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8:55 PM ET, August 9, 2018

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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 …
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Judge slams Jeff Sessions for ‘outrageous’ deportation of abuse victim
Discussion: NPR, New Republic and The Daily Beast
ACLU:
Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Deportation of Asylum Seekers Challenging Administration Policies
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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  —  (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 Root
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Joe.My.God. and IJR
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's parents become naturalized U.S. citizens despite the president's hostility toward ‘chain migration’
ABC News:
Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump's parents
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 and The Week
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Kansas City Star:
Votes found in western Kansas narrow Kobach's lead over Colyer to under 100  —  The Republican race for governor just got tighter.  —  Gov. Jeff Colyer's campaign spokesman said Thursday that 100 votes for Colyer have been found in a western Kansas county, meaning Kansas Secretary …
Discussion: HuffPost
Kansas City Star:
Kobach should butt out of his own recount — and JoCo official behind this mess must go
Discussion: MSNBC and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kobach hints he may stay out of Kansas count
Discussion: ABC News
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Kris Kobach just lost half of his lead in the Kansas governor's primary
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.
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SE Cupp / CNN:
What Laura Ingraham said was awful. And unsurprising.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
New York Times:
Judge in Manafort Trial Is a ‘Caesar’ in His Own Rome
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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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 …
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
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
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 …
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
Associated Press:
New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said.
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ruble Tumbles as U.S. Sets Out New Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and Hullabaloo
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: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
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.
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: ThinkProgress, KTLA, CNN and Raw Story
 
 
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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
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We're Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.
Samantha Grasso / The Daily Dot:
Arkansas cop fired after telling 2 Black men they 'don't belong' in town
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court orders Trump EPA to ban controversial pesticide
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
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.
Avi Bueno / The Loyal Opposition:
Dismantling Republican Faux-Patriotism
 Earlier Items: 
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Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities
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Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House candidate caught on video stealing rival's fliers
Discussion: Splinter
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Red Wave’ Illusion
Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson