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12:50 AM ET, August 9, 2019

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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.
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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 …
John Fritze / USA Today:   A USA TODAY analysis found Trump used words like ‘invasion’ and ‘killer’ at rallies more than 500 times since 2017
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The ugliness of politics is on full display right now
Discussion: NRCC and PJ Media Home
Bloomberg:   Trump's Hamptons Fundraisers Put High-Profile Donors in a Bind
Washington Post:
Who's a terrorist and who's mentally ill? We looked at 10 years of news coverage to find out.
Discussion: Daily Wire, fox8.com and CNN
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Maggie Haberman: White House Staffers Privately Admit Trump's El Paso, Dayton Visits Were a ‘Debacle’
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Trump announces shakeup at top of U.S. intelligence  —  President Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he will name Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting director of national intelligence.  —  Maguire will assume the role Aug. 15, when Sue Gordon …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Deputy Intel Chief Sue Gordon Is Out After Trump Snub  —  Sue Gordon would have been next in line as acting director following the scheduled departure of Dan Coats on Aug. 15.  —  One of America's most seasoned intelligence officials is leaving the building.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Trump names counterterror chief Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and NPR
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump announces departure of No. 2 intelligence official Sue Gordon
Discussion: KTLA, Washington Times and Fox News
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Says Deputy Intelligence Director to Resign With Coats
Discussion: Townhall
Wall Street Journal:   Deputy Director of National Intelligence to Leave
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 …
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Biden Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Smart as ‘White Kids’  —  Joe Biden told a group of mostly Asian and Hispanic voters Wednesday that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children.  —  The former vice president, who is known for verbal gaffes, made the remarks to the Asian & Latino Coalition …
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Daily Mail:   ‘You just want me to say the words!’ …
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.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson, Now on Vacation, Could Face More Advertiser Defections  —  Amid the backlash to the host calling white supremacy a “hoax,” Nestlé confirmed that it won't advertise on his Fox News show in the future.  —  Tucker Carlson, who abruptly announced plans for a vacation …
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings  —  WASHINGTON — In the wake of two mass shootings, the divisive politics of gun control appeared to be in flux on Thursday as President Trump explored whether to back expanded background checks on gun purchasers and Senator Mitch McConnell …
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James Arkin / Politico:
Trump campaign, GOP committees halt Twitter spending after McConnell account locked
KOLR:
Springfield Police arrest armed person at Walmart on Republic  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield Police Department tweeted out Thursday that an armed man was arrested at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on W. Republic Road. … Later, Lt. Mike Lucas with Springfield Police confirmed …
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 …
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You're a Democrat or a Republican  —  Tell us a few details about you and we'll guess which political party you belong to.  It shouldn't be that simple, right?  We're all complex people with a multiplicity of identities and values.
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
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Going to Extremes Against Guns  —  Threatening to take voters' firearms away isn't the way to beat Donald Trump.  —  Democrats insist there's no more urgent job than ensuring Donald Trump is a one-term president.  Which is odd, given how hard they are simultaneously working to alienate the voters they most need to make that happen.
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Asher Stockler / Newsweek:   Kellyanne Conway Claims Trump “Introduced The Idea” of Red Flag Laws; 17 States Already Have Them
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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Fowler / The Clarion Ledger:
ICE releases 300 of 680 detainees in Mississippi, some on ‘humanitarian grounds’  —  About 300 of the 680 people detained in Wednesday's federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid were released the same day, officials said.  —  Approximately 30 people detained Wednesday were released …
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Sophie Tatum / ABC News:   ICE releases hundreds rounded up in Mississippi as children left behind
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 …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Flight Records Show Salvini's Aide Made A Lot Of Mysterious Trips To Moscow Around The Time Of The Secret Oil Deal Meeting  —  Gianluca Savoini, the political operative at the center of the storm over a secret plan to fund the far-right party of Italy's deputy prime minister with Russian oil money …
Discussion: bellingcat
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.
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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 and Hullabaloo
Mike Tipping / Beacon:
Collins attends fundraiser at $4m mansion of nation's top anti-choice judicial activist  —  Senator Susan Collins attended a private campaign fundraising event tonight at the $4-million Northeast Harbor summer mansion of Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society.
NBC News:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos  —  Clemson University researchers found videos of confrontations between white people and minorities received instrumental early social media promotion from inauthentic accounts.  —  In October 2018 …
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 …
 
 
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Aaron Freedman / Jacobin:
Exclusive: We Found Archie Carter
Trevor Timm / The Intercept:
Brazil Supreme Court Minister Rules to Protect Press Freedom for Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept
Chris Gelardi / The Intercept:
The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq
Fox News:
FBI kept using Steele dossier for FISA applications despite documenting ex-spy's bias, documents show
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
Emily McFarlan Miller / Washington Post:
An entire Lutheran denomination has declared itself a ‘sanctuary church body,’ signaling support for immigrants
Miami Herald:
Lead U.S. prosecutor in '08 Epstein case — who sources say wanted to charge him — resigns
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Gender Will Be An Issue For Men As Well As Women In 2020
Discussion: Florida Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Hickenlooper's possible retreat to Senate race in Colorado could be rocky
Archie Carter / Quillette:
DSA Is Doomed  —  I am working class and a Marxist-Leninist.
Discussion: Splinter
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Andrew McCabe sues FBI over firing, alleges plot by Trump to oust those disloyal to the president
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Officials Eye Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton's Family
 

 
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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

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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

Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A look at the negotiations to provide media access to Trump's trial; the state court system hired ex-journalist Al Baker to prepare for the historic trial

 
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