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9:05 AM ET, August 6, 2018


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Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia  —  August 5, 1974, was the day the Nixon Presidency ended.  On that day, Nixon heeded a Supreme Court ruling and released the so-called smoking-gun tape, a recording of a meeting, held two years earlier, with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman.
New York Times:
President Admits Trump Tower Meeting Was Meant to Get Dirt on Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Sunday that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was designed to “get information on an opponent” — the starkest acknowledgment yet …
Mike Allen / Axios:
A historic Trump tell-all  —  The President of the United States admitted, on the record, that he misled the American people about the infamous Russia meeting in Trump Tower.  —  The big picture: It's one of the most striking public reversals in modern presidential history …
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Trump Finally Admits His Campaign Colluded With Russia At Trump Tower Meeting
BuzzFeed News:
Apple Is Removing Alex Jones And Infowars' Podcasts From iTunes  —  Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.  Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show …
Enforcing Our Community Standards  —  We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe.  It's why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others.
Discussion: Engadget, The Daily Beast and The Verge
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook, Apple and Spotify ban Infowars' Alex Jones
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats surging on eve of pivotal special election  —  Republicans have deployed the full machinery of the party to avoid defeat in the final special election before the midterms.  —  WESTERVILLE, OHIO — The entire Republican Party machinery has converged on this suburban Columbus district …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Washington Post
POLITICO Playbook: All eyes on Ohio
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Behind the scenes: Trump's power politics
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Balderson won't address Kasich claim he did not invite Trump to central Ohio
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Beast
Weekly Standard:
Two-Faced Hackery at the Times  —  The search for a decent writer exposes the editorial board's unprincipled prejudice.  —  For decades, the New York Times editorial page has featured some of the dullest prose in American journalism.  Elsewhere in the paper, one typically finds vivid and fluent writing.
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Twitter Suspends Candace Owens' Account for Mimicking Sarah Jeong's Racism
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Times
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
In 2008, America Stopped Believing in the American Dream  —  If you were standing in the smoldering ashes of 9/11 trying to peer into the future, you might have been overjoyed to discover this happy snapshot of 2018: There has been no subsequent major terrorist attack on America from Al Qaeda or its heirs.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Steel Giants With Ties to Trump Officials Block Tariff Relief for Hundreds of Firms  —  WASHINGTON — Two of America's biggest steel manufacturers — both with deep ties to Trump administration officials — have successfully objected to hundreds of requests by American companies that buy foreign steel …
Discussion: National Review
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Rick Gates — and the lies he's admitted telling — to take center stage at Manafort trial  —  Whom to believe — the accused liar, or the admitted one?  A Virginia jury is expected to wrestle with that question this week, when it is scheduled to hear testimony from the former protege of Paul Manafort …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
The spot where Emmett Till's body was found is marked by this sign.  People keep shooting it up.  —  Emmett Till's black, broken body was plucked from the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi days after his killing in August 1955, a heavy cotton gin fan tied on his neck with barbed wire.
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
The soft bigotry of the New York Times  —  If l'affaire Jeong has taught us one thing, it's that the people who claim most vociferously to be anti-racist are nothing of the sort.  On the contrary, they're obsessed with race, seeing almost everything through the prism of ethnicity.
Chicago Tribune:
25 shot in multiple-victim shootings over 2.5 hours in Chicago: 'If they shoot you, they don't even run'  —  At least 41 people were shot in Chicago from 11 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, through Sunday morning, four fatally.  Many of those injured were treated at Stroger Hospital.
Corey Pein / The Daily Beast:
Armed Trump Supporters March on Portland, Beating Up Opponents and Calling for Hillary Clinton's Arrest … PORTLAND, Oregon—Hundreds of armed supporters of President Donald Trump, led by a fringe Republican congressional candidate, marched on Saturday, leaving blood from scattered street fights in their wake.
Discussion: Willamette Week and HuffPost
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging.  Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the White House.
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador after Ottawa criticizes arrests of Saudi activists  —  OTTAWA — Saudi Arabia ordered the expulsion on Monday of the Canadian ambassador and the halting of all new trade and investment deals between the two countries after Canada said it was …
Drew Broach / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Inside Steve Scalise threat suspect's home, police find ammo, books on building bombs  —  After Carlos Bayon was arrested on a charge of menacing U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise in a voicemail message, authorities deemed the threat “credible” and described evidence seized at the suspect's upstate New York home as “very concerning.”
Discussion: Daily Wire
Mike Brest / The Daily Caller:   Man Arrested For Threatening Steve Scalise Had Ammo, Materials And Guides To Build Bombs
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
How Trump Radicalized ICE  —  Settling into a sense of safety is hard when your life's catalog of memories teaches you the opposite lesson.  Imagine: You fled from a government militia intent on murdering you; swam across a river with the uncertain hope of sanctuary on the far bank …
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans  —  For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.  —  The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses …
Discussion: SSRN and Mother Jones
Associated Press:
Amid James flap, Melania Trump again charts her own course  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A deliberately crafted statement.  A conspicuous fashion choice.  A sudden silence or withdrawal from the public eye.  —  First lady Melania Trump's move to distance herself from President Donald Trump's criticism …
Associated Press:
Yemen: US allies spin deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels  —  ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen …
New Mexico: Police find 11 starving children in compound  —  Police in the US state of New Mexico have rescued 11 malnourished children who were being kept in squalid conditions in a remote desert compound.  —  They said the children, aged one to 15, had no shoes, were wearing rags and “looked like Third World refugees”.
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
President Trump is winning the story-telling game, with help from his friends in the media
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If Team Trump can't reunite border families, someone needs to go to jail
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
What Are Capitalists Thinking?
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's imagined steel mills, Russian ‘hoax’
Elana Schor / Politico:
Dems zero in on Kavanaugh ties to judge in sexual harassment scandal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jon Sawyer / Pulitzer Center Updates:
Indira Lakshmanan Joins Pulitzer Center as Executive Editor
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Federalist and Splinter
New York Times:
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Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Cities' Offers for Amazon Base Are Secrets Even to Many City Leaders
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Axios Sneak Peek
Annie Karni / Politico:
The real lesson Trump learned from Charlottesville
Steve LeVine / Axios:
Inside Russia's invasion of the U.S. electric grid
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sam Knight / New Yorker:
The British Heat Wave and Aerial Archeology
Chip Skambis / WFTV:
Police: Armed bystander takes down gunman at Titusville back to school event