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8:25 PM ET, August 1, 2018

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Mueller offers to limit investigators' questions for Trump in special counsel's latest effort to secure presidential interview  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III renewed negotiations with President Trump's lawyers about a presidential sit-down after an extended standoff, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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.
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.”
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  —  Do you remember Pizzagate?  It's a little like that: a web of baseless conspiracy theories.  And its supporters were highly visible at an event for the president in Florida.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Contemptor
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump rally attendee holds up sign linked to conspiracy theory
Discussion: Mediaite
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.).
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.
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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.
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.
Discussion: Shakesville, Quartz and Vox
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Melissa Quinn / Washington Examiner:
FBI describes early-morning raid of Paul Manafort's condo
Discussion: Splinter and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
WCMH-TV:
Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave  —  COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — Ohio State University head coach Urban Meyer may have known about abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, according to a report from a college football insider.
Discussion: smokeroom.com, WHNT-TV and fox8.com
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Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Texts Reveal Ohio State's Urban Meyer Knew His Aide Abused Wife in 2015: Report
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.  —  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 …
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Joyce Karam / The National:   US sanctions Turkey over Pastor Brunson detention
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. sanctions Turkish officials over detained pastor
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.
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 …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
News Outlets Are Prewriting Stories About Officials Getting Fired to Keep Up with the Trump Era  —  The resignations, firings, and ousters of senior government officials have always been big news.  In 1991, two weeks after announcing that he'd stay on through the end of President George H. W. Bush's term …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
White House briefings grow rare under Trump  —  July's three briefings, during which the press secretary took questions for a combined 56 minutes, tied a low for any month during the Trump presidency.  —  In July, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Associated Press:
Pastor praises Trump as ‘pro-black’ at prison reform event
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump considers 25 percent tariff on $200B of Chinese goods  —  The Trump administration could hit $200 billion worth of already-targeted Chinese goods with a 25 percent tariff, a significantly higher level than the 10 percent proposed initially, U.S. trade officials said Wednesday.
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Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Ratchet Up Proposed Tariffs to 25% on $200 Billion in Chinese Imports
Discussion: Axios and Mother Jones
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.
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: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Splinter
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Attorney group: Child died ‘soon after’ release from ICE family detention facility  —  The American Immigration Lawyers Association said Wednesday that a migrant toddler died shortly after being released from an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Dilley, Tex.
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.
Discussion: The Verge and Boing Boing
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 the New York Times columnist David Brooks …
Discussion: Newsmax and Political Wire
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 …
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: Breitbart and Politico
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.
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.
 
 
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Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Axios
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Henry Grabar / Slate:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Senate race between Cruz, O'Rourke a dead heat
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend resigns