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10:55 PM ET, August 6, 2019

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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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James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Biden, Sanders, and Warren top postdebate survey of N.H. Democrats
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Marianne Williamson's Obsessively-Covered Debate Performance Got Her to... 0% in the Polls
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.
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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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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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
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 …
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: Jezebel and Variety
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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
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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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
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
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
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
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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
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: Breitbart and National Review
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Brooke Staggs / Orange County Register:
Democrats about to outnumber Republicans in Orange County  —  The place where “the good Republicans go to die” is no longer a hotbed of conservatism.  Demographics and Trump get credit for the change.  —  Orange County, a region once associated with John Birch, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, under intense pressure to respond to this weekend's massacres, are coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jerry Nadler makes new push for Brett Kavanaugh's White House records  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is moving to bring new scrutiny to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's past, asking the National Archives on Tuesday to release a large cache of records related to his time in George W. Bush's White House.
 
 
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Washington Post:
We worked to defeat the Islamic State. White nationalist terrorism is an equal threat.
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Fox News:
Judge dismisses one count against ex-Obama counsel Greg Craig days before trial
Discussion: Politico
Cliff Schecter / New Republic:
Fox News Is the New NRA
Wall Street Journal:
Warren Leads the Way Among Crossover Donors
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks
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
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