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4:05 PM ET, August 6, 2019

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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  —  A liberal backlash against the news media's coverage of Donald Trump and the 2020 race was already brewing when the New York Times published a five-word headline Monday night summarizing the president's reaction to the mass shootings over the weekend …
Discussion: Mediaite, Splinter and TheBlaze
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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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.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez confronts McConnell over photo of men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ her cutout  —  The young men wear matching shirts from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)'s campaign, and cluster around a cardboard cutout of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid on Trump's 2020 Odds: 'I'm Pretty Damn Worried'  —  The former Senate majority leader is bearish on the current state of politics.  And he believes congressional Republicans, as much as Trump, are to blame.  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid has spent decades building a reputation …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Campaign Manager Says Boys Will Be Boys Over Photo of Teens Groping, Choking AOC Cutout
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Trump and GOP sue California over law requiring tax returns to run in state's primary  —  California's first-in-the-nation law requiring presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns or be kept off the ballot was challenged in federal court Tuesday by President Trump …
Discussion: RedState
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:   Trump, RNC sue California over election law to release tax returns
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
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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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.
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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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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, Axios and 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.
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Reuters:
Sarah Palin can pursue defamation case against NY Times: U.S. court ruling
Discussion: Political Wire
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim  —  Since January, more than 2,000 ads mentioned an “invasion” on the southern border — language that is under scrutiny after the El Paso shooting.  —  El Paso Victims Were as Diverse as the City  —  A 2-month-old boy lost both parents.
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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Trump's Empty “Words”
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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
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: Political Wire
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.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
More Than 100 Immigrants Were Pepper-Sprayed At An ICE Facility  —  More than 100 immigrants were pepper-sprayed at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Louisiana this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.  —  The detainees were pepper-sprayed …
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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.
Steve Rubenstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
FBI investigates Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting as act of domestic terrorism  —  The FBI confirmed Tuesday morning that it has opened a full domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three people dead and 13 wounded.
 
 
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Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
No Relief in Sight for the Casualties of Trump's Trade War
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Joaquin Castro Posts Names, Employers Of Trump Donors
Discussion: twitchy.com
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Washington Post glibly dismisses mental illness as cause of mass shootings
Discussion: Mother Jones, Washington Post and Slate
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, TheBlaze and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
David Cay Johnston / DCReport.org:
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
Catherine Kim / Vox:
Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race. He never wanted to be president anyway.
Wall Street Journal:
China Deals ‘Body Blow’ to Struggling U.S. Farm Belt
Discussion: Mother Jones
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
‘Unbelievable’: Capitol Hill Aides to Go Shooting With Gun Lobbyists After Mass Shootings
Drew Magary / gen.medium.com:
Trump Is Not a Cosmic 404 Error
Discussion: Deadspin
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
How a criminal investigation in Georgia set an ominous tone for African-American voters