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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 …
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump rally attendee holds up sign linked to conspiracy theory
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
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.”
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
In desperate tweet, Trump begs Sessions to end Mueller investigation  —  As the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort begins, President Trump begged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring the ongoing criminal investigation of his campaign to an abrupt end.
Bloomberg:
Trump Calls on Sessions to Stop Mueller's Russia Probe
Discussion: Splinter
Manu Raju / CNN:
In private, Kavanaugh hints at views on Mueller
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Putnam supporters mull jumping ship as Trump rallies for DeSantis
Discussion: The Capitolist
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   The AP's War on Donald Trump, Voter ID Edition
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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: Daily Kos, Splinter and Political Wire
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 …
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:
Palko Karasz / New York Times:
Tommy Robinson, Anti-Muslim Activist, Is Freed on Bail in U.K.  —  LONDON — Tommy Robinson, the jailed British far-right activist backed by the former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon but reviled by others who call him a violent purveyor of hate, was ordered to be freed on bail Wednesday …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Jihad Watch
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The Guardian:
Tommy Robinson freed on bail as court orders retrial
Discussion: Politico
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones that it said are remains of American war dead, it provided a single military dog tag but no other information that could help U.S. forensics experts determine …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
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Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend to resign  —  CHICAGO — Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer was expected to resign Wednesday after a former girlfriend filed an official complaint accusing the first-term Republican of creating a fake Instagram account and populating …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Turkish Officials with Leading Roles in Unjust Detention of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson  —  Washington - The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today targeting Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Meet the 81 candidates Obama is endorsing in 2018  —  President Obama released a list of 81 candidates he's endorsing ahead of the 2018 midterm election.  —  Why it matters: Obama is the left's answer to President Trump's continued presence in the primaries.
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: The Week
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: Political Wire
Kyle Trygstad / National Journal:
Hotline's Senate Power Rankings  —  A third Republican seat is now among the 10 most likely to flip.  —  With most primaries completed, a Supreme Court nomination on the table, and fewer than 100 days to go before the midterm elections, Republicans remain favored to hang on to or even grow their Senate majority.
Danielle Rhoades Ha / The New York Times Company:
Sarah Jeong Joins The Times's Editorial Board  —  Sarah Jeong is joining The New York Times editorial board.  Read more in this note from James Bennet, Katie Kingsbury and Jim Dao:  —  What would it be like if we all deleted Facebook?  What does the future of online privacy look like?
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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USA Today:
New parents face the ‘social insecurity’ of our time, so let's help
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Horrible Health Insurance Now Legal Again, Thanks To Trump
Discussion: MSNBC, Daily Kos and Axios
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Daily Signal
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
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Poll: Biden leads Trump in early 2020 match-up
Hollywood Reporter:
The Stakes Are High for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ — And That's the Point
 Earlier Items: 
Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
“Fatigue is starting to set in,” Allen said.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump declares ‘polls are fake’ right before touting his poll numbers
Ben Geman / Axios:
A closer look at the Trump-EU natural gas plan
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
City has to pay $65K to white cop who says he was taunted for saying he was part black
Discussion: The Root
Mark R. Warner / USA Today:
It's past time to learn from failures, adapt our laws to the internet age