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10:25 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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Has anyone actually read the El Paso manifesto?  —  The manifesto written by accused El Paso mass killer Patrick Crusius is the basis for the argument that the shootings were inspired by President Trump.  Media commentators, Democratic presidential candidates, and all types of Trump critics …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Trump's Rhetoric and Conservative Denial
Discussion: Jacobin, VICE and Boston Globe
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
In photos: Trump's visit to El Paso and Dayton met with protests and some support
Discussion: Splinter and News One
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 …
TIME:   ‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism
2020 Democrats: Trump is a white supremacist
Discussion: Political Wire and YouTube
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Warren, O'Rourke say they consider Trump to be a white supremacist
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 …
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: Reason, CNN and Towleroad Gay News
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven work sites in six cities across Mississippi on Wednesday, arresting approximately 680 people …
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
Associated Press:
ICE raids food plants on day of Trump visit to grieving city
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 …
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.
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. …
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: CNN, Fox News and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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.
Kamala Harris buys first TV ad slots with 6-figure purchase in Iowa
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
Everything They're Telling You About Mass Shootings Is Wrong  —  Democrats have complained about police brutality for years.  The police, they assure us, are out of control.  And, the story goes, they have it in for anyone whose skin is not lily white.  You can't trust the racist cops, they tell us.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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.
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 …
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
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Tucker Carlson goes on vacation as criticism mounts over false claim about white supremacy ‘hoax’  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  Facing mounting controversy for declaring …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's vision meets growing global chaos  —  President Donald Trump had hoped to head into the 2020 campaign season as the world's consummate dealmaker.  —  He may instead enter his reelection campaign not just empty-handed, but vulnerable to the charge that his policies have helped sow chaos across the globe.
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Arizona police slam racial bias training: “Absolute worst training I've ever had”  —  A CBS News investigation is revealing the changes police departments across America say they're making to confront possible racial bias.  This Friday marks five years since the death of Michael Brown …
Discussion: CBS New York
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Rep. Tim Ryan says he'll lead a ‘caravan’ to McConnell's home state to protest for gun control
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Immigration Restriction Is Not Hate
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Breitbart's Audience Has Dropped 72% Since Trump Took Office - As Other Right-Wing Sites Have Gained
Zosia Wanat / Politico:
Poland's speaker of parliament resigns over flight scandal
Barbara Ransby / New York Times:
‘The Squad’ Is the Future of the Democratic Party
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:
Former defense secretary Jim Mattis rejoins General Dynamics board
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard's daredevil act
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump is harsh on China, except when it comes to democracy
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
After HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military — But Others Allowed To Remain
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
The Babylon Bee:
Democrats Propose Creation Of National Trump Voter Registry