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2:10 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.
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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
Sam Baker / Axios:
How one failed drug ensnared so many GOP lawmakers
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Trump Will Try To Help GOP Candidates Whether They Like It Or Not
Washington Post:
‘Nothing bodes well’: Lackluster election results spark debate over Trump's midterm role
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.
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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.
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 and New York Times
Washington Post:
Pence details plan for creation of Space Force in what would be the sixth branch of the military  —  Vice President Pence laid out an ambitious plan Thursday that would create a military command dedicated to space this year and eventually establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Discussion: Vox, Engadget, Splinter and The Week
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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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
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
A Warning from 1995  —  In November 1995, COMMENTARY published a symposium called “The National Prospect” in which dozens of writers offered their view of America's possible future.  I just went and looked at my entry in that symposium, which I had not thought of in years …
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
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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.
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 …
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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   The worst — and most intriguing — parts of the secret Devin Nunes tape
MSNBC:
TRMS Exclusive: Devin Nunes speaks candidly at fundraiser
Discussion: Vox and The Week
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes, Trump's political stooge, is at it again
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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.
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Major Garrett / CBS News:
Rudy Giuliani puts odds of a Trump-Mueller interview at “50-50”
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
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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
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 …
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Twitter's CEO doesn't get how conspiracy theories work
Reuters:
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.
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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.
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.”
Jeff Coltin / CSNY:
Sean Patrick Maloney unleashes his inner bro  —  After a month of relative quiet from his campaign for attorney general, Sean Patrick Maloney is finally sprinting out of the gate.  —  The congressman and more than a dozen supporters showed up bright and early Wednesday morning decked …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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, ThinkProgress, KTLA and CNN
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits  —  The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily.  —  A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
 
 
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Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House candidate caught on video stealing rival's fliers
Discussion: Political Wire
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Outrage Over Sarah Jeong
Discussion: American Greatness and Vox
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Democratic Party's New Litmus Test: Gun Control
Discussion: Inside Elections
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Florida Wants To Help Bullied Kids — Unless They're Gay
Zachary Hansen / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta school removes Pledge of Allegiance from morning ritual
Discussion: CBS New York and Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The Chris Collins indictment ensures ethics will be a major issue in the midterms
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
WARNING: Colleges May Reject You Based On Whom You Follow On Social Media
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
CNBC:
Chinese leadership is facing a rare backlash for its handling of the US trade dispute
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Terminates $3.9 Billion Sinclair Merger, Sues Broadcast Rival
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
GOP Rep's Arrest Gets 7x The Coverage of Entire Scandal for Democrat
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Media boost security as Trump ramps up ‘enemy’ rhetoric