories About Officials Getting Fired to Keep Up with the Trump Era
Discussion: Breitbart
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Attorney group: Child died ‘soon after’ release from ICE family detention facility
New York Times:
Facing Losses, Condé Nast Plans to Put 3 Magazines Up for Sale