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4:05 PM ET, August 14, 2018


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CBS News:
Omarosa reveals audio of Trump campaign aides allegedly discussing potential fallout of N-word  —  President Trump says former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman lied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape.  The president tweeted Monday night, “I don't have that word in my vocabulary and never have.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: Charges against Omarosa filed by Trump campaign, ‘millions’ sought  —  President Trump's campaign organization Tuesday filed charges against friend-turned-enemy Omarosa Manigault Newman, claiming that she broke a 2016 nondisclosure contract by disparaging the president in her new book …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump campaign retains Hulk Hogan lawyer Charles Harder for arbitration action against Omarosa Manigault Newman  — Attorney Charles Harder is representing President Donald Trump's campaign in its arbitration fight against former senior White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump unloads on special counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department in a furious morning tweet storm  — Trump again slams special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for allowing the “witch hunt” to take root in the first place.
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump campaign files arbitration against Omarosa for violating nondisclosure contract  —  A senior Trump campaign official confirms to ABC News, the campaign has filed arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman Tuesday morning in New York for allegations that she violated her non-disclosure agreement with the Trump campaign.
Lynne Patton / TwitLonger:
Official Statement on Omarosa Manigault-Newman  —  My name is Lynne Patton and I am a senior official in the Trump Administration.  —  White House leadership, both past and present, can confirm that I was the closest confidante & friend to Ms. Manigault-Newman during her tenure at the White House …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Appears to Admit White House Aides Signed Nondisclosure Agreements
New York Times:
Trump's Trade War Is Rattling China's Leaders  —  BEIJING — China's leaders have sought to project confidence in the face of President Trump's tariffs and trade threats.  But as it becomes clear that a protracted trade war with the United States may be unavoidable, there are growing signs …
Discussion: Breitbart
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / The Daily Beast:
Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly
Discussion: Breitbart and Business Insider
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Manafort attorneys opt to skip defense, proceed to closing arguments  —  Attorneys for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who is on trial for financial crimes in federal district court Alexandria, Virginia, will not call additional witnesses to present a defense.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ex-Trump aide Manafort's defense rests, case headed to jury
Doug Jones heckled over Brett Kavanaugh at Birmingham town hall  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( — Sen. Doug Jones was heckled at a town hall meeting Monday night in Birmingham when a woman threw a pair of stuffed lips in the senator's direction while venting her anger that Alabama's junior senator …
NBC News:
How three conspiracy theorists took ‘Q’ and sparked Qanon  —  Pushing the theory on to bigger platforms proved to be the key to Qanon's spread — and the originators' financial gain.  —  In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website …
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Roger Stone shares image of himself and Trump as ‘Space Force’ wearing swastikas  —  on Monday shared a digitally altered image on Instagram of himself, President Trump  —  and several other people serving in or aligned with the administration wearing spacesuits with swastikas on them.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump keeps raging at Mueller, another poll shows his lies are failing  —  Because so many of us got it wrong in 2016, we often tend to reflexively tell ourselves that President Trump must be working some kind of hidden magic over public opinion that we're all missing.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Fentanyl Used to Execute Nebraska Inmate, in a First for U.S.  —  LINCOLN, Neb. — Prison officials in Nebraska used fentanyl, the powerful opioid at the center of the nation's overdose epidemic, to help execute a convicted murderer on Tuesday.  The lethal injection at the Nebraska State Penitentiary …
Discussion: KFOR-TV and Mother Jones
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Tight Race in CD03  —  Low awareness of either candidate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur faces a tough challenge from former national security adviser Andy Kim in the race for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
Discussion: Roll Call
Michael Graham / CBS News:
Commentary: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the Sarah Palin of the Left  —  If you're one of the many American progressives cheering on the performance of your new political rock star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, look around: Many of the people cheering with you are Republicans.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   The Deflation of the Academic Brand
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Gonzales poll: Hogan leads Jealous by 16 points in Maryland governor's race  —  With less than three months until the general election, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a sizable lead over Democratic challenger Ben Jealousaccording to a new poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies.
Washington Post:
Poll: Hogan leads Jealous in Maryland governor's race by double-digits
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Tyler Durden /
Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities  —  Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.
Roy Strom /
Mayer Brown Supreme Court Practice Founder Shot and Killed  —  Stephen Shapiro, a former U.S. deputy solicitor general and leading Supreme Court advocate, is dead at 71.  —  Stephen Shapiro, the founder of Mayer Brown's U.S. Supreme Court practice, was shot and killed at his home …
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on H.R. 5515  —  Today, I have signed into law H.R. 5515, “an Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy …
Discussion: Lawfare
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Trump Won't Follow Congressional Directives on Russia and Crimea
Discussion: Shareblue Media and MSNBC
Kseniya Kirillova / KyivPost:
Veteran Soviet KGB agent talks about Butina  —  Maria Butina's ties with Russian intelligence make her a “grave” flight risk, US officials say, and she should not be bailed before trial.  —  For the past several weeks, the Russian woman Maria Butina who was arrested on July 15 in the U.S …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Meyer / Politico:   Handler of alleged spy Butina tied to suspicious U.S.-Russia exchange program
David Marchese / Vulture:
In Conversation: Penn Jillette Talking magic, truth, and Trump's alleged Apprentice Tapes.  —  The long and successful career of Penn Jillette, the bigger half (physically and personality-wise) of the magic duo Penn & Teller, itself constitutes a kind of trick.
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
More than 300 accused priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday released a sweeping grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic Church, listing more than 300 accused clergy and detailing a “systematic” coverup effort by church leaders over 70 years.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Puerto Rican Storm Victim Gets Her Power Back, Nearly a Year After Hurricane Maria  —  PONCE, P.R. — Jazmín Méndez has lived much of the last year in the dark.  No light to read by.  No food cooled in the fridge.  No television for her three children.
Fox News Segment Draws Angry Reaction From Danish Government  —  A Fox News item characterizing Denmark as a socialist dystopia has drawn an angry response from politicians from the Nordic country.  —  The Fox broadcast suggests that Denmark is an economic failure because of its high taxes and a lack of free-market incentives.
Discussion: Raw Story and BloombergQuint
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can hackers tamper with your vote?  Researchers show it's possible in nearly 30 states  —  LAS VEGAS  —  Top computer researchers gave a startling presentation recently about how to intercept and switch votes on emailed ballots, but officials in the 30 or so states said the ease with which votes …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won  —  Facebook and Google made billions mining personal data, and fought off anyone who threatened to stop them.  Then came a challenge in their own backyard.  —  The way Alastair Mactaggart usually tells the story of his awakening …
New York Times:
Trump's Sabotage of Obamacare Is Illegal  —  A president doesn't have the right to dispense with laws he dislikes.  —  Mr. Bagley and Ms. Gluck are law professors.  —  From the moment he took office, President Trump has used all aspects of his executive power to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Balkinization and Shakesville
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
Government ‘transparency’ has gone too far  —  Dave Eggers's 2013 novel “The Circle” depicts a world where demands for “openness” annihilate privacy and personal autonomy, creating a dystopian nightmare.  Public officials in the tale try to outdo each other in going “clear” by wearing body cameras and microphones every waking moment.
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Antifa protesters couldn't find any fascists at Unite the Right — and harassed the press instead  —  Antifascists, according to their own doctrine, fight fascism.  Sounds simple enough.  —  Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define “fascism” vaguely …
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald:
Melissa Howard reverses course, drops out of race after degree scandal  —  “I have come to the realization that the right thing to do for my community is to withdraw from the race,” she tells the Herald-Tribune.  —  A day after saying she planned to continue running for a state House seat despite revelations …
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Law & Crime:
Tinder Founders Seek Billions Against Parent Company, Allege Sexual Harassment Cover-Up
Michael Weiss / The Daily Beast:
This Is Why Putin Is Targeting Three DHS Agents
Discussion: Raw Story
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Gender, Ethnic Studies profs earn about $12k more than peers
Discussion: Daily Wire
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Details scarce, but White House says it's actively working to bring Austin Tice home
NYPD officer being investigated for breaking in Nashville family's home, using racial slur
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Sam LaGrone / USNI News:
Marine Missing from USS Essex Not Found as Search Concludes
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Shareblue Media
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
Never Corbyn
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Conspiracy Theories About Devin Nunes Are Getting Out Of Control
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Resistance Twitter Star Seth Abramson Wants to Turn His Threads Into a Book
Cory Bergman / Factal Blog:
Introducing Factal from the founders of Breaking News
NBC News:
Avenatti's ‘swagger’ stirs Iowa Democrats
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Bradley P. Moss / Politico:
Trump's Purge of the FBI Is Complete