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10:00 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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Mueller referred foreign lobbying case to New York prosecutors
Discussion: Vox, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Manu Raju / CNN:
In private, Kavanaugh hints at views on Mueller
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week, Raw Story and Vox
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
Trump says Americans need ID to buy groceries while making case for voter ID
Discussion: New Republic
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump uses Twitter to promote video of supporters chanting ‘CNN sucks’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The AP's War on Donald Trump, Voter ID Edition
Discussion: Splinter
Tampa Bay Times:   Trump campaigns for Ron DeSantis (and himself) in Tampa
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: Splinter
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: Political Wire and Splinter
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The Justice Department Finds ‘No Responsive Records’ to Support a Trump Speech  —  President Donald Trump delivering an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 (Source: Wikimedia/Office of the Speaker)  —  “According to data provided by the Department of Justice …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend  —  CHICAGO — A former girlfriend of Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer has filed an official complaint accusing the first-term Republican of creating a fake Instagram account and populating it with nude photos of her to lure men into “graphic” discussions.
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
Nielsen Newswire:
Time Flies: U.S. Adults Now Spend Nearly Half a Day Interacting with Media  —  The world has never been more connected, and U.S. audiences have never had as many options to access content as they do these days.  In short, consumers in the U.S. seem like they can't get enough content …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
Why We're Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets  —  When historians try to appraise Russia's interference in the 2016 election, which historical artifacts will they use?  Then-candidate Donald Trump's speech imploring Russia to find Hillary Clinton's emails, perhaps.
Discussion: GitHub and The Federalist
Joe Concha / The Hill:
BBC, Fox News, PBS ranked as TV's most trusted news brands  —  The BBC, Fox News and PBS are the most-trusted TV news brands in the U.S., according to an analysis released Tuesday.  —  Research Intelligencer by Brand Keys surveyed 4,012 viewers who rated broadcast and cable brands that they watch …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY, TVNewser and MediaPost
Alex Vasquez / Yahoo:
San Juan: The Venezuelan city where nothing works anymore  —  Venezuela's economic crisis has left residents in San Juan with a chronic water shortage  —  San Juan de los Morros (Venezuela) (AFP) - Power blackouts are daily fare, running water comes only once a month, cash machines are empty and waiting for a bus can take hours.
NBC News:
Facebook's new foreign influence report excluded most divisive rhetoric  —  Facebook released only some of the pages and content publicly, declining to release the depth some pages went to stoke racial tension.  —  On Tuesday morning, the political and tech worlds were startled to learn …
David French / National Review:
A Federal Judge Launches a Futile, Unconstitutional Effort to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns  —  If there's a hall of fame for futile, symbolic, and ultimately unconstitutional federal court orders, the temporary restraining order just issued in Seattle blocking Defense Distributed …
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Workers Get Biggest Pay Increase in Nearly a Decade  —  Employment cost index, which measures wages and benefits, grew 2.8% in the 12 months to last month  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. workers received their biggest pay increases in nearly a decade over the 12 months through June …
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Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Fake Facebook Accounts Are Getting Harder to Trace
Discussion: The Verge, Hullabaloo and Gizmodo
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Women Will Be Punished  —  Roe v. Wade is in trouble.
Discussion: Rewire.News
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic takeover could bring first black speaker
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lynda V. Mapes / The Seattle Times:
Grieving mother orca falling behind family as she carries dead calf for a seventh day
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage
Washington Post:
The stark contrast of the Maryland governor's race: Centrist or liberal?
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally and Kelli Ward clashed at The Arizona Republic. Here's what we learned.
Bridge Magazine:
Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
KFI AM 640:
L.A. City Councilman Wants Ban on Electric Scooters
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
President Trump intends to nominate an extreme-weather expert as his first science and tech director
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How chyrons took on a life of their own
Zoé Samudzi / Broadly:
What ‘Interracial’ Cuckold Porn Reveals About White Male Insecurity
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Will Democrats lurch to the left? Watch Michigan.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Watch: Top Trump Officials Refuse to Raise Hands to Defend Family Separation
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Mediaite
Emilie Raguso / Berkeleyside:
Berkeley zoning board says latest 2701 Shattuck proposal is ‘still excessive’