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9:40 AM ET, August 30, 2018


 Top Items: 
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, The Week 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.
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
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 …
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Palin not invited to McCain's funeral: report
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Sarah Palin, Loyal Running Mate, Excluded from John McCain's Funeral
Discussion: Axios
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 …
‘They just kind of avoided each other’: How Trump and McGahn's partnership collapsed
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Front Page Magazine
Hunter Harris / Vulture:
Two Women Describe Louis C.K.'s ‘Uncomfortable’ Comedy Cellar Set
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
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Poll: Facebook at Risk of Losing 32% of Conservative Users
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: AOL, Engadget, The Verge and 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 …
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
Bob Salsberg / Yahoo:
Is this a blue state?  GOP governor looks unbeatable in Mass.  —  BOSTON (AP) — A popular Republican who seems nearly unbeatable.  To his left, a pair of little-known Democratic hopefuls vying for attention and struggling to raise cash.  To his right, a GOP challenger who claims the incumbent isn't nearly conservative enough.
Paul Dallison / Politico:
‘The bicycle guy’ — Kenyan president forgets Boris Johnson's name  —  The president of Kenya appeared to forget Boris Johnson's name during a press conference with Theresa May on Thursday.  —  Asked about an agreement to allow stolen funds in Britain to be returned to Kenya to fund health …
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: Splinter
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 …
Don McGahn's Bullshit Report Covering Up the Flynn Firing  —  Murray Waas, who writes about one and only one subject on the Russian investigation, has for the second time written a story claiming that a report Don McGahn wrote on February 15, 2017 — and not Trump's serial offers to pardon people …
Discussion: NYR Daily and Washington Monthly
Daisy Alioto / Vox:
The big problem with the animal crackers “cage free” box redesign  —  The new art doesn't address any of the underlying issues about ethics, exploitation, and corporate greed.  —  Nabisco's animal crackers are a staple of American snack food aisles, and the box — a red …
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Brett T. /
Chris Cuomo, who compared Antifa to WWII soldiers, says he never endorsed Antifa
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Palestinian Leaders Bet Future on Trump Impeachment
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Mollie Tibbetts, Racism and the Rule of Law
Discussion: Breitbart
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Catholics face a painful question: Is it true?
 Earlier Items: 
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Oklahoma Teachers Just Purged the Statehouse of Their Enemies
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog