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4:30 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Trump Uses a Day of Healing to Deepen the Nation's Divisions
Bloomberg:   Trump's Hamptons Fundraisers Put High-Profile Donors in a Bind
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Trump's Rhetoric and Conservative Denial
Trump brags about crowd size during hospital visit in El Paso
Discussion: Mercury News
Associated Press:   Hundreds of mayors urge Senate to return for gun bill vote
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Samantha Bee Compares Trump to El Paso Shooter: Both ‘Racist Monsters’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Daniel Funke / PolitiFact:   Notice … The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton …
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 and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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, Commentary, Common Dreams and Axios
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Graham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020
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 …
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:   Ocasio-Cortez Distances Herself From Former Chief Of Staff
Alex Love / WJTV:
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Chicago Business:
Trump on Blago: 'I'm thinking of commuting his sentence'
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republican groups vow to stop buying Twitter ads until McConnell campaign account is unfrozen
Discussion: Breitbart, VICE and The Week
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy
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 …
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 Fox News
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Border numbers dip below 100k for 1st time in months  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of migrants encountered by U.S. authorities at the southern border has dropped below 100,000 for the first time in five months amid increased collaboration with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on the flow …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Republican Party to hold voter registration at gun show one week after mass shootings
Discussion: CBS Miami
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
In the Trump era, GOP support for checks and balances wanes
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
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Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
As Shootings Spike in Northern Brooklyn, N.Y.P.D. and Prosecutors Collide
Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Crime Story and Law & Crime
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Trump rips MSNBC, CNN for inviting guests who ‘have no idea what I am all about’
Discussion: Althouse, ABC News and USA Today
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
‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism
Discussion: WTVR-TV
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
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