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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 …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the bizarre QAnon group emerges, Trump rallies go from nasty to dangerous  —  Hostility toward the media at Trump rallies is nothing new.  It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.  —  But on Tuesday night in Tampa …
New York Times:
What Is QAnon: Explaining the Internet Conspiracy Theory That Showed Up at a Trump Rally
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Contemptor
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump rally attendee holds up sign linked to conspiracy theory
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Washington Post:
Trump calls Manafort prosecution ‘a hoax,’ says Sessions should stop Mueller investigation  —  President Trump on Wednesday said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should terminate the investigation into Russian election interference and called the prosecution of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “a hoax.”
New York Times:
Mueller Passes 3 Cases Focused on Illicit Foreign Lobbying to Prosecutors in New York
Bloomberg:
Trump Calls on Sessions to Stop Mueller's Russia Probe
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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John L. Micek / PennLive:
With Pa. visit looming, Trump's White House snubs Bob Casey at his own bill-signing
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Putnam supporters mull jumping ship as Trump rallies for DeSantis
Discussion: The Capitolist
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.).
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Members of Notorious International Cybercrime Group “Fin7” In Custody for Role in Attacking Over 100 U.S. companies  —  Victim Companies in 47 U.S. States; Used Front Company ‘Combi Security’ to Recruit Hackers to Criminal Enterprise  —  Three high-ranking members …
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Eric Geller / Politico:   3 leaders of notorious cybercrime group arrested in Europe
New York Times:
Facing Losses, Condé Nast Plans to Put 3 Magazines Up for Sale  —  Anna Wintour is staying, but the once-plush company behind Vogue and The New Yorker lost $120 million last year.  —  Condé Nast, the company behind Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, became …
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
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's Tampa circus proves you can't reason with his base
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.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Top House Republican: Man Killed His Wife ‘Because The Woman Was Unfair’  —  One of the House's most powerful Republicans had some interesting things to say on domestic violence during a recent event back in his district.  —  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chairman of the influential House Rules Committee …
Discussion: Mediaite
Amina Dunn / Pew Research Center:
Trump's approval ratings so far are unusually stable - and deeply partisan  —  Over the course of an eventful first 18 months in office, President Donald Trump's approval ratings have remained remarkably stable.  There has also been a wider gap between Republicans' and Democrats' views …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump May Slash Number of Refugees U.S. Accepts by 40%  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
CNN:
CNN exclusive: TSA considering eliminating screening at smaller airports  —  Washington (CNN)The Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating passenger screening at more than 150 small and medium-sized airports across the US, according to senior agency officials and internal documents obtained by CNN.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Koch network warns of ‘McCarthyism 2.0’ in conservative efforts to harass professors  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  COLORADO SPRINGS—Leaders of the donor network led by billionaire Charles Koch say they want college students to study Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong.
Beth Harris / Associated Press:
Correction: Paul Ryan story  —  In a story July 31 about the upcoming season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Gates' wife.  Her name is Marial Iglesias Utset, not Sharon Adams.  —  A corrected version of the story is below:
CNN:
Corey Stewart aide compared GOP establishment to a ‘house negro,’ disparaged civil rights leaders  —  Senate candidate takes personal shot at Cuomo  —  (CNN)A top consultant and spokesman for Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for US Senate in Virginia, has used the term “house negro” …
Meagan Day / Vox:
Democratic socialism, explained by a democratic socialist  —  It's not just New Deal liberalism.  —  “They are not traditional socialists.  There is no call for communal ownership of production,” said an MSNBC anchor while attempting to define “democratic socialism,” a term that has burst onto …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Blade
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders uses a debunked story to blame the media for damaging the hunt for bin Laden  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just accused the media of hindering the American government's pursuit of Osama bin Laden just a few years before 9/11.  But she may want to check her evidence.
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.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Senate race between Cruz, O'Rourke a dead heat  —  The Texas Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz  —  (D-Texas) is neck and neck, according to a new poll released Wednesday.  —  The 2018 Texas Lyceum Poll showed Cruz leading O'Rourke by a hair — 41-39 percent among likely voters.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Ratchet Up Proposed Tariffs to 25% on $200 Billion in Chinese Imports  —  The original plan called for 10% tariffs  —  WASHINGTON—The White House, looking to ratchet up trade pressure on China, is expected to announced today that it is more than doubling the size of the proposed tariffs …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Politico:
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: National Review and Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. sanctions Turkish officials over detained pastor  —  The Treasury Department has sanctioned two senior officials in the Turkish government over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, a rare rebuke by the U.S. to a NATO ally.  —  The move is likely to further strain …
Discussion: Washington Post
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Wells Fargo to pay $2.09 billion fine in mortgage settlement  —  These companies are trying to win back your trust  —  Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a $2.09 billion fine for issuing mortgage loans it knew contained incorrect income information, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate rejects effort to beef up states' election security spending  —  Senators on Wednesday rejected an a Democratic proposal to provide states with more election security funding ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.  —  Senators voted 50-47 against adding an amendment from Sen. Patrick Leahy
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Poll: Biden leads Trump in early 2020 match-up  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in a head-to-head match-up, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  A plurality of registered voters, 44 percent, said they'd choose Biden …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump team is running a disinformation campaign about Russian interference  —  Most of the headlines from Vice President Pence's cybersecurity speech Tuesday focused on how he clearly enunciated what President Trump won't: that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.  And he did.
 
 
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Frank G. Runyeon / CSNY:
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
We're All Michael Cohen
Discussion: Hill Reporter
Melissa Quinn / Washington Examiner:
FBI describes early-morning raid of Paul Manafort's condo
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton to bring female voting rights story to television
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Brioux / Macleans.ca:
In conversation with Jane Fonda: ‘I am so disappointed with your prime minister’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Henry Grabar / Slate:
Of Course Trump Hates Brutalism
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Meet the 81 candidates Obama is endorsing in 2018
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Ian Mohr / Page Six:
There's a ‘serial farter’ on the loose in the West Village
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sanders, Warren question whether Dem primary is big enough for both of them
Discussion: NTK Network
Hollywood Reporter:
The Stakes Are High for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ — And That's the Point
Discussion: Glamour
Mark R. Warner / USA Today:
It's past time to learn from failures, adapt our laws to the internet age
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend to resign