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6:40 PM ET, August 15, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
I read six sycophantic pro-Trump books — and then I read Omarosa  —  Hagiographies of the president share seven core traits.  —  Some are born Trump sycophants.  Some achieve Trump sycophancy.  And some have Trump sycophancy thrust upon them — since he's a star, they let him do that.
Discussion: Slate, HuffPost, IJR, Mashable, Mediaite and LifeZette
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Huckabee Sanders apologizes for false statement about black employment  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized late Tuesday for wrongly stating that President Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Barack Obama did.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Penn Jillette says Trump used ‘racially insensitive’ language on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Discussion: Townhall
The Federalist:   New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unleashed: America ‘Was Never That Great’
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director Brennan, a critic of the president
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Hostility unabated: Colorado seeks to punish cake artist Jack Phillips again  —  ADF attorneys file suit against state officials  —  DENVER - Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Colorado cannot treat cake artist Jack Phillips differently than others, state officials have continued …
David French / National Review:   Colorado Defies the Supreme Court, Renews Persecution of a Christian Baker
Andrew T. Walker / ERLC:
When opposition to religious liberty becomes silly, petty, and vindictive
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The organizer of the Charlottesville rally just got humiliated by his own father  —  “Get out of my room,” Jason Kessler's father said to him during a live stream.  —  I reported from the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington on Sunday.  It was a dreary failure that attracted around 30 people …
Discussion: Raw Story, VICE, Mediaite and USA Today
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
White supremacist rally leader gets yelled at by his dad during livestream
Grace Sparks / CNN:   CNN Poll: Democratic advantage grows in race for Congress
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort trial Day 12: Prosecution hammers Manafort's ‘lies,’ defense chides ‘selective’ evidence  —  Prosecutors urged jurors in the trial of Paul Manafort to focus on financial records and Manafort's “lies” — and to set aside personal feelings about a tainted star witness — as they offered their closing argument on Wednesday.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Trump Campaign Chair ‘Not Above The Law,’ Mueller Team Says As Manafort Trial Closes
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:   Can Manafort's Team Make a Killer Closure?
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Catholic Church's Rotherham  —  If the Church cannot govern itself from within, it will be governed from without.  —  e are deeply saddened.  " So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests …
Daniel Burke / CNN:
Critics slam Vatican's ‘disturbing’ silence on abuse cover-ups
Discussion: WPIX 11 New York and KFOR-TV
Catholic Church said to have covered for hundreds of ‘predator priests’
Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US  —  A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behaviour” has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official.  —  “We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon
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.
Tana Ganeva / Raw Story:
Trump supporter beat up by Social Distortion singer at punk show after he protests anti-Trump rant  —  A punk rock concert went awry for Trump supporter Tim Hildebrand of Galt, California, when his heckling of Mike Ness, the lead singer of Social Distortion, led Ness to jump off-stage and wallop him.
Discussion: Splinter
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Three More GOP Seats Join the Toss Up Column  —  For Republicans, the 2018 House playing field is a lot like a game of Whack-a-Mole: everywhere they turn, new problems keep popping up in surprising places.  In January, we rated 20 GOP-held seats as Toss Ups or worse, including three leaning towards Democrats.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism  —  She's unveiling a bill to make corporate governance great again.  —  Elizabeth Warren has a big idea that challenges how the Democratic Party thinks about solving the problem of inequality.  —  Instead of advocating for expensive …
Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun-Times:
Joe Biden 'under doctor's orders' to skip Illinois State Fair Democrat Day  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Former Vice President Joe Biden won't be campaigning at the Illinois State Fair due to an illness, state Democrats announced late Tuesday.  —  Biden had been scheduled to take part …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Joe Biden cancels Illinois event due to 'doctor's orders'
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
New Estimates Show Overdose Deaths Surpassed 72,000, a New High, in 2017  —  Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.  —  Drug overdoses killed more than 72,300 Americans last year …
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Kobach Primary Victory Moves Race to Toss Up  —  A week after the polls closed, Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  While Kobach's lead over Colyer dwindled to less than 100 votes two days after the primary, Kobach pulled ahead once county officials started counting provisional ballots.
Discussion: Political Wire
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Attorney Faces Deposition In FISA Abuse Probe  — DOJ attorney George Toscas will be deposed Thursday as part of a congressional investigation into possible FISA abuse.  — Staffers with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees will quiz Toscas about DOJ official Bruce Ohr.
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Jim Carrey's (Reluctant) Return to Hollywood: At Home With an Actor, Artist and Trump-Era Agitator  —  In his first extensive profile in years, the one-time $20 million-a-movie star and current political cartoonist opens up about his disappearance, his personal pain, his outrage and why he's returning …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR, AOL and Daily Wire
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar  —  Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook.  A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem.
Patti Davis / Washington Post:
My father, Ronald Reagan, would never have stood for this  —  Patti Davis is the author, most recently, of the novel “The Earth Breaks in Colors” and the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  —  Early in my father's administration, when he and my mother flew to Rancho del Cielo …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Annie Palmer / Daily Mail:
Sex robots could IMPROVE marriages by letting spouses put more focus on companionship and creating …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
200+ newspapers will write pro-journalism editorials. Will they also listen?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The treachery of Tom Perez
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amanda Michelle Gomez / ThinkProgress:
Medicaid work requirements to cause over 5,000 low-income Arkansans to lose health care
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Jerry Seinfeld Says Jokes Are Not Real Life
Discussion: LifeZette and Mediaite
Elaine Ou / Bloomberg:
Your Name Is All Over the Internet. It Doesn't Need to Be.
Maya Salam / New York Times:
For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy.
Discussion: Big Think
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
White House spokesman: I've never seen an NDA in Trump White House
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Did I Join a Movement That Naturally Attracts Extremists and Kooks?
Rochelle Olson / Star Tribune:
Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says cancer has returned to his lungs, ‘shaken my soul’