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5:45 PM ET, August 6, 2019

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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.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Liberals Just Turned on the New York Times  —  The Twitter multitudes came for the New York Times Monday night, swinging caltrops and battle axes in protest over the Page One banner headline, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism,” which the paper printed in its Tuesday first edition.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid on Trump's 2020 Odds: 'I'm Pretty Damn Worried'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez confronts McConnell over photo of men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ her cutout
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 …
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CNN:
US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resigns
Discussion: Daily Kos and Progress Pond
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
Los Angeles Times:
‘We were safe until he started talking’: El Paso residents respond to President Trump  —  Watching President Trump step up to a White House podium Monday to assert that “hate has no place in America,” many people in this Texas border city were dumbfounded.  —  “We were safe until he started talking …
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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 …
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
Cliff Schecter / New Republic:
Fox News Is the New NRA
CBS Pittsburgh:
Dayton Shooter's Girlfriend Says He Showed Her Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Video On First Date  —  DAYTON, Ohio (KDKA/AP) - An ex-girlfriend of the Ohio gunman who killed nine people says he showed her a video of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on their first date.
Discussion: Townhall
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Associated Press:
The Latest: FBI opens investigation into Ohio shooter
Discussion: The Week
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: Axios, RedState and VodkaPundit
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump texts got him fired from the FBI, sues for reinstatement
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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: National Review and Breitbart
Houston Chronicle:
Galveston police apologize after photo surfaces of horse-mounted officers leading handcuffed suspect  —  Galveston police are apologizing after a dramatic photo circulated online showing horse-mounted officers leading a handcuffed man of color by what appears to be a rope.
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.
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.
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.
CNET:
8chan owner says El Paso shooter didn't post manifesto … 8chan, an anonymous forum, has been under scrutiny since the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.  A hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto from the alleged shooter was uploaded to the site prior to the massacre.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and The Atlantic
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.
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.
 
 
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Judge dismisses one count against ex-Obama counsel Greg Craig days before trial
Mark Finkelstein / NB Blog:
Nicolle Wallace: Trump Is ‘Talking About Exterminating Latinos’
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ: Dems appear to be trying to harass Trump by seeking personal finances
Rick Carroll / Glenwood Post Independent:
At Aspen event, Sen. Cory Gardner condemns white supremacy in aftermath of killings
Natalie Martinez / Media Matters for America:
Facebook let Trump's campaign run over 2,000 ads referring to immigration as an “invasion”
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
No Relief in Sight for the Casualties of Trump's Trade War
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Expands N.R.A. Inquiry to Group's Board Members
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ellen Ioanes / Business Insider:
The cost of Trump's new Air Force One has skyrocketed nearly $2 billion from the original estimate
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
More Than 100 Immigrants Were Pepper-Sprayed At An ICE Facility
Discussion: Splinter
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Opposing Forces  —  Issues Dividing Voters Ahead of Election 2020
Lawrence B. Glickman / Washington Post:
How Never-Trump Republicans went extinct
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
David Cay Johnston / DCReport.org:
Private Border Wall Effort Now Under Criminal Investigation
Discussion: Byline Times
Wall Street Journal:
China Deals ‘Body Blow’ to Struggling U.S. Farm Belt
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
How a criminal investigation in Georgia set an ominous tone for African-American voters