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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
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
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: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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
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
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Kansas City Star:
Votes found in western Kansas narrow Kobach's lead over Colyer to under 100
Discussion: HuffPost
CNN:
Vote count discrepancies found in Kansas GOP primary
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count
Discussion: ABC News
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 IJR
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens
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.
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  —  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.
Politico:
Cranky judge, flawed witness threaten Mueller's Manafort case
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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John Bowden / The Hill:
Some Alex Jones content removed from Twitter after being mentioned by CNN
Discussion: twitchy.com and Washington Times
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  —  “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 …
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
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.
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 …
Matthew Jacobs / HuffPost:
Michael Moore's ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Trailer Aims To Expose Trump's ‘Evil Genius’  —  The fiery documentary filmmaker is back with a portrait of America's divide.  —  “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore's polemic about George W. Bush and the War on Terror, remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time.
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Avi Bueno / The Loyal Opposition:   Dismantling Republican Faux-Patriotism
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
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 …
NBC News:
Massachusetts man arrested for threatening ICE agents on Twitter  —  Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, was arrested after allegedly tweeting that he would give $500 to anyone who kills an ICE agent.  —  A Boston-area man has been arrested by federal agents in New York after threatening U.S. immigration agents on Twitter.
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Justice News:   Cambridge Man Arrested for Threatening Federal Agents Using Twitter
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: Splinter and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina's Secret Money Man in Moscow, Sources Say … Maria Butina, the Russian national accused of infiltrating the NRA and Republican political circles, received funding for her American activities from a Moscow billionaire.
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.
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: CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: 52% want Russia probe ended, one-third Democrats agree
Discussion: Power Line
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The path to autocracy is all too familiar
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Samantha Grasso / The Daily Dot:
Arkansas cop fired after telling 2 Black men they 'don't belong' in town
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Bratek / CBS News:
Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as education secretary
Discussion: fox8.com, TheBlaze and Joe.My.God.
Erin Durkin / The Guardian:
Space Force: Mike Pence launches plans for sixth military service
Discussion: CNBC, Bloomberg and CBS News
Kyle Mizokami / Popular Mechanics:
Should the U.S. Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine leads Stewart by 23 points in poll from VCU's Wilder school
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Red Wave’ Illusion
Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit