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1:40 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Accuses NBC's Lester Holt of ‘Fudging’ Russia Interview, Provides No Proof
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shareblue Media
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Trump, without evidence, says NBC altered 2017 interview on Russia
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
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 …
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina shared a close friendship with the late Sen. John McCain for more than 20 years.  From the halls of the Senate to the campaign trail, to nearly 50 overseas trips to war zones …
Anna Beahm /
Trump's latest criticism of Sessions: His Southern accent, Alabama education
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
California man arrested by FBI on charges of threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees  —  A California man is facing federal charges for threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees whom he called an “enemy of the people” after the Globe launched a national newspaper campaign in support of the free press and the First Amendment.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Justice Department Says Harvard Hurts Asian Americans' Admissions Prospects With ‘Personal Rating’
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump administration argues Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans
Discussion: Axios and Politico
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, HuffPost, Politico and AOL
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
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 …
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 …
New York Sun:
The McCain Palin Snub  —  The exclusion of Governor Sarah Palin from Senator McCain's funeral this afternoon strikes us as an off-note from the McCain camp.  It's unclear exactly who the Senator before he died or his family or others decided not to extend an invitation.
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Lindsey Graham says the way Trump handled McCain's death was ‘disturbing’
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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 …
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Postal Service Accepts Blame for Release of Candidate's Security File, and Asks for It Back  —  WASHINGTON — The Postal Service on Thursday said it “deeply regrets our mistake in inappropriately releasing” the official personnel file of Abigail Spanberger, a former C.I.A. operative now running …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis prosecutor says she will no longer accept cases from 28 city police officers … St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner enters the fourth floor library to read a prepared statement at a press conference at the Carnahan Courthouse, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in St. Louis.
The Intercept:
NYC DSA, Ocasio-Cortez Stand by State Senate Candidate Julia Salazar, Despite Story Disputing Her Biography … The state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar, a prominent member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, was jolted last week when Tablet Magazine published …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
New Mexico Reinstates Straight-Party Voting Just in Time to Thwart Gary Johnson  —  Democratic secretary of state in heavily Democratic state unilaterally changes voting rule in a way that favors Democrats (and punishes Libertarians).  Republicans say they'll sue.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era
Iran is complying with nuclear deal restrictions: IAEA report  —  VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the U.N. atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday.
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 …
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Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
How the black vote carried Andrew Gillum to victory
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
Laura Gutschke / Abilene Reporter-News:
Sunset Commission rejects DPS proposal to close 14 Big Country driver license offices
Andrew Smith / The Guardian:
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code
Wall Street Journal:
Declassified Interrogation Reports Show How Much Iran Shaped Iraq War
Discussion: Instapundit and Just Security
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Who's Afraid of a White Minority?
Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Fires Bankers Amid Probe of Dinner Receipts That Were Allegedly Doctored
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Tanvi Misra / CityLab:
Commute Discrimination Is a Thing
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims' families at $500G
Discussion: Shareblue Media
USA Today:
The Republican Party is now Trump's Corruption Party. Here's how to fix the GOP and DC.
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Please be sensitive to our snowflake president's need for safe space
Discussion: Deadline
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
'Ain't nobody been locked up. And they ain't trying to solve nothing.'
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Financial ‘Consigliere’ Is Trying to Make Elon Musk's Dream Come True
Discussion: Eschaton