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3:50 PM ET, August 7, 2019

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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” …
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Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
A ‘hero’ grandfather, a teen, an Army vet: These are the victims of the El Paso massacre  —  A gunman opened fire at a Walmart Saturday, killing 22.  —  The trip to Walmart was supposed to be fun: an excuse for David Johnson and his wife, Kathy, to take their 9-year-old granddaughter …
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: Shareblue Media and The Week
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 …
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 …
Elizabeth Harrington / The Hill:
The ‘Hate Trump’ agenda by the Democrats has gone way too far  —  In the aftermath of the horrific tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, we need to be elevating the things that bind us together, cherishing our values, helping others and holding our loved ones close.
Discussion: CNN, The Nation and Rolling Stone
New York Times:
The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.
Discussion: IJR
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 Balloon Juice
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden the durable
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
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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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.
Fran Tirado / Out Magazine:
The Owner of Equinox Is Hosting a Huge Fundraiser for Trump … Heads up, gym bunnies.  Yet another brand we consume in our vast, daily practice of capitalism has been implicated into the problematic views of billionaires.  —  Real estate developer and majority owner of Related Companies Stephen Ross …
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Jacob Ogles / Advocate:
Equinox, SoulCycle Owner to Host Trump Fundraiser in Hamptons
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Joaquin Castro doubles down amid backlash over tweeting names of Trump donors
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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 …
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: Politico, Axios and Political Wire
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
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump doubles down on China trade strategy  —  President Donald Trump defended his confrontational stance in trade negotiations with China, insisting the eventual gains from an elusive agreement with the world's second-largest economy will offset any short-term pain and stock market losses.
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, Vanity Fair and QU Poll
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
High-Level Cyber Intrusions Hit Bahrain Amid Tensions with Iran  —  Intrusions come as tensions between Iran and its Gulf neighbors ratchet up over sanctions, nuclear program and shipping  —  Suspected Iranian hackers infiltrated critical infrastructure and government computers …
Washington Post:
NRA chief sought purchase of $6 million mansion in wake of Parkland shooting  —  The chief executive of the National Rifle Association sought to have the nonprofit buy him a luxury mansion last year after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, selecting a French country-style estate …
Jonathan M. Katz / The Long Version:
How the New York Times made ‘The Charlottesville Lie’ hoax possible  —  Welcome back to The Long Version, a newsletter by Jonathan M. Katz.  —  Subscribe  —  Amid the spate of mass shootings last week, Saturday's massacre of at least 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso posed a particular problem for conservatives.
Aimee Picchi / CBS News:
Cheesecake Factory and others warn of new risk: “Active shooter situations”  — Some U.S. companies are now citing the risk of mass shootings in their regulatory filings with the SEC.  — In its annual earnings report, the Cheesecake Factory said the threat of “active-shooter situations” …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Cory Booker on White Supremacy: ‘There Is No Neutrality in This Fight’  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey called on Wednesday for a national crusade against gun violence and a moral reckoning with the strains of white supremacy “ingrained in our politics since our founding …
Lizzie O'Leary / The Atlantic:
“I Know People Want a Richer, More Thoughtful Explanation.”  —  The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet discusses a controversial headline decision and why the paper's editorial process needs to change.  —  Yesterday, the New York Times received intense criticism from journalists …
 
 
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Discussion: Daily Kos, Colorado Pols and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Head of House GOP campaign arm accused of anti-Semitism after letter claiming Bloomberg …
Jason Koebler / VICE:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Political Wire and BostonGlobe.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Pew Research Center
Ruth Graham / Slate:
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Discussion: Althouse
Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Anti-Semitic Va. Democrat Dumped Water on Fox News Host in 2016
Discussion: Townhall
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Accounts Retweeted by Trump Keep Getting Suspended
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Ad Features QAnon Signs
Discussion: Hullabaloo