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11:25 PM ET, August 6, 2019

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Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Times public editor: The readers versus the masthead  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper's senior leadership (referred to internally as “the masthead")—when the next day's front page was being composed.
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
What Liberals Are Getting Wrong About the Times Headline  —  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.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
New York Times' Dean Baquet on Trump Front-Page Controversy: ‘It Was a Bad Headline, and We Changed It’
New York Times:
A Times Headline About Trump Stoked Anger. A Top Editor Explains.
QU Poll:
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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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Marianne Williamson's Obsessively-Covered Debate Performance Got Her to... 0% in the Polls
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Biden, Sanders, and Warren top postdebate survey of N.H. Democrats
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 …
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Rep. Joaquin Castro tweets names, employers of Trump donors in San Antonio
Discussion: alicublog
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.
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Andy Ngo / New York Post:
Dayton shooter may be antifa's first mass killer
Discussion: Washington Post
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Is Donald Trump Actually Just Blind?  An Investigation.  —  As President Donald Trump addressed the nation about the two mass shootings that had occurred over the weekend, he said, “May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo.”  The public reacted with alarm and derision …
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www.theadvocate.com:
Shooting at Walmart in Baton Rouge: Initial report that fight led to gunfire incorrect, sheriff says  —  Law enforcement responds after a shooting altercation between two patrons at Walmart on Burbank Drive Tuesday August 6, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La.  —  LATEST STORY: East Baton Rouge …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Ad Features QAnon Signs  —  Whether accidental or not, the Trump campaign keeps nodding to QAnon conspiracy theorists, even after the FBI called them a potential source of domestic terror  —  Two signs promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory are visible in a video …
Discussion: Pacific Standard
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Advocate
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump's China battle heads into the danger zone  —  President Donald Trump is pushing his bitter trade war with China into an aggressive and unpredictable new phase, bewildering Wall Street and risking an even bigger slowdown heading into a 2020 election in which the economy was supposed to be the president's strongest selling point.
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Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Tiffany Cabán Concedes Queens D.A. Race, Dashing Progressives' Hopes  —  Melinda Katz wins the Democratic nomination by 55 votes after a recount erases her opponent's slim election night lead.  —  The pitched seven-week battle for the Democratic nomination for Queens district attorney finally ended …
Washington Post:
Documents show NRA discussions to purchase luxury mansion for its chief executive to use  —  Documents indicate that the National Rifle Association planned to purchase a luxury mansion in the Dallas area last year for the use of chief executive Wayne LaPierre, according to two people familiar with the records.
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Expands N.R.A. Inquiry to Group's Board Members
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Students for Trump founder pleads guilty to posing as lawyer in $46K scam  —  The founder of Students for Trump pleaded guilty Tuesday to running a $46,000 scam in which he posed as a lawyer and gave legal advice.  —  John Lambert, 23, created a website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn …
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
CNN:
Hickenlooper keeping his options open on Senate run as presidential bid struggles  —  (CNN)John Hickenlooper, who has struggled to break through the crowded Democratic presidential field, spoke to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer late last week about running for the Senate from Colorado …
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Ernest Luning / Gazette:
Hickenlooper cracks door open to challenging Cory Gardner
Discussion: Colorado Pols
Marcy Oster / The Forward:
Top Republican Congressman Sent Letter Saying Rich Jews Bought Congress  —  (JTA) — A letter sent by National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer to party members identified three “left-wing radicals” that he says “bought control of Congress for the Democrats.”  They are all Jewish.
Discussion: JNS.org
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Monica Lewinsky-Produced ‘Impeachment’ Set as Next ‘American Crime Story’ at FX  —  Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein and Annaleigh Ashford will star in the anthology, with writer Sarah Burgess set to pen the script.  —  Nearly a year and a half after season two of FX's Emmy-winning American Crime Story ended …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Jezebel, Variety and Mediaite
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Scandal Is Next for ‘American Crime Story’
Discussion: CNN and The Wrap
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 …
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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
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 …
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 and National Review
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
Daniel Oberhaus / Wired:
A CRASHED ISRAELI LUNAR LANDER SPILLED TARDIGRADES ON THE MOON  —  IT WAS JUST before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector screens.  On the left screen was a stream of data …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com, Vox and Big Think
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
If conservatives want to keep their guns, they're going to have to find a way to stop mass shootings  —  When it comes to gun control, conservatives have been fortunate in their enemies.  Every time there is a mass shooting, the left renews its calls for gun control, but it spends a great deal …
Discussion: Vox and New York Times
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 …
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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CNN:
Twitter tells new congressional candidates they'll have to win their primaries to get verified
Washington Post:
We worked to defeat the Islamic State. White nationalist terrorism is an equal threat.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Brooke Staggs / Orange County Register:
Democrats about to outnumber Republicans in Orange County
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jerry Nadler makes new push for Brett Kavanaugh's White House records
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The Republican Party's Retirement Problem
Discussion: New Republic
Cliff Schecter / New Republic:
Fox News Is the New NRA
Mark Finkelstein / NB Blog:
Nicolle Wallace: Trump Is ‘Talking About Exterminating Latinos’
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ: Dems appear to be trying to harass Trump by seeking personal finances
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Andy Towle / Towleroad Gay News:
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Dylan Matthews / Vox:
30 to 50 feral hogs, explained
Discussion: Earther, Washington Post, VICE and Mediaite
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks
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
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid on Trump's 2020 Odds: 'I'm Pretty Damn Worried'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Opposing Forces  —  Issues Dividing Voters Ahead of Election 2020