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2:00 AM ET, August 17, 2018


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William H. McRaven / Washington Post:
Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President  —  William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.  He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  —  Dear Mr. President:
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump gears up to strip more clearances from officials tied to Russia investigation  —  President Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation …
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Top former intelligence bosses speak out in favor of John Brennan  —  Twelve former directors and deputy directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and a former Director of National Intelligence signed a letter of support for former CIA director John Brennan, calling the signal sent …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hot Air
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Not Trying to Silence Brennan
Discussion: Common Dreams, ACLU and CNN
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:   CIA Chief Gina Haspel Silent as Trump Attacks Her Predecessor and Patron
Fox News Insider:
Gen. Tata: ‘Communist John Brennan’ Never Should Have Had a Security Clearance
John O. Brennan / New York Times:
President Trump's Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash
New York Times:
Omarosa Manigault Newman Releases Tape of Lara Trump's $15,000-a-Month Job Offer  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman released a secret recording on Thursday that she said backed her claim that President Trump's daughter-in-law had offered her a $15,000-a-month contract in exchange for her silence about her time as a White House adviser.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Death Spiral”: Why Omarosa Totally Triggered Trump  —  The perceived betrayal of a longtime female ally, and her perfectly executed Trumpian tactics, made the feud too personal to ignore.  —  In the days before Omarosa Manigault Newman rolled out her White House tell-all, Unhinged …
Judge says Trump campaign screwed up on wording of confidentiality agreements  —  A Manhattan judge issued a ruling on Thursday that thwarted the Trump campaign's attempts to keep a lawsuit out of open court, with potential implications for the looming battle over fired Trump aide Omarosa …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Omarosa releases secret tape of Lara Trump offering her $15K/month campaign job  —  The tape, which was broadcast on MSNBC, was made just days after the former “Apprentice” contestant left her White House job.  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became a top White House aide …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Exclusive: Omarosa's publisher tells Trump campaign: We ‘will not be intimidated’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump's military parade is now estimated to cost $92 million - $80 million more than earlier estimate  — President Donald Trump's military parade is estimated to cost $92 million, according to a U.S. defense official with firsthand knowledge of the assessment.
Pentagon postpones Trump's military parade  —  (CNN)The Department of Defense says the military parade originally scheduled for Veterans Day will be postponed.  —  “The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate …
Discussion: Task & Purpose and ABC News
Associated Press:
Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Trump's military parade in Washington now delayed until 2019
Discussion: Washington Post and Task & Purpose
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Pentagon may delay Trump's military parade, originally slated for November, to next year
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
Violet Ikonomova / Detroit Metro Times:
Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'  —  More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).
Wall Street Journal:
As ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Surfaced, Michael Cohen Changed Tune on Paying Stormy Daniels  —  Federal prosecutors investigating former Trump lawyer view October 2016 tape as trigger for burying potentially damaging information, people familiar with the matter say
Discussion: Mother Jones, Splinter and CNN
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:   The Chance of Michael Cohen Facing Criminal Campaign Finance Charges Just Went Up
New York Times:
Elon Musk Confronts a Fateful Tweet and an ‘Excruciating’ Year  —  Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure.  “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said.  “It was excruciating.”  —  The year has only gotten …
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Elon Musk on Whistleblower Accusing Tesla of Illegally Spying on Employee: ‘This Guy Is Super [Nuts Emoji]’
Discussion: The Verge and New York Times
The Daily Beast:
Aretha Franklin Bashed Trump in Private, Blew Off Inauguration Invite … The late “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin hated the political rise of Donald Trump.  But that didn't stop him from trying, and failing, to book her to perform at his 2017 inauguration.
Discussion: Shareblue Media, New York Post and CNN
Jenna Amatulli / HuffPost:
Fox News Remembers Aretha Franklin With Photo Of Patti LaBelle
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
Meet the Special Counsel Team: So Careful They Won't Even Disclose Their Shake Shack Orders  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Greg D. Andres looked like any ordinary guest at the Westin hotel here, standing near the valet in flip-flops and a white Notre Dame boxing T-shirt, waiting for a Postmates delivery from Shake Shack.
Patrick Leahy / U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont:
BREAKING NEWS From Senator Feinstein, Senator Leahy, And Senator Durbin: Documents Indicate That Kavanaugh Misled Senate; Make Them Public  —  Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Thursday asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley …
Discussion: New York Times
Nancy Gertner / Washington Post:
The extraordinary bias of the judge in the Manafort trial  —  Nancy Gertner, a retired U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts, is a lecturer at Harvard Law School.  —  It is not unusual for judges to intervene in court proceedings from time to time — to direct the lawyers to move …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:   Manafort jury sends judge four questions, asks him to define ‘reasonable doubt’
Jericka Duncan / CBS News:
Woman accusing Rep. Keith Ellison of abuse speaks out  —  Rep. Keith Ellison — deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a candidate for Minnesota attorney general — has denied allegations that he abused his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan.  On Thursday, Monahan, 44 …
Mary Ellen Klas / miamiherald:
Rick Scott killed a high-speed rail plan.  Then All Aboard rolled up and he bought it.  —  TALLAHASSEE  —  As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Forecasting the race for the House  —  Our forecast for every district  —  The chance of each candidate winning, with all 435 House districts shown at the same size  —  CartogramMap  —  Dem.  —  Solid  —  Likely  —  Lean  —  Rep.  —  ≥95%  —  ≥75%  —  ≥60%  —  Toss-up
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students  —  The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates.
Discussion: Unfogged
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
NYU Makes Tuition Free for All Medical Students
Discussion: Axios, CBS Chicago and STAT
Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Poll: Martha McSally's lead in Arizona GOP race for U.S. Senate nearly insurmountable  —  A new statewide poll suggests that all of the money being spent on behalf of Martha McSally on TV commercials to become the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate Arizona has been paying off.
Musa al-Gharbi / Heterodox Academy:
Vox's Consistent Errors on Campus Speech, Explained  —  Musa al-Gharbi is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University, and managing editor at Heterodox Academy.  —  The Free Speech Project (FSP), based out of Georgetown University, attempts to document …
Justin Rosario / The Daily Banter:
Terrified of the Blue Wave, Georgia Republicans Shut down 75% of Black Voting Sites  —  Republicans have little to no use for democracy.  We've known this for decades.  It's why we had to pass the Voting Rights Act in the first place and why the extremists of the Republican controlled Supreme Court gutted it.
Associated Press:
ACLU of Georgia Slams Plan to Close Many of County's Polls
Discussion: Daily Kos and theGrio
NBC News:
New Mexico compound mysteriously destroyed by authorities  —  Following a court order, authorities seized an RV at the New Mexico compound where five adults are believed to have been abusing 11 children and training them for school shootings.  An underground tunnel at the site where remains …
Teen shot and killed after knocking on grandfather's window  —  A 19-year-old was shot and killed after knocking on her grandfather's window, trying to wake him up (WSYX/WTTE)  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A 19-year-old died after she was shot late Wednesday night outside her grandfather's southeast Columbus home.
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David Siders / Politico:
Kamala Harris to make first Iowa endorsement
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Youth Unemployment Hits 52-Year Low
Ashley Gold / Politico:
Source: House panel considers subpoena for Twitter CEO
Discussion: House Majority Leader
Frank Witsil / Detroit Free Press:
These Americans are filing for bankruptcy more than ever
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Watchdog files criminal complaint against Ross over stock holdings
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump readies new round of controversial Medicaid changes
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Couple Wearing ‘Abolish ICE’ Shirts Denied Access To Statue of Liberty
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Baker claims religious persecution again — this time after denying cake for transgender woman
Discussion: Vox, Metro Weekly, SCOTUSblog and NPR
Tad Walch / Deseret News:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues new name guidelines, dropping term Mormon in most uses
Discussion: The Week and
Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards go ignored
Discussion: New Republic and Axios