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8:40 AM ET, August 16, 2018


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John O. Brennan / New York Times:
John Brennan: President Trump's Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash  —  That's why the president revoked my security clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him.  —  Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2013 to 2017.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance  —  Brennan has been a vocal critic of President Trump  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, a prominent critic of the president, the White House said Wednesday.
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Intel Official: “Brennan's Actions are Unconscionable...Trump Did The Right Thing”  —  Numerous intelligence officials say Brennan's behavior is damaging to national security  —  Former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance was revoked by President Trump Wednesday …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Revokes Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan's Security Clearance  —  WASHINGTON — In a remarkable attack on a political opponent, President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan's “erratic” behavior.
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
John Brennan's nasty history with Trump preceded national security clearance revocation
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Brennan: Trump is ‘dangerous to our nation’
Discussion: Vox
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
She works for Trump.  He can't stand him.  This is life with Kellyanne and George Conway.  —  Kellyanne Conway is in her living room, showing me an enormous painting of Audrey Hepburn wearing a peacock on her head, but her husband, George, really wants us to come into his office and look …
Erin Durkin / The Guardian:
Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump's ‘dirty war’ on press  —  Participation comes after a push organized by the Boston Globe to run coordinated editorials against Trump's attacks on the media  —  Nearly 350 news organizations are set to publish editorials …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Journalists are not the enemy
Discussion: France 24, RAPPLER and The Guardian
New York Times:
Opinion | A Free Press Needs You
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive  —  It isn't clear what rules the president is adopting to replace the existing ones  —  President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum governing how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons …
Washington Post:
Jack Dorsey says he's rethinking the core of how Twitter works  —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn't enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex Jones and Infowars.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:   The Hill Interview: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains what got Alex Jones suspended
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says His Tariffs Will Rescue U.S. Steel Industry  —  President says U.S. steelmakers were in danger of closing; others take issue with the tariffs' impact  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump said that his steel tariffs on China and other countries are rescuing an iconic U.S. industry …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Papadopoulos's Wife Says He Should Scrap His Plea Deal With Mueller  — The wife of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is making the bombshell suggestion that her husband drop a plea deal he has with special counsel Robert Mueller.  — Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced …
Emily Zauzmer /
Omarosa Claims Ivanka Trump ‘Would Not Stop’ Complaining About SNL's ‘Complicit’ Perfume Ad  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman's tell-all Unhinged claims that Ivanka Trump hated the Saturday Night Live sketch that labeled her “complicit” in March 2017.  —  “At the senior staff meeting …
Discussion: RightWire and NewsWars
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: 'We're not going to make America great again; it was never that great'  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ratcheted up his verbal feud with President Donald Trump saying “we're not going to make America great again, it was never that great.”
Betsy Woodruff /
Trump Staffer Says He Recruited Lobbyists for Russian Mogul  —  In the time since the election, a little-known Trump campaign staffer named Daniel Gelbinovich reached out to a number of Washington lobbyists with an eyebrow-raising ask: to shield a Putin ally from U.S. sanctions.
Washington Post:
CEO pay jumps to $19 million annually, as fears mount over the wealthy pocketing gains  —  Top executives of America's biggest companies saw their average annual pay surge to $18.9 million in 2017, according to a report released Thursday, fueling concerns about the gulf between the nation's richest and everyone else.
Discussion: The Guardian
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
The Weekly Standard's Ties to Fusion GPS  —  In his online appeal for money after being fired this week, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok credited an unlikely source to vouch for his victim status: The Weekly Standard.  —  At one time a leading conservative magazine …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘If they take the House, he wins big’: Trump loyalists see upside in impeachment  —  Why some Trump allies think his path to reelection runs through an effort to kick him out of the Oval Office.  —  There's a new way of demonstrating loyalty to Donald Trump and his Republican Party …
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Documents Reveal Successful Cyberattack in California Congressional Race  —  The FBI investigated hacking attempts targeting a Democrat who ran against “Putin's favorite congressman”  —  WASHINGTON — FBI agents in California and Washington, D.C., have investigated a series of cyberattacks …
Zach Dorfman / Foreign Policy:
Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents  —  The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.  —  It was considered one of the CIA's worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities …
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
Judge blasts Sun Sentinel for publishing confidential information in Parkland school shooting case  —  A Broward judge criticized the South Florida Sun Sentinel for publishing legally obtained information about the Parkland school shooter.  (WPEC-CBS12)  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  Privacy Policy
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers prepare to fight subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's lead lawyer for the ongoing Russia probe, said Wednesday that he is still awaiting a response from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to the Trump team's latest terms …
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Trump and the Enemies of the People  —  Nikita Khrushchev, in his memoirs, observed that Joseph Stalin, his despotic and bloody-minded predecessor, referred to “everyone who didn't agree with him as an ‘enemy of the people.’ ”  —  “As a result, several hundred thousand honest people perished …
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
In Kentucky House Race, a Battle of Ideology vs. Résumé  —  LEXINGTON, Ky. — One morning last week, Representative Andy Barr stood on a podium to celebrate the renaming of Veterans Affairs facilities here for two local World War II heroes, the result of legislation the congressman had sponsored.
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
With campaign aides out for ‘revenge,’ Joe Arpaio takes sharp turn against Kelli Ward  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Kelli Ward's Senate campaign has a Joe Arpaio problem.  —  With just over two weeks until the Arizona primary election, Ward has been forced to fend off attacks from the former Maricopa …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst stripped of security clearance after Stefan Halper complaints  —  A Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama-appointed officials after he complained of questionable government contracts to Stefan Halper …
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Is Seeking To Restart Thousands Of Closed Deportation Cases  —  The Trump administration has requested the restarting of thousands of deportation cases that immigration judges previously had suspended, according to statistics provided Wednesday by the Department …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
Not one Republican supports a bill to protect domestic violence victims  —  The GOP is shrugging its shoulders at an urgent deadline to renew the most important U.S. law protecting abuse victims.  —  Not a single Republican in the U.S. House has signed on to renew a major law that helps victims …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Roll Call:
Espy Poll of Mississippi Senate Race Shows Path to Victory for Democrats  —  A Democratic poll of the Mississippi Senate special election shows former Rep. Mike Espy having a path to finishing first in a runoff this fall.  —  Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed earlier …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump attacks Russia provisions in signed defense bill  —  said in a signing statement that he reserves the right to ignore a recently signed defense authorization law's ban on recognizing Russian sovereignty of Crimea.  —  The provision was just one of 50 Trump says infringes on his presidential authority.
Gary Dinges / mystatesman:
Austin pirate radio station, flagship for Alex Jones, faces $15k fine  —  A pirate radio station that serves as controversial host Alex Jones' Austin flagship has been knocked off the city's airwaves - at least temporarily - and the Federal Communications Commission has levied a $15,000 penalty …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Elizabeth Warren's Batty Plan to Nationalize . . . Everything  —  Wholesale seizure and control of private property?  With 2020 in her sights, Warren woos the hard Left.  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has one-upped socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Sacramento Bee:
Originalism is bad for justice.  And Brett Kavanaugh is a big believer  —  Originalism is a terrible approach to constitutional interpretation.  The confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, which are to begin Sept. 4 …
Discussion: Simple Justice
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Trump's Speeches Feature Mystery Men the White House Won't Name  — The president leans on unidentified allies to back policies  — White House won't identify people Trump describes in remarks  —  One of the biggest supporters of President Donald Trump's trade policies …
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Zeynep Tufekci / MIT Technology Review:
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
4 in 10 Republicans think foreign election interference would be a minor problem — or no problem at all
Mará Rose Williams / Kansas City Star:
In this KC-area district, boys and girls will share gender-neutral restrooms
Discussion: Daily Wire and RedState
Tom Fitzgerald / WTTG-TV:
Cardinal Wuerl addresses report on child sex abuse by priests, says he will not resign
Michelle Lou / HuffPost:
Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sues Colorado After Refusing To Bake Trans Woman's Cake
Discussion: Fox News, NPR, ERLC and IJR
The Atlantic:
The Freedom of the Press Is Yours
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Sends Subpoena to Tesla in Probe Over Musk Tweets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Dollar Shave Club's men's magazine “Mel” grows up
Soo Youn / The Guardian:
America's hottest export? Sperm
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Said something you'd like to forget? CNN's Andrew Kaczynski won't let it go.
Patti Davis / Washington Post:
My father, Ronald Reagan, would never have stood for this
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Kobach Primary Victory Moves Race to Toss Up
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US
Discussion: The Week