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9:45 PM ET, August 2, 2018


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The Verge:
A note from the editorial leadership of The Verge  —  Newsrooms must stand up to targeted campaigns of harassment  —  Since announcing her new job with The New York Times, a widespread campaign of harassment has targeted Verge reporter Sarah Jeong for a number of tweets she wrote years ago.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Times Can Hire and Fire Whomever It Likes  —  For some mysterious reason, my name keeps coming up in connection with that of Sarah Jeong, a writer recently hired by the New York Times editorial board.  I am not familiar with her work, but there is a social-media campaign currently under way …
Danielle Rhoades Ha / The New York Times Company:
Statements in Response to Criticism of the Hiring of Sarah Jeong to the Editorial Board in Opinion
Discussion: Gothamist and Breitbart
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
Latest New York Times Hire Also Had Relationship With White Nationalist Hacker
Discussion: The Federalist
Wall Street Journal:
Top Trump Donor Agreed to Pay Michael Cohen $10 Million for Nuclear Project Push  —  Consulting deal with Franklin L. Haney could have been among the most lucrative struck by president's then-personal attorney  —  A major donor to President Trump agreed to pay $10 million to the president's …
Nick Hopkins / The Guardian:
Exclusive: suspected Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow  —  Russian is understood to have had full access to secret data during decade at embassy  —  US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart …
Discussion: Axios, KTLA and Political Wire
Elise Labott / CNN:
Suspected Russian spy caught working inside US embassy in Moscow
What Goes on Outside Trump Rallies Is an American Nightmare  —  The coral of Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds entrance arcs against an ominously graying Tuesday evening sky.  Everyone waits for Donald Trump outside, even though it smells like rain.  The Secret Service checkpoint doesn't help …
Will Bunch /
Why Trump's Nuremburg-y, QAnon-loving, journalist-hating mass rallies matter |  Will Bunch  —  This love!  I don't know if you were able to see it last night, any of them.  I mean, there's such tremendous love.  — President Trump on Wednesday's “The Rush Limbaugh Show” radio program …
Hazel Jones / Daily Mail:
'Many didn't notice it as keenly as I did because I knew him way back when.  They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff,' Omarosa writes.  'But I knew something wasn't right'  —  Omarosa was beside herself when the president contradicted the White House party line that FBI head James Comey …
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Manafort's bookkeeper testifies against him, alleging efforts to inflate income  —  Paul Manafort's longtime bookkeeper testified against him Thursday, telling a Virginia jury that his seven-figure lifestyle lasted until about 2015 when the cash ran out, the bills piled up …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Week
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Reviews Paul Manafort's Fashion
Discussion: CNN and RedState
Sarah Polus / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. co-hosts Dinesh D'Souza's very conservative D.C. film premiere  —  The red carpet for the screening of far-right filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's new documentary was all business.  There's no time for chitchat about who is wearing what when you've got an entire liberal ideology to topple.
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump Jr. says the Democratic Party platform is similar to the Nazis'  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's eldest son said the platform of the Democratic Party is similar to that of the Nazi Party in Germany during the early 1930s and that history classes are biased against conservatives.
Discussion: YouTube
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
National Archives says it won't be able to produce all Kavanaugh documents until end of October  —  The National Archives said Thursday it won't be able to produce the full cache of documents requested by Senate Republicans on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh until the end of October …
GOP plans to blow past new Kavanaugh confirmation obstacle  —  Senate Republicans are pressing ahead on confirming Brett Kavanaugh before the midterm elections even after National Archives said Thursday that it can't meet the GOP's request for records until the end of October, days before the midterm elections.
Associated Press:
Trump trashes media as ‘fake, fake disgusting news’ at rally  —  WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Thundering that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of grievances Thursday at a Pennsylvania campaign rally in which he cast journalists as his true political opponent.
Discussion: AOL and HuffPost
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:   CREW Files Hatch Act Complaints Against 10 Trump Administration Officials
Sara Murray / CNN:
Alleged Russian agent's infiltration of GOP circles anything but subtle  —  Alleged spy met with US officials in 2015  —  Washington (CNN)As far as spy craft goes, Maria Butina's skills didn't seem particularly impressive.  —  The alleged covert Russian agent liked to communicate via Twitter messages and WhatsApp.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Giuliani: Trump to make Mueller sit-down call within 10 days
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
The Tennessee primary: Live results  —  Tennessee voters are selecting nominees for at least 128 state and federal seats tonight, but there are to two races most worthy of your time — the gubernatorial and the U.S. Senate:  —  Go deeper  —  112 WORDS  —  What to watch: Two Republican incumbents …
Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Bredesen, Blackburn win Tennessee primary elections for US Senate
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Tennessee Primary Election Results 2018
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC warns donors to steer clear of Kochs  —  The move escalates the fight between President Donald Trump and the powerful network.  —  The Republican National Committee is sending a warning shot to major GOP donors not to play ball with the powerful Koch political network …
Foreign Policy:
Internal Documents Show How Trump Administration Misled Public on Poverty  —  Economic advisors questioned the administration's data but were ignored.  —  After a U.N. agency issued a report in May on the state of poverty in the United States, concluding that 40 million Americans are poor …
Discussion: Splinter
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
New Age author Marianne Williamson ‘looking into’ 2020 presidential run  —  A presidential bid by the author would mark the first celebrity campaign for the White House against Donald Trump  —  New Age author Marianne Williamson was in Iowa earlier this week meeting with Democratic activists …
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Ethnic cleansing makes a comeback — in China  —  If ethnic cleansing takes place in China and nobody is able to hear it, does it make a sound?  That's what millions of Muslims inside the People's Republic are asking as they watch the Chinese government expand a network of internment camps …
Washington Post:
Aide to Trump-confidant Roger Stone ordered to appear before Mueller grand jury  —  A former aide to longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone must testify before the special counsel's grand jury, a federal judge in Washington ruled Thursday.  —  The judge rejected a challenge from Andrew Miller …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Essex Porter / KIRO:
PSE sends racial slur to black woman  —  SEATTLE - An African-American woman says Puget Sound Energy emailed her a racial slur to use as the temporary password to her online account.  —  Erica Conway believes the insult was deliberate and wants the company to get to the bottom of it.
Peter Suderman / New York Times:
How Republican Hypocrisy Lifts Social Democrats  —  By its astoundingly cynical approach to deficits and debt, the G.O.P. has opened the door to an expansive left.  —  Mr. Suderman is the managing editor at  —  To be a Republican is to oppose socialism.
Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed News:
Remember Trump's Tweet Saying He Was Pulling Out Of The G7 Summit Agreement?  No One Ever Did Anything About It.  —  “It's like there's a reality TV president, in his own bubble, thinking he controls stuff.  It's like The Truman Show.”  —  Reporting From  —  London
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Exclusive: Fired-up liberals raise $1 billion on website for candidates, causes ahead of midterms  —  WASHINGTON - The online fundraising platform ActBlue this week surged past the $1 billion mark in contributions to Democratic candidates and causes in this election cycle.
Discussion: Axios
Emily Williams /
A black Smith College student was eating her lunch when an employee called police  —  The rising sophomore at Smith College was quietly eating her lunch in a campus common room when a police officer approached her Tuesday afternoon.  —  A college employee had called police to report someone who …
Corey Davis / WFLA-TV:
Deputies: Pasco man fired gun into man's car window during road rage incident  —  LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) - Pasco County deputies arrested a man they said fired a gun into a driver's back passenger window during a road rage incident in Land O' Lakes.  —  Detectives said Melvin Seda Jr. …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Fox, Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Win Hot Package On Multi-Million Dollar Theft Of McDonald's Monopoly Game  —  EXCLUSIVE: Fox is poised to win the hot lit property in the marketplace at the moment, a giant Happy Meal that everyone wanted.  Ben Affleck is attached to direct …
Discussion: Eater and The Week
Daily Mail:
Wright was driving in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on June 30 when she saw this silver Jeep in front of her sporting a ‘Make America Great Again’ decal  —  The incident took place on June 30, but Wright was only taken into custody a month later after being pulled over during a traffic stop.
Mariah Haas / Fox News:
Tim Allen's ‘Last Man Standing’ return will include character's conservative views, exec says  —  LOS ANGELES - After being off the air for more than a year, “Last Man Standing” is set to premiere next month, and fans should get ready for the comedy series to return with similar plot lines …
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Discussion: CBS Boston