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7:55 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
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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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.
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘The headline was bad’: New York Times amends front page on Trump's response to mass shootings after backlash
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Democrats' frustration with the news media boils over
Discussion: TheBlaze and Mediaite
New York Times:
A Times Headline About Trump Stoked Anger. A Top Editor Explains.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Daily Kos
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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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
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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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 …
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
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Cliff Schecter / New Republic:
Fox News Is the New NRA
Alex Johnson / NBC News:   As many call for tighter gun laws, Texas set to loosen up
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Toni Morrison not only remade American literature, she challenged us to resist the tenacity of racism
Discussion: The Root, The Week and Jezebel
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The Republican Party's Retirement Problem  —  Last week, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the lone African-American Republican in the House, announced that he would be retiring from Congress.  Hurd's exit is part of a wave of GOP departures that signal the particular ways the Republican party …
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
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
Mark Finkelstein / NB Blog:
Nicolle Wallace: Trump Is ‘Talking About Exterminating Latinos’  —  In the wake of the weekend's mass shootings, the liberal media have unleashed a deluge of false accusations and attempted political exploitation.  —  But for sheer, vile, slander, it will be hard to top the calumny uttered …
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Brooke Staggs / Orange County Register:
Democrats about to outnumber Republicans in Orange County
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Oberhaus / Wired:
A CRASHED ISRAELI LUNAR LANDER SPILLED TARDIGRADES ON THE MOON
Discussion: Algemeiner.com, Vox and Big Think
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jerry Nadler makes new push for Brett Kavanaugh's White House records
Fox News:
Judge dismisses one count against ex-Obama counsel Greg Craig days before trial
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ: Dems appear to be trying to harass Trump by seeking personal finances
Andy Towle / Towleroad Gay News:
Trump Ordered Nation's Flags at Half-Mast Till 8/8.  Former FBI Official Explains Why That's So Chilling — WATCH
Natalie Martinez / Media Matters for America:
Facebook let Trump's campaign run over 2,000 ads referring to immigration as an “invasion”
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
No Relief in Sight for the Casualties of Trump's Trade War
Discussion: Washington Post, CNBC and Vox
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Expands N.R.A. Inquiry to Group's Board Members
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Elizabeth Warren's Classroom Strategy A lifelong teacher, she's the most professorial presidential candidate ever.
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
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Opposing Forces  —  Issues Dividing Voters Ahead of Election 2020