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9:25 PM ET, August 11, 2019

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New York Post:
There's no video of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide: sources  —  There's no surveillance video of the incident during which Jeffrey Epstein apparently hanged himself in a federal lockup in Lower Manhattan, law-enforcement officials told The Post on Sunday.
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New York Times:
Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored  —  Before Jail Suicide, Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored  — The disclosures about apparent failures in the financier Jeffrey Epstein's detention deepened questions about his death.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned  —  With each news cycle, the system grows more efficient.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Even on an internet bursting at the seams with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisanship …
Lindsay M. Hayes / The Atlantic:
Epstein's Death Has a Simpler Explanation  —  Baseless speculation abounded after the accused sex trafficker died, but criminal-justice scholars point instead to a broader suicide problem.  —  Until the end, their lives were different in countless ways.  Jeffrey Epstein, 66 …
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
The dangerous cycle that keeps conspiracy theories in the news — and Trump's tweets  —  Conspiracy theories aren't fueled by facts; they are fueled by attention.  On Saturday, a baseless conspiracy theory about the death of Jeffrey Epstein gorged itself on a feast of the stuff …
HuffPost:
YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Crackdown Has One Big Winner: Fox News  —  Conspiracy channels all over the platform are funneling increased traffic to Fox.  —  Early this year, YouTube adjusted its recommendation algorithm to deprioritize conspiracy theories.  The change has yielded an unwitting beneficiary: Fox News.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Trump's Epstein-Clinton conspiracy tweet
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside Trump's strange pen-pal diplomacy with Justin Trudeau  —  President Trump has sent highly unusual, Sharpie-written notes to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at least twice, Axios has learned.  —  One missive was so odd, the Canadian ambassador double-checked with the White House to be sure it wasn't a prank.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
The brand label that stokes Trump's fury: ‘Racist, racist, racist.’  —  President Trump considers himself a branding wizard, but he is vexed by a branding crisis of his own: how to shed the label of “racist.”  —  As the campaign takes shape about 15 months before voters render a verdict on his presidency …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Steve Bannon: ‘President Trump is not a racist’  —  Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon said in an interview that aired Sunday that President Trump is not a racist and blamed the “radical left” for divisions in the U.S.  —  He said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Bernie Sanders staffers manhandle press at Iowa State Fair  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — A campaign staffer for Bernie Sanders was screamed at by a local photojournalist who was repeatedly shoved following the Vermont senator's remarks at the Iowa State Fair.  —  The confrontation erupted …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Marianne Williamson Goes for the Gut  —  The Democratic candidate isn't trying to appeal to voters' rational side.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—Marianne Williamson smells like rosewater, or some kind of flowery Yankee candle.  I know this because when I asked her a question at the Iowa State Fair …
Discussion: CNN
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
After El Paso Shooting, Will Voters Revisit Beto O'Rourke?
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Anthony Scaramucci says Trump may need to be replaced for 2020  —  Anthony Scaramucci, who famously served as President Trump's communications director for 11 days, says Republicans may need to pick a different candidate in 2020.  —  Driving the news: In a phone interview on Sunday afternoon …
Mark Osborne / ABC News:
Florida white supremacist arrested for threatening shooting at Walmart, police say  —  A Florida white supremacist has been arrested for threatening a shooting at a Walmart just days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in one of the worst mass shootings in the country's modern history.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
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Clay LePard / WKMG:   Florida man arrested after making threat to Walmart on Facebook
Jo Becker / New York Times:
The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism  —  Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia.  Then came waves of immigrants — and the forces of populism at home and abroad.  —  RINKEBY, Sweden — Johnny Castillo, a Peruvian-born neighborhood watchman in this district of Stockholm …
Joe Biden / New York Times:
Banning Assault Weapons Works  —  That's why, as president, I will push to ban them again.  —  Mr. Biden, a former senator and vice president, is a Democratic candidate for president.  —  Each time a mass shooting strikes one of our communities we grieve.  We gather our loved ones.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Tim Ryan slams Trump, NRA in wake of El Paso and Dayton shootings
Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Watch out for John James in 2020 … (Photo: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News)  —  John James is heading into the 2020 U.S. Senate race ready for battle, to use the candidate's military-flavored lingo.  —  The Detroit businessman and combat veteran is making another bid for the office …
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Goldman Sachs economists say fears rise that U.S.-China trade war leading to recession  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) said on Sunday that fears of the U.S.-China trade war leading to a recession are increasing and that Goldman no longer expects a trade deal between the world's …
Rhonda Garelick / The Cut:
Surrogate Angels of Death What to make of the First Lady holding the motherless child and youngest survivor of the El Paso massacre.  —  Imagine this: A shooter has entered a public place, where you are walking with your family.  You have but a minute to realize you can save your 2-month-old …
Christine Zhang / Baltimore Sun:
An ‘interesting comparison’: Elijah Cummings' district and Mick Mulvaney's former district, side by side  —  In U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings' first major speech since Republican President Donald Trump's dayslong series of tweets disparaging his congressional district as a “disgusting …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught  —  WASHINGTON — Not long after Barack Obama took office in 2009, a Homeland Security Department analyst produced a report presciently predicting that the deep economic downturn, the rise of social media and the election …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Why Are Florida Republicans So Afraid of People Voting?  —  There's no other logical explanation for the effective poll tax that lawmakers recently passed.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
 
 
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Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Student Wins $725,000 in Lawsuit Over ‘Troll Storm’ Led by The Daily Stormer
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
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CNN:
Suspect in Oslo mosque shooting expressed right-wing sympathies, say police
Discussion: FOX2now.com
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Acting Border Patrol chief on Mississippi ICE raids: 'These aren't raids'
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and Politico
CBS News:
Bloomberg holds off on 2020 endorsement and says Biden is “not a lock for the nomination”
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
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Jack Fowler / National Review:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census
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CBS News:
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
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Emma Newburger / CNBC:
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