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9:30 AM ET, August 21, 2018


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New York Times:
New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says  —  BOSTON — The Russian military intelligence unit that sought to influence the 2016 election appears to have a new target: conservative American think tanks that have broken with President Trump and are seeking continued sanctions …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Microsoft says it has found a Russian operation targeting U.S. political institutions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking …
Discussion: NPR and POLITICUSUSA
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
We are taking new steps against broadening threats to democracy  —  It's clear that democracies around the world are under attack.  Foreign entities are launching cyber strikes to disrupt elections and sow discord.  Unfortunately, the internet has become an avenue for some governments …
Matt O'Brien / Associated Press:   Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms
Derek Hawkins / Reuters:
The Cybersecurity 202: Sen. Whitehouse says Congress should consider letting companies ‘hack back’ after cyberattacks
Discussion: Bloomberg
Exclusive: Trump is worried that Mueller interview could be a ‘perjury trap’  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was worried that any statements under oath he provides to Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him as part …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
McGahn does not believe he implicated Trump in legal wrongdoing in special counsel interviews, his attorney tells president's legal team  —  Bill Burck, an attorney for McGahn, wrote in an email that the White House counsel “did not incriminate” the president, according to people familiar with the message.
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
He brought an American flag to protest fascism in Portland.  Then antifa attacked him  —  Portland antifa attack fellow counter-protester carrying American flag  —  Warning: This story contains graphic content  —  Paul Welch came to the downtown protest Aug. 4 to let his political leanings be known.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump denies report that he considered restricting Obama's intelligence briefings  —  President Trump on Tuesday denied a report that he had considered restricting former president Barack Obama's access to intelligence briefings, calling that an extraordinary step that he “never discussed or thought of.”
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:   Treason, Trust—and Trump
Associated Press:
US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany  —  BERLIN (AP) — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, the White House said.  —  The deportation of the 95-year-old former …
Discussion: The Week
Fox News:
Nazi labor camp guard caught by ICE, deported to Germany, completing ‘difficult task,’ Grenell says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Heather Kelly / CNNMoney:
Google's data collection is hard to escape, study claims  —  5 stunning stats about Google  —  Short of chucking your phone into the river, shunning the internet, and learning to read paper maps again, there's not much you can do to keep Google from collecting data about you.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Man sues over Google's “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable
Key quotes from Reuters interview with Trump  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here are highlights of the Reuters Oval Office interview with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday.  —  ON TURKEY'S DETENTION OF U.S. PASTOR  —  “I think it's very sad what Turkey's doing.  I think they're making a terrible mistake.
Exclusive: Trump says it is ‘dangerous’ for Twitter, Facebook to ban accounts
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
How voting for Kavanaugh could hurt Susan Collins' re-election bid  —  Maine voters are less likely to support Republican Sen. Susan Collins for re-election if she votes to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:   Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Faces Key Test With Susan Collins Planing to Ask About Abortion
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Omarosa Manigault Newman Plans to Present Case for Resisting Trump  —  Former White House aide says she isn't deterred by legal actions  —  Former White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman portrayed herself Monday as part of the anti-Trump “resistance” movement and will spend …
Discussion: Townhall, AOL and
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:   The Full List Of Anti-Trump Attacks And Harassment This Year Is Stunning
Jane Stancill / Raleigh News & Observer:
Protesters topple Silent Sam Confederate statue at UNC  —  CHAPEL HILL  —  Protesters toppled the Silent Sam Confederate statue on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday night.  —  The monument came down after 9:15 p.m. Earlier in the evening, protesters covered the statue with gray banners …
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
GOP candidate jokes: ‘The Russians are going to help me’ win in November  —  A Republican candidate running for governor in Pennsylvania joked that the Russian government will help him win in November.  —  Scott Wagner, who is running to unseat incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf (D) …
Emma Dumain / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's budget chief is trying to protect his home state from tariffs  —  WASHINGTON  —  President Donald Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, is trying to use his influence to help a South Carolina business that could be badly wounded by the White House's trade policies.
New York Times:
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests  —  ALTENA, Germany — When you ask locals why Dirk Denkhaus, a young firefighter trainee who had been considered neither dangerous nor political, broke into the attic of a refugee group house and tried to set it on fire, they will list the familiar issues.
John Avlon / CNN:
Trump's McCarthyism charge is deeply ironic  —  GPS WEB EXTRA: Lessons of McCarthy's Red Scare  —  John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion articles on CNN.  —  (CNN)"Study the late Joseph McCarthy …
Caldron Pool:
Healthline says, using the medical term ‘vagina’ is not gender-inclusive language, uses ‘front hole’ instead.  —  “It's imperative for safe sex guides to become more inclusive of LGBTQIA and nonbinary people,” the guide states. … Healthline has claimed health disparities and higher rates …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Kashmir Hill / Jezebel:
How a Woman Disappears from the History Books  —  The New York Times Magazine recently published a lengthy cover story on “The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley—And Won;” it's about the battle to pass a privacy law in the country's most populous state.
Emily Badger / New York Times:
The Bipartisan Cry of ‘Not in My Backyard’  —  The housing secretary wants to encourage mixed-income, multifamily development as a way of making housing more affordable.  But it's a notion homeowners of all political leanings tend to oppose.  —  Ben Carson, the secretary of the Department …
Discussion: CityLab
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic:
The Lazy Trope of the Unethical Female Journalist  —  One of the most compelling characters in the recent Showtime documentary miniseries The Fourth Estate is the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.  Haberman joined the newspaper in 2015 to help cover Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Dana Perino on Covering Trump, Social Media and the Post-Ailes Environment at Fox News  —  As press secretary for President George W. Bush, Dana Perino used to deliver the daily briefings from the White House.  Now, as an anchor on Fox News, her job is to help viewers interpret the tidal wave …
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Eagles' ‘Greatest Hits’ Overtakes Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ as Best-Selling Album  —  26x-platinum ‘Hotel California’ also jumps to Number Three on all-time list following RIAA recertification  —  The Eagles officially have the best-selling album of all time.
Discussion: and The FADER
National Journal:
Forecast Calls for Legislative Paralysis in the Next Congress  —  Every midterm-election scenario suggests there will be a House-Senate split and/or narrow majorities in both chambers.  —  So who will be in charge in Washington next year?  Right now, The Cook Political Report is forecasting …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Trump Promised to Bring Back Coal.  It's Declining Again  — EPA to unveil plan to replace Obama's power plant regulations  — Trump will hold two events Tuesday in coal-rich West Virginia  —  More than any other recent president, Donald Trump came to office promising to revive coal and restore mining jobs.
Lisa Miller / New York Magazine:
David Hogg, After Parkland Furious and unflinching, an NRA enemy, an accused “crisis actor,” and a high-school grad trying to figure out what's next.  —  At 2:30 on February 14, David Hogg was not yet a spokesperson for radicalized young America or a renowned media savant or a resistance fighter or …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Watergate wisdom?  Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoat  —  NEW YORK (AP) — If anyone knows what Michael Cohen is up against, his lawyer figures it's John Dean, the former White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon and helped run him out of office.
The Guardian:
Arctic's strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record  —  Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary  —  The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Kevin Hart Taunts POTUS in VMA Opener: ‘In Your Face, Trump!  Suck it!’  —  Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish kicked off the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night, during which, the former took several shots at President Trump.  —  As the two went back and forth, joking about the nominees during …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Bloomberg Law:
Cisco Said to Be Cited for Bias Against U.S. Workers  —  Labor Department investigators recently concluded that Cisco Systems Inc. discriminated against U.S. workers by favoring immigrant visa holders for job openings, sources familiar with the probe tell Bloomberg Law.
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Once-safe GOP seats threatened by blue wave
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
Les Moonves' contract reveals nearly $200 million at stake if he leaves CBS
Financial Times:
UK urges EU to impose sanctions on Russia over Skripal attack
Wall Street Journal:
Some Tesla Suppliers Fret About Getting Paid
Discussion: Instapundit, Breitbart and CNBC
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Moves Toward New Tariffs on China Despite Fresh Round of Trade Talks
Discussion: Axios
Lauren Clason / Roll Call:
Republicans Won't Probe Influence of Trump Friends at Veterans Department
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Will backing Kavanaugh help or hurt Red State Democrats?
 Earlier Items: 
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
Nineteen former Miss America winners are calling for the ENTIRE pageant board including chairwoman …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Associated Press
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Authorities searching for man who threatened to shoot Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Two Iranian-Americans Charged With Spying on Jewish, Israeli Facilities
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton steps back into the fray to fundraise for Democrats this fall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
K. Riva Levinson / The Hill:
Paul Manafort never believed the rules applied to him; I know — I worked with him for a decade