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8:40 AM ET, August 10, 2018


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Vote count discrepancies found in Kansas GOP primary  —  Washington (CNN)The close GOP primary race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer took a turn on Thursday, with discrepancies discovered between unofficial results from the county and the state levels.
Discussion: NPR, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Michael Avenatti in Iowa: 'I'm exploring a run for the presidency of the United States'  —  Michael Avenatti, 2020?  Stormy Daniels' lawyer says he could be the latest unlikely candidate to throw his hat into the ring.  Nathan Rousseau Smith has more.  Buzz60  —  CONNECT  —  Michael Avenatti has arrived in Iowa.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels's Lawyer, Eyes Another Gig: President  —  WASHINGTON — From the moment President Trump shocked much of the world by winning the White House in 2016, there has been an assumption in political circles that his victory would inspire a why-not-me caucus of imitators in 2020.
NBC News:
Democrats opposing Pelosi  —  DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES AGAINST PELOSI (41)  —  1. Ken Harbaugh (D-OH-7) McClatchyDC (8/3/2017)  —  “We have a remarkable opportunity in front of us, and it's going to take new thinking and new leadership to capitalize on it.”  —  2. Aftab Pureval (D-OH-1) Cincinnati Enquirer (7/11/2018)
NBC News:
50 Democratic candidates say they would oppose Pelosi as House speaker
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: Three-quarters of Americans say Nancy Pelosi should be replaced, including half of Democrats
White anxiety finds a home at Fox News  —  Critics accuse Fox News host of racism  —  It wasn't so much a dog whistle as it was an airhorn.  Or perhaps a primal scream.  But whatever it was, Laura Ingraham's forceful denunciation of “massive demographic changes” served as another raw example …
Arelis R. Hernández / Washington Post:
Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt  —  This is a developing story.  It will be updated.  —  A federal judge in Washington halted an apparent deportation in progress Thursday and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt …
NBC News:
Judge orders plane carrying deported mother and child turned around, blocks more removals
Discussion: New Republic and The Week
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Orders Return of Two Deported Asylum Seekers to U.S.
John Solomon / The Hill:
The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump  —  A memory stick quietly exchanged in a coffee shop.  —  An admission of a “Hail Mary” leak.  —  An unmistakable effort to push the Russia investigation closer to Donald Trump  —  's inner circle with uncorroborated tales.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas  —  The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is readying subpoenas for people connected to the controversial “Steele” dossier, sources tell The Hill.  —  Chairman Bob Goodlatte  —  (R-Va.) is preparing subpoenas …
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Sarah Jeong and the Question of “Context”  —  Two years ago, the ESPN host Bomani Jones appeared on the network's “Mike & Mike” morning show wearing a T-shirt that seemed, at first glance, to bear the logo of Cleveland's baseball team, but, in place of the trademark cursive “Indians,” …
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Scrambled Behind the Scenes to Shield NATO Deal From Trump  —  John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, pushed NATO ambassadors to finish a critical policy document before the alliance's summit meeting last month so the president could not reject it.  —  August 9, 2018
David Smith / The Guardian:
Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word - and claims there's tape to prove it  —  Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House adviser writes in new memoir that she witnessed ‘truly appalling things’  —  Donald Trump is a “racist” who has used the “N-word” repeatedly …
Matt Miller / Esquire:
James Bond Producers Are Reportedly Leaning Toward Idris Elba as the Next 007  —  Dreams maybe do come true.  —  There are a lot of actors who  —  could  —  play 007 once Daniel Craig retires from the role he despises: Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender (even though he's Irish), Tom Hiddleston …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort trial Day 8: A heated exchange, judge admits fault, Airbnb enters the spotlight  —  The federal judge overseeing the Paul Manafort trial took another shot at special counsel Robert Mueller's team Thursday afternoon, even after conceding earlier in the day that a criticism he leveled at prosecutors on Wednesday was erroneous.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mueller request signals Gates may still be cooperating
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Melania Trump's Parents Become U.S. Citizens as Lawyer Acknowledges ‘Chain Migration’  —  Melania Trump's parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in New York on Thursday.  —  Viktor and Amalija Knavs, formerly of Slovenia, wore suits and sunglasses as they entered 26 Federal Plaza …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
How Bad are Things for the GOP?  A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan  —  In April, Michigan officials who oversee elections kicked Democrat Matt Morgan off the congressional ballot, leaving the Republican incumbent, Rep. Jack Bergman, to run unopposed in the general election.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Twitter says Infowars hasn't ‘violated our rules.’ It looks like that's not the case  —  Why Facebook,YouTube and Apple are removing InfoWars content  —  Twitter's vice president for trust and safety, Del Harvey, told employees in an email on Wednesday that if far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones …
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Time for Mueller to bring out the big guns  —  Harry Litman teaches constitutional law at the University of California at San Diego and practices law at the firm Constantine Cannon.  He was U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1998 to 2001.
New York Times:
Cables Detail C.I.A. Waterboarding at Secret Prison Run by Gina Haspel  —  WASHINGTON — In late November 2002, C.I.A. interrogators at a secret prison in Thailand warned a Qaeda suspect that he had to “suffer the consequences of his deception.”  —  As interrogators splashed water on the chest of the man …
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Revealed: details of exclusive Russian deal offered to Arron Banks in Brexit run-up  —  Leaked document lays out for first time deal proposed to Leave.EU backer, sparking new questions over Moscow's role  —  The full details of Russia's gold deal offer to Arron Banks ahead of the EU referendum …
Matt Stout /
Charlie Baker signs automatic voter registration bill  —  Hundreds of thousands of new voters could join the state's rolls in the coming years after Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation that adopts automatic voter registration — one in a flurry of bills that became law Thursday with a few flicks of the Republican's pen.
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
Dick Polman / The Atlantic:
The Democrats' Quest to Win the Senate  —  Few Democrat leaders in 2006 dared imagine that they would capture the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections.  Yet there they were on the morning of Nov. 9, celebrating on the Capitol steps after ousting six Republican incumbents.
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
“It Was All True”: Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work  —  On Monday, The Intercept reported that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson relied on her official government staff for political work, sourced largely to unnamed employees.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: 52% want Russia probe ended, one-third Democrats agree  —  A majority of Americans have fallen into “Russia fatigue,” and want the probe into Moscow's influence in the 2016 ended, according to a new survey provided to Secrets.  —  The latest Zogby Analytics online survey found …
Discussion: Power Line and Front Page Magazine
Detroit News:
Snyder snubs Schuette in governor race  —  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refuses to say whether he'll endorse in the governor's race or if he even likes GOP nominee Bill Schuette
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Mazie Hirono Is Pressing Trump's Nominees On Sexual Harassment.  Brett Kavanaugh Is Next.  —  “It's a legitimate area of inquiry,” said the Democratic senator with a key role in the Supreme Court confirmation process.  —  WASHINGTON For the past seven months, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) …
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
What would the intelligence community's ‘insurance policy’ against Trump look like?  —  Let's begin in the realm of the fanciful.  —  Assume, for the sake of argument, that powerful, connected people in the intelligence community and in politics worried that a wildcard Trump presidency …
Hollywood Reporter:
After Being Destroyed, Trump's Walk of Fame Star Multiplies  —  A crew laminated vinyl stars and placed them on blank squares in Hollywood.  —  Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — destroyed on several occasions by detractors who sometimes wield a pick-ax …
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Tax-dodging Trump flunky won't fly the US flag on her $40 million yacht  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is dodging more than $2 million worth of taxes by registering her yacht in the Cayman Islands rather than the United States.  —  Trump often roars about the need to respect the flag …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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J.B. Pritzker / Chicago Sun-Times:
Gun control, stronger communities and ending the violence epidemic
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Three Dolphins protest during anthem
Discussion: Breitbart, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin treasurer candidate said she hopes opponent's fiancée keeps baby if raped
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
How Broad, and How Happy, Is the Trump Coalition?
Discussion: Axios and Pew Research Center
Nell Scovell / New York Times:
Has Anything Changed in Post-#MeToo Hollywood?
Lee Harris / ABC News:
At DEF CON '18, kids as young as 5 challenged to hack election results websites, voting machines
Shannon K. Crawford / ABC News:
‘Manhattan Madam’ expected to appear before Mueller grand jury
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Democratic Congressman In Tennessee Wants GOP Senate Candidate To Jump Off A Bridge
Discussion: Breitbart
Kate Aronoff / In These Times:
Why the Democratic Socialists of America Won't Stop Growing
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
S.E. Cupp Talks to Mediaite About Trump's Upcoming War on MeToo... And Her Move to CNN
Washington Post:
Tennessee executes killer with controversial drug that Justice Sotomayor said could inflict ‘torturous pain’
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, The Week and Althouse
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina's Secret Money Man in Moscow, Sources Say
Discussion: Just Security
Edward McKinley / Kansas City Star:
‘Hitler was right’: KC area winner of Missouri House primary leaves trail of bigotry
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story