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10:15 AM ET, August 9, 2018


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Jessie Balmert / USA Today:
Ohio race just got closer after county finds hundreds of uncounted votes  —  A special election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District was too close to call early Tuesday.  It could produce an automatic recount for Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson, who was backed by President Donald Trump.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrats are losing this race.  And they're thrilled about it.  —  The party — and even some Republicans — say the results in Ohio suggest the GOP will have trouble holding onto its House majority this fall.  —  WASHINGTON — There are zero second-place finishers serving in Congress and Danny O'Connor …
New York Times:
Republicans Gird for House Battle as Ohio and Kansas Races Remain Close  —  Alarmed by the tight race for a congressional seat in Ohio, Republicans are steeling for a 90-day campaign of trench warfare as they fight to keep control of the House, pinning their hopes on well-funded outside groups …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Ohio county finds hundreds of uncounted votes in already too-close-to-call special election  —  Ohio election officials on Wednesday found 588 previously uncounted votes in its hotly contested special election for the state's 12th Congressional District.  —  Officials found the votes …
Washington Post:
‘Nothing bodes well’: Lackluster election results spark debate over Trump's midterm role
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Red Wave’ Illusion
Discussion: Raw Story
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Secret recording shows GOP's Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick  —  “Do you want them [the Senate] to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice?”  Rep. Devin Nunes said at a recent fundraiser.  —  Hard-line conservative Republicans …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes, in secretly recorded tape, tells donors GOP majority is necessary to protect Trump: 'We're the only ones'  —  Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Splinter, CNBC and MSNBC
TRMS Exclusive: Devin Nunes speaks candidly at fundraiser  —  The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained exclusive audio of Rep. Devin Nunes speaking candidly to donors at a private fundraiser.  —  Below are the transcripts of the portions aired on the August 8, 2018 episode of The Rachel Maddow Show:
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Mueller probe is like Watergate ‘on the side of the investigator’
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:   TRMS Exclusive: Devin Nunes at fundraiser audio clip 3
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 …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Terminates $3.9 Billion Sinclair Merger, Sues Broadcast Rival  —  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had concerns about Sinclair's submissions and sent it to an administrative-law judge, a blow to the merger's approval chances  —  Tribune Media Co. TRCO .99% terminated its merger agreement …
Washington Post:
Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, saying it will sue for ‘breach of contract’
Discussion: Common Dreams and CBS Chicago
Hollywood Reporter:   Tribune Media Terminates $3.9B Sinclair Deal, Files Lawsuit for Breach of Contract
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sam Baker / Axios:
How one failed drug ensnared so many GOP lawmakers
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
CBS News:
Chris Collins, a timeline — including video of that phone call at the White House picnic
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and CNN
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
House Republican just arrested for committing a felony on the White House lawn
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump and Played the Audio to Others, Sources Say … Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, isn't the only one with secretly recorded audio of the president.  —  Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell The Daily Beast …
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.
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:   Giuliani: This Case Isn't Going To Fizzle, It's Going To Blow Up On Mueller
Fox News:   Trump's legal team responds to Mueller request for interview
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Twitter's CEO doesn't get how conspiracy theories work  —  Jack Dorsey's argument for not banning Alex Jones reveals the limits of his understanding — and a major problem with Big Tech's outsized role in our society.  —  In the past week, tech giants including Facebook, Apple, Youtube …
Sonny Bunch / Washington Post:
The untenable tension between freedom of speech and freedom of association
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
The Case for Banning Alex Jones
Discussion: and The Federalist
Dozens dead after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike  —  (CNN)Dozens of children, most believed to be under the age of 10, have been killed after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a school bus in northern Yemen Thursday.  —  The bus was hit as it was driving through a market …
Associated Press:
Prosecutor: Man at N.M. compound trained kids for school shooting  —  AMALIA, N.M. (AP) — The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday, as authorities waited to learn …
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson  —  Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.  —  “What is that?”  I asked.  —  He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It's a psychology professor at the University of Toronto talking about Canadian law.”
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Don Lemon: Trump told me I couldn't be a fair reporter because I'm black  —  Don Lemon, a black CNN anchor, has accused President Trump of telling him in 2011 that Lemon's race made him incapable of unbiased reporting.  —  Lemon made the claim as he attempted to explain how a years-long feud between …
Tampa Bay Times:
Bill Nelson: The Russians have penetrated some Florida voter registration systems  —  Nelson amplified concerns about the 2018 midterms.  —  Russian operatives have “penetrated” some of Florida's election systems ahead of the 2018 midterms, Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday, adding new urgency about hacking.
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: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Emails show 2016 links among Steele, Ohr, Simpson — with Russian oligarch in background  —  Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch …
Chinese leadership is facing a rare backlash for its handling of the US trade dispute  — Some critics saying that an overly nationalistic Chinese stance may have hardened the US position.  — President Xi Jinping still has a firm grip on power, but an unusual surge of criticism …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Media boost security as Trump ramps up ‘enemy’ rhetoric  —  TV networks are employing security guards at the president's high-octane rallies.  —  Notebooks, mics, cameras, hairspray — those are all things TV reporters are used to having with them at political rallies.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Whole Republican Party Seems to Be Going to Jail Now  —  The entire Trump era has been a festering pit of barely disguised ongoing corruption.  But the whole sordid era has not had a 24-hour period quite like the orgy of criminality which we have just experienced.  The events of the last day alone include:
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
The Marines Didn't Think Women Belonged in the Infantry.  She's Proving Them Wrong.  —  MOUNT BUNDEY TRAINING AREA, Australia — First Lt. Marina A. Hierl watched a dozen Marines charge toward human silhouettes made of paper atop a nearby hill.  Despite the early hour …
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
Does Sacha Baron Cohen Understand Israel?  —  The comedian's new show makes a mockery of Israeli machismo.  But he doesn't know who we really are.  —  TEL AVIV — I first met Col. Erran Morad 25 years ago.  Well, sort of.  —  Morad is the fictional brainchild of Sacha Baron Cohen …
Discussion: Althouse
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Hannah Yoest / Weekly Standard:
Meet the Bullies from the World of Social Justice Poetry
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Gun-Rights Activists Who Posted Gun Files Say Facebook, Amazon Have Censored Their Site
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Laura Ingraham's Loss of Love for America
Video shows Daniel Hambrick running from police during fatal shooting
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Judge in Manafort Trial Is a ‘Caesar’ in His Own Rome
Discussion: Daily Kos
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy
Kai Kupferschmidt / Science:
She's the world's top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated them
Katie Reilly / TIME:
The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump's Tariffs
 Earlier Items: 
Hartford Courant:
Regardless of Trial, New Britain Is Keeping ‘Paul Manafort Drive’
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Stage Version of ‘Network,’ Starring Bryan Cranston, Sets Broadway Opening
Discussion: Gothamist
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Democrats want Facebook to tell them who has seen disinformation
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
GOP Rep's Arrest Gets 7x The Coverage of Entire Scandal for Democrat
Weekly Standard:
A Tale of Two Cultures  —  Colombia is a functioning republic with a bright future.
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Dianne Feinstein was an easy mark for China's spy
Chris McKee / KRQE-TV:
Student accuses Santa Fe store clerk of racial profiling after police called
Discussion: theGrio, The Root and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe