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4:00 AM ET, August 8, 2019

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New York Times:
Trump Uses a Day of Healing to Deepen the Nation's Divisions  —  EL PASO — President Trump visited Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso on Wednesday on a day intended as a show of compassion to cities scarred by a weekend of violence, but which quickly devolved into an occasion for anger-fueled broadsides against Democrats and the news media.
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Sherrod Brown, Dayton mayor of misrepresenting his hospital visit  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, his press secretary and his director of social media accused Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both of whom are Democrats …
Discussion: NPR, Shareblue Media, Politico and Townhall
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump attacks Ohio politicians, Biden, Fox News after visiting shooting victims
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:   Joe Biden reminded all of us of what a presidential president would sound like
R. Derek Black / USA Today:   I grew up a white nationalist. We never blamed ourselves for mass shootings like El Paso.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
In photos: Trump's visit to El Paso and Dayton met with protests and some support
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Susan Collins has a predictably pathetic response to El Paso and Dayton shootings
Discussion: Common Dreams
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
Democrats Are Resurfacing a Gun Control Bill That Contains an Anti-Immigrant Amendment
Discussion: WDEF-TV
Courier-Journal:
McConnell's campaign suspended from Twitter for posting critic's profanity-laced video  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.  —  After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican's home in Louisville …
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Twitter freezes McConnell campaign account for posting video of protester's violent threats
Discussion: Courier-Journal
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Twitter locks McConnell campaign account over video of protesters hurling threats
Discussion: Washington Times
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Divisive Voice Once Again Has Trump's Ear  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump doubles down on a re-election approach of stoking fear of immigrants, he is once again elevating a voice of validation — and many say racism — that he discovered during his last presidential campaign.
Safid Deen / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Kenny Stills calls out team owner Steve Ross for hosting Trump luncheon … Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross was publicly criticized by the most outspoken NFL player on his team Wednesday for his plan to host a pricey fundraiser supporting President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election at his New York residence later this week.
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Lisette Voytko / Forbes:   Backlash Hits Billionaire Stephen Ross—Equinox, SoulCycle, Dolphins Owner—Over Trump Fundraiser
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Iraqi man dies after Trump administration deports him  —  A 41-year-old Detroit man deported to Iraq in June died Tuesday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and two people close to the man's family.  —  The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, spent most of his life in the U.S. …
Discussion: Facebook and Splinter
Washington Post:
ICE arrested hundreds of people in raids.  Now ‘devastated’ children are without their parents.  —  Elizabeth Iraheta was passing the Koch Foods processing plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday when she saw immigration officials swarming outside and a helicopter overhead.
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Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement …
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Fowler / The Clarion Ledger:
Where are Mom and Dad? School on standby to help children in aftermath of ICE raids
Discussion: New York Times
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Suggests He's Likely to Commute Sentence of Rod Blagojevich  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday night that he was “strongly considering” commuting the 14-year prison sentence of Rod R. Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted of trying …
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Warren Joins O'Rourke in Calling Trump a White Supremacist  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on Wednesday night that she believed President Trump was a white supremacist, broadly accusing him of dividing Americans along racial lines and providing direct …
Discussion: Axios
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Bill de Blasio Attacks Fox News in Wild Clash With Hannity: This is ‘Such a Charade!’  —  In the wild world of cable news, little surprises us here at Mediaite these days.  But we must admit, the sight of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sitting across from Sean Hannity made us do a double take.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Tucker Carlson Rails Against The Left's ‘Frenzy of Racial Hatred’: ‘This is the Path to Civil War’
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines  —  A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Kimberly Breier resigns as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere  —  Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere since October, has resigned, leaving a key vacancy at the top of the diplomatic office in charge of the Trump administration's efforts …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Week
CNN:
Exclusive: El Paso suspect's mother called police concerned about gun  —  (CNN)The El Paso shooting suspect's mother called the Allen, Texas, Police Department weeks before the shooting because she was concerned about her son owning an “AK” type firearm, lawyers for the family confirmed to CNN.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley's alleged anti-conservative bias  —  The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official …
Washington Post:
Trump's openness to extensive background checks for gun buys draws warning from NRA  —  President Trump has repeatedly told lawmakers and aides in private conversations that he is open to endorsing extensive background checks in the wake of two mass shootings, prompting a warning …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge greenlights libel suit against NPR over Seth Rich reports  —  A federal judge has rejected National Public Radio's bid to dismiss a Texas investment adviser's libel suit over news reports about conspiracy theories surrounding the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer during the 2016 campaign.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Don't Assume Trump's Approval Rating Can't Climb Higher.  It Already Has.  —  Millions of Americans who did not like the president in 2016 now say they do.  —  Donald J. Trump doesn't always seem like a candidate focused on expanding his base of support.  He may have done so anyway.
U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler:
Chairman Nadler Announces Filing of Lawsuit for Testimony of Former White House Counsel Don McGahn  —  Committee Urgently Needs McGahn Testimony for its Investigation into Trump Obstruction, Corruption & Abuse of Power  —  f t # e  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee …
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Federal lawsuit claims Texas' mail-in ballot procedures are unconstitutional  —  A civil rights group has sued on behalf of two residents who say their votes were rejected based on their signatures.  —  Texas once again stands accused of violating the U.S. Constitution through its voting laws.
 
 
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he's considering commuting Blagojevich sentence
Discussion: Washington Post
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Families “Are Scared To Death” After A Massive ICE Operation Swept Up Hundreds Of People
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings
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Discussion: Page Six
The Babylon Bee:
Democrats Propose Creation Of National Trump Voter Registry
Robby Soave / Reason:
Democratic Socialists of America Voted To Establish an Anti-Fascist Working Group.  It Was Controversial.
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Leslie Wexner Says Jeffrey Epstein ‘Misappropriated Vast Sums of Money From Me’
Discussion: New York Post
Mohammed Hanif / New York Times:
India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition
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Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Steve Bullock: Trump reelection ‘more likely with each passing minute’
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
N-Word at the New School  —  Another professor is under fire …
Discussion: The College Fix
Bloomberg:
Farm Discontent Spills Over as Ag Secretary Is Confronted in Minnesota
Jonathan M. Katz / The Long Version:
How the New York Times made ‘The Charlottesville Lie’ hoax possible
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Joaquin Castro outed one of his own donors in bid to shame Trump supporters
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
USA TODAY headquarters evacuated; police confirm report of man with a weapon