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9:45 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.
Richard Parker / New York Times:
Was Trump's El Paso Visit a Turning Point?  —  A day of racist comments left him looking small and isolated, while the city united against him.  —  Mr. Parker is the author of “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America.”  —  EL PASO — If consoling the nation in a time of desperate need …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
In photos: Trump's visit to El Paso and Dayton met with protests and some support
Discussion: The Week and KTLA
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Warren, O'Rourke say they consider Trump to be a white supremacist
2020 Democrats: Trump is a white supremacist
Discussion: Political Wire and YouTube
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 …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid to Dems: Kill the Filibuster to Tackle the Climate Crisis  —  The former majority leader has some thoughts about what his party should do should it return to power.  —  As the Democratic Party debates what to prioritize should it take power following the 2020 elections …
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Twitter locks McConnell campaign account over video of protesters hurling threats
Discussion: Washington Times
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Twitter freezes McConnell campaign account for posting video of protester's violent threats
Discussion: Courier-Journal
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter  —  Following this massive undocumented immigration enforcement many children of those arrested across the state are now left homeless with nowhere to go.  —  12 News Reporter Alex Love went …
Discussion: CNN
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement …
Washington Post:
ICE arrested hundreds of people in raids. Now ‘devastated’ children are without their parents.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:   Families “Are Scared To Death” After A Massive ICE Operation Swept Up Hundreds Of People
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:
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kamala Harris / YouTube:
Me, Maya, and Mom … This election is about American families and what wakes them up in the middle of the night.  My 3AM Agenda offers and delivers tangible benefits that improve Americans' daily lives; including Medicare for All, giving working and middle-class families an overdue raise, and guaranteeing women are paid equally.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Kamala Harris buys first TV ad slots with 6-figure purchase in Iowa
Discussion: Political Wire
Tarini Parti / Wall Street Journal:
Harris Aims for the Middle of a Divided Democratic Field
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he's considering commuting Blagojevich sentence
Discussion: Washington Post
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, Slate, Political Wire and Splinter
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and New York Post
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Yes, the GOP Should Worry About Texas  —  The past week brought a surge of strange news out of Texas.  First, three Republican congressmen, representing suburban San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston, decided to retire.  These retirements are from districts that all saw surprisingly strong showings …
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 …
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Climate Change Threatens the World's Food Supply, United Nations Warns  —  The world's land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
Discussion: Slate
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.
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump pressured his alcoholic brother about his career.  Now he has regrets.  —  President Trump remembers coming home in the mid-1960s to read reports on the cost of mops and paint as he prepared to work in the family real estate business.  He was astonished to find his older brother …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kass: In her book on Justice Brett Kavanaugh, ‘Justice on Trial,’ Mollie Hemingway warns of things to come  —  There was a secret meeting at a sidewalk cafe near the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, a meeting that seemed coincidental, almost an accident …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
After HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military — But Others Allowed To Remain  —  And others are still under investigation.  —  Months after a series of reports exposed a dozen known or suspected members of white nationalist groups in the U.S. military …
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Hand Over Documents on Russians Possibly Linked to Trump  —  Some documents are related to Russians who may have had dealings with Mr. Trump, his family or Trump Organization  —  Major Wall Street banks have given congressional committees investigating President Trump thousands of pages …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
Cuomo asks Democratic presidential candidates to endorse a gun pledge  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking each of the Democratic presidential candidates to sign onto a pledge to enact a four-pronged gun-control package that he's dubbing the “Make America Safer Pledge.”
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Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:
Former defense secretary Jim Mattis rejoins General Dynamics board
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
Everything They're Telling You About Mass Shootings Is Wrong
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Boston Globe
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's vision meets growing global chaos
Discussion: Breitbart
Rahm Emanuel / Politico:
Democrats, This Is Your Future If You Turn on Obama
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump boasted about making Air Force One cheaper. He didn't.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard's daredevil act
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump is harsh on China, except when it comes to democracy
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Arizona police slam racial bias training: “Absolute worst training I've ever had”
Discussion: CBS New York
U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler:
Chairman Nadler Announces Filing of Lawsuit for Testimony of Former White House Counsel Don McGahn
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Federal lawsuit claims Texas' mail-in ballot procedures are unconstitutional
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge greenlights libel suit against NPR over Seth Rich reports
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Joe Biden reminded all of us of what a presidential president would sound like
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Leslie Wexner Says Jeffrey Epstein ‘Misappropriated Vast Sums of Money From Me’
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Safid Deen / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Kenny Stills calls out team owner Steve Ross for hosting Trump luncheon