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4:40 PM ET, August 10, 2018


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David Smith / The Guardian:
Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word - and claims there's tape to prove it  —  Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House adviser writes in new memoir that she witnessed ‘truly appalling things’  —  Donald Trump is a “racist” who has used the “N-word” repeatedly …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Ex-aide says she refused hush money, pens White House memoir calling Trump racist  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman was offered a $15,000-a-month contract from President Trump's campaign to stay silent after being fired from her job as a White House aide by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly last December …
John Light / Talking Points Memo:
Omarosa Claims She Walked In On Trump Eating Paper In Oval Office  —  In her forthcoming book, “Unhinged,” former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that she saw President Trump chewing up a piece of paper after a meeting with his then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Used Racial Slur During ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Ex-Aide Says  —  President Trump frequently used the word “nigger” while he was the host of the reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice” and there are tapes that can confirm it, according to a new memoir by one of Mr. Trump's former …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
What we're reading: The juiciest claims from Omarosa's upcoming book  —  In her new book coming out next week, former White House staffer Omarosa calls Trump a “racist,” claims there are tapes of him saying the “N-word” and says there is a tanning bed in the White House …
Washington Post:
Witness in Mueller probe refuses to appear before grand jury  —  A witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation has refused to appear for scheduled grand jury testimony Friday, prompting a sealed hearing before a federal judge.  —  Andrew Miller, a former aide …
Elie Honig / The Daily Beast:
Trump Will Fold if Mueller Calls His Bluff.  Giuliani Is the Tell. … As negotiations continue between Robert Mueller and Rudy Giuliani over a potential sit-down interview with President Donald Trump, Giuliani has gone on a public relations tour announcing that he has offered to bring …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Harry Litman / Washington Post:
Time for Mueller to bring out the big guns  —  Harry Litman teaches constitutional law at the University of California at San Diego and practices law at the firm Constantine Cannon.  He was U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1998 to 2001.
Discussion: Althouse
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mystery surrounds former sex-ring operator's Mueller probe role
Discussion: ABC News
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Sheriff Joe on Sacha Baron Cohen interview: ‘I made a bad mistake’  —  PHOENIX — Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio admits that he made a “bad mistake” by allowing himself to be interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen as part of an undercover television show.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it  —  University of Chicago researchers — who clearly have a lot of time on their hands — have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor of your level of affluence.  This is an exercise in the obvious when it comes to a $1,000 iPhone.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans ask Trump to intervene in contentious Arizona primary
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Democratic National Committee Proposes Reversing Its Ban On Fossil Fuel Donations  —  The move comes just two months after the party adopted a resolution to prohibit oil, gas and coal company contributions.  —  The Democratic National Committee plans to vote on a resolution Friday afternoon …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort trial Day 9: Witness suggests Trump role helped Manafort nab loans  —  The bank- and tax-fraud trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resumed Friday afternoon without any public explanation for an unusual delay in the proceedings, but quickly produced revealing …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   The Most Blissfully Trump-Twitter-Free Place in America
Heather Long / Washington Post:
In America, wage growth is getting wiped out entirely by inflation  —  U.S. workers' paychecks are worth less than they were a year ago, the labor department reported Friday, as modest wage gains have failed to keep pace with inflation.  —  Inflation rose 2.9 percent from July 2017 to July 2018 …
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:   Highest Core Inflation in Decade Flattens Real U.S. Wage Growth
Chris Whitfield / The Daily Citizen:
‘I hate this county.  I prayed to God that he would curse it’: Footage shows DUI arrest of congressional candidate (with VIDEO)  —  Editor's note: Some of the language in this story may be offensive to some readers.  —  The Democratic congressional candidate who was found guilty this week …
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   ‘I hate this county.’ Democratic House candidate convicted of DUI unloads on cops
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kansas governor questions opponent's role in vote counting  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said Friday that he believes Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told counties as part of his job as the state's top elections official not to accept some legitimate ballots in their hotly contested Republican primary race.
John Hanna / Associated Press:   Kobach's take-no-prisoners style at forefront in Kansas race
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Flat Earthers Call Trump's Space Force Idea ‘Impossible’ … President Donald Trump wants a Space Force to expand U.S. military power beyond the globe.  That's a problem for flat earthers who incorrectly believe the world is a flat disc floating through space.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh hearing for Supreme Court seat to be held in September  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings will be held the first week of September, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Friday.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Eye of the Hurricane  —  Minnesota could be the decisive battleground in November, and the national media are beginning to notice.  The Associated Press reports: “Democrats' hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota.” … I would say, formerly one of the nation's bluest states.
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:   Democrats' hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota
We Researched Hundreds Of Races.  Here's Who Democrats Are Nominating.  —  This story was produced in collaboration with ABC News and Ballotpedia.1 Research by Ballotpedia and Roey Hadar, Lee Harris, Adam Kelsey, Adia Robinson, Meena Venkataramanan and John Verhovek of ABC News.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Explain the Chinese spy, Sen. Feinstein  —  Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff.  Think it would cause a political firestorm?  Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
Discussion: Breitbart and Instapundit
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
NEW: Daily Beast Working on Major NBC News Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Story  —  The Daily Beast is working on a major story about sexual harassment and misconduct at NBC News, sources tell Mediaite.  —  The story involves varying allegations against senior NBC News executives …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The White Nationalists Are Winning  —  The year since the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been difficult for the rogues gallery of Nazis and pseudo-Nazis who championed it.  —  Jason Kessler, one of the organizers, was practically run out of town …
Jozsef Papp / Augusta Chronicle:
Former congressional candidate charged with murder in Aiken  —  Jozsef Papp @JozsefPapp_  —  The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection to a murder at a residence on Old Powderhouse Road in Aiken.  —  Kellie Lynn Collins, 30, surrendered to authorities in McDuffie County …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Noah Feit / The State:
Former congressional candidate charged with murder of campaign staffer she lived with, SC cops say
Discussion: TheBlaze
C.J. Ciaramella / Hit & Run:
Rod Rosenstein Defends Bad Forensic Science  —  U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended several questionable forms of forensic evidence Tuesday.  —  “Most of you work on the front lines of the criminal justice system, where forensic science has been under attack in recent years …
Laura Newberry / Los Angeles Times:
Fed-up locals are setting electric scooters on fire, smearing them with poop and burying them at sea  —  They've been crammed into toilets, tossed off balconies and set on fire.  They've even been adorned with dangling bags of dog droppings.  —  As cities from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills struggle …
Discussion: Althouse
CBS News:
NASA package that fell from sky with note mentioning Trump sparks alarm in New Jersey  —  SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Axios Gives Up on Getting You to Pronounce Its Name Axi-US  —  It's Axi-OS now.  As it should be.  —  Jim VandeHei's dream is dead.  No, not the one about starting a new media organization: His Arlington-based Axios is doing just fine, and even has a deal for a limited-run HBO series.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rubio Goes Nationalist  —  Meet the new Marco . . .  In June 2016, Marco Rubio changed his mind and announced that he would not be retiring from the Senate as he had planned.  A major reason he was seeking a second term, Rubio said, was to help the Senate exercise what …
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
NPR interviewed the racist behind ‘Unite the Right 2’ and it was a disaster  —  Two days ahead of what is expected to be a small white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., NPR gave rally organizer Jason Kessler a national platform to peddle junk “race science.”
Discussion: NPR, Splinter and Washington Post
Andrew Seidman /
N.J.'s Bob Menendez is top foreign relations Democrat in Senate.  His campaign chief is a lobbyist for Qatar.  —  Michael Soliman is a longtime aide and confidant to Sen. Bob Menendez.  Now the New Jersey Democrat's campaign chairman, he naturally wants his boss to win reelection this year.
Sara A. Carter:
Sekulow: Unprecedented Level of Corruption in Trump-Russia Investigation  —  President Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow said Tuesday that there is an “unprecedented level of corruption” in the FBI/DOJ investigation into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
What would the intelligence community's ‘insurance policy’ against Trump look like?  —  Let's begin in the realm of the fanciful.  —  Assume, for the sake of argument, that powerful, connected people in the intelligence community and in politics worried that a wildcard Trump presidency …
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Go deeper: Laura Ingraham's demographics backlash  —  Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended her comments about the “massive demographic changes” in America on Thursday, saying her remarks “had nothing to do with race or ethnicity.”  —  Why it matters: Ingraham's show, along with other prime …
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Former Ohio State wrestler clarifies he doesn't know if Rep. Jordan knew of abuse
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David Lindquist / Indianapolis Star:
What prompted ‘security concern’ and abrupt end to Rascal Flatts show remains unclear
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Russian state TV warns Trump to ‘do what we say’ if you want ‘support in the elections’
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump's approval hits 50 percent — in a doctored poll graphic shared by his son
Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite
Mike Luery / KQCA-TV:
Secret DMV office serves lawmakers, Capitol staffers
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency's New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show
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