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2:05 AM ET, August 3, 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.
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
IRONY: Social Media Mob Comes For Sarah Jeong, Who Cheered Social Media Mobbing Of Others  —  I've already argued today that Sarah Jeong, the new New York Times editorial board member, shouldn't be fired for her old racist tweets, since social media mobbing has become far too prevalent …
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  —  Statement from The New York Times  —  We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done covering the internet and technology at a range of respected publications.
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: KTLA, The Week, Axios and Political Wire
Elise Labott / CNN:
Suspected Russian spy caught working inside US embassy in Moscow
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: HuffPost
NBC News:
Hours after White House warns of new election meddling, Trump again points to ‘Russian hoax’  —  Earlier Thursday, several of Trump's top lieutenants took to the White House briefing room to warn of the latest threat.  —  WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — It's still a “hoax” to President Donald Trump.
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
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 …
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaints Against 10 Trump Administration Officials  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington— In the months since President Donald Trump announced his candidacy for re-election, ten White House officials appear to have violated the Hatch Act by using …
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
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump administration tells ACLU to find deported parents  —  The Trump administration on Thursday informed a federal judge that it isn't responsible for locating deported parents separated forcibly from their children at the southern border.  —  DOJ said in a court filing …
Discussion: New Republic
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
Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Results now official in Tennessee primary elections  —  Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn have captured their party's nominations for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, The Associated Press reported.  —  As for the state's gubernatorial race …
Discussion: Axios
Axios:   The Tennessee primary: Live results
New York Times:
Tennessee Primary Election Results 2018
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 …
Worker Charged With Sexually Molesting Eight Children at Immigrant Shelter  —  A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at one of the company's shelters in Mesa …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  A Southwest Key employee accused of molesting …
The Daily Beast:
National Enquirer Boss David Pecker Tiptoes Away From His Pal Trump as Scandal Swirls and Circulation Drops … Shortly after the feds raided the office of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's now estranged personal attorney and longtime enforcer, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker went into a state of calculated retreat.
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 …
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
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Bodies Keep Shrinking on This Island, and Scientists Aren't Sure Why  —  The Indonesian island of Flores has given rise to smaller hominins, humans and even elephants.  —  In 2003, researchers digging in a mountain cave on the Indonesian island of Flores discovered astonishing fossils of a tiny …
Discussion: Science News
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
James Hibberd /
Tim Allen breaks silence on Roseanne firing: ‘Who makes up these rules?’  —  Tim Allen is opening up about the other conservative sitcom star whose show was canceled by ABC — Roseanne Barr.  —  Asked whether the network was right to fire Barr over her racist tweet last May, Allen replied …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jessica Huseman / ProPublica:
Our Rebuttal to Kris Kobach's Critique  —  Press representatives for the Kansas gubernatorial candidate have disseminated charges that a ProPublica article about Kobach's campaigns for anti-immigration ordinances is inaccurate and biased.  We respond.  —  Earlier today, the press team …
Discussion: MSNBC and Politico
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
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: Hot Air and Political Wire
Paul Musgrave / Washington Post:
Conspiracy theories are for losers.  QAnon is no exception.  —  Paul Musgrave is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  —  In the 2014 book “American Conspiracy Theories,” political scientists Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent said that conspiracy theories appealed …
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 …
Tamara Cofman Wittes / Brookings:
What does an empowered Saudi woman look like?  —  The most challenging, and potentially most transformative, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's bold ambitions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is his agenda for “restoring” (he rejects the term “reinterpreting") Islam.
Man attacked on bus for ‘being white’  —  NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Police in New York City are looking for a man who attacked a stranger for apparently being white.  —  It happened on a bus Monday morning about 10 a.m. in Downtown Brooklyn.  —  The NYPD says a 29-year-old man was onboard a B25 MTA Bus on Fulton Street.
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
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Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
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