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12:40 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 …
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 …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Omarosa book claims there are tapes of Trump using N-word on ‘Apprentice’ set
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mystery surrounds former sex-ring operator's Mueller probe role
Discussion: ABC News
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump slaps steeper tariffs on Turkey after currency freefall  —  President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he is doubling tariffs on Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan asked citizens to convert foreign currencies, including U.S. dollars, into local lira — leading to a dramatic drop in the Turkish currency.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Turkish lira plunges 15% versus dollar after Trump authorizes doubling metals tariffs on Turkey
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
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: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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 …
Chris Whitfield / The Daily Citizen:
‘I hate this county.  I prayed to God that he would curse it’: Footage shows DUI arrest …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
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.
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: Mediaite
New York Times:
Trump Blasts Kneeling N.F.L. Players After National Anthem Protests Resume
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: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
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 …
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
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,” …
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 …
Noah Feit / The State:
Former congressional candidate charged with murder of campaign staffer she lived with, SC cops say  —  A woman who recently ran for a congressional seat was arrested for murder among other charges Wednesday, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.  —  Curt Cain, the man …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Space Force Is Peak Trump  —  Late Thursday morning, after playing a round of golf and firing off an angry missive about the Russia investigation, Donald Trump wrote this: … The tweet is a perfect synecdoche for the program in question: short, punchy, and memorable, but ultimately substanceless.
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.
John Cook / HuffPost:
The Story Behind The Story That Created A Political Nightmare For Facebook  —  In 2016, Gizmodo reported that Facebook workers “suppressed” conservative news.  An editor has second thoughts.  —  When Vice News reported last month that Twitter had been “shadowbanning” conservative voices …
Chris Lee / Vulture:
Behind Hollywood's A-List Bidding War for a McDonald's Monopoly Article  —  On a Saturday in late July, the Daily Beast posted a story titled “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald's Monopoly Game and Stole Millions” — a picaresque, stranger-than-fiction conspiracy tale involving drug traffickers …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Fearing ‘blue wave,’ drug, insurance companies build single-payer defense  —  Powerful health care interests worried that a Democratic “blue wave” could give new energy to single-payer healthcare legislation have created a new group to take on the issue.  —  The formation of the Partnership …
Alexandra N. Gutowski / RealClearDefense:
Is the Pentagon About to Hand Iran a Major Border Crossing?  —  U.S. airstrikes are softening the Islamic State at a key border crossing without any plans for a follow-on ground offensive to deny it to Iran.  —  The Pentagon announced on Wednesday the start of its final ground offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 and theGrio
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.
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Discussion: Political Wire
French court orders Twitter to change smallprint after privacy case
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook Banned Infowars. Now What?
Emily Goldberg / Politico:
Medvedev: U.S. sanctions against Russian banks would be ‘declaration of economic war’
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Jimmy Kimmel Leaves Kanye West Speechless: Does Trump ‘Care About Black People’?
Dick Polman / The Atlantic:
The Democrats' Quest to Win the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post
Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
How Bad Are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate Got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan