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12:15 PM ET, August 30, 2018


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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump bashes CNN, NBC media executives  —  President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday morning at top media executives from NBC and CNN, continuing his tirade against media coverage that he considers unfair from outlets he has labeled “fake news.”  —  “The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did Trump just admit that he tried to fire Mueller and Sessions?  —  President Trump has made a habit out of admitting things — often via Twitter — that he perhaps shouldn't.  Did he just do it again?  —  In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called it “fake news” that now-outgoing White House Counsel …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Winter is coming’: Allies fear Trump isn't prepared for gathering legal storm  —  President Trump's advisers and allies are increasingly worried that he has neither the staff nor the strategy to protect himself from a possible Democratic takeover of the House, which would empower …
Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions  —  Opposition to the attorney general's firing, long seen as a red line by lawmakers, has softened in recent days.  —  The willingness of Republican senators to turn on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the result of a furious lobbying campaign …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is a Snob Who Secretly Despises His Own Supporters  —  Deep in a Politico report about President Trump's attempt to build support for firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump loathes for recusing himself from the investigation of a campaign he was part of, is a striking artifact of Trumpism.
Discussion: The Week
Anna Beahm /
Trump's latest criticism of Sessions: His Southern accent, Alabama education  —  President Donald Trump has launched a campaign against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during which he reportedly criticized Mobile native Sessions' Southern accent, according a report from POLITICO.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt.  He Wanted to Buy It All.  —  Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him.
Justice News:
California Man Charged with Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees  —  BOSTON - A California man was arrested today and charged with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper's editorial response to political attacks on the media.
California man arrested by FBI on charges of threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question  —  PHARR, Tex. — On paper, he's a devoted U.S. citizen.  —  His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas.
New York Times:
A Broken Relationship and Accusations of Emotional Abuse: The Case of Keith Ellison  —  MINNEAPOLIS — When Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, it made him an instant national star: a charismatic young black leader who was now a symbol of the Democratic Party's commitment to diversity and equal rights.
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
New York Times:
How McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Not long after Senator John McCain learned last summer that he had terminal brain cancer, he began convening meetings every Friday in his Capitol Hill office with a group of trusted aides.  The subject was his funeral.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Admissions Win Justice Dept. Support  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lent its support on Friday to students who are suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
DOJ sides with plaintiffs claiming Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian-Americans in admissions
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Take Salena Zito Neither Seriously Nor Literally On Trump Voters  —  Is the populist whisperer of Trump Country full of crap?  —  You might not know who Salena Zito is off the top of your head, but you're almost certainly familiar with her work.  She writes in publications such as the New York Post …
Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
Ron DeSantis Was Reportedly an Admin of Racist Facebook Page … Click on a page called “Tea Party,” which boasts 94,000 followers and claims to be “the oldest and largest #TeaParty group on Facebook,” and you'll find that one of the first posts this morning is a glaringly racist meme showing side …
Chad Smith / American Ledger:
DeSantis Moderates Hate-Filled Facebook Group That Attacks African-Americans, Parkland Survivors and Muslims
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Trump rages against fake everything  —  President Trump raged on Twitter Thursday morning against the “totally dishonest” media, lashing out at the heads of NBC and CNN, before turning his ire to “fake books.”  —  The big picture: His tweetstorm comes after continued attacks on Google …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Getting to Know White Voters  —  There are LOTS of opinions and narratives out there about white voters. … Most of these narratives are built on data supplied by the 2016 exit polls and the “education level” cross-tabs in current polling.  However, new data and analysis of the 2016 vote suggest …
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“It Seems Like Iowa in 2007”: Is Beto O'Rourke the Left's Obama-Like Answer to Trump in 2020?  —  O'Rourke offers not just a path to victory in Texas but an antidote to the entire stupid artifice of American politics in the Trump era.  He's authentic, full of energy, and stripped of consultant-driven sterility.
Discussion: Townhall and HuffPost
The Texas Tribune:   Beto O'Rourke yard signs are everywhere. Where are Ted Cruz's?
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How the Democratic Party Can Turn the Sun Belt Blue  —  This week's competitive primaries in Arizona and Florida suggest the midterm elections could provide revealing signals on one of the most important questions facing the two parties over the next decade: Can Democrats overturn …
Michael Morell / Washington Post:
Trump's team just took out one of the most dangerous terrorists since Bin Laden  —  Amid all the controversies and scandals from Washington dominating our news cycle, a major counterterrorism success by the United States last week did not get the attention it deserved: Government officials …
Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Fires Bankers Amid Probe of Dinner Receipts That Were Allegedly Doctored  —  More than a dozen employees have left Wells Fargo during expenses investigation  —  Wells Fargo WFC -.31% & Co. has fired or suspended more than a dozen employees in its investment bank and is investigating dozens …
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Palin not invited to McCain's funeral: report  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain  —  (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.  —  NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited.
Susan Keating /
John McCain's 2008 Running Mate Sarah Palin Is Not Invited to His Funeral: 'It's Sad'
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves  —  Aggressive, shameless, obsessive, and optimistic, the tech billionaire Vinod Khosla is willing to litigate the California coast for the rest of his life.  —  It sounds simple.  For nearly a decade, the venture capitalist Vinod Khosla …
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Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims' families at $500G  —  Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh wanted to cap the amount victims of 9/11 and their family members could receive from the federal government at $500,000, records obtained by the Daily News show.
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Please be sensitive to our snowflake president's need for safe space  —  President Trump doesn't read his intelligence briefings.  He's too busy Googling himself.  On Tuesday morning, he tweeted: “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media.
Discussion: Deadline
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
Pentagon to Train Saudi Pilots on US Soil Amid Yemen Uproar  —  In TYT Investigates by TYT Investigates, August 30, 20180 Comments … The Pentagon is planning to train Saudi Arabian military pilots on US soil, federal documents show, for what appears to be the first time since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war.
USA Today:
The Republican Party is now Trump's Corruption Party.  Here's how to fix the GOP and DC.  —  Trump and Republicans have a massive corruption problem.  Democrats must run on bold political reforms that really will drain the swamp.  Here are 3 to start.  —  CONNECT
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Who's Afraid of a White Minority?  —  The battle over how to project the future population of the United States has profound political implications.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  The question of whether America …
Wall Street Journal:
Declassified Interrogation Reports Show How Much Iran Shaped Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON—Recently declassified U.S. interrogation reports shed new light on one of Iraq's most prominent Shiite political figures and Iran's role in training and arming Iraqi militias that attacked U.S. troops during the Iraq war.
Discussion: Just Security
Tanvi Misra / CityLab:
Commute Discrimination Is a Thing  —  In Washington, D.C., commuting distance comes with an economic penalty.  Applicants who live farther from a low-wage job in the center of the city are less likely to be called back for an interview.  —  That's the main takeaway of a new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
'Ain't nobody been locked up.  And they ain't trying to solve nothing.'  —  CHICAGO — Deangelo Norwood had been in the hospital for three days when the detectives appeared, asking questions about the man who had shot him in the stomach, chest and wrist.  —  “Is this the guy?” they asked, holding up a grainy photo.
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Trump, without evidence, says NBC altered 2017 interview on Russia  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, without offering any evidence, accused NBC News of “fudging” his May 2017 interview that came days after he fired then FBI Director James Comey and in which he cited the federal Russia investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Financial ‘Consigliere’ Is Trying to Make Elon Musk's Dream Come True  —  A sanctioned Russian fund managed to invest in Hyperloop.  And now, U.S. officials and lawmakers are taking a fresh look at the deal.  —  Between intermittent green wisps of shrubbery in the bare Nevada desert …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Graham Piro / The College Fix:
At campus orientation, speaker bashes Fox News, rugged individualism, says America not that great
Discussion: Breitbart
James A. Baker III / Wall Street Journal:
John McCain and the Dying Art of Political Compromise
Thomas R. Pickering / Raleigh News & Observer:
When it comes to Iran, will we ever learn?
Dan Williams / Reuters:
At Dimona reactor, Netanyahu warns Israel's foes they risk ruin
Brett T. /
Chris Cuomo, who compared Antifa to WWII soldiers, says he never endorsed Antifa
Discussion: LifeZette and Mediaite
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats Are Going To Get Trump's Tax Returns If They Win The House
Discussion: Hot Air and Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Catholics face a painful question: Is it true?
Don McGahn's Bullshit Report Covering Up the Flynn Firing
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NYR Daily
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Could this be the next Trump scandal?
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
After weeks of uncertainty, Papadopoulos decides to accept plea deal with Mueller
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protect Colleges