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6:20 AM ET, August 10, 2018


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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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
John Hanna / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Kobach's lead in Kansas race falls to 91 votes
Discussion: Political Wire
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Kobach Says He Will Recuse Himself From Kansas Primary Vote Count
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count
Discussion: HuffPost and ABC News
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  —  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 …
Discussion: New Republic
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Orders Return of Two Deported Asylum Seekers to U.S.
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Judge slams Jeff Sessions for ‘outrageous’ deportation of abuse victim
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and New York Times
Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Deportation of Asylum Seekers Challenging Administration Policies
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
SE Cupp / CNN:
What Laura Ingraham said was awful.  And unsurprising.  —  SE Cupp is a CNN political commentator and the host of “SE Cupp Unfiltered,” premiering on CNN on Saturday, August 25.  The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   S.E. Cupp Talks to Mediaite About Trump's Upcoming War on MeToo... And Her Move to CNN
The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham's Anti-Immigrant Rant Was So Racist It Was Endorsed by Ex-KKK Leader David Duke
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  —  WASHINGTON — From the moment President Trump shocked much of the world by winning the White House in 2016, there has been an assumption in political circles that his victory would inspire a why-not-me caucus of imitators in 2020.
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.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas  —  The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is readying subpoenas for people connected to the controversial “Steele” dossier, sources tell The Hill.  —  Chairman Bob Goodlatte  —  (R-Va.) is preparing subpoenas …
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 …
Melania Trump's parents are now US citizens
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens
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 …
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
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
Mueller request signals Gates may still be cooperating
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
RELATED:   Fake Donald Trump Stars Popping Up All Over Hollywood Blvd.
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,” …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms  —  While Democrats grow optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House in November, they are increasingly anxious that the presence of their longtime and polarizing leader, Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
“It Was All True”: Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work  —  On Monday, The Intercept reported that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson relied on her official government staff for political work, sourced largely to unnamed employees.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: 52% want Russia probe ended, one-third Democrats agree  —  A majority of Americans have fallen into “Russia fatigue,” and want the probe into Moscow's influence in the 2016 ended, according to a new survey provided to Secrets.  —  The latest Zogby Analytics online survey found …
Discussion: Power Line and Front Page Magazine
Lee Harris / ABC News:
At DEF CON '18, kids as young as 5 challenged to hack election results websites, voting machines  —  At DEF CON, one of the world's largest hacking conferences, hackers clad in black hoodies made headlines last year when they exposed an array of structural vulnerabilities in voting technology …
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Tax-dodging Trump flunky won't fly the US flag on her $40 million yacht  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is dodging more than $2 million worth of taxes by registering her yacht in the Cayman Islands rather than the United States.  —  Trump often roars about the need to respect the flag …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Shannon K. Crawford / ABC News:
‘Manhattan Madam’ expected to appear before Mueller grand jury  —  Kristin Davis, a former upscale-prostitution-ring operator once known as the “Manhattan Madam,” is expected to testify before a grand jury in Washington, D.C., Friday in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe …
Discussion: Politico
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
Detroit News:
Snyder snubs Schuette in governor race  —  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refuses to say whether he'll endorse in the governor's race or if he even likes GOP nominee Bill Schuette
Discussion: Political Wire
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Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Democratic Congressman In Tennessee Wants GOP Senate Candidate To Jump Off A Bridge
Discussion: Breitbart
Kate Aronoff / In These Times:
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Justice News:
Cambridge Man Arrested for Threatening Federal Agents Using Twitter
Discussion: Breitbart and NBC News
Washington Post:
Tennessee executes killer with controversial drug that Justice Sotomayor said could inflict ‘torturous pain’
Discussion: The Week, Althouse and Daily Kos
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
As 2020 Talk Continues, Kamala Harris Is Set To Headline Martha's Vineyard Reception
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The Daily Beast:
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
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Samantha Grasso / The Daily Dot:
Arkansas cop fired after telling 2 Black men they 'don't belong' in town
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities