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9:55 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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Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
If Only We Could Be Surprised That Trump Is Retweeting Epstein Conspiracy Theories  —  Pizzagate.  Wealthy Jewish families controlling the weather.  QAnon.  Seth Rich's murder.  In our current moment of rampant political paranoia and institutional suspicion, conspiracy theories have become as outrageous as they are easy to debunk.
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
The dangerous cycle that keeps conspiracy theories in the news — and Trump's tweets
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
How Trump's paranoia and conspiracy theories become US policy
Wall Street Journal:   Epstein's Death Sparks Probe, Shifts Spotlight to Associates
Tom Winter / NBC News:
After autopsy, cause of Jeffrey Epstein's death awaits ‘further information’
Discussion: Washington Press and The Week
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chant — “2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents” — started in the back of a crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair.  Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed wealth tax …
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:   What I learned about the Democrats at a family barbecue in North Carolina
David Siders / Politico:
How Democrats plan to use gun control to beat Trump
Discussion: The Crime Report
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protests Swarm Airport  — Flights to and from city scrapped; Cathay shares tumble  — Chinese official warns protesters showing signs of ‘terrorism’  —  Hong Kong airport authorities canceled remaining flights on Monday …
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire, Reuters and Axios
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:   The protesters of Hong Kong and Moscow aren't backing down
Washington Post:
Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill as fears grow of Chinese military crackdown
Discussion: New York Times, VICE, TheStreet and The Week
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
In France, Even Muslims Have Had It With Radical Muslims  —  PARIS - They call themselves Les Resilientes, the Resisters, and they meet every week in a couple of modest rooms in the immigrant neighborhood of Saint-Denis, on the northern outskirts of Paris.  Their main purpose is to provide …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Texas Republicans brace for 2020 drubbing  —  As bad as it's been for Texas Republicans lately, some members of the party are warning that 2020 could be even worse.  —  The rash of recent House GOP retirements is just the latest sign of a state party in distress: In last year's midterms …
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 …
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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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: Common Dreams and KTLA
Lissandra Villa / TIME:
Beto O'Rourke Finds His Voice Helping El Paso Grieve  —  Beto O'Rourke sits in an armchair in his El Paso living room, tapping his foot and trying not to talk about himself any more than he needs to.  —  It's three days after the mass shooting that left at least 22 people dead and 26 injured …
 
 
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CNN:
Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration
The Daily Beast:
GOP Waits to See if Trump Will Protect It From the NRA Before Moving on Gun Laws
Jacopo Barigazzi / Politico:
Salvini: League ready to make a deal with Berlusconi
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Cory Booker: Israel is less safe under Trump
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Some labor unions split with Biden on ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
J.D. Vance Becomes Catholic
Tyson J / BLACK WITH NO CHASER:
Black Mississippians Response Statement to the ICE Raids
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Norway mosque attack suspect ‘inspired by Christchurch and El Paso shootings’
Discussion: Politico, BBC and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
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
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Steve Bannon: ‘President Trump is not a racist’