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11:00 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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:   Russian Hackers Target Conservative Groups in Widening Cyberattacks
Derek Hawkins / Reuters:
The Cybersecurity 202: Sen. Whitehouse says Congress should consider letting companies ‘hack back’ after cyberattacks
Discussion: Bloomberg
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A.'s New Coal Pollution Rules Will Lead to More Deaths, Agency's Numbers Show  —  Want climate news in your inbox?  Sign up for our Climate Fwd: newsletter.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday made public the details of its new pollution rules governing coal-burning power plants …
Discussion: HuffPost
Trump issues rollback of Obama's biggest climate rule  —  The Trump administration released its proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants today, rolling back the far more ambitious 2015 regulation that was a core part of former President Barack Obama's climate change agenda.
Discussion: Associated Press and BuzzFeed News
Trump Promised to Bring Back Coal. It's Declining Again
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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  —  John Brennan's allies worry his intemperate presidential criticism is backfiring.  —  So Rachel Maddow is now the voice of moderation on Donald Trump.  Of course, it's only by comparison to John Brennan.  In an interview Friday on MSNBC …
Mitchell P. Brook / USA Today:
Donald Trump should sue John Brennan to bring civility back to our politics  —  Believe it or not, a libel lawsuit against John Brennan could force political commentators back into the realm of fact and reality.  —  CONNECT  —  Now that President Donald Trump revoked ex-CIA Director John …
Philip Allen Lacovara / Washington Post:
I miss Richard Nixon
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
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Nazi death camp guard arrested by ICE, deported to Germany: Authorities
Fox News:
Nazi labor camp guard caught by ICE, deported to Germany, completing ‘difficult task,’ Grenell says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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) …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 …
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.
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Trump, McGahn and Iran-Contra's Lessons  —  I was White House counsel in 1986-87.  I cooperated with investigators because Reagan was innocent.  —  President Trump's detractors see White House counsel Don McGahn's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller as a breakthrough in Mr. Mueller's investigation.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
McGahn does not believe he implicated Trump in legal wrongdoing in special counsel interviews …
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
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Once-safe GOP seats threatened by blue wave  —  Rep. Steve Chabot and others are facing tough races for the first time in years.  —  CINCINNATI — Republicans who represented some of the safest congressional seats in their party for years are suddenly under intense pressure in 2018 …
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 and Daily Kos
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:   Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Faces Key Test With Susan Collins Planing to Ask About Abortion
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new reform bill would ban members of Congress from owning individual stocks  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposes a new bill that would ban members of Congress and the White House staff from owning individual stocks.  — As an apparent alternative, the legislation would create …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: The Week
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to one  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.  —  The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed …
Jacob Poushter / Pew Research Center:
Russians Say Their Government Did Not Try to Influence U.S. Presidential Election  —  Most say Russia is playing an increasingly important role in world affairs  —  In the wake of allegations that the Russian government used social media and other tactics to disrupt the 2016 United States …
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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.
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
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, Splinter, AOL and
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
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
A New Wife, a Secret Past and a Trail of Loss and Blood  —  A widower met a younger woman on the street in 2013.  They married soon after.  Then he got to know her.  —  FORT LEE, N.J. — A young man wearing a baseball cap sat alone in his convertible at the drive-through lane of a Dunkin' Donuts here …
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
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National Journal:
Forecast Calls for Legislative Paralysis in the Next Congress
Discussion: Weekly Standard and NBC News
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Discussion: Daily Wire and Associated Press
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