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Release Detail  —  August 6, 2019 - Warren Up, Harris Down, But Biden Leads Among U.S. Dems Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 14 Dems Have Less Than 1 Percent  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the big winner in the second round of Democratic presidential debates …
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James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Biden, Sanders, and Warren top postdebate survey of N.H. Democrats  —  The first poll of likely New Hampshire Democrats since last week's debates shows that penetrating a top-tier of three candidates might be tougher than ever in the state's first-in-the-nation primary.
Wall Street Journal:
Warren Leads the Way Among Crossover Donors
Discussion: Political Wire
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘The headline was bad’: New York Times amends front page on Trump's response to mass shootings after backlash  —  The New York Times weathered intense backlash Monday night for its front-page headline about President Trump's response to the pair of mass shootings that read: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.”
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
New York Times' Dean Baquet on Trump Front-Page Controversy: ‘It Was a Bad Headline, and We Changed It’  —  Amid criticism of its “Trump Urges Unity Against Racism” headline, the executive editor says he “understood” concern, but hopes people read the “strong” coverage beneath.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
NYT's Trump Headline Is So Outrageous That People Are Canceling Subscriptions  —  Twitter users are shredding The New York Times for its newspaper headline about Trump's comments on mass shootings.  —  The New York Times is being run through the shredder after an overly generous headline …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Democrats' frustration with the news media boils over
Discussion: Splinter, TheBlaze and Mediaite
Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Campaign Manager Says Boys Will Be Boys Over Photo of Teens Groping, Choking AOC Cutout  —  After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for a photo posted on Facebook of a group of young men wearing “Team Mitch” shirts shown choking and groping …
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez confronts McConnell over photo of men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ her cutout
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid on Trump's 2020 Odds: 'I'm Pretty Damn Worried'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Republicans Fear ‘Extinction in the Suburbs’ Over Gun Control  — Two new mass shootings renew debate over firearm restrictions  — Suburban and college-educated voters favor new gun limits  —  After two gruesome mass shootings in a 24-hour span, some Republicans are raising alarms …
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Alex Johnson / NBC News:   As many call for tighter gun laws, Texas set to loosen up
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to Russia, resigns to return to Utah for possible run for governor  —  Washington  • U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is returning home to Utah where he is reportedly mulling another run for governor.  —  Huntsman sent President Donald Trump …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Sues Over California's Requirement to Release Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday against officials in California challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years …
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John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Trump and GOP sue California over law requiring tax returns to run in state's primary
Discussion: RedState
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Peter Strzok sues over firing for anti-Trump texts  —  Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who opened the bureau's Russia probe in 2016 and later became a symbol of alleged “deep state” animus for Donald Trump, is suing the government over his firing.  —  In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday …
Discussion: RedState, VodkaPundit and The Week
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   DOJ: Dems appear to be trying to harass Trump by seeking personal finances
Zachary Basu / Axios:   Former FBI agent Peter Strzok sues Justice Department for wrongful firing
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
‘Brutally candid,’ ‘damaging,’ ‘embarrassing’: Some urging caution about releasing Texas speaker audio  —  Updated at 6:51 p.m. with comments from Collin County Judge Chris Hill.  —  AUSTIN — For the past week, Texas Republicans, Democrats and even Speaker Dennis Bonnen have called …
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James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen apologizes for saying ‘terrible things’ that conservative activist recorded
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Joaquin Castro Posts Names, Employers Of Trump Donors  —  Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro on Monday tweeted the names and employers of 44 San Antonio residents who donated the federal maximum to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.  —  Castro, whose district includes much of San Antonio …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump is increasingly relying on himself — not his aides — in trade war with China  —  President Trump is increasingly acting based on his own intuition and analysis and not the advice of aides in the increasingly fraught trade war with China, five people briefed on the actions said …
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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Photo of Mounted Police Leading Black Man by a Rope Prompts Outrage
Discussion: Vox and The Root
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
How Bill de Blasio Went From Progressive Hope to Punching Bag  —  The New York mayor turned quixotic presidential candidate seems sick of his city—and the feeling is mutual.  —  Aides to Bill de Blasio have long observed that he seems to grow happier with each mile of distance from the city he leads …
Zoe Haylock / Vulture:
Beloved Author Toni Morrison Has Died at 88  —  The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf.  She was 88 years old.  The cause of death is not yet known.  Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed …
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
New poll: Biden leads O'Rourke in Texas presidential primary, race against Sen. John Cornyn wide open  —  A new poll has former Vice President Joe Biden leading Beto O'Rourke in the Texas presidential primary and toppling Donald Trump in a head-to-head showdown.
Discussion: Breitbart
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks  —  Fancy Bear servers are communicating with compromised devices inside corporate networks.  —  Hackers working for the Russian government have been using printers, video decoders, and other so-called Internet …
Ernest Luning / Gazette:
Hickenlooper cracks door open to challenging Cory Gardner  —  Former Gov. John Hickenlooper has left the door open a crack to running against Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, even while insisting he's fully committed to pursuing the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Colorado Pols
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
30 to 50 feral hogs, explained  —  A pig swimming near the “pig beach” in the Exuma district of the Bahamas.  Where there is one, 29 to 49 usually follow.  Eric Cheng/Barcroft Media/Getty Images  —  Feral hogs, 30-50 or otherwise, are a serious problem for agriculture and human morality.
Associated Press:
The Latest: FBI opens investigation into Ohio shooter  —  DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Ohio shooting (all times local):  —  The FBI has opened an investigation into the Ohio mass shooting, citing the gunman's interest in violent ideology.
Discussion: The Week
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Sarah Palin Wins Appeal Reviving Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times (UPDATED)  —  A federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday reinstated Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, overturning a district court's ruling which dismissed her claim in 2017.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Pence: ‘Spend more time on your knees than on the internet’  —  VP says prayer helps cope with unfair criticism  —  Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he was surprised by media criticism of his wife's decision to teach art at a school with devout Christian beliefs, and said he's gotten lots of practice in forgiving his critics.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Elizabeth Warren's Classroom Strategy A lifelong teacher, she's the most professorial presidential candidate ever.  But does America want to be taught?  —  Photo: Leif Skoogfors/Corbis via Getty Images  —  The story of Elizabeth Warren's career in education — at least in legal education — begins with one word: assumpsit.
Congressman Michael Turner:
TURNER Supports Restricting Military Style Weapon Sales, Magazine Limits, & Red Flag Legislation  —  Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) announced his support for preventing military style weapon sales to civilians, magazine limits, and red flag legislation.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is an Arsonist Pretending to Be a Fireman  —  Don't be fooled.  —  Donald Trump said some beautiful things to the nation following this weekend's mass murders in El Paso and Dayton.  —  For instance:  — “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
No Relief in Sight for the Casualties of Trump's Trade War  —  Pssssst: It's not the Chinese.  —  If you're just tuning in to this week's episode of Trade Wars Are Good and Easy to Win, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were watching a rerun.  As relations between the United States …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump attacks Obama for statement on shootings  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked former President Barack Obama over the latter's statement on the weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, tweeting edited quotes from Fox News hosts to make his point and again claiming he is “the least racist person” in the world.
Ellen Ioanes / Business Insider:
The cost of Trump's new Air Force One has skyrocketed nearly $2 billion from the original estimate  — The new Air Force One will cost the Pentagon $5.2 billion, according to the Defense Department's first formal acquisition report for the aircraft.  — In 2016, it was estimated that the new aircraft would cost $3.2 billion.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Rick Carroll / Glenwood Post Independent:
At Aspen event, Sen. Cory Gardner condemns white supremacy in aftermath of killings  —  The Aspen Times  —  Sen. Cory Gardner told an Aspen audience Monday there is no simple solution to the mass shootings that have riddled the country — such as the two Sunday resulting in 31 deaths — including gun control.
 
 
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Quietly Embraces the Term ‘Domestic Terrorism’
Discussion: Quartz
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Expands N.R.A. Inquiry to Group's Board Members
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Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Boy Scouts failed to stop hundreds of previously unreported sexual predators, a lawsuit alleges
Discussion: Denver Post, New York Post and TheBlaze
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Private Border Wall Effort Now Under Criminal Investigation
Discussion: Byline Times and Washington Press
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Hannity Wants Every School And Mall In America Surrounded With A Paramilitary Force
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Discussion: Mother Jones
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