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8:35 AM ET, August 12, 2019

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Washington Post:
‘It was inevitable’: Officers watching Epstein were on overtime due to jail staffing shortage, union president says  —  The two correctional officers assigned to watch the special unit in the detention center where financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was being housed …
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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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Trump's Epstein-Clinton conspiracy tweet  —  On Saturday, the president of the United States retweeted a conspiracy theory video claiming Bill and Hillary Clinton had a hand in the death of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  —  The big picture: The news media did not treat …
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 …
Discussion: The Week, Splinter, Politico, Vox and Townhall
Tom Winter / NBC News:
After autopsy, cause of Jeffrey Epstein's death awaits ‘further information’  —  The financier was found unresponsive Saturday in his jail cell in Manhattan, where he was being held on federal sex trafficking charges.  —  The New York City medical examiner's office said Sunday that it had completed …
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:   Epstein's Death Sparks Probe, Shifts Spotlight to Associates
Lindsay M. Hayes / The Atlantic:   Epstein's Death Has a Simpler Explanation
New York Times:   Jeffrey Epstein's Opaque Finances Could Become Focal Point for Investigators
New York Times:
Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored
New York Times:
How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars  —  Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled.  The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said.
MSNBC:
Republican family switches support to Democrats at Iowa State Fair  —  MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard speaks with a family at the Iowa State Fair who supported Sen. Ted Cruz for president in 2016 that are now planning on voting for Democrats.
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Bernie Sanders staffers manhandle press at Iowa State Fair
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
David Siders / Politico:   How Democrats plan to use gun control to beat Trump
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Marianne Williamson Goes for the Gut
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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New York Times:
U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians  —  American intelligence officials are racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Sentries, not ‘squad’: Moderate Dems ones to watch for 2020  —  CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Abigail Spanberger talked about rural broadband.  She held court on health care, solar energy and the border crisis.  —  But as the freshman Democrat from Virginia fielded a dozen questions during …
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
In D.C., New York and beyond, Jews mark annual day of mourning by protesting Trump immigration policies  —  Members of the Jewish community typically observe Tisha B'Av, the annual day of mourning, by fasting, reading from the book of lamentations and going to temple.
Discussion: Jewish Insider, Common Dreams and KTLA
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 days  —  President Trump's proclivity for spouting exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasts and outright falsehoods has continued at a remarkable pace.  As of Aug. 5, his 928th day in office, he had made 12,019 false or misleading claims …
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 …
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Washington Post:
The brand label that stokes Trump's fury: ‘Racist, racist, racist.’
Discussion: Mother Jones and POLITICUSUSA
Gabby Orr / Politico:
'Using the Lord's name in vain': Evangelicals chafe at Trump's blasphemy  —  Paul Hardesty didn't pay much attention to President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cell phone.  —  The residents of Hardesty's district …
Tyson J / BLACK WITH NO CHASER:
Black Mississippians Response Statement to the ICE Raids  —  Black Mississippians Respond to the ICE Raids Conducted in Mississippi on August 7, 2019  —  A coalition of organizations representing Black People in the state of Mississippi respond to the ICE Raids Conducted in our state on August 7, 2019
 
 
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Texas Republicans brace for 2020 drubbing
Washington Post:
Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill as fears grow of Chinese military crackdown
Discussion: TheStreet and The Week
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Norway mosque attack suspect ‘inspired by Christchurch and El Paso shootings’
Discussion: Politico, BBC and New York Times
CNN:
Joe Biden mistakenly says he met with Parkland victims while he was vice president
Discussion: Daily Wire
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
De Blasio campaign event in Iowa draws roughly 15 attendees
Discussion: Fox News
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
'We're all in the closet': Trump's Hamptons supporters go underground
Discussion: The Independent
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
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Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Goldman Sachs economists say fears rise that U.S.-China trade war leading to recession
HuffPost:
YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Crackdown Has One Big Winner: Fox News
Clay LePard / WKMG:
Florida man arrested after making threat to Walmart on Facebook
Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Watch out for John James in 2020