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11:45 AM ET, August 1, 2018


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Erica Orden / CNN:
Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors  —  Trump assails Mueller ‘conflicts’ though evidence scant  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists …
New York Times:
Mueller Passes 3 Cases Focused on Illicit Foreign Lobbying to Prosecutors in New York  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has referred three investigations into possible illicit foreign lobbying by Washington insiders to federal prosecutors in New York who are already handling …
Manu Raju / CNN:
In private, Kavanaugh hints at views on Mueller
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump's ‘MAGA’ tour  —  On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics.  —  “Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump's Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Putnam supporters mull jumping ship as Trump rallies for DeSantis  —  TALLAHASSEE — Adam Putnam has tried to ride Donald Trump's coattails to the governor's office, but on Tuesday the president came to his backyard and dealt a potential death blow to the agriculture commissioner's campaign.
Discussion: The Capitolist
Associated Press:
Promoting voter ID, Trump says ID needed to buy groceries  —  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The AP's War on Donald Trump, Voter ID Edition  —  Tonight President Trump addressed a raucous rally in Florida.  His speech featured a call for voter ID, a popular issue with most Americans but one the Democratic Party press opposes, since pretty much all voter fraud favors the Democrats.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Trump says Americans need ID to buy groceries while making case for voter ID
Discussion: Shakesville and New Republic
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Told American CEO: Send Cash to Moscow … Maria Butina, the accused Russian operative, didn't just allegedly cultivate the NRA on behalf of the Kremlin.  The 29-year-old Russian national also braced one of America's best-known businessmen …
BuzzFeed News:
Russian “Agent” And A GOP Operator Left A Trail Of Cash, Documents Reveal  —  A $45,000 payment to an undisclosed law firm.  A cash withdrawal for $14,000.  Almost $90,000 sent to or from a Russian bank.  These and other bank transactions totaling nearly $300,000, none of which have been made public …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones, Pursued Over Infowars Falsehoods, Faces a Legal Crossroads  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — In the five years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., death threats and online harassment have forced his parents, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, to relocate seven times.
Kansas City Star:
Kobach promised cities help.  It cost them millions — and powered his political rise  —  Kris Kobach likes to tout his work for Valley Park, Mo. He has boasted on cable TV about crafting and defending the town's hardline anti-immigration ordinance.  He discussed his “victory” there at length on his old radio show.
Discussion: New Republic and Eschaton
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Calls on Sessions to ‘Stop the Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel investigation, an extraordinary appeal to the nation's top law enforcement official to end an inquiry directly in to the president.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Manafort on trial: A scorched-earth prosecutor and not a mention of Trump
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: Koch network warns of ‘McCarthyism 2.0’ in conservative efforts to harass professors
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is leading a ‘hate movement’ against the media  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  When the owner of a Virginia restaurant asked the White House press secretary to leave out of dismay over the administration's policies, the civility refs threw a blizzard of flags onto the field.
Discussion: Mediaite, IJR and Shareblue Media
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump uses Twitter to promote video of supporters chanting ‘CNN sucks’
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and RedState
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.  —  The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where President Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection …
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
NBC News:
North Korea is still producing ballistic missiles after summit  —  Satellite photos and U.S. intelligence show North Korea continues to work on its missile program, even after Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting in Singapore.  —  WASHINGTON — Arms control experts confirm to NBC News …
Republicans abuzz over Schmidt's divorce from GOP  —  The onetime McCain strategist won't comment on his talks with potential 2020 Democrat Howard Schultz.  —  Steve Schmidt's public break from the GOP and quiet departure from his corporate PR gig earlier this summer are fueling speculation …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal  —  Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept can reveal.
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Mich. Supreme Court: Redistricting plan goes on Nov. ballot  —  Lansing — A proposal to create an independent redistricting commission will appear on the November ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday in a closely watched case.  —  The 4-3 decision is rife with political implications …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Splinter
Rick Newman / Yahoo! Finance:
Some Republicans approve of Russia's help in elections  —  American intelligence officials say Russia is still trying to interfere with U.S. elections, as the November midterms approach.  And Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has said he prefers Donald Trump in the White House.
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Poll: Biden leads Trump in early 2020 match-up
Kaitlin Benz / CNET:
3D-printed guns: Nationwide restraining order granted after 8 states sue … Eight US states have just sued to stop the distribution of plans for 3D-printed weapons.  But it may already be too late.  —  A multistate lawsuit, filed Monday afternoon, seeks to block a federal government settlement …
Discussion: Vox, Ars Technica and NBC News
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days  —  Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
This Is So Much Bigger Than Paul Manafort  —  On the eve of the Paul Manafort trial, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin casually announced that the Trump administration was considering a fresh $100 billion tax cut for the wealthy.  The two events—the trial and the tax cut—should be considered plot points in the very same narrative.
Mark R. Warner / USA Today:
It's past time to learn from failures, adapt our laws to the internet age: Mark Warner  —  National conversation about privacy, data and social media is long overdue.  I've released 20 proposals on how to balance technology regulation and innovation.  —  CONNECT
Hollywood Reporter:
The Stakes Are High for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ — And That's the Point  —  The new film's creators turned down a “gigantic payday” at Netflix to ensure the first Asian-American-focused studio movie in 25 years would be seen in theaters and, if all goes well, reshape the Hollywood landscape …
Annie Karni / Politico:
‘Everyone talked with Woodward’: Trump White House braces for new book  —  Unlike previous administrations, this White House had no process for making officials available to the legendary reporter.  —  Bob Woodward, the legendary Washington Post journalist, was sitting on the couch …
Ben Geman / Axios:
A closer look at the Trump-EU natural gas plan  —  A new post at UPenn's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy breaks down the deal between the White House and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that's aimed at bolstering U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to Europe.
Discussion: Breitbart
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change  —  Photographs and Videos by George Steinmetz  —  Editor's Note  —  This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Gothamist
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic takeover could bring first black speaker  —  The next speaker of the House could be a black Democrat.  And Congress would never be the same.  —  In 230 years, there's never been a black speaker, or any black lawmaker seriously in the running for the post.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sanders, Warren question whether Dem primary is big enough for both of them  —  debated whether to enter the 2016 presidential race, one of the first people he consulted was Sen. Elizabeth Warren  —  (D-Mass.).  —  One of us has to run, Sanders (I-Vt.) told his Senate colleague at the time …
City has to pay $65K to white cop who says he was taunted for saying he was part black  —  (CNN)A white police officer in Michigan who says he was taunted by fellow officers when he told them that he was part black will receive a $65,000 settlement, his attorney said.
Discussion: The Root
Associated Press:
US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.
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Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
“Fatigue is starting to set in,” Allen said.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Guardian:
Tommy Robinson freed on bail as court orders retrial
Discussion: Politico
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump declares ‘polls are fake’ right before touting his poll numbers
FlintWaterCrisis Round-Up: The conservatives are already rewriting history and erasing the plight of Flint residents
Nielsen Newswire:
Time Flies: U.S. Adults Now Spend Nearly Half a Day Interacting with Media
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Women Will Be Punished  —  Roe v. Wade is in trouble.
Discussion: Rewire.News
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
Why We're Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets
Alex Vasquez / Yahoo:
San Juan: The Venezuelan city where nothing works anymore
Joe Concha / The Hill:
BBC, Fox News, PBS ranked as TV's most trusted news brands
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY, TVNewser and MediaPost
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally and Kelli Ward clashed at The Arizona Republic. Here's what we learned.
Zoé Samudzi / Broadly:
What ‘Interracial’ Cuckold Porn Reveals About White Male Insecurity