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2:15 PM ET, August 7, 2019

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El Paso Times:
El Paso braces for Trump visit: Medical workers petition against visit, groups plan joint vigil  —  President Donald Trump was expected to be greeted with denunciations from some El Paso leaders when he visits Wednesday.  —  U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, along with the Border Network …
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Timothy Archuleta / El Paso Times:
Mr. President, the hatred of the El Paso shooting didn't come from our city  —  When you visit today, you will see El Paso in the agony of our mourning.  You also will see El Paso at its finest.  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  Today is a tragic day to visit El Paso.
Discussion: The Week and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics  —  SUGAR LAND, Tex. — Nearly 700 miles from the El Paso Walmart where the suspect in the killing of 22 people on Saturday denounced a “Hispanic invasion,” Rish Oberoi, a candidate for state representative, gestured toward …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Be quiet!’:  Trump mocks O'Rourke before traveling to El Paso  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night mocked Beto O'Rourke's performance in the Democratic presidential primary and commanded him to “be quiet” in the wake of a mass shooting in the former congressman's hometown of El Paso …
New York Times:   The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden the durable
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump traveling to Dayton and El Paso after weekend mass shootings
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS Baltimore
Washington Post:   Trump's Latino supporters say they're sticking with him after El Paso shootings
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's claim that white supremacy is a hoax is easy to prove wrong.  Just watch his show.  —  In his ongoing and remarkably successful quest to be the worst of the Fox News nighttime hosts, Tucker Carlson hit a new low on his Tuesday show.  —  White supremacy, he claimed …
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Claims There's No White Supremacy Problem: ‘This Is A Hoax’  —  Fox News host says “it's actually not a real problem in America.”  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left.
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
These 7 Prominent Conservatives Have Nothing in Common With White Supremacists, Nothing at All  —  Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images  —  In the wake of the El Paso massacre, the prominent conservative commentator Ben Shapiro — aka the “cool kid's philosopher” …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Anti-Semitic Outburst Cut From White Nationalist Nick Fuentes' Podcast on El Paso Shooting
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
USA TODAY headquarters evacuated; police confirm report of man with a weapon  —  WASHINGTON — USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was being evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after police reported a man with a weapon at the suburban Washington building.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire, VICE and Boing Boing
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Joaquin Castro outed one of his own donors in bid to shame Trump supporters  —  EXCLUSIVE: Trump donors whose names and employers were posted in a highly controversial tweet by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro blasted the Texas congressman on Wednesday for what they described as a “ridiculous” …
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Chrissy Clark / The Federalist:
7 Times Joe Scarborough Helped Donald Trump Win
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats ready lawsuit to enforce subpoena for McGahn testimony  —  As early as Wednesday, Democrats are expected to file a lawsuit to enforce their subpoena for former White House counsel Donald McGahn's testimony, sharply escalating their dispute with the White House by sending …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
White House invites tech companies to discussion of violent online extremism
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House to meet with internet companies after shootings
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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 …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Proposes A Public Option For The Internet  —  The White House contender wants to make sure every U.S. home has a fiber broadband connection at an affordable cost.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced a plan Wednesday to create a public option for the internet, aiming to ensure universal broadband access.
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CNN:
Texas to loosen firearm laws, allowing guns in churches and on school grounds  —  A tribute to the victims of the horrific attacks in El Paso, Dayton  —  (CNN)A series of new firearm laws will go into effect in Texas next month — further loosening gun restrictions in a state that's had four …
Discussion: The Root, VICE and The Trace
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Orange County, longtime GOP stronghold, now has more registered Democrats than Republicans  —  Orange County, long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue.  —  The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan's conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home …
Washington Post:
Head of House GOP campaign arm accused of anti-Semitism after letter claiming Bloomberg, Steyer and Soros ‘bought’ control of Congress  —  The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee is facing accusations of anti-Semitism for a fundraising letter that claims Michael Bloomberg …
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
Alleged predator Jessica Yaniv arrested, home searched  —  UPDATE: According to the National Post, after the Monday afternoon Blaire White livestream in which the prohibited weapon was brandished, Yaniv was arrested and brought to an RCMP holding cell.  Yaniv was released Tuesday morning.
Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Anti-Semitic Va. Democrat Dumped Water on Fox News Host in 2016  —  The Virginia lawmaker who interrupted President Trump's speech in Jamestown has been identified as the individual who dumped water on Geraldo Rivera at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Discussion: Townhall
Heather Havrilesky / The Cut:
My In-Laws Are Careless About My Deadly Food Allergy!  —  The Cut's advice columnist Heather Havrilesky answers readers' questions about how to be in the world.  Got a question for Polly?  Email askpolly@nymag.com.  —  Dear Polly,  —  I have a very severe allergy to mushrooms.
Washington Post:
NRA discussed purchasing luxury mansion for its chief executive to use, documents show  —  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.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Bernie Sanders Promises to Tell Us About Aliens if He's Elected President  —  On the Joe Rogan Experience, Sanders said that if he learns anything about aliens, he'll announce it to the public on Rogan's podcast.  —  Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Warren has built a monster’: Inside the Democrats' battle for Nevada  —  LAS VEGAS — Kamala Harris hired a dream team of operatives.  Joe Biden has solid establishment support.  Bernie Sanders heads a volunteer army.  And Julián Castro is seen as a “sleeper.”
Discussion: Fox News and QU Poll
 
 
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