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12:40 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 …
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
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Trump rages against fake everything
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The walls are closing in. And Trump's lawyers know it.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Accuses NBC's Lester Holt of ‘Fudging’ Russia Interview, Provides No Proof
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shareblue Media
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
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
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
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.
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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
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 …
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Lindsey Graham says the way Trump handled McCain's death was ‘disturbing’
Susan Keating /
John McCain's 2008 Running Mate Sarah Palin Is Not Invited to His Funeral: 'It's Sad'
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 …
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
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: HuffPost and Townhall
The Texas Tribune:   Beto O'Rourke yard signs are everywhere. Where are Ted Cruz's?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Instapundit and Just Security
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Andrew Smith / The Guardian:
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code  —  The 18th of March, 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading.  That night, a new moon added almost no light to a poorly lit four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, as a specially adapted Uber Volvo XC90 detected an object ahead.
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Catie Edmondson / Tampa Bay Times:
Tariffs on Canadian newsprint are overturned
Fox News Insider:
'It's Disgusting': Homan Slams Cuomo for Calling ICE a ‘Bunch of Thugs’
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump stands by warning of ‘violence’ if Dems win midterms
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
Pentagon to Train Saudi Pilots on US Soil Amid Yemen Uproar
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
Brett T. /
Chris Cuomo, who compared Antifa to WWII soldiers, says he never endorsed Antifa
Discussion: LifeZette and Mediaite
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
'Ain't nobody been locked up. And they ain't trying to solve nothing.'
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Financial ‘Consigliere’ Is Trying to Make Elon Musk's Dream Come True
Discussion: Eschaton
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Trump, without evidence, says NBC altered 2017 interview on Russia
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats Are Going To Get Trump's Tax Returns If They Win The House
Discussion: Hot Air and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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?
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
After weeks of uncertainty, Papadopoulos decides to accept plea deal with Mueller
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter