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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 …
Discussion: New Republic
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Orders Return of Two Deported Asylum Seekers to U.S.
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Judge slams Jeff Sessions for ‘outrageous’ deportation of abuse victim
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and NPR
ACLU:
Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Deportation of Asylum Seekers Challenging Administration Policies
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Kansas City Star:
On day hundreds of new votes found in Kansas, Colyer calls on Kobach to recuse self  —  The gap between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach narrowed to roughly 100 votes on Thursday as the rival Republicans began to show signs that the election may ultimately be decided in a courthouse.
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CNN:
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: New York Times and Mediaite
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
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count
Discussion: HuffPost and ABC News
CNNMoney:
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 …
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SE Cupp / CNN:
What Laura Ingraham said was awful.  And unsurprising.  —  SE Cupp is a CNN political commentator and the host of “SE Cupp Unfiltered,” premiering on CNN on Saturday, August 25.  The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and POLITICUSUSA
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   S.E. Cupp Talks to Mediaite About Trump's Upcoming War on MeToo... And Her Move to CNN
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Ingraham: 'America We Know and Love Doesn't Exist Anymore' in Some Places Because of ‘Massive Demographic Changes’
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
A Warning from 1995  —  In November 1995, COMMENTARY published …
Discussion: RedState 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.
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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.
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 …
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CNN:
Melania Trump's parents are now US citizens
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
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.
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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 …
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
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CNN:   Mueller request signals Gates may still be cooperating
Politico:
Cranky judge, flawed witness threaten Mueller's Manafort case
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 …
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:   NY Times Writer Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Tweet About New Colleague Sarah Jeong
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 …
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 …
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 …
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TMZ.com:   Fake Donald Trump Stars Popping Up All Over Hollywood Blvd.
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,” …
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 …
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court orders Trump EPA to ban controversial pesticide
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
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 …
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.
Edward McKinley / Kansas City Star:
‘Hitler was right’: KC area winner of Missouri House primary leaves trail of bigotry  —  On his Monday morning radio show, Steve West promotes fanatical conspiracies about “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood, that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party.
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
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
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.
Discussion: Alpha News
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms  —  While Democrats grow optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House in November, they are increasingly anxious that the presence of their longtime and polarizing leader, Nancy Pelosi …
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 …
Washington Post:
Tennessee executes killer with controversial drug that Justice Sotomayor said could inflict ‘torturous pain’  —  Tennessee executed Billy Ray Irick on Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final request to stay his execution.  Convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer …
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Kos
 
 
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Detroit News:
Snyder snubs Schuette in governor race
Discussion: Political Wire
Kate Aronoff / In These Times:
Why the Democratic Socialists of America Won't Stop Growing
Discussion: infowars.com and Front page feed
YouTube:
Caroline Orr on “Story in the Public Square”
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
How a Blacklisted Russian Firm Won (and Lost) a Break From Trump's Tariffs
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: 52% want Russia probe ended, one-third Democrats agree
Discussion: Power Line
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
As 2020 Talk Continues, Kamala Harris Is Set To Headline Martha's Vineyard Reception
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The path to autocracy is all too familiar
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina's Secret Money Man in Moscow, Sources Say
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Samantha Grasso / The Daily Dot:
Arkansas cop fired after telling 2 Black men they 'don't belong' in town
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine leads Stewart by 23 points in poll from VCU's Wilder school
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire