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2:05 AM ET, August 21, 2018


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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  —  White House counsel Donald McGahn does not believe that he implicated President Trump in any legal wrongdoing in extensive interviews he has given the special counsel …
Sources: Trump unsettled by McGahn's 30 hours with the special counsel
Discussion: WREG-TV
Jen Kirby / Vox:
The past 72 hours of Trump-Russia news, explained
Discussion: CNN and Salon
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Papadopoulos Told Feds He Received $10,000 From Foreign National He Believed Was A Spy
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 …
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.
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: Breitbart
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
John Brennan's Choice to Confront Trump  —  Just before noon on January 20, 2017, John Brennan, the outgoing C.I.A. director, drove to the home of a former colleague to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office.  President Obama's most trusted intelligence advisers had come together …
Philip Allen Lacovara / Washington Post:
I miss Richard Nixon
Associated Press:   Trump elevates Brennan in proxy fight over Mueller probe
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh memo detailed explicit questions for Clinton  —  Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a strikingly explicit 1998 memo that he was “strongly opposed” to giving then-President Bill Clinton any “break” in the independent counsel's questioning about his sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bret Kavanaugh Is A First Rate Hypocrite and Political Judge
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Melania Trump planning solo international swing to Africa  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October.  —  The first lady told The Associated Press in a written statement Monday …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Two Iranian-Americans Charged With Spying on Jewish, Israeli Facilities  —  Two Iranian-Americans have been charged by the Trump administration with spying on Jewish and Israeli-associated facilities in California on behalf of the hardline Iranian regime, the Department of Justice announced late Monday.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Two Individuals Charged for Acting as Illegal Agents of the Government of Iran
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton steps back into the fray to fundraise for Democrats this fall  —  The 2016 presidential nominee will headline events in California, Illinois and New York.  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is stepping back into the limelight before the November midterm elections …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton will headline 3 DNC fundraisers
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show  —  The $43,000 phone booth that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt installed in his office may not have been worth all the headaches it caused him.  —  He only placed one phone call to the White House, newly released records from the agency show.
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.
John Harwood / CNBC:
A leading Republican urges reform for Medicare and Social Security as deficits balloon after the GOP's tax cut  —  Rep. Steve Stivers , R-Ohio, has the toughest job in politics right now: trying to stop a Democratic “blue wave” at the polls this fall.  Stivers, chairman of the National …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
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 …
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
Nineteen former Miss America winners are calling for the ENTIRE pageant board including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson to step down over claims of bullying  — 2010 Miss America Caressa Cameron-Jackson appeared on Good Morning America and called for resignations of Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper
Discussion: Daily Wire and Associated Press
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Asia Argento, a #MeToo Leader, Made a 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.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Jon Stewart Offers Brooklyn's Lost Subway Goats a Happy Ending  —  The call from the train operator came in just before 11 a.m. on Monday to the New York City subway's command center, an alert unusual even for a system accustomed to morning commutes with delays: There was a breaking situation unfolding on the tracks.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Frank Chung /
South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms  —  SOUTH Africa has targeted the first two farms for unilateral seizure after the owners refused an offer of one-tenth of the land's value.  —  Silent slaughter - Farm attacks in South Africa1:54  —  A record 400 farmers attacked in 2017, between one or two murdered a week.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Top Democrats Seek Information on Bolton's Security Clearance After Revelation That He Worked With Russian Citizen Now Exposed as Spy  —  “We are writing regarding recent reports that National Security Advisor John Bolton, in his former capacity as a top official with the National Rifle Association …
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Authorities searching for man who threatened to shoot Trump  —  (CNN)Law enforcement authorities are searching for a man who's suspected of threatening to shoot President Donald Trump.  —  Shawn Richard Christy, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, was last seen in Cumberland, Maryland …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial crimes …
Associated Press:
Second former Walker official comes out against him  —  A second former top official with Gov. Scott Walker's administration has endorsed his Democratic opponent and cut a video criticizing the Republican incumbent.  —  The latest online ad , released Monday, features former Department …
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pentagon raises alarm about sharp drop in Iraqi refugees coming to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Military officials are sounding the alarm inside the Trump administration about the sharp drop in admission to the United States of Iraqi refugees who have helped American troops in battle …
K. Riva Levinson / The Hill:
Paul Manafort never believed the rules applied to him; I know — I worked with him for a decade  —  Back in 2005, when I decided to write my memoir and catalog my adventures as an international operative for a leading Washington lobbying firm, I didn't have a clue as to where the story would end up …
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Republicans Won't Probe Influence of Trump Friends at Veterans Department
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Will backing Kavanaugh help or hurt Red State Democrats?
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The Full List Of Anti-Trump Attacks And Harassment This Year Is Stunning
Associated Press:
Simone Biles dresses ‘for the survivors’ while winning her fifth U.S. gymnastics title
Discussion: The Root
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump calls on Hispanic-American immigration officer to speak, saying he ‘speaks perfect English’
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Politico Takes Heat for Blaming Roy Cohn's Death by AIDS on His ‘Decadent Homosexual Lifestyle’
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
America's Invisible Pot Addicts
Discussion: TheBlaze and Vox