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8:40 PM ET, August 5, 2019

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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
In tragic self-owns, Trump denounces racism, and calls for immigration reform  —  Analysis: Rather than risk alienating his allies in the wake of another round of mass shootings, Trump chose to expose himself to claims of responsibility.  —  WASHINGTON — In looking to place blame …
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Center for Public Integrity:
Trump campaign still hasn't paid El Paso police bills  —  President Donald Trump has pledged the federal government will provide “whatever is needed” to help El Paso, Texas, recover from a mass shooting Saturday that killed 22 people.  —  But Trump's own 2020 re-election committee still …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Doesn't Give a Damn About Gun Massacres  —  The president didn't say much that mattered, and he plainly didn't mean most of what he did say.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Well.  Okay.  First of all, the man looks completely ridiculous when he tries to act like an actual president for 10 minutes.
CNN:
El Paso shooting death toll rises to 22 in anti-immigrant massacre
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Confusion: Biden offers sympathy for the ‘tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan’
New York Times:
Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Mourns El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings as ‘Tragic Events in Houston’ and ‘Michigan’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Eight reasons to be skeptical that Trump is serious about his new call for ‘strong background checks’
VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: Dayton Shooter Was in a “Pornogrind” Band That Released Songs About Raping and Killing Women  —  Before he killed nine people in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, Connor Betts was deeply involved in the misogynistic, male-dominated “goregrind” or “pornogrind” extreme metal music scene.
Discussion: New York Post
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Associated Press:
Classmates: Ohio shooter kept a ‘hit list’ and a ‘rape list’  —  DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — High school classmates of the gunman who killed nine people early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, say he was suspended for compiling a “hit list” of those he wanted to kill and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
The Dayton Shooter Was The Lead Singer Of A “Pornogrind” Metal Band  —  The man who killed nine and injured 27 in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was the lead singer of a “pornogrind” metal band, a genre defined by its explicit subject matter and themes of gore and violence …
Raw Story:
Young Mitch McConnell supporters pose for a photo strangling a cardboard cutout of AOC  —  On Monday, a picture appeared on Instagram, apparently taken by a group of young men supporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the Fancy Farm, Kentucky political picnic.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Mitch McConnell ignores calls from Democratic lawmakers to end Senate recess for gun control vote  —  McConnell released a statement on President Donald Trump's calls for stronger background checks that did not use the word “gun.”  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
McConnell willing to consider ‘bipartisan’ gun violence solutions, opposes ‘infringing’ on rights
Discussion: Politico
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
China confirms it is suspending agricultural product purchases in response to Trump's new tariffs  —  KEY POINTS  — A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce says Chinese companies have stopped purchasing U.S. agricultural products in response to President Trump's new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods.
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Associated Press:   Markets Right Now: Dow plunges 800 as trade war flares
CNBC:
Dow futures drop 370 points after China retaliates, escalating trade war
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Morgan Stanley: If the trade war escalates, a recession will be here in 9 months
Discussion: UPI
Courtney Hagle / Media Matters for America:
How Fox News pushed the white supremacist “great replacement” theory  —  Fox News figures have repeatedly warned of an immigrant “invasion”  —  The shooter who killed 20 people and injured dozens in El Paso, TX, over the weekend first posted online a document outlining the white nationalist …
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Axios:
Trump administration designates China as currency manipulator  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday night declared China to be a currency manipulator, just hours after the Chinese government allowed the yuan to slip below a 7-to-1 dollar ratio for the first time in over a decade.
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:   U.S. Labels China a Currency Manipulator, Escalating Trade War
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator
Discussion: NPR and The Last Refuge
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge signals interest in removing Mueller report redactions  —  A federal judge signaled Monday he's considering removing the Mueller report's redactions.  —  During more than two hours of oral arguments in Washington, District Judge Reggie Walton appeared on several occasions to side …
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Judge questions Barr's handling of Mueller findings
Discussion: Law & Crime
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Ohio state representative blames shootings on gay marriage, video games, open borders  —  A Republican state representative in Ohio wrote a lengthy Facebook post in the aftermath of the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting where she blamed the incident and other shootings on “the breakdown …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Ohio Republican blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates,’ Colin Kaepernick and Obama
Washington Post:
Cesar Sayoc, who mailed explosive devices to Trump's critics, sentenced to 20 years in prison  —  NEW YORK — Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who mailed explosive devices to prominent Democrats and media figures was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.  —  Prosecutors had called for a life sentence …
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Associated Press:   Judge sentences man who sent pipe bombs to Dems to 20 years
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Neo Nazis boast ‘We got Tulsi in the debates’  —  Racist website takes credit for boosting Democratic presidential hopeful  —  A neo-Nazi website took credit for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-HI) qualification for the first two Democratic primary debates.  The Daily Stormer, a notorious white supremacist …
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
NBC Reporter Dismisses Host Bringing Up Dayton Shooter's Pro-Warren Tweet  —  Shooter said he'd ‘happily vote’ Warren  —  NBC reporter Ben Collins on Monday falsely claimed the Dayton, Ohio shooter was “more neutral” with his political posts on Twitter, despite the shooter saying he would …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
These are the winners of the post-debate media competition
Discussion: Deep Root Analytics
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Conservatism Has a Violence Problem  —  'The numbers don't lie.'  —  American conservatism has a violence problem.  —  The current secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once publicly suggested that the chairman of the Federal Reserve deserved to be beaten up because of his interest rate policy.
Ali H. Soufan / New York Times:
I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis.  White Supremacists Aren't So Different.  —  We can't fight domestic terror groups efficiently until the law treats them the way we treat foreign ones.  —  Mr. Soufan is a former F.B.I. special agent and the author of “Anatomy of Terror.”
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King Narrowly Won His Last Race.  His Challenger, J.D. Scholten, Is Running Again.  —  J. D. Scholten, a Democrat who nearly toppled Representative Steve King of Iowa in a heavily Republican district in 2018, announced on Monday that he would run again for the seat in 2020.
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Adam Kinzinger:
United Against Hate — How We Can Sensibly Address Gun Violence  —  I do not need to restate it... the American people are all too aware of the problem.  In a nation with over 300 million people, there are sick individuals that inflict terrible damage on innocent people.
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
‘Do Something!’ Is Not Going To Stop Mass Shooters
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Commentary
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is The Field Too Big For Kamala Harris?  —  In theory, the easiest way to win a presidential nomination is to bring the various wings and factions of your party together toward some type of consensus.  Not every voter has to love you (although some of them probably should or you won't have a base).
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Mercury News
 
 
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Adam Wren / The Daily Beast:
Team Buttigieg Aggressively Courts Superdelegates in Prep for a Contested Convention
Discussion: Political Wire
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Had Another Very Good Debate, Poll Finds
Discussion: CNN
The Atlantic:
Trump's Habit of Contradicting Himself After a Tragedy
Eric Katz / GovExec.com:
USDA Office Relocations Are Illegal, IG Says
Washington Post:
It's time to debate gun control on its merits
Discussion: USA Today
Wall Street Journal:
Dayton Shooter Used AR-15 Pistol, Smaller Version of Popular Rifle
Discussion: twitchy.com
Nicholas Fondacaro / NB Blog:
CNN Announces New Anti-Gun Show Trial, Hosted By Antifa Backer
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Puerto Rico's Senate files lawsuit to oust newly sworn-in governor
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
J. Arthur Bloom / The Daily Caller:
Ex-Google Engineer Made Troubling Posts On Listservs About Richard Spencer, Golden State Skinheads
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Seeking To Heal A Nation Is Not The Real Trump
Oli Coleman / Page Six:
What's going on between Lindsay Lohan and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's speech would be laughable if it weren't so infuriating
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler: Judiciary panel could recommend articles of impeachment by late fall
Discussion: Breitbart and Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
Here's how the hottest month in recorded history unfolded around the globe
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Source: Nelson Peltz seeks more than two seats on Disney's board, a day after Disney added Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and former Sky TV boss Jeremy Darroch

Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The UK opens a review into whether Jeff Zucker's bid for The Telegraph, using ~$1B in Emirati money, could result in adverse foreign influence over the UK press

Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Linda Yaccarino's former associates describe her as difficult and volatile, but hardworking, and say her self-regard made her think she could manage Elon Musk

 
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