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9:55 PM ET, August 8, 2019


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Washington Post:
During El Paso hospital visit, Trump compared his and O'Rourke's crowd sizes at political rallies, video shows  —  A video that surfaced of President Trump's visit Wednesday to an El Paso hospital in the wake of a mass shooting shows him talking to medical staff about the crowd sizes …
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 …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The ugliness of politics is on full display right now  —  Three Democratic presidential candidates say they think the president is a white supremacist.  The brother of one of those candidates tweeted a list of names of Trump donors in his hometown, saying they were “fueling hate.”
Discussion: NRCC and PJ Media Home
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Maggie Haberman: White House Staffers Privately Admit Trump's El Paso, Dayton Visits Were a ‘Debacle’  —  New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is quite sure the White House thinks President Donald Trump behaved disastrously on Wednesday while he was supposed to be consoling the victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
John Fritze / USA Today:
A USA TODAY analysis found Trump used words like ‘invasion’ and ‘killer’ at rallies more than 500 times since 2017  —  WASHINGTON - Invasion.  Aliens.  Killers.  Criminals.  —  Those are among the words President Donald Trump repeatedly uses while discussing immigrants during his campaign rallies …
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:   Kellyanne Conway Claims Trump “Introduced The Idea” of Red Flag Laws; 17 States Already Have Them
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: If Elected President, I'll Let Mitch McConnell Block Everything  —  Joe Biden, touring Iowa, told reporters, in so many words, that his plan is to have an ineffectual, failed presidency.  Or, as Biden put it more pithily, “Ending the filibuster is a very dangerous move.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump campaign, GOP committees halt Twitter spending after McConnell account locked
New York Times:   Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns Amid Changing Politics
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Graham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell: Background checks, red flag laws will be ‘front and center’
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Holds Lead, Warren on the Chase  —  Most prefer public option over Medicare for All; Less than half the 2020 field seen as likely to beat Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a lead in the Hawkeye State, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
Daily Mail:   ‘You just want me to say the words!’ …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Confusion at the Iowa State Fair? Biden says ‘we choose truth over facts’
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Breitbart
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump announces departure of No. 2 intelligence official Sue Gordon  —  President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the country's No. 2 intelligence official had resigned, adding more uncertainty to the search of who will eventually lead the country's spy apparatus.
Discussion: Fox News, KTLA and NPR
Wall Street Journal:   Deputy Director of National Intelligence to Leave
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Trump names counterterror chief Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and UPI
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Deputy Intel Chief Sue Gordon Is Out After Trump Snub
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Says Deputy Intelligence Director to Resign With Coats
Discussion: Townhall
CBS News:
Sobbing 11-year-old girl begs for dad's release after massive ICE raid  —  After ICE agents took approximately 680 workers at seven Mississippi food processing plants into custody on Wednesday in the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history, 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio tearfully begged for her father's release.
Alex Love / WJTV:
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter
Sophie Tatum / ABC News:   ICE releases hundreds rounded up in Mississippi as children left behind
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Harvard Professor Scam Gets Even Weirder Six other men describe their encounters with the same mysterious Frenchwoman.  —  Two weeks ago, New York readers were introduced to Bruce Hay, the Harvard Law School professor who had a brief affair with a young woman named Maria-Pia Shuman …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Andrew McCabe sues FBI over firing, alleges plot by Trump to oust those disloyal to the president  —  Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director who authorized an investigation into President Trump for ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, filed a lawsuit against the bureau …
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal
Discussion: Power Line
Chuck Park / Washington Post:
I can no longer justify being a part of Trump's ‘Complacent State.’ So I'm resigning.  —  Chuck Park's resignation from the Foreign Service is effective Thursday.  —  I was 26, newly married and more than a little idealistic when I set off for my first diplomatic assignment almost a decade ago …
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
They Paid $42 for a SoulCycle Ride, Not for Trump  —  A look at what happens when politics enters every spandex-clad corner of life, especially in the Hamptons.  —  WATER MILL, N.Y. — Dressed in workout clothes, Lulu Hall hovered by the front door of the SoulCycle while fighting back tears.
Bloomberg:   Trump's Hamptons Fundraisers Put High-Profile Donors in a Bind
Jenna Amatulli / HuffPost:
Long John Silver's Drops Fox News After Tucker Carlson Said White Supremacy's A ‘Hoax’  —  The brand is one of more than 20 that have stopped advertising during the Fox News host's show because of his offensive rhetoric.  —  Fox News and host Tucker Carlson are losing more advertisers.
Miami Herald:
Lead U.S. prosecutor in '08 Epstein case — who sources say wanted to charge him — resigns  —  A. Marie Villafaña, the lead federal prosecutor who helped negotiate a controversial plea deal for accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has submitted her resignation to the Justice Department, the Miami Herald has learned.
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Pugatch / Crime Story:
Episode 2: Attorney General William Barr  —  A conversation with Mr. Barr about how his thinking about criminal justice issues has evolved since he first served as Attorney General in the early 1990s, as well as a conversation about the themes of justice as depicted in popular culture.
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
In New Interview, Bill Barr Sees Dirty Harry, Death Wish As Justice Done Right
Discussion: Crime Story and Hullabaloo
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Hickenlooper's possible retreat to Senate race in Colorado could be rocky  —  For months, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has been under pressure from fellow Democrats to abandon his long-shot presidential bid and tackle a task closer to home — challenging vulnerable Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
‘Medicare for All’ complicates Democrats' pitch to retake Senate
Discussion: Politico
Kim Zetter / VICE:
Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials  —  The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet.  But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Will Shootings Sway Voters?  Look First to Virginia Races  —  The state's elections in November will test the potency of gun rights as a voting issue.  Democrats are looking to take power and enact gun control legislation next year.  —  CENTREVILLE, Va. — At door after door, house after house …
Seaborn Larson / Billings Gazette:
Superior man believed he was acting on Trump's orders in attacking boy for wearing hat during national anthem  —  The attorney for a 39-year-old man charged with assaulting a child who didn't take his hat off for the national anthem says his client, compromised by a traumatic brain injury …
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Washington Post Adds Whopping 15 Corrections To Article  —  Authors and journalists make mistakes like everyone else.  Sometimes a media outlet has to add a correction to an article.  Sometimes they have to retract an article.  Sometimes they should retract an error-riddled article.
Tess Owen / VICE:
The FBI Needed Child Porn Charges to Arrest a Man with “Hunting Guides” for Jews, Muslims, and Refugees  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  The FBI received a tip in January that someone was posting “hunting guides” online targeting Jews, Muslims, and refugees.
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Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You're a Democrat or a Republican
NBC News:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos
Washington Post:
Who's a terrorist and who's mentally ill? We looked at 10 years of news coverage to find out.
Discussion: and CNN
Emily McFarlan Miller / Washington Post:
An entire Lutheran denomination has declared itself a ‘sanctuary church body,’ signaling support for immigrants
Scott Smith / Associated Press:
Shootings prompt other countries to warn about travel to US
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Gender Will Be An Issue For Men As Well As Women In 2020
Discussion: Florida Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content
 Earlier Items: 
Archie Carter / Quillette:
DSA Is Doomed  —  I am working class and a Marxist-Leninist.
Discussion: Splinter
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Republican Party to hold voter registration at gun show one week after mass shootings
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS Miami
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hillary wades into impeachment in Watergate interview
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Officials Eye Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton's Family
Paul M. Krawzak / Roll Call:
Senate GOP plans to divert health, education funds to border wall
Discussion: Daily Kos and WhoWhatWhy

From Mediagazer:

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

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