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11:35 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 …
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
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: Political Wire and Mediaite
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.
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
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:
Dozens killed, including children on a bus, in Yemen air strikes  —  ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus through a market, in Yemen's Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dozens dead after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / The Guardian:
Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike
Discussion: RT, France 24 and Al Jazeera English
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 …
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
Washington Post:
White House drafting sanctions order to punish foreign interference in U.S. elections
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
Tribune pulls out of Sinclair deal as conservative broadcaster's expansion plan collapses
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hollywood Reporter:   Tribune Media Terminates $3.9B Sinclair Deal, Files Lawsuit for Breach of Contract
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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Mueller probe is like Watergate ‘on the side of the investigator’
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Twitter's CEO doesn't get how conspiracy theories work
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
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?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Baker / Axios:
How one failed drug ensnared so many GOP lawmakers  —  One Australian drug company — with only one (failed) product in one (failed) clinical trial — just keeps tripping up current and former House Republicans.  —  Driving the news: Federal prosecutors in New York indicted Rep. Chris Collins yesterday …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
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.”
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
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
White House head of communications for Hispanic media quietly exits  —  's White House director of media affairs for Latino and African-American news outlets quietly left her role in the administration recently.  —  Helen Aguirre Ferré did not publicly acknowledge her departure but Mercedes Schlapp …
Discussion: KABE-LP and Washington Times
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Trump's Newsprint Tariffs Hasten Local Newspapers' Demise  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint is hastening the demise of local newspapers across the country, forcing already-struggling publications to cut staff, reduce the number of days …
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 …
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Watchdog: Islamic State fighter numbers increase in Syria  —  A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqqa city, on April 30 …
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Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
China ‘Disappears’ Its Uighurs, Silences the World With Money
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Felice J. Freyer / The Boston Globe:
‘Pressure to work in pain.’ A quarter of Mass. opioid deaths are in construction
Discussion: Splinter
Robert J. McCarthy / The Buffalo News:
Chris Collins indictment unexpectedly puts 27th District in play
Discussion: Roll Call
Hannah Yoest / Weekly Standard:
Meet the Bullies from the World of Social Justice Poetry
Video shows Daniel Hambrick running from police during fatal shooting
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Hartford Courant:
Regardless of Trial, New Britain Is Keeping ‘Paul Manafort Drive’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
Does Sacha Baron Cohen Understand Israel?
Discussion: Althouse
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
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Media boost security as Trump ramps up ‘enemy’ rhetoric
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Trump's Lawyers Counter Mueller's Interview Offer, Seeking Narrower Scope