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3:40 PM ET, August 11, 2019

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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.
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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 …
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Trump Shares Unfounded Fringe Theory About Epstein and Clintons  —  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump used Twitter on Saturday to promote unfounded conspiracy theories about how Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, died in a federal prison, even as the administration …
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem
NBC News:
Trump retweets Epstein conspiracy theory, claiming Clinton connection
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 …
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Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
O'Rourke: It's ‘Really Hard’ to See People Voting for Trump If They Aren't Racist
Discussion: Mediaite and The Guardian
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 …
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
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WJXT-TV:   Man posted message: “Don't go to Walmart”
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 …
CNN:
Suspect in Oslo mosque shooting expressed right-wing sympathies, say police  —  Oslo, Norway (CNN)The man suspected of opening fire at a mosque in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Saturday has expressed right-wing sympathies online, the police said in a news conference Sunday.
Discussion: FOX2now.com
The Guardian:
The Observer view on India's aggression over Kashmir  —  Narendra Modi's high-handed action over the disputed territory is likely to revive conflict with Pakistan  —  The crisis over Kashmir, triggered by the Indian government's decision to impose direct rule from Delhi, has universal relevance.
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New York Times:   Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear
CBS News:
Trump administration says it won't approve Roundup cancer-warning labels  —  The Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California regulation that requires labels to warn consumers that the Roundup ingredient is potentially cancer-causing.
New York Times:
Kamala Harris, in a Pivot, Makes Her Play for Iowa  —  After months of putting the state on the back-burner, Ms. Harris has stepped up her presence in Iowa, spending more days there in recent weeks than she did through June.  —  STORM LAKE, Iowa — Senator Kamala Harris ordered tacos …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Jack Fowler / National Review:
The Trump Obsession Comes for California's Water  —  Tomorrow, the Golden State's Democrat-run, veto-proof legislature returns from its summer break and is expected to quickly take up S.B. 1, the “California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Shame and Disgrace Will Linger  —  August 10, 1969: San Clemente, California—President Richard Nixon accused his predecessor Lyndon Baines Johnson of complicity in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Speaking with reporters on the first day of a 10-day stay at his Pacific Ocean vacation home ...
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Accused Sex Trafficker Steered $100K Payday to Bannon  —  Emails show that the indicted operative George Nader and the one-time White House strategist Steve Bannon had a closer connection than previously understood.  —  An accused pedophile helped Steve Bannon secure a $100,000 speaking gig …
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Man who stormed mosque ‘armed with shotguns’ was inspired by Christchurch and El Paso attackers, 4chan post suggests  —  Post urged others to continue ‘race war’ and praised other attackers  —  The alleged gunman who launched a suspected terror attack on a mosque in Norway was inspired by the Christchurch …
Discussion: Slate, New York Times and UPI
Emma Newburger / CNBC:
‘Trump is ruining our markets’: Struggling farmers are losing a huge customer to the trade war — China  —  KEY POINTS  — U.S. farmers lost their fourth largest customer this week after China officially cancelled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a retaliatory move following …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Tim Ryan slams Trump, NRA in wake of El Paso and Dayton shootings  —  Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan slammed the National Rifle Association on Sunday in the wake of two mass shootings last weekend that left 31 people dead and scores more wounded.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Task & Purpose:
Commentary: We invite you to celebrate Austin Tice's birthday  —  Thirty-eight years ago Sunday, after nine months of waiting, we finally had the great delight of meeting our firstborn, Austin Bennett Tice.  —  Today, we wish we could remind him of how glad we are he was born …
Discussion: CNN and American Military News
 
 
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Marianne Williamson Goes for the Gut
Preston Greene / New York Times:
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Acting Border Patrol chief on Mississippi ICE raids: 'These aren't raids'
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
If Trump ‘stepped forward’ on gun control, it may move Republicans: Cory Booker
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Bloomberg holds off on 2020 endorsement and says Biden is “not a lock for the nomination”
Discussion: Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump's use of immigration as 2020 wedge could backfire on other policies
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Joe Biden hears your taunts about his age, but he's busy running for president
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hate Is So Much Bigger Than Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The party of Robert F. Kennedy is gone
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
American fencer kneels on medal stand during anthem, tweets about Trump and gun control
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Smuggling claims cast shadow over Brexit's £8m diamond geezer Arron Banks
Kim Norvell / Des Moines Register:
Elizabeth Warren, met with the largest Soapbox crowd so far, touts her 2-cent ultra-millionaires tax
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE Air: Shackled deportees, air freshener and cheers. America's one-way trip out.