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10:15 AM 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 …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Omarosa book claims there are tapes of Trump using N-word on ‘Apprentice’ set
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Guardian
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 …
White anxiety finds a home at Fox News  —  Critics accuse Fox News host of racism  —  It wasn't so much a dog whistle as it was an airhorn.  Or perhaps a primal scream.  But whatever it was, Laura Ingraham's forceful denunciation of “massive demographic changes” served as another raw example …
Vote count discrepancies found in Kansas GOP primary  —  Washington (CNN)The close GOP primary race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer took a turn on Thursday, with discrepancies discovered between unofficial results from the county and the state levels.
Kansas City Star:
On day hundreds of new votes found in Kansas, Colyer calls on Kobach to recuse self  —  The gap between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach narrowed to roughly 100 votes on Thursday as the rival Republicans began to show signs that the election may ultimately be decided in a courthouse.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Kobach Says He Will Recuse Himself From Kansas Primary Vote Count
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels's Lawyer, Eyes Another Gig: President
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Most Blissfully Trump-Twitter-Free Place in America  —  Welcome to the money-laundering trial of Paul Manafort, where facts still matter.  —  Late on Wednesday morning, Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, stared directly at Rick Gates, his longtime deputy turned accuser …
Mueller request signals Gates may still be cooperating
Discussion: Politico and emptywheel
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort trial Day 8: A heated exchange, judge admits fault, Airbnb enters the spotlight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump  —  A memory stick quietly exchanged in a coffee shop.  —  An admission of a “Hail Mary” leak.  —  An unmistakable effort to push the Russia investigation closer to Donald Trump  —  's inner circle with uncorroborated tales.
NBC News:
50 Democratic candidates say they would oppose Pelosi as House speaker  —  NBC News surveyed candidates and their public statements to determine whether they will back the California lawmaker.  —  WASHINGTON — As Democrats battle to retake control of Congress in November, their leader …
NBC News:   Democrats opposing Pelosi
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: Three-quarters of Americans say Nancy Pelosi should be replaced, including half of Democrats
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Sarah Jeong and the Question of “Context”  —  Two years ago, the ESPN host Bomani Jones appeared on the network's “Mike & Mike” morning show wearing a T-shirt that seemed, at first glance, to bear the logo of Cleveland's baseball team, but, in place of the trademark cursive “Indians,” …
Scott Neuman / NPR:
NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Preseason Starts  —  Several NFL players knelt, raised fists or simply refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem as a controversial protest against police brutality dragged into the 2018 preseason.
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Three Dolphins protest during anthem
Discussion: Breitbart, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘I hate this county.’ Democratic House candidate convicted of DUI unloads on cops  —  First-time Georgia candidate to remain on ballot for now  —  A Democratic candidate for Congress in a conservative north Georgia district who was convicted this week of drunken driving challenged the officers …
New York Times:
Cables Detail C.I.A. Waterboarding at Secret Prison Run by Gina Haspel  —  WASHINGTON — In late November 2002, C.I.A. interrogators at a secret prison in Thailand warned a Qaeda suspect that he had to “suffer the consequences of his deception.”  —  As interrogators splashed water on the chest of the man …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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 …
NBC News:
Judge orders plane carrying deported mother and child turned around, blocks more removals
Discussion: New Republic and The Week
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Jimmy Kimmel Leaves Kanye West Speechless: Does Trump ‘Care About Black People’? … “I feel dragon energy in the air,” Jimmy Kimmel said during his monologue Thursday night.  That's because, after grilling Kim Kardashian West about her husband's “love” for Donald Trump just last week, he had Yeezus himself in the building.
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Yes, Donald Trump, you are a ‘racist’  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon revealed that in 2011, then-private citizen Donald Trump once branded him a “racist.”  Why?  “I was racist,” the African American journalist said Tuesday, “because of the way that I challenged him.”  Funny, Trump did the same thing to me four years later.
Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races  —  A POLITICO analysis of the vote breakdown in Ohio's special election shows that the party's suburban problem might be even deeper than feared.  —  The vote breakdown in Ohio's special election this week amplified a trend that's …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
How Bad are Things for the GOP?  A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan  —  In April, Michigan officials who oversee elections kicked Democrat Matt Morgan off the congressional ballot, leaving the Republican incumbent, Rep. Jack Bergman, to run unopposed in the general election.
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's media blitz  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old self-described “democratic socialist” who unexpectedly toppled a top Democratic incumbent in the primary for New York's 14th Congressional District, is a sudden media star even though she has not been elected to Congress.
Discussion: Shadowproof, Townhall and Mediaite
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: Political Wire, Splinter and Raw Story
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Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Splinter
Foreign Policy:
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mystery surrounds former sex-ring operator's Mueller probe role
Discussion: ABC News
Martin Cizmar / Raw Story:
Donald Trump Jr posts fake approval ratings graphic to falsely claim his dad is more popular than Obama
Dick Polman / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Mazie Hirono Is Pressing Trump's Nominees On Sexual Harassment. Brett Kavanaugh Is Next.
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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin treasurer candidate said she hopes opponent's fiancée keeps baby if raped
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Democratic Congressman In Tennessee Wants GOP Senate Candidate To Jump Off A Bridge
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
“It Was All True”: Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work
Discussion: Power Line
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina's Secret Money Man in Moscow, Sources Say
Discussion: Just Security
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Twitter says Infowars hasn't ‘violated our rules.’ It looks like that's not the case