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8:45 AM ET, August 30, 2018


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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:
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.
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 …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Exclusive: here's the photo of a very white summer intern class the White House didn't release
Discussion: The White House and The Guardian
‘They just kind of avoided each other’: How Trump and McGahn's partnership collapsed
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Sarah Palin, Loyal Running Mate, Excluded from John McCain's Funeral
Discussion: Axios
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
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Andrew Gillum's Win Is Great News for All Democrats—Despite What the Media May Tell You  —  Three weeks ago, the media declared the left vanquished.  With the Florida results, they flipped the script—and get it wrong again.  —  There they go again.  —  Just three weeks ago …
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
If Anyone Had Bothered Talking To Black Voters, They Would Have Known Andrew Gillum Was Going To Win
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's new fake news: fake social media  —  President Trump, using more anecdote than evidence, is doing unto Google, Facebook and Twitter what he helped do to mainstream media: persuade a big chunk of America they are biased — and fake.  —  What's new: “Fake social” and “fake search” …
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.
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Poll: Facebook at Risk of Losing 32% of Conservative Users
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Hunter Harris / Vulture:
Two Women Describe Louis C.K.'s ‘Uncomfortable’ Comedy Cellar Set  —  As the New York Times reported, when Louis C.K. took the stage for a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar Sunday night, he was met with applause.  The short set was his first appearance after he released a statement …
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
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 …
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
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: Washington Monthly
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
The Flynn Tapes: A New Tell
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Accuses China of Undermining Diplomacy With North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday tried to make China the scapegoat for his stalled diplomacy with North Korea, accusing it of undermining the American-led pressure campaign against Pyongyang because of an escalating trade dispute with the United States.
Discussion: NPR, Wall Street Journal and Roll Call
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
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
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic nominees for governor include three African-Americans, two of them in the old Confederacy, a prospect that not long ago would have been unthinkable.  Record numbers of women are competing in congressional races.
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: Politico and Political Wire
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Could this be the next Trump scandal?  —  One way to look at the Trump presidency is to say that it's all a shrewd strategy: Trump overwhelms us with scandal and controversy, making it impossible to focus on one outrage for long before you're distracted by the next outrage.
Democrats Just Confirmed Lots Of Trump's Judges So They Could Skip Town  —  The resistance wilts in August.  —  WASHINGTON Senate Democrats just gave a huge gift to President Donald Trump: They agreed to expedite votes on 15 of his nominees to lifetime federal court seats because they wanted to go home.
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.”
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.
Jay Cassano / Sludge:
Cuomo Received $25,000 From Weinstein Lawyer's Firm as He Suspended Probe  —  The contribution from Weinstein's former lawyer was made the same month Cuomo suspended an investigation into the New York district attorney's failure to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015.  —  EDITED BY
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 …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Mueller wants to review emails between Manafort, former lawyer  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team wants to review emails between Paul Manafort and one of his former lawyers — messages that would typically be protected by attorney-client privilege.  —  Manafort's emails are a special case …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Mollie Tibbetts, Racism and the Rule of Law  —  The hoopla over her killing is a classic example of bigotry.  But that's not the only thing going on.  —  The main reason that Mollie Tibbetts's horrible killing has received so much attention is racism.  Tibbetts's accused murderer …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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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
Day One / US Day One Blog:
Response to Senator Sanders
 Earlier Items: 
Julio Ricardo Varela / NBC News:
Puerto Rico's new Hurricane Maria death toll demands an inquiry into why the truth is only coming out now
USA Today:
Poll: Michael Cohen's guilty plea raises serious questions about Donald Trump's behavior
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and National Review
Capital & Main:
Ohio, New Jersey Pension Funds Invested $625 Million in Hedge Fund That Controls National Enquirer Parent
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
As his isolation intensifies, WikiLeaks' Julian Assange faces possible threat of eviction, extradition
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Oklahoma Teachers Just Purged the Statehouse of Their Enemies
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
Several Women Say Airlines Don't Do Enough To Protect Them From Men Who Masturbate On Flights
BuzzFeed News:
“Suspicious” Transactions At Russian Embassy Sparked Deeper Bank Probe Than Previously Known
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire