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4:30 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 …
New York Post:
The Post urges Trump to take action on assault weapons  —  Two mass shootings within 24 hours in El Paso and Dayton, days after the Garlic Festival killings.  Three months after Virginia Beach, six months after Aurora, nine months after Thousand Oaks, 10 months after Tree of Life …
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 …
New York Times:
El Paso Shooting Suspect's Manifesto Echoes Trump's Language  —  At campaign rallies before last year's midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly warned that America was under attack by immigrants heading for the border.  “You look at what is marching up, that is an invasion!” he declared at one rally.
Washington Post:
A mother died shielding her infant in El Paso.  The father died shielding them both, family says.  —  They had just dropped their oldest daughter off at cheerleading practice when they pulled into the Walmart parking lot, packed with hundreds of back-to-school shoppers like them.
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Confusion: Biden offers sympathy for the ‘tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan’  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden misstated the locations of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, while speaking to donors at a high-dollar fundraiser in San Diego on Sunday night.
American Psychological Association:
Statement of APA President in Response to Mass Shootings in Texas, Ohio  —  WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of APA President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, on the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and in Dayton, Ohio:  —  “Our condolences are with the families and friends of those killed …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
On guns and white nationalism, one side is right and one is wrong  —  When one side proposes ways that human beings might begin to solve a deadly problem while the other side leaves it up to God, you know which side is right.  —  When one side proposes solution after solution to contain gun violence …
Matthew Prince / The Cloudflare Blog:
Terminating Service for 8Chan
El Paso shooting death toll rises to 22 in anti-immigrant massacre
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Trump blames everything but his own words for hate in America
Discussion: The Resurgent
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Mourns El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings as ‘Tragic Events in Houston’ and ‘Michigan’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Dr. Joan Donovan / NBC News:
El Paso shooter wasn't a ‘lone wolf’ — and his so-called online ‘manifesto’ proves why
Discussion: Commentary, The Atlantic and CNN
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us
Associated Press:   The Latest: El Paso victim dies, raising death toll to 21
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 …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘Do something!’: Ohio governor drowned out by angry chants at Dayton shooting vigil
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and
WBNS-TV:   Ohio lawmaker blames Dayton shootings on gay marriage, marijuana, video games
Dow futures drop 370 points after China retaliates, escalating trade war  —  Stocks plunge as China threatens to weaponize its currency—Six experts break down what's next  —  Stocks fell sharply Monday as a trade war between the world's largest economies intensified with China retaliating against President Donald Trump's latest move.
Washington Post:   Markets plunge after China lets currency fall to a decade low in payback against Trump's tariffs
Associated Press:   Markets Right Now: Dow plunges 800 as trade war flares
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Morgan Stanley: If the trade war escalates, a recession will be here in 9 months
Discussion: UPI
China Takes On Trump by Weakening Yuan, Halting Crop Imports
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kenny Marchant Will Be Fourth Texas Republican Congressman to Retire in 2020  —  Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas announced on Monday that he plans to retire, becoming the fourth Republican House member from Texas in recent weeks to head for the exits rather than face re-election in 2020 …
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.
VICE:   EXCLUSIVE: Dayton Shooter Was In a “Pornogrind” Band That Released Songs About Raping and Killing Women
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 …
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 …
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, D.C., U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton on several occasions appeared …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:   Judge questions Barr's handling of Mueller findings
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
Brandon Morse / RedState:   Kamala Harris's Arrest Reports Are Quietly Disappearing From California's DOC Website
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Seeking To Heal A Nation Is Not The Real Trump  —  President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday in the wake of two mass shootings and called for “unity” and “love.”  “We are a loving nation,” he said, focusing his eyes ahead to read a written speech.  “Hate has no place in America.”
Oli Coleman / Page Six:
What's going on between Lindsay Lohan and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia?  —  What the heck is going on with Lindsay Lohan and Mohammed bin Salman?  —  A wild rumor hit town that Lohan and the bloodthirsty crown prince of Saudi Arabia have gotten close, and that he's been flying her around …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
He's Getting Worse  —  The current, and (to date) most debased, phase of the Trump presidency—the phase that includes the unceasing demonization of minority legislators and the endorsement of North Korean communism—began, in retrospect, on May 8, in the Florida Panhandle, at a rally in Panama City.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Conservatism Has a Violence Problem
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Iran's Zarif says he was sanctioned after declining an invitation to the White House
Justice considering push for new law to make mass shootings a capital crime
Discussion: National Review
Jason Gay / Wall Street Journal:
Sticking to Sports vs. Being a Person in the World
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Chicago Tribune:
At least 7 killed, 48 wounded in Chicago's most violent weekend this year, West Side bears brunt of the violence
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Wire and KTLA
Ali H. Soufan / New York Times:
I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren't So Different.
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Discussion: Fox News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
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