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2:45 PM ET, August 9, 2019

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Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Anger as grinning Trump gives thumbs-up while Melania holds El Paso orphan  —  A backlash is building over a picture posted by Melania Trump on Twitter that showed her and Donald Trump smiling broadly while holding a baby who was orphaned in the mass shooting in El Paso.
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Colin Drury / The Independent:
Grinning Trump gives thumbs-up with baby whose parents were shot dead in El Paso terror attack  —  Infant was brought for photo op at hospital where patients refused to meet president  —  It is the sort of photo politicians have long been known to favour: adorable baby, thumbs up, big smiles.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Denialists  —  It takes a lot of work to try to exonerate the president's fomenting of racist violence, but Trump fans are giving it their all.  —  “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”  —The El Paso killer's manifesto  —  Byron York wants to make sure …
Kelly Tyko / USA Today:
Walmart removing violent video game displays, signs from stores but still selling guns  —  Following two shootings inside its stores, Walmart is removing violent video game displays and signs from stores, the retailer confirmed Thursday.  —  Stores were sent a memo that called for …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Trump and First Lady Smiling With Baby Orphaned in El Paso Massacre Draws Criticism: ‘Act Like a Human Being’
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Armed Trump supporter detained and released at El Paso immigrant center
Discussion: KTSM-TV and Washington Examiner
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:
The Media Erased Latinos From the Story
Discussion: New York Times
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Stephen Ross expressed qualms about Trump bash after liberal backlash  —  Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today.  —  The state of play: Liberal customers had threatened …
Don Gonyea / NPR:
SoulCycle Owner, Trump Donors Face Public Shaming
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Pro-Doxxing Cyberbully Joaquin Castro Once Praised Passage of a Texas Law Aimed at Preventing... Cyberbulling
KYTV-TV:
Former firefighter stops man armed with 100 rounds of ammunition at south Springfield Walmart  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Springfield Police Department says it responded to a call of an active shooter at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Republic Rd., near Golden Ave., Thursday evening.
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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 …
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Names Powerful Men in Alleged Sex Ring  —  In newly unsealed documents, Virginia Giuffre claims that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her to politicians, princes, and a high-flying financier, among others.  —  A young woman who says financier Jeffrey Epstein …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
'If you're a good worker, papers don't matter': How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status  —  OSSINING, N.Y. — For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls …
Yahoo News:
Here's the data on white supremacist terrorism the Trump administration has been ‘unable or unwilling’ to give to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Alleged white supremacists were responsible for all race-based domestic terrorism incidents in 2018, according to a government document distributed earlier …
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’  —  Speaking in Iowa on Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said “poor kids” are “just as talented as white kids,” before correcting himself.  —  Biden was addressing the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition …
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Biden in Iowa Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Smart as ‘White Kids’
Discussion: The Week
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Biden tells minority voters in Iowa that ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
Discussion: The Root and Jezebel
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
Prosecutors pick their battles.  I chose not to pursue an ICE raid in Alabama.  —  U.S. attorneys don't have the resources to charge all crimes.  Shouldn't they focus on people who present the greatest threat?  —  Federal prosecutors have broad discretion to choose what cases they will bring.
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Associated Press:   Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns
Washington Post:
U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Sen. Tim Scott says his 2022 SC reelection bid will be his last political race  —  In three years time, Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will be facing reelection in South Carolina, but he will also be facing something else: His last political run.  —  In a wide-ranging interview Thursday …
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
8Chan Refugees Blow Their Anonymity  —  An unofficial new version of the hate-filled forum isn't as anonymous as its users might hope.  —  Refugees from the anonymous 8chan forum are flooding into a new censorship-resistant home on the dark web, and inadvertently giving up their anonymity along the way.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media  —  The White House is contemplating issuing an executive order that would widen its attack on the operations of social media companies.  —  The White House has prepared an executive order called …
Discussion: CNN and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
The Daily Beast:
Trump to NRA Bigwigs: Get Better Lawyers  —  This spring, the president told the gun group's top lobbyist and exec their legal team was “lousy.”  Now the NRA is in an unusually weak position—and trying to keep Trump in line.  —  At the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis …
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump heads for golf club holiday - but summer storms loom  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president's discontent.  —  As Donald Trump prepares to leave Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he's confronting a storm of crises …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
A black man was about to buy a cop's house.  Then, he found a KKK application in a bedroom.  —  The Confederate flag place mat on the dining room table was Rob Mathis's first hint that something was off inside the home he was thinking of buying.  —  “I thought to myself …
Discussion: VICE and New York Post
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Egypt jails American traveler, saying she criticized the government on Facebook  —  CAIRO — When Reem Mohamed Desouky arrived from Washington last month with her 13-year-old son, Egyptian authorities detained them at the airport, he said.  They confiscated their phones and interrogated Desouky, holding the two for hours.
Discussion: National Review
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Suspected White Nationalist Leader Suspended From State Department: Reports  —  The employee, Matthew Q. Gebert, allegedly oversaw a chapter of a white nationalist group and hosted white nationalists at his home.  —  The State Department has placed one of its employees on leave following …
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy and Hullabaloo
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Bruce Ohr Documents Undercut FBI Claims In Carter Page FISAs  — Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told the FBI in November 2016 about meetings between dossier author Christopher Steele and a reporter who published a story about the former British spy's allegations against Carter Page.
Discussion: New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Lost in Life, El Paso Suspect Found a Dark World Online  —  Gunman who allegedly killed 22 people with an intent to attack Hispanics told investigators he came to his views on the internet  —  ALLEN, Texas—The family of Patrick Crusius, the alleged gunman in El Paso's mass shooting …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
'They're afraid': Suburban voters in red states threaten GOP's grip on power  —  BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Republicans face a reckoning in the red-state suburbs that have long been a bedrock for the party, propelled by the stormy confluence of President Trump's searing racial attacks …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Mizokami / Popular Mechanics:
Missile Explosion Prompts Radiation Warnings in Russia  —  Was the explosion, which reportedly killed three people, a test of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile gone awry?  —  An explosion at a Russian military base killed three personnel and caused a brief spike in radioactivity in a nearby Russian city.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 4 reasons why the gun debate is all noise  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SEVERAL THINGS HAPPENED LATE THURSDAY that, when taken together, give us a clearer picture of where the gun debate is:  — NO. 1: First, Speaker NANCY PELOSI wrote a letter to President DONALD TRUMP asking …
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Trump announces shakeup at top of U.S. intelligence
 
 
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Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Have Pollsters Forgotten That Nevada Is An Early State?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fox News and Washington Post
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
Legislators want the state to study state studies
Politico:
Trump suggests September trade talks with China may not take place
Discussion: One America News Network and CNBC
Harry Enten / CNN:
From a former disbeliever: Why Texas could go blue in 2020
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jacob T. Levy / Niskanen Center:
The Metastasizing Crisis: Executive Authority and the Crumbling of the Separation of Powers
 Earlier Items: 
Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
Twitter giving conservatives the silent tweetment
Discussion: CNSNews and TheBlaze
Janon Fisher / New York Daily News:
Ex- Gov. David Paterson to wed Mary Sliwa, ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder
Roxane Gay / New York Times:
The Legacy of Toni Morrison
Bloomberg:
First U.K. Contraction Since Wake of Crisis Raises Brexit Stakes
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette Duped by Left-Wing Hoaxer Posing as Communist Construction Worker
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You're a Democrat or a Republican
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
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