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2:05 PM ET, August 8, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Criticized For Weird ‘Propaganda Video’ of Visit to El Paso and Dayton After Shooting  —  President Donald Trump is getting criticized for a 30-second video he shared documenting the warm reception he received in Dayton and El Paso following mass shootings last weekend.
Bill Clinton / TIME:
President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban Now  —  In one weekend, 31 people were murdered and dozens more injured in two mass shootings just hours apart in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.  The death toll may still grow.  The shooters killed the young and old, men and women.
CNN:   Trump brags about crowd size during hospital visit in El Paso
Daniel Funke / PolitiFact:   Notice … The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton …
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Hero of El Paso shooting says Trump showed softer side during visit
Discussion: Axios
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's videos showing his visits to Dayton and El Paso are mostly about Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Andrew Yang Becomes 9th Democrat to Qualify for the Next Debate
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Political Wire
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Yang surpasses Beto in Iowa, qualifies for fall debates
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 …
New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez rips her ex-chief of staff for ‘divisive’ tweet about fellow Dems, but insists he left her office on good terms  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scolded her ex-chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti on Wednesday for comparing some of her centrist colleagues to racist Dixiecrats …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Is Weighing Commuting Sentence of Blagojevich
Discussion: The Root and Townhall
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Officials Eye Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton's Family  —  Cybersecurity experts say an effort to implicate Bolton in a global drug trafficking ring bears hallmarks of past Iranian influence operations.  —  American intelligence officials are monitoring …
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.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Department suspends energy staffer linked to white supremacist group
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 …
Alex Love / WJTV:
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter  —  FOREST, Miss. (WJTV) — Following a massive undocumented immigration enforcement operation resulting in more than 650 arrests, many children of those taken into custody were left temporarily homeless.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Yes, Republicans 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 …
Paul M. Krawzak / Roll Call:
Senate GOP plans to divert health, education funds to border wall  —  Senate Republicans are looking to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall in part by putting about $5 billion less in the largest domestic spending bill, several people with knowledge of the process said.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Common Dreams
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump campaign, GOP committees halt Twitter spending after McConnell account locked  —  President Donald Trump's campaign and the major, national Republican campaign committees announced Thursday they will stop spending money to advertise on Twitter after the social media platform locked …
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. …
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
ICE Raids Miss. Plant After $3.75 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement  —  Today, ICE carried out what is believed to be the largest immigration raid in decades when they detained 680 workers at seven poultry plants in Morton, Mississippi.  —  The workers, many of them members of the United Food …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Pentagon watchdog warns that ISIS is ‘resurging in Syria’ after Trump's drawdown of U.S. troops
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism  —  When you think of a terrorist, what do you see?  For more than a generation, the image lurking in Americans' nightmares has resembled the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks: an Islamic jihadist.
Discussion: WTVR-TV
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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Trump rips MSNBC, CNN for inviting guests who ‘have no idea what I am all about’  —  President Trump on Thursday lashed out at MSNBC and CNN, saying the networks invite guests to appear “as experts on ‘Trump’” that “have no idea what I am all about.”  —  “Just watched a world class loser …
Discussion: USA Today, Althouse and ABC News
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
In New Interview, Bill Barr Sees Dirty Harry, Death Wish As Justice Done Right
Discussion: Crime Story
Wall Street Journal:
FBI and Facebook Potentially at Odds Over Social-Media Monitoring
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
From intel analyst to a military ‘Uber’: Inside Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Afghanistan deployment
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Right's Continuing Glorification of Violence
U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly:
Connolly Calls for Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump
Heidi Brown / Wall Street Journal:
The Truth About Gen. John Hyten
Kim Kelly / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Politics of Criticism  —  My life with heavy metal …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Breitbart's Audience Has Dropped 72% Since Trump Took Office - As Other Right-Wing Sites Have Gained
Discussion: Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Barbara Ransby / New York Times:
‘The Squad’ Is the Future of the Democratic Party
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
Everything They're Telling You About Mass Shootings Is Wrong
Discussion: Instapundit and PJ Media Home
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
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard's daredevil act
CBS News:
Arizona police slam racial bias training: “Absolute worst training I've ever had”
Discussion: CBS New York