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10:30 AM ET, August 30, 2018


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Mother Jones and Townhall
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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
Chad Smith / American Ledger:
DeSantis Moderates Hate-Filled Facebook Group That Attacks African-Americans, Parkland Survivors and Muslims  —  UPDATE: Rep. Ron DeSantis has quit the Facebook group that trafficked in racist and offensive slurs, following American Ledger's reporting on Wednesday.  - 8:54 PM
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 …
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 …
Discussion: alicublog
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.
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Democrat vows to impeach Clarence Thomas if elected  —  A Democrat running for the U.S. House in Massachusetts has made an unusual political promise: Put me in Congress and I'll impeach Justice Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment and perjury.  —  State Sen. Barbara L'Italien said the promise …
Hunter Harris / Vulture:
Two Women Describe Louis C.K.'s ‘Uncomfortable’ Comedy Cellar Set
The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke yard signs are everywhere.  Where are Ted Cruz's?  —  As O'Rourke's yard signs are popping up in neighborhoods around the state, frustrated Cruz supporters are having trouble finding ones promoting the current U.S. senator's re-election bid.  Until recently, that was by design, according to Cruz's camp.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“It Seems Like Iowa in 2007”: Is Beto O'Rourke the Left's Obama-Like Answer to Trump in 2020?
Discussion: HuffPost and Townhall
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
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Trump's Ludicrous Attack on Big Tech  —  The idea that Google and Twitter are rigging their platforms against him is patently false.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.  —  Here's the truest conundrum of the social media age: Those who complain loudest about being silenced never ever shut up.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's new fake news: fake social media
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
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protect Colleges  —  WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, lessen liability for institutions …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Betsy DeVos Plans to Overhaul Title IX, Focus on Due Process for Accusers and the Accused
Discussion: The Week
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.
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.
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 …
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
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 ‘State of the Union’ Speeches  —  On Wednesday, Donald Trump escalated his war with major U.S. tech companies he and other prominent conservatives have been baselessly accusing of censoring right-wingers.
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
After weeks of uncertainty, Papadopoulos decides to accept plea deal with Mueller  —  George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign, has decided to stick with his plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, his wife told ABC News on Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats Are Going To Get Trump's Tax Returns If They Win The House  —  “You're damn right,” one Democrat said.  —  If Democrats win control of the House in November they will finally have the votes to force an issue they've been hammering for nearly two years: Making President Donald Trump disclose his tax returns.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Catholics face a painful question: Is it true?  —  A young Catholic friend called me as soon as the news broke about Pope Francis.  “Is it true?”  —  I told him I didn't know.  It might be, I said.  An anxious, pained tension filled the silence on the line.  “No,” he groaned, finally, “not him.”
Brett T. /
Chris Cuomo, who compared Antifa to WWII soldiers, says he never endorsed Antifa  —  According to Mediaite, CNN's Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange Wednesday night with former President Donald Trump Hispanic Advisory Council member Steve Cortes about the president's remarks …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Post:
Why is CNN avoiding the truth about Lanny Davis' lies?  —  Last Thursday, we asked how long it would take before Lanny Davis again changed his story about what his client, Michael Cohen, knows about President Trump.  It turned out to be four days.  —  Meanwhile, CNN is standing by a story …
Thomas R. Pickering / Raleigh News & Observer:
When it comes to Iran, will we ever learn?  —  The Administration's new policy toward Iran has zero chance to succeed in changing Iranian behavior or regime change.  The policy of maximum pressure and unachievable demands is based on deeply flawed assumptions about Iran and the wise use of American power.
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
FBI Refuses To Confirm Or Deny ICIG Warned Of Clinton Server Intrusion  — The FBI won't disclose whether it met with senior officials of the Intelligence Community Inspector General.  — TheDCNF confirmed that the ICIG briefed top bureau officials on three separate occasions to warn the FBI of an …
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Annalise Frank / Crain's Detroit Business:
Drinking water to be shut off at all Detroit public schools
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dan Williams / Reuters:
At Dimona reactor, Netanyahu warns Israel's foes they risk ruin
Paul Dallison / Politico:
‘The bicycle guy’ — Kenyan president forgets Boris Johnson's name
Bob Salsberg / Yahoo:
Is this a blue state? GOP governor looks unbeatable in Mass.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Accuses China of Undermining Diplomacy With North Korea
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
An Immigration Raid On A Rural Texas Assembly Plant Was ICE's Largest At A Worksite In 10 Years
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Palestinian Leaders Bet Future on Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Mollie Tibbetts, Racism and the Rule of Law
Discussion: Breitbart
Don McGahn's Bullshit Report Covering Up the Flynn Firing
Discussion: NYR Daily and Washington Monthly
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Could this be the next Trump scandal?
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Mueller wants to review emails between Manafort, former lawyer
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
USA Today:
Poll: Michael Cohen's guilty plea raises serious questions about Donald Trump's behavior
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and National Review