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12:50 PM ET, September 1, 2018


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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Papadopoulos says Sessions supported Putin campaign meeting, asks for most lenient sentence  —  (CNN)Convicted former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has publicly contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sworn testimony to Congress, saying both Sessions and Donald Trump apparently supported …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Papadopoulos: Trump ‘nodded’ at suggestion of Putin meeting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “nodded with approval” at the suggestion of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a court filing Friday night that seeks leniency for a former campaign aide who lied to the FBI.
“Young George” Papadopoulos Wants “Mercy and Compassion” (from Trump) for Something He Believes Is Treason  —  George Papadopoulos submitted his sentencing memo last night.  Rather than writing an honest sentencing memo, he's still working with co-conspirators, in this case, in hopes of getting a pardon from Trump.
Washington Post:
Former Trump adviser, the first charged in Mueller probe, asks judge to spare him jail time
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Ariana Grande … DETROIT — The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.  —  Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin's funeral …
Associated Press:
Rep. Maxine Waters gives Wakanda salute at Franklin funeral
Discussion: NBC News
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham  —  We lost two mavericks within a week.  —  On Saturday, we lost the legendary John McCain.  —  On Tuesday, we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.  —  Graham remains alive and well, but after serving for two decades as Robin to McCain's Batman …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Inside the cathedral at John McCain's memorial service  —  Senator John McCain's memorial service is at 10am EST today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  —  Details: Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are slated to give eulogies.
Discussion: BBC, Politico and Vox
Washington Post:
McCain memorial: ‘What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example’
Discussion: The Week and The Atlantic
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Straining to Keep Faith With America  —  John McCain knew that we are better than Trump.  —  Among the events of John McCain's five-and-a-half years of imprisonment and torture in North Vietnam, probably the most heroic, and surely the most celebrated, was his refusal to accept an early release from his captors.
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Trump administration withholds 100K Kavanaugh pages  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege ahead of the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing.
Discussion: Common Dreams and BuzzFeed News
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:   Kavanaugh won't commit to recusal from Trump, Mueller-related matters
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump's Approval Number Nose-Dives, Dems' Blue Wave Might Be Building: IBD/TIPP Poll  —  Just 36% say they approve of the job President Trump is doing, a 5-point drop from last month, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.  Fifty six percent disapprove of Trump's job performance, up from 53% the month before.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's tight, lonely corner  —  You're president of the United States, running the most powerful nation on earth — stock markets soaring, joblessness sinking, the world in a season of relative peace and prosperity.  —  The bottom line: But President Trump has never been more isolated from allies he needs most.
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Poll by sinking poll, Trump inches toward impeachment  —  By any metric, Trump is in trouble.  —  A poll out from The Post and ABC on Friday shows that 60 percent of voters disapprove of the job he's doing as president, a new low.  But that's just one poll; the polling average …
Discussion: Althouse, Rantt and POLITICUSUSA
David Siders / Politico:
‘Whoever wins South Carolina will be the Democratic nominee’  —  Presidential prospects rethink primary election strategy for 2020.  —  It's the early state that delivered a decisive victory to Barack Obama in 2008.  In 2016, it saved Hillary Clinton.  —  In the wake of South Carolina's pivotal role …
Gwenda Blair / Politico:
Donald Trump's Funeral Problem  —  John McCain's ceremony is only the latest from which he has been shunned.  Might be for the best because he's been known to make it all about him.  —  Donald Trump gets to do things his way much of the time.  He met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore and Putin in Helsinki …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
John McCain's Service In Vietnam Was a Tragedy  —  During the Vietnam War, our country dropped more bombs on southeast Asia than all sides let loose in World War 2, and doused more than 3,000 of the region's villages with one of the deadliest substances known to humankind.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Meghan McCain's eulogy: “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again”  —  She alluded to President Trump in an emotional speech remembering her father.  —  In an emotional eulogy sharing her memories and love for her father Saturday, Meghan McCain made sure to make her opinions on President Donald Trump very clear.
Discussion: New Republic
Nick Wooten /
Shreveport mayoral candidate denies calling woman n-word after forum  —  A Shreveport mayoral candidate referred to black people as “negroes” but denies she got into a heated verbal exchange in which she called a black woman the n-word following a mayoral forum Thursday night.
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens spotted bagging groceries at NJ Trader Joe's  —  “Cosby Show” alum Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, the young doctor who married into the Cosby family on the famous sitcom, was photographed working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Harry Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The Rube Who Came to New York and Killed the Village Voice Lied To My Face  —  The guy who bought a $26 million penthouse in the Village and offered me a job that maybe didn't exist, now says he can't afford to keep putting articles on a website.  —  I grew up reading the Village Voice …
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
The List Of CNN's Bungled Reporting Is A Sight To Behold  —  Despite CNN's assertion this week that it “does not lie,” the network has an extensive history of bungled reporting — some of which has gone uncorrected.  —  President Donald Trump called out CNN for its questionable report …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Neo-Nazis send racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum — the first black man ever nominated for Florida governor  —  A group of Idaho-based neo-Nazis has paid for a series of robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee this week who became the first black man …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jeff Burlew / Tallahassee Democrat:
Racist robocalls tied to neo-Nazi group target Andrew Gillum
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes indicted in campaign finance conspiracy  —  Longtime Kentucky Democratic operatives Jerry Lundergan and Dale Emmons were indicted by a federal grand jury in Lexington Friday for allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of Secretary …
Discussion: Political Wire
U.S. Department of Justice:
Two Indicted for Making Corporate Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign
Discussion: and Roll Call
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Media Peddles Bogus Story on Nunes London Trip
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A Vengeful and Shortsighted Act
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For Families Split at Border, an Anguished Wait for Children's Return
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom Times: 83% execs say business is better, 76% see more growth
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ohr says Steele told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‘over a barrel’
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos and Axios
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
Don't be so sure Mueller will back off before midterms
Discussion: Politico
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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
California lawmakers vote to pass toughest net neutrality law in the nation
Christen Smith /
Dick's Sporting Goods will pull hunting products from 10 stores later this year
Discussion: Breitbart
Jo Craven McGinty / Wall Street Journal:
Tattoo Industry Wins Over Millennials
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Plaintiffs in N.C. gerrymandering case say new maps not an option for November
Discussion: Hullabaloo and ABC News
Talia Lavin / Village Voice:
Prisonstrike: A Rebellion Inside America's Profitable Gulag Archipelago
Richard C. Paddock / New York Times:
She Gambled on Her Claim to Link Russians and Trump. She Is Losing.