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10:40 AM ET, August 9, 2019

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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 …
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.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Trump and First Lady Smiling With Baby Orphaned in El Paso Massacre Draws Criticism: ‘Act Like a Human Being’  —  One day after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Twitter erupted in disgust at an image Tweeted …
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:   The Media Erased Latinos From the Story
Washington Post:
During El Paso hospital visit, Trump compared his and O'Rourke's crowd sizes at political rallies, video shows
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’
Discussion: Splinter and UPI
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Biden tells minority voters in Iowa that ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: If Elected President, I'll Let Mitch McConnell Block Everything
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe
New York Times:
Trump's Opponents Want to Name His Big Donors.  His Supporters Say It's Harassment.  —  WASHINGTON — For many businesses, a sudden deluge of phone calls might signal an influx of new customers.  But most of the 25 calls Justin Herricks received before noon on Thursday were from people …
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Don Gonyea / NPR:
SoulCycle Owner, Trump Donors Face Public Shaming
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette Duped by Left-Wing Hoaxer Posing as Communist Construction Worker  —  “Archie Carter,” who pretended to be a blue-collar member of the Democratic Socialists of America, says he set out to humiliate the conservative site with his error-riddled story.
Discussion: Quillette
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Aaron Freedman / Jacobin:   Exclusive: We Found Archie Carter
Archie Carter / Quillette:
DSA Is Doomed  —  I am working class and a Marxist-Leninist.
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Bloomberg
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 4 reasons why the gun debate is all noise
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings
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 …
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday, arguing that his assertion that white supremacy is a “hoax” was getting “outsized coverage” compared to other threats.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:   Tucker Carlson, Now on Vacation, Could Face More Advertiser Defections
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
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 …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts  —  Once upon a time, President Trump pledged to “drain the swamp.”  —  This resonated with lots of Americans, who resented the ecosystem of interest groups rigging government in their favor: corrupt officials …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
Twitter giving conservatives the silent tweetment  —  When Ben Goldey, a House communications director from Kentucky, saw a Facebook Live video of protesters outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's house, he immediately took a screen grab of the video and posted it to Twitter.
Discussion: CNSNews and TheBlaze
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:   Skepticism greets a White House meeting devoted to violent online extremism
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 …
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
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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.
USA Today:
Man who assaulted a boy during national anthem is convinced Trump ordered it, lawyer says  —  MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana man charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat during the national anthem believed he was doing what President Donald Trump wanted him to do, his attorney said.
Discussion: Missoulian, Task & Purpose and Splinter
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 …
Bloomberg:
First U.K. Contraction Since Wake of Crisis Raises Brexit Stakes  — Firms run down stocks after hoarding before March exit date  — Underlying growth has lost momentum amid no-deal Brexit fears  —  Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story.
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Southwest border apprehensions down for the second straight month: CBP  —  Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday that fewer people had been detained for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in July compared to June.  —  There were 71,999 apprehensions in July compared to 94,908 in June, according to CBP.
Janon Fisher / New York Daily News:
Ex- Gov. David Paterson to wed Mary Sliwa, ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder  —  Ex-governor David Paterson will wed Mary Sliwa, the ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, at a Manhattan ceremony packed with political power brokers.  —  Former mayor David Dinkins will perform …
 
 
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CBS News:
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