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11:10 AM ET, August 11, 2018


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BuzzFeed News:
GOP Operative Made “Suspicious” Cash Withdrawals During Pursuit Of Clinton Emails  —  In one of the most intriguing episodes of the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican activist Peter W. Smith launched an independent effort to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails to help defeat her and elect Donald Trump.
Discussion: Lawfare
Fresno Bee:
Devin Nunes is protecting Trump, but the Constitution requires a check on the president  —  Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to levy taxes, borrow money, regulate commerce and declare war.  —  It has lesser responsibilities as well.  Among them are to create post offices …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform  —  Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would, for now, remain online, one day after a CNN investigation found …
BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Suspends Proud Boys And Founder Gavin McInnes Accounts Ahead Of Unite The Right Rally  —  Twitter suspended several accounts associated with the Proud Boys, a right-wing group present at last year's Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, ahead of a similar rally in Washington, DC this weekend.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Twitter Shuts Down Accounts of Vice Co-Founder Gavin McInnes, Proud Boys Ahead of ‘Unite the Right’ Rally
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Miami Congressman Diaz-Balart Posts Photo With Alt-Right “Proud Boy”
Discussion: The Dworkin Report
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Michael Avenatti Urges Democrats to Reject Michelle Obama's Advice on Trump  —  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Michael Avenatti, fresh off his declaration that he may run for president in 2020, used his first big speech as a prospective candidate to call on the Democratic Party to reject Michelle Obama's …
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Omarosa Tells NPR She Heard Trump ‘N-Word Tape,’ Contradicting Her Own Tell-All Book  —  “Hearing it changed everything for me,” former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman told NPR on Friday.  —  Manigault Newman was referring to what she calls the “N-word tape” …
Associated Press:
Trump, at golf club, intent on projecting he's hard at work  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is spending his summer vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.  Wait, don't call it “vacation.”  —  Trump, who is loath to admit to sleeping — let alone taking time off …
Rep. Chris Collins, fighting prosecution, seeks to end reelection bid  —  Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who was charged this week as part of an insider trading scheme, is suspending his re-election campaign and will attempt to remove his name from the ballot.
Javier E. David / CNBC:
NY GOP Congressman Chris Collins suspends campaign amid insider trading allegations  —  Chris Collins suspends campaign 180811 JDAVID EC  —  Rep. Chris Collins, one of President Donald Trump's earliest backers in Congress, suspended his campaign on Saturday, in the wake of insider trading allegations …
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Are you still sure there's no need to worry?  —  “Don't worry, the institutions will stop him.”  Or: “Don't worry, he hasn't done any real damage yet, the institutions have stopped him.”  How many times have you heard some version of this analysis since the election of President Trump?
Washington Post:
The Manafort scramble: Raising millions for himself even as he ran Trump's campaign
Discussion: Salon and New York Post
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
A Lifelong Political Scrapper, Roger Stone Is Fighting for His Own Legal Future  —  As a flamboyant veteran of Washington and New York City politics, the campaign strategist Roger J. Stone Jr. has been in any number of knock-'em-down scrapes over the years, reaching back four decades …
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Roger Stone Aide Who Ignored Mueller's Grand Jury Subpoena Wanted to Be ‘Held in Contempt’
BuzzFeed News:
An Airline Employee Stole A Plane From Seattle Airport And Was Chased By Fighter Jets Before Crashing  —  “I'm just a broken guy.  I've got a few screws loose I guess, I never really knew it until now,” the rogue pilot said to air traffic control.  —  An airline employee stole a plane …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Of Course There Is Such a Thing as a ‘Perjury Trap’  —  And it's a legitimate reason for President Trump to decline to be interviewed.  —  Studies will someday be done on the deleterious effect Donald Trump has had on the brains of people who loathe him.  It drives them to say things …
Montgomery Herald:
Woman killed by neighborhood dogs  —  Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins released this statement Friday, August 10.  —  a resident of a Lake Tillery development on the western side of Montgomery County went missing while taking her daily walk.  After several hours the 66 year old female did not return home.
The inside story of a toxic culture at Maryland football  —  Several current University of Maryland football players and people close to the Terrapins program describe a toxic coaching culture under head coach D.J. Durkin before offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death in June after a football workout.
John Riley / Metro Weekly:
Study: 78,000 transgender Americans could be prevented from voting in 2018  —  Congressional races in 8 states could be affected by the absence of transgender people due to strict photo ID requirements  —  A new study estimates that approximately 78,000 transgender people in eight crucial states …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Irwin M. Stelzer / Weekly Standard:
Trump's Economy Might Not Be Enough to Save the House  —  With the November congressional elections only 87 days away, Donald Trump has added to his revolutionary use of tweets what might prove to be an outdated reliance on two old-fashioned electoral winners to pull Republican candidates …
New York Times:
Once ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat,’ North Korea Now in Standoff With U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea is insisting that the United States declare that the Korean War is over before providing a detailed, written disclosure of all its atomic weapons stockpiles, its nuclear production facilities …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump calls for unity on anniversary of Charlottesville rally  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the nation to “come together” ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  —  “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Democrats all but acknowledge Kavanaugh is headed toward confirmation to Supreme Court  —  ORONO, Maine — Democrats have all but acknowledged that they are unable to stop the Senate from confirming Trump nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court this fall.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan / New York Times:
How Turkey Sees the Crisis With the U.S.  —  Unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States will undermine American interests and force Turkey to look for other friends and allies.  —  Mr. Erdogan is the president of Turkey.  —  ANKARA, Turkey — For the past six decades …
Discussion: Politico and Al Jazeera English
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Kamala Harris Unable to Name a Legislative Accomplishment When Asked  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told the Call Your Girlfriend podcast in an interview released Friday that serving on various congressional committees is her biggest “win.”  Awkwardly, Harris struggled to name …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
At Carrier, the Factory Trump Saved, Morale Is Through the Floor  —  Twenty months after the president-elect reached a deal to keep blue-collar jobs from leaving the country, absenteeism plagues the Indiana plant.  —  By the time the sun comes up, Nicole Hargrove knows if it'll be a struggle …
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”
Maxine Shen / Daily Mail:
Newly released video shows incredible Afghanistan heroics of Air Force sergeant, 36, killed in battle with Al Qaeda 16 years ago and he will finally receive a posthumous Medal of Honor  — A new video shows him taking on Al Qaeda fighters single-handedly after coming back from unconsciousness …
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Iran test-fires ballistic missile for first time in 2018, officials say  —  EXCLUSIVE - For the first time in more than a year, Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in a brazen display of defiance months after President Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark nuclear deal and days …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Mulvaney Looks to Weaken Oversight of Military Lending  —  The Trump administration is planning to suspend routine examinations of lenders for violations of the Military Lending Act, which was devised to protect military service members and their families from financial fraud …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer
Discussion: Vox, CBS San Francisco and CNN
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Brett Kavanaugh Urged Ken Starr Not to Indict Clinton While in Office
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democrats seek stronger social media presence to guard against potential Russian interference in midterms
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
The story behind the searing photo of Charlottesville's worst day
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Will Appear Before Congress Later In August
Rick Wilson / KCRW:
FROM THIS EPISODE  —  Does President Trump deserve the credit …
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William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Threatens Tariffs on Canadian-Made Cars
Discussion: Axios
Danny McDonald /
‘Do you know who I am?’ Bill Murray, photographer get into dispute on Martha's Vineyard
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS Chicago and AOL
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Administration Seeks to Withhold Millions in Aid to Palestinians
Discussion: Raw Story and BloombergQuint
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Russian state TV warns Trump to ‘do what we say’ if you want ‘support in the elections’
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
NPR interviewed the racist behind ‘Unite the Right 2’ and it was a disaster
Discussion: NPR, Raw Story and Splinter