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4:40 PM ET, August 17, 2018


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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump and Omarosa Had a ‘F*cking Weird’ Fight With Vietnam Vets … Early on in the Donald Trump administration, the president vested many of his nearest and dearest with tasks they were woefully unprepared for—and Apprentice superstar Omarosa Manigault Newman was no exception.
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:   Trump Picked Fight With Vietnam Vets Over Who Better Understood What Agent Orange Was
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Manafort judge says he's received threats  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The judge in the tax and bank fraud trial against one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort  —  said Friday he's been threatened over the case, denying a request from media outlets to release the names and addresses of the jurors.
Fox News:
Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case  —  The judge in ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fraud trial revealed Friday he has received threats over the case and now travels with U.S. Marshals, as he turned back a media request to release juror information.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:   Trump Calls Manafort ‘Good Person’ and Criticizes Fraud Trial
Nancy Gertner / Washington Post:
The extraordinary bias of the judge in the Manafort trial
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Breitbart
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
What Was Bruce Ohr Doing?  —  Justice releases some damning documents, but much of the truth is still classified.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department have continued to insist they did nothing wrong in their Trump-Russia investigation.
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department  —  I will never call the mainstream media “the enemy of the people.”  But I will call them out for having strayed from fairly reporting some of the biggest stories of the last two years.  No matter how egregious their errors …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
Bruce Ohr could be out of a job if Trump strips his security clearance
Discussion: New York Times, CNBC and Vox
Christopher Barca /
Ocasio-Cortez bans press from town hall  —  MEDIA WAS BARRED AFTER REPORTERS ‘MOBBED’ HER AT AN EARLIER EVENT  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that stops on her “listening tour” throughout the district, like the one held a day earlier in Corona, are “intended for lively …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be facing really intense scrutiny
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Banned the Media From Her Latest Town Hall Event
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Resistance Twitter Hero Exposed as Pro-Trump Gamer … In the world of #Resistance Twitter, @GuardianRover was a hero.  As a former intelligence operative and Delta Force soldier, the person behind the account used a cartoon secret agent avatar and the alias “Mr. Smith” …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones of Infowars Destroyed Evidence Related to Sandy Hook Suits, Motion Says  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the families of two Sandy Hook shooting victims are accusing the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars media business of intentionally destroying evidence relevant …
NBC News:
Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan  —  “I know he's frustrated,” Blackwater founder Prince said of the president.  “He gave the Pentagon what they wanted.  And they haven't delivered.”  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump …
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 …
New York Times:
Melania Trump, a Mysterious First Lady, Weathers a Chaotic White House  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after Melania Trump moved into the White House in June of last year, she peered out a window and took in a stunning view of the Washington Monument: “Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home! …
Discussion: AOL, The Daily Beast and Splinter
Austin Ruse / Crisis Magazine:
Rod Was Right and I Was Wrong  —  I became casual friends with Rod Dreher when he lived in Brooklyn with the beautiful Julie, and I lived in Manhattan alone.  Newly married and not yet a father, he was writing movie reviews for the New York Post; this was before his move to National Review and ever-increasing fame.
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Trump will ditch US for Veterans Day because he can't have his parade  —  Since Trump's $92 million military parade in Washington, D.C., was canceled, he's decided to up and leave the country in November so he can watch a parade somewhere else.  —  Trump is abandoning veterans this Veterans …
Discussion: NBC News, CNBC and New York Times
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Rigged Witch Hunt,” Meet Trump's “Red Wave”  —  Donald Trump's Presidency is often described as a reality-show version of the White House, with Trump himself as the producer, director, and main character.  There's something to the metaphor, of course; Trump is a showman …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Debt-Shaming of Stacey Abrams  —  Our pernicious double standard on politicians who owe money.  —  The campaign for governor of Georgia is a supersaturated microcosm of American politics right now, offering the starkest possible choice between irreconcilable visions of the country's future.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court throws out EPA delay of Obama chemical plant safety rule  —  A federal court Friday threw out the Trump administration's attempt to delay a chemical plant safety regulation written by the Obama administration.  —  In a major blow to the Trump administration, the Court of Appeals …
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Officials Defend Plan To Close Almost All Polling Places In Majority Black Georgia County  —  Local officials say they need to close seven polling places because they aren't accessible to people with disabilities.  The ACLU says that doesn't make sense.  —  Election officials …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Fox News, CNN Hired Ex-Trump Aides Bound by NDAs.  That's ‘Journalistic Malpractice,’ Experts Say. … “If you're not allowed legally to disparage the president or his family or anything they have to do with, any company they have or asset they have, why can we believe anything you say?”
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Free-speech conservatives, this is your call to arms  —  To all those supposed constitutional conservatives out there, consider this your call to arms: The First Amendment is under direct attack, and this time from a much more powerful foe than misguided college freshmen.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate gets to work in August — but many don't show up  —  The Senate is working through the August recess.  Sort of.  —  Senators didn't arrive in Washington for this week's work until late in the day Wednesday and held their last votes of the week at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, adjourning a few hours later.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Morning Call:
Lehigh Valley velodrome board put Pennsylvania congressional candidate Marty Nothstein on leave after sexual misconduct allegation  —  Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein was the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation prior to leaving his job this summer as leader …
Quinta Jurecic / New York Times:
What to Care About When Everything Is Terrible  —  In the Trump presidency, everything is a distraction from everything else, because it all matters.  —  Ms. Jurecic is the managing editor of Lawfare.  —  As of Thursday, 565 migrant children — 24 of them under the age of five …
Discussion: KTLA
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Signs of Trump-Putin collaboration, starting years before the campaign?  —  Shane Harris is a staff writer at The Washington Post.  He covers intelligence and national security and the Russia investigation.  —  Of all the allegations contained in the “Steele dossier,” …
Discussion: Shakesville
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Advocate:
Plaquemines deputy tied to far-right group Proud Boys has been fired by sheriff's office  —  The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday fired a deputy recently linked to the far-right group called the Proud Boys, saying that the organization's values are contradictory to those of the law enforcement agency.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
DOJ Sues Ivanka's Ex-Business Partner for Massive Fraud  —  Moshe Lax and members of his family allegedly conspired to deprive the U.S. of $60 million.  —  The Justice Department is suing a friend and former business partner of Ivanka Trump for his alleged role in schemes to defraud …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Wall Street Journal to Maddow: We didn't ‘bury’ our Trump scoop  —  Trump: Brennan led the ‘rigged witch hunt’  —  The Wall Street Journal fired back at Rachel Maddow on Thursday, after the MSNBC host said that newspaper “tried to bury” a story detailing President Trump's rationale …
Discussion: Raw Story, WORLD, Politico and Lawfare
Robert Gates joins intelligence leaders condemning Trump for Brennan slap  —  Dr. Robert Gates has added his name to a stunning list of former intelligence officials who signed a letter criticizing President Trump's decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.
Discussion: ABC News
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David French / National Review:
The New York Times Runs a Sloppy, Specious Democratic Hit on Brett Kavanaugh
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Kimmel Trashes Colorado Baker For Refusing to Bake Transgender-Themed Cake: ‘His Whole Life is Gay!’
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Jon Campbell / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Andrew Cuomo says ‘America is great,’ previous comment was ‘inartful’
Why the Left Hates Western Culture
The Texas Tribune:
Federal appeals court upholds Texas campus carry law
Justin Wm. Moyer / Washington Post:
Small earthquake brought ‘slight shake and rumble’ to Northern Virginia
Discussion: WTOP
POLITICO Playbook PM: NEW: Dem super PAC hammers House GOP leadership in new ad
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Johnson / Athens Daily News:
Half-naked Athens woman punches officer
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
California homeowners get to pass low property taxes to their kids.  It's proved highly profitable to an elite group
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Taxpayers' bill for Trump Jr.'s business trip to India: $32,000 and counting, documents show
Discussion: IJR and The Democrats
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders
Discussion: DC Tribune
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: AP Sources: US ends Syria stabilization funding
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Our republic will never be the same
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
565 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Families 3 Weeks Past Judge's Deadline
Violet Ikonomova / Detroit Metro Times:
Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'