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1:20 AM ET, August 18, 2018


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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just audiotapes.  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House …
Discussion: Populist Media
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, Politico, The Daily Beast and Splinter
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump and Omarosa Had a ‘F*cking Weird’ Fight With Vietnam Vets
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Picked Fight With Vietnam Vets Over Who Better Understood What Agent Orange Was
Discussion: The Mahablog
Quinta Jurecic / Lawfare:
Document: George Papadopoulos Sentencing Memo  —  The government has filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of George Papadopoulos, recommending a sentence of between zero to six months.  The document is available in full below.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Mueller prosecutors seek up to six months in prison for George Papadopoulos in Russia probe  —  Prosecutors on Friday said a sentence of up to six months in prison would be appropriate for George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign and the first charged defendant …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Alexander / Reuters:
U.S. special counsel recommends six months in prison for Papadopoulos
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Special counsel says up to 6 months jail ‘warranted’ for Trump aide-turned cooperating witness
Discussion: Politico
Manafort trial Day 14: Jury ‘scared’ as it heads home without a verdict  —  Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing said the ongoing deliberations favor his client.  —  Paul Manafort's trial will stretch into a fourth week, as jurors headed home Friday without reaching a verdict for the second straight …
Power Line:
Democrats Frighten Manafort Jurors [Updated]  —  The case that Bob Mueller has brought against Paul Manafort has nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election.  It is irrelevant to any significant political issue.  But Democrats worry that Mueller's prosecution of Manafort …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politico
Manafort's attorney says he appreciates Trump's support
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Manafort judge says he's received threats
Michael Pyskaty / ABC News:
Ocasio-Cortez defends banning press from campaign event  —  Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday defended banning the press from a public town hall held last Sunday.  —  Replying to a reporter who questioned why the event was closed, she tweeted, “Our community is 50% immigrant.
Christopher Barca /
Ocasio-Cortez bans press from town hall
Fox News:
DOJ's Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was 'very concerned about Comey's firing — afraid they will be exposed'  —  A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele dossier …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Trump's security-clearance gambit could actually get him in deeper trouble with Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Former intelligence officials rebuke Trump for pulling Brennan's security clearance
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:   Bruce Ohr could be out of a job if Trump strips his security clearance
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Bill Nelson wasn't making things up when he said Russians hacked Florida election systems  —  Sen. Bill Nelson, who is in a tough reelection fight, was blasted for saying 10 days ago that Russians had penetrated his state's election systems.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat …
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
GOP fundraiser Broidy under investigation for alleged effort to sell government influence, people familiar with probe say  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy sought to sell his influence with the Trump administration by offering …
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 …
Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe …
Exclusive: FBI probing cyber attack on congressional campaign in California - sources
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Website Promised Free Anti-Antifa Shirts.  Alt-Right Signed Up.  It Was a Trap. … A website that offered free anti-anti-fascist t-shirts for a real far-right march appears to have been a trap by anti-fascists.  —  On August 18, Trump supporters will host the “National March Against Far-Left Violence” …
Discussion: Breitbart
Brett McMurphy / Stadium:
Zach Smith Ordered Sex Toys to Ohio State Offices, Had Sex With Staffer, Took Nude Photos at White House  —  Documents and receipts Stadium has obtained show Zach Smith ordered more than $2,200 in sex toys, male apparel and photography equipment and had the items delivered to him at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015.
Discussion:, and
Violet Ikonomova / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'  —  Rep. Bettie Cook Scott has issued an apology for her remarks.  Find her statement here.  —  More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series …
Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US  —  (CNN)The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.
Discussion: LewRockwell and VICE News
Pascale Mueller / BuzzFeed News:
She Is The World's Most Renowned Empathy Researcher — And Is Alleged To Have Been Harassing Employees For Years  —  Screamed at, grabbed, pressured — 11 scientists leveled serious accusations against Tania Singer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.
Discussion: Breitbart
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Bars Statements Made by Guantánamo Detainees During F.B.I. Interrogations  —  In a potentially major setback for the effort to prosecute five Guantánamo Bay detainees accused of aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a military commission judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Making the Department of Justice Into His Own Private Goon Squad  —  One morning earlier this week during executive time, President Trump tweeted out his assessment of the Russia investigation.  “The Rigged Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on as the 'originators and founders …
Washington Post:
The un-celebrity president  —  Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his Georgia hometown  —  Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C'mon, kid.”
Jason Gay / Wall Street Journal:
It's Obscene to Pay $180 for a Steak Sandwich—But It Sure Was Yummy  —  For the cost of a plane ticket to Florida, a five-minute dining caper  —  I ate a $180 steak sandwich.  Not for me; don't be ridiculous.  I did it for journalism.  —  Let's dispense with the obvious: A $180 steak sandwich is an indefensible purchase.
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Far-right Sweden Democrats hope to topple century of socialism  —  A party with its roots in neo-Nazism and white nationalism may be on the verge of an election victory.  —  SÖLVESBORG, Sweden — Around 4,000 far-right supporters gathered on the grounds of a ruined castle last weekend …
Patrick Leahy / U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont:
Leahy To McGahn: What Was Discussed At Private White House Meeting That Led Republicans To Abruptly Change Course On Kavanaugh Documents  —  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on Friday, asked White House Counsel Don McGahn for information on a pivotal July 24, 2018, meeting with Judiciary Committee Republicans …
Discussion: VTDigger and Roll Call
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S., China Plot Road Map to Resolve Trade Dispute by November
Papered over  —  Here's a case study of how Liberty University handled …
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Dara Lind / Vox:
Exclusive: new lawsuit claims Trump illegally denied asylum claims of separated parents
Discussion: Axios
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Church in Denial, Still
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Officials Defend Plan To Close Almost All Polling Places In Majority Black Georgia County
Austin Ruse / Crisis Magazine:
Rod Was Right and I Was Wrong
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Fox News, CNN Hired Ex-Trump Aides Bound by NDAs. That's ‘Journalistic Malpractice,’ Experts Say.
Discussion: Contemptor
Why the Left Hates Western Culture
Joe Johnson / Athens Daily News:
Half-naked Athens woman punches officer
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye