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3:35 PM 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.
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
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Ohio county finds hundreds of uncounted votes in already too-close-to-call special election
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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Laura Ingraham Doesn't Love Her Country Anymore  —  The Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham declared on a recent episode of her cable-television show that “in some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore.”  What ended it?
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
A Warning from 1995  —  In November 1995, COMMENTARY published …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens  —  First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens.  —  A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.  —  They had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Joe.My.God.
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 and IJR
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, Hullabaloo and CBS Chicago
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Secret recording shows GOP's Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes, Trump's political stooge, is at it again
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   The worst — and most intriguing — parts of the secret Devin Nunes tape
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
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — The government of Puerto Rico has quietly acknowledged in a report posted online that in all likelihood more than 1,400 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria — a figure that is more than 20 times the official death toll.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Rules Won't Save Twitter.  Values Will.  —  The platform won't ban the dangerous liar Alex Jones because he “hasn't violated our rules.”  Then what's the point of these rules?  —  This week, Alex Jones, the persistently mendacious conspiracy-theory spouter — yeah, that's a real job in 2018 …
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:   WARNING: Colleges May Reject You Based On Whom You Follow On Social Media
Bradley Shear / Shear on Social Media Law …:
Colleges Are Rejecting Applicants Who Follow Controversial People On Twitter
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: Political Wire
New York Times:
Judge in Manafort Trial Is a ‘Caesar’ in His Own Rome  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Judge T. S. Ellis III had dismissed the jury for the day, but he was not quite finished opining about what he saw as irrelevant and repetitive questioning of a witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
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: Raw Story, KTLA, ThinkProgress and CNN
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 …
Discussion: American Greatness and Vox
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.
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Pence launches Space Force, says U.S. needs to prepare for ‘next battlefield’  —  “As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space,” Pence said at the Pentagon Thursday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Pence details plan for creation of Space Force in what would be the sixth branch of the military
Discussion: Vox, Splinter, Engadget and The Week
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.
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: Political Wire
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 …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Sikh man beaten, spat on.  ‘Devastated’ police chief says suspect is ‘my 18-year old son’  —  A surveillance video of the brutal attack began circulating widely across social media earlier this week, drawing anger from the large Sikh community in California's Central Valley.
Pew Research Center:
For Most Trump Voters, ‘Very Warm’ Feelings for Him Endured  —  Also: A detailed look at the 2016 electorate, based on voter records  —  In the wake of Donald Trump's 2016 election victory, an overwhelming majority of those who said they had voted for him had “warm” feelings for him.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ocasio-Cortez: Think Of All The Funeral Expenses We'll Save Under Medicare For All!  —  Boston University's economics program apparently never included a biology requirement — or math, for that matter.  BU's most notable graduate these days, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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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
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Fish Caught in America, Processed in China Get Trapped by Trade Dispute
Discussion: Politico
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
‘I want to die’: Was a 5-year-old drugged after being separated from his dad at the border?
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities
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Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Florida Wants To Help Bullied Kids — Unless They're Gay
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
White House head of communications for Hispanic media quietly exits
Discussion: KABE-LP, Observer and RightWire
New York Times:
Trump's Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint Hasten Local Newspapers' Demise
Chinese leadership is facing a rare backlash for its handling of the US trade dispute
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Don Lemon: Trump told me I couldn't be a fair reporter because I'm black
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Media boost security as Trump ramps up ‘enemy’ rhetoric