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8:00 AM ET, August 20, 2018


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New York Times:
Trump Lawyers' Sudden Realization: They Don't Know What Don McGahn Told Mueller's Team  —  President Trump's lawyers do not know just how much the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, told the special counsel's investigators during months of interviews, a lapse that has contributed …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Michael Cohen's attorney says he's talking to lawyer who brought down Nixon  —  Lanny Davis, an attorney for former longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, said he has been reaching out regularly over the last few months to John Dean, the former White House counsel who helped bring down the presidency of Richard Nixon.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
John Dean: “I am actually honored” to be insulted by Trump  —  President Trump tweeted this morning: “The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type “RAT.
Discussion: Political Wire
Julian E. Zelizer / The Atlantic:   The New Enemies List  —  Reacting to The New York Times' story …
Giuliani: 'Truth isn't truth'
Cabinet secretaries: They're just like us!
New York Times:
Cohen, Trump's Ex-Lawyer, Investigated for Bank Fraud in Excess of $20 Million  —  Federal authorities investigating whether President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, committed bank and tax fraud have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser  —  The Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.  She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“A blue wave is obscuring a red exodus”  —  Dave Wasserman, the Cook Political Report's House analyst, says the most under-covered aspect of 2018 is that “a blue wave is obscuring a red exodus.”  Republican House members are retiring at a startling clip — a trend that senior White House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to survive  —  Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans.  —  During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump said he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House …
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's “red wave” could sink GOP  —  The president's contempt for mainstream polling and the media may come back to haunt him in November.  Several top Republican operatives working on the midterm elections told me Trump's fanciful “red wave” predictions could depress Republican turnout and …
CBS News:
Democrats in stronger position to take the House: CBS News Battleground Tracker
Discussion: Mother Jones, and Bloomberg
Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
Cuomo, Again?  Heavy is the head that wears this crown.  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo asks the pilot to swing the state helicopter around so he can have a second look.  About 1,000 feet below us, in a patch of Atlantic Ocean two miles south of Shinnecock, Long Island, a cargo ship equipped …
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:   Andrew Cuomo doesn't see America's greatness because he doesn't know where to look
New York Times:
Zephyr Teachout Is the Right Choice as Attorney General for Democrats  —  The office is a potential firewall against an out-of-control president and a historically corrupt New York State government.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Erdogan capitalizes on Trump's effort to break and isolate Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — When President Trump tried to strong-arm Turkey into releasing a detained American pastor this month, he gambled that a barrage of punishing measures — market-  —  rattling economic sanctions and humiliating public rebukes …
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Wire
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rebuffs Effort to Tether Bank Fine to Pastor's Release
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Speechwriter who attended conference with white nationalists in 2016 leaves White House  —  (CNN)A speechwriter for President Donald Trump who attended a conference frequented by white nationalists has left the White House.  —  CNN's KFile reached out to the White House last week about Darren Beattie …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump speechwriter fired amid scrutiny of appearance with white nationalists
Discussion: pluralist and Raw Story
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump's Judicial Takeover  —  How conservative operatives and Senate Republicans are helping the president pack the courts at a record pace  —  One evening last November, Don McGahn, the top lawyer in the Trump White House, walked onstage in an opulent ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington …
Eylon Aslan-Levy / i24NEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn's secret trip to Israel to meet Hamas  —  UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) pictured in Jerusalem alongside Labour MP Andrew Slaughter (left), and Hamas officials Ahmad Attoun, Khaled Abu-Arafah, and Muhammad Totah.  —  Jeremy Corbyn visited Israel and the West Bank …
Discussion: Telegraph
Miami Herald:
Our recommendations in the District 27 congressional race to replace Ros-Lehtinen  —  DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY  —  A wealth of candidates, bringing new names, unexpected faces and diverse talents, signed up to be the Democrat who would replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress.
Weekly Standard:
Keith Ellison, A Radical's Radical  —  The leading Democrat has somehow escaped real scrutiny.  —  The allegations against Keith Ellison are explosive, though at this point unproven.  The Minnesota congressman's ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan alleges that he verbally and physically abused her in 2016.
Manafort trial Day 15: Jury meets for third day as Trump-fueled political cacophony grows  —  Trump's comments calling Manafort a ‘good person’ and his trial a ‘very sad day’ intensified the pressure on jurors.  —  Paul Manafort's tax- and bank-fraud trial is set to kick off its third …
Megan Keller / The Hill:
Hayden: Relationship between Trump, national security community ‘dangerously close to being permanently broken’  —  Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that he thinks the relationship between the national security community and President Trump  —  is on the edge of shattering.
Discussion: Political Wire
David Gelles / New York Times:
Interviewing Elon Musk  —  For our Corner Office columnist, an hour with a deeply emotional Mr. Musk was not just another C.E.O. interview.  —  Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
America is slouching toward autocracy  —  In their book, “How Democracies Die,” political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write: “How do elected authoritarians shatter the democratic institutions that are supposed to constrain them?  Some do it in one fell swoop.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Nixon, Clinton and Trump  —  The more Trump is cornered, the more he mirrors Richard Nixon.  —  Twenty years ago last Friday, President Bill Clinton testified before Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and a grand jury about his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
John McCain and the End of Romantic Conservatism
Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Pulls Illegal Apps Targeted by Chinese State Media
Discussion: The Verge
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Brennan says he's willing to take Trump to court over security clearances
Iranian foreign minister says the US has a disease of an ‘addiction to sanctions’
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Dem Rep. Alcee Hastings Jokes About President Trump Drowning In The Potomac River
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Charlotte Graham-McLay / New York Times:
Pregnant Minister Cycles to Hospital to Give Birth
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
'Truth isn't truth': Giuliani weighs risks of possible Trump interview in Russia probe
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
How Donald Trump made me love privileged men
Scoop: Trump said one-state solution would lead to Israeli PM named Mohammed
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The media's hatred of Trump is only hurting itself
Discussion: Instapundit
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Coal jobs have dropped in Eastern Kentucky. Income has followed, new report shows
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
As Trump Dismantles Clean Air Rules, an Industry Lawyer Delivers for Ex-Clients
Discussion: Common Dreams
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
Beto O'Rourke Could Be The Democrat Texas Has Been Waiting For