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11:05 PM ET, August 30, 2018

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Bloomberg:
Trump Defends His Handling of McCain's Death  — Won't say if McCain would've been better president than Obama  — 'I've done everything that they requested' for senator  —  President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he properly honored John McCain following his death but wouldn't say whether …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says He'll Keep Sessions Until November Despite ‘Illegal’ Probe  — The attorney general has resisted Trump's pressure to resign  — Mueller probe is ‘an illegal investigation,’ president says  —  President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions's job is safe at least until the midterm elections in November.
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Democrats Can't Impeach Him Because He's Doing a ‘Great Job’  — President cites good economy, precedent for future presidents  — Any impeachment effort would face high hurdles in Congress  —  President Donald Trump said that Democrats shouldn't try to impeach him …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Trump Threatens to Pull U.S. Out of WTO If It Doesn't ‘Shape Up’
Discussion: The Guardian, Balloon Juice and Axios
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”
Bloomberg:
Trump Says EU Offer for No Auto Tariffs Is ‘Not Good Enough’
Discussion: CNBC
Bloomberg:
Trump Says He Has ‘Patience’ for North Korea's Kim to Make Deal
Discussion: Mediaite
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: twitchy.com and Mediaite
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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 …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone says he expects Mueller to charge him with a crime  —  The Mueller team wants “to frame me for some nonexistent crime to silence me and pressure me to testify against the president,” says Stone.  —  WASHINGTON — Days after he predicted the president's eldest son …
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Is Putting Together a ‘Counter-Report’ to Question Robert Mueller's ‘Legitimacy’  —  It's being done with the explicit blessing of Trump who is ‘happy’ that this is part of his legal team's ‘strategy,’ the president's lawyer says.  —  President Donald Trump's legal team is crafting a …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism.  Now It's Time For It To Go Away.  —  Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed.  Candidate Donald Trump took advantage of a stubborn refusal to recognize the power of right-wing ideology …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Shakesville
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.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says Weisselberg Is ‘Wonderful Guy’ Who Didn't Betray Him  — CFO of Trump Organization cooperated in Michael Cohen probe  — Weisselberg has worked for Trump family for more than 40 years  —  President Donald Trump said Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow's Ex-Producer Says NBC Impeded Weinstein Reporting  —  In October, when Ronan Farrow published his first article in The New Yorker on the alleged transgressions of Harvey Weinstein, people in the media and entertainment industries wondered how NBC had missed the story.
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump Is Setting Up A Lame-Duck Crisis  —  President Trump is preparing to thrust the country into a crisis as soon as the midterm elections are behind him—irrespective of which party wins the race for control of Congress—and Republicans are lining up to make sure he gets away with it …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Former Nixon counsel John Dean to be witness opposed to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:   Watergate Whistleblower to Testify Against Brett Kavanaugh During Confirmation Hearings
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
DOJ's Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‘in the loop’ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say  —  Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials …
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Lauren Meier / Axios:
Trump eliminates pay raises for civilian federal employees  —  In a letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, President Trump announced that civilian federal employees will not receive pay increases next year, undoing the original 2.1% pay increase that was set to take place in 2019.
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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Judge Rules Against Alex Jones and Infowars in Sandy Hook Lawsuit  —  A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Chuck Todd Warns of Possible Mueller Bombshell: 'I Wouldn't Miss Work Tomorrow'  —  MSNBC's Chuck Todd issued a warning to the press on Thursday evening regarding the Russia investigation: Don't miss work tomorrow.  —  Todd's MTP Daily panel was discussing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Florida does it again  —  Florida, you have done it again.  —  The nation's biggest swing state has given us many suspenseful elections.  This year, its gubernatorial race will also provide something of a political laboratory experiment.  —  Both parties are testing the proposition that …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports, HuffPost and Hot Air
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis's ‘monkey’ comment was just the start of his racist dog-whistling
Brittany Martin / Los Angeles Magazine:
Your Favorite Burger Chain Just Donated a Bunch of Money to the Republican Party  —  In-N-Out just dropped $25,000 into the GOP's coffers  —  Orange County is shaping up to be one of the hottest political battlegrounds going into the midterm elections-and, it appears, Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger has cast their vote early.
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Grace Dobush / Fortune:
Left-Leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates To California Republicans
Discussion: AOL
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Is Delaware's Kerri Evelyn Harris the next explosion to rock the Democrats?  |  Will Bunch  —  Kerri Evelyn Harris' secret weapon in her upstart Democratic campaign for a U.S. Senate seat is size — or, more specifically, Delaware's lack of it.  —  The First State is, after all …
Discussion: delawareonline
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Dem rep warns immigration officers following ‘illegal’ Trump orders: ‘You will not be safe’  —  A Democratic lawmaker issued a startling warning to government officials involved in “illegal” deportations that they “will not be safe” from future punishment when Donald Trump is no longer president.
Andrea Long Chu / Chronicle of Higher Education:
I Worked With Avital Ronell.  I Believe Her Accuser.  —  The humanities are ablaze.  This month The New York Times reported that the Title IX office had found Avital Ronell, a professor of German and comparative literature at New York University and a superstar in literary studies …
Washington Post:
Trump administration to end U.S. funding to U.N. program for Palestinian refugees  —  The Trump administration has decided to cancel all U.S. funding of the United Nations aid program for Palestinian refugees, part of its determination to put its money where its policy is as it seeks …
Rob Wile / Sacramento Bee:
Bank of America freezing accounts of customers suspected of not being US citizens  —  Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn't access it.  —  An Iranian getting his Ph.D in physics …
Discussion: Splinter and The Outline
Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Woody Allen's new film shelved by Amazon  —  A Rainy Day in New York may never be screened, after distributor says no release date has been set  —  Woody Allen's latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Page Six
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.
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Del Quentin Wilber / Los Angeles Times:
Sept. 11 is still killing FBI agents: 'It's like Bin Laden reaching out from the grave' … FBI Agent Dave LeValley was driving to work in Manhattan when he saw the first jetliner strike the World Trade Center on a bright September morning 17 years ago.  He quickly parked his car and sprinted …
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Anticipation builds around Mueller as 60-day election window nears  —  The cut-off is not a hard-and-fast rule, but some former prosecutors expect Mueller to bend over backward to avoid taking steps that might be construed as improper before the midterms.  —  The window closes next week …
Discussion: HuffPost, Newsweek and BuzzFeed News
Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune:
Texas spent $7 million to fight against A/C in a prison.  It may only cost $4 million to install.  —  At a Capitol hearing, the Texas prison system's director said exceptions in construction requirements allowed for the cost decrease.  —  After settling a costly legal fight …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Top 2008 campaign aides shut out of McCain funeral  —  Campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and longtime strategist John Weaver were snubbed, as was former running mate Sarah Palin.  —  John McCain's funeral will spotlight some of the late senator's political rivals …
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Totally dishonest’: Trump asserts only he can be trusted over opponents and ‘fake news’  —  Over roughly the past day, President Trump has decried the “totally dishonest” media, with its “fake news” and “fake books.”  He has argued that Google is biased against conservatives.
 
 
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
German Neo-Nazis Say These Women Were Abused by Muslim Immigrants. …
Discussion: DW.COM, Observer and BBC
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump seeks to expand access to retirement plans for small businesses
Discussion: Politico
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Labor Union Approval Steady at 15-Year High
Discussion: Splinter
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Climate change could render many of Earth's ecosystems unrecognizable
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michelle Gant / Fox News:
Woman claims United Airlines paid her $75 ‘hush money’ after man masturbated next to her for ‘hours’
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Max de Haldevang / Quartz:
Three theories about Trump's plan to build an entire village in rural Scotland
Discussion: Raw Story
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon Wants to Nationalize Facebook and Google's Data
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
White House ethics lawyer Stefan Passantino leaving administration
Elex Michaelson / KTTV:
Former Vice President Al Gore has a message for President Trump: Resign!
John Sommers-Flanagan / Slate:
No Matter How Bad It Gets, Trump Will Never Give Up
Discussion: The Mahablog
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
John McCain, Donald Trump, and the Legacy of the American Upper Class
Emily Tamkin / BuzzFeed News:
No Big Deal, Just A US President Telling A Former Russian President He Needs To Eat More
Kashmira Gander / Newsweek:
Gravitational waves could collide sucking Earth into a black hole
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis prosecutor says she will no longer accept cases from 28 city police officers
Discussion: The Daily Caller