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7:15 PM ET, August 9, 2018

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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 …
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NBC News:
Judge orders plane carrying deported mother and child turned around, blocks more removals  —  The court learned that the Trump administration had put a mother and a daughter who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit on a flight to Central America.  —  In a federal courtroom in Washington on Thursday …
ACLU:
Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Deportation of Asylum Seekers Challenging Administration Policies
Discussion: Politico
The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham's Anti-Immigrant Rant Was So Racist It Was Endorsed by Ex-KKK Leader David Duke … Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham's Wednesday night monologue about immigrants destroying America was so racist it got the endorsement of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
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John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
A Warning from 1995  —  In November 1995, COMMENTARY published …
Discussion: Mediaite
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Laura Ingraham Doesn't Love Her Country Anymore
John Hanna / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Kobach's lead in Kansas race falls to 91 votes  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has shrunk to only 91 votes after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county's results in the state's tally of votes.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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Kansas City Star:
Votes found in western Kansas narrow Kobach's lead over Colyer to under 100  —  The Republican race for governor just got tighter.  —  Gov. Jeff Colyer's campaign spokesman said Thursday that 100 votes for Colyer have been found in a western Kansas county, meaning Kansas Secretary …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Kris Kobach just lost half of his lead in the Kansas governor's primary
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter
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CNN:
Melania Trump's parents are now US citizens  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's in-laws are officially United States citizens.  —  Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Root and IJR
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, Axios and Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Mueller request signals Gates may still be cooperating  —  Frustrated Manafort emailed Gates: WTF?  —  Alexandria, Virginia (CNN)A court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller signals that Rick Gates may be assisting the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election beyond the case against Paul Manafort.
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Politico:
Manafort trial Day 8: Judge concedes fault after Mueller protest, Airbnb exec takes the stand
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Judge in Manafort Trial Is a ‘Caesar’ in His Own Rome
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 …
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NY Times Writer Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Tweet About New Colleague Sarah Jeong  —  “I just deleted my earlier tweet about this column,” says Elizabeth Williamson after sparking outrage  —  New York Times features writer Elizabeth Williamson apologized for and deleted a tweet on Thursday …
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Outrage Over Sarah Jeong  —  Let he who is without a bad tweet cast the first stone.  —  In March, a liberal furor erupted when The Atlantic magazine briefly hired Kevin Williamson, a conservative writer with National Review.  Several years earlier, Williamson had written a short tweet …
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Red Wave’ Illusion  —  Evidence builds of major GOP losses in November.  —  Republicans on present trend are poised in November to lose their majority in the House of Representatives and a slew of governorships.  That's the clear message from Tuesday's election contests and a growing body of evidence.
Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit
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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
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria deaths more than 1,400  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll.  —  The government acknowledged the higher death toll …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
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Frances Robles / New York Times:
Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP Rep. Chris Collins used campaign funds to pay legal bills for insider-trading investigations  — Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., used campaign funds to pay legal bills while he faced investigation for alleged insider trading for more than a year.  — A federal criminal investigation culminated …
Kyle Mizokami / Popular Mechanics:
Should the U.S. Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?  —  It sounds ridiculous, but it's an idea that's grounded in physics.  —  Earlier this summer, the Swedish Air Force dropped a laser-guided bomb on a forest fire to help suppress the flames.  Now there's a proposal for the United States to do the same …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Samantha Grasso / The Daily Dot:
Arkansas cop fired after telling 2 Black men they 'don't belong' in town  —  An Arkansas police officer has been fired after he was recorded telling former town residents, two Black men, that they “don't belong in my city.”  —  In the video that went viral, England police officer Michael Moore tells …
John R. Schindler / Observer:
Donald Trump's Nightmare Isn't Robert Mueller  —  Judging from the unhinged tone of his tweets—which is nothing new, but still perhaps the best barometer of our 45th president's mood on any given day—Donald Trump is worried about his future.  He should be, as the Special Counsel investigation …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, KTLA, Raw Story and CNN
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine leads Stewart by 23 points in poll from VCU's Wilder school  —  Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., led GOP rival Corey Stewart by 23 percentage points in a July poll of likely voters released Wednesday.  —  Kaine had 49 percent to 26 percent for Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
CNBC:
Tesla board plans to meet with advisors next week to ramp up going-private talks, likely to ask Musk to recuse himself from process  — The Tesla board is taking Elon Musk's offer to take the company private at $420-per-share seriously and may tell Musk to recuse himself, according to a source familiar with the matter.
George Hawley / Institute for Family Studies Blog:
The Demography of the Alt-Right … Divorce does seem to increase the likelihood a respondent will believe whites suffer discrimination and the likelihood that a white person will agree with all three of the basic premises of white identity politics.  —  Higher incomes are associated …
Discussion: BloombergQuint, theGrio and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
In leaked audio, Devin Nunes makes strong case for Democratic Congress  —  Last night, Rachel Maddow reported on leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, who is perhaps President Trump's staunchest bodyguard against accountability on Capitol Hill, in which he candidly revealed that Republicans hope …
Discussion: MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and Hullabaloo
Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House candidate caught on video stealing rival's fliers  —  ST. PETE BEACH — The tussle between two Republicans vying for a chance to capture the House District 69 seat has taken an unpleasant turn.  —  Raymond Blacklidge filed a report with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office …
Discussion: Splinter
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Hope Hicks getting sucked back into Trump's orbit  —  Hope Hicks had no intention of traveling on Air Force One when she arrived at President Donald Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club to hang out with White House friends including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Avi Bueno / The Loyal Opposition:
Dismantling Republican Faux-Patriotism  —  One of the more common tropes in modern American politics is the claim that the Republican Party has a monopoly on patriotism.  —  A flag flying in front of a home or a “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker is often assumed to signify the right-wing political affiliation of its owner.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ruble Tumbles as U.S. Sets Out New Sanctions on Russia  —  MOSCOW — Russia's currency fell on Thursday to its lowest dollar value in nearly two years, jarred by new American sanctions imposed in response to a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rudy's Mueller demand: No questions on Flynn, Comey  —  With his constant commentating and public negotiating, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is setting up unmeetable expectations for special counsel Robert Mueller — a kind of insurance policy with the president's base.
 
 
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Revealed: details of exclusive Russian deal offered to Arron Banks in Brexit run-up
Rebecca Bratek / CBS News:
Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as education secretary
Discussion: fox8.com, Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Jack Moore / WTOP:
DC heightens emergency level ahead of weekend white nationalist rally; police chief expects ‘manageable’ crowds
NBC News:
Massachusetts man arrested for threatening ICE agents on Twitter
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump, Congress try to breathe life into long-delayed criminal justice reform package
Indianapolis Business Journal:
Attorney General Hill moves to block Marion County early-voting sites
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Trump's Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint Hasten Local Newspapers' Demise
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
The Marines Didn't Think Women Belonged in the Infantry. She's Proving Them Wrong.