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11:25 PM ET, August 12, 2019

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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People  —  Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion.  —  The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew …
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Daily Mail:
A dozen FBI agents raid Jeffrey Epstein's ‘Pedophile Island’  —  FBI agents were seen raiding Jeffrey Epstein's US Virgin Island Little St James on Monday morning and afternoon, exclusive DailyMailTV footage shows.
New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself with prison bedsheet: source  —  Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging in his Lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed, The Post has learned.  —  The convicted pedophile, who was 6 feet tall …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
“They're Nothing, These Girls”: Unraveling the Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's Enabler  —  She hired girls for him, shared his life with him, possibly hoped to marry him.  And now she may be a target of a conspiracy charge.  —  Is it possible prosecutors have lost track of Ghislaine Maxwell …
Discussion: CBS News, The Wrap, Vox and Law & Crime
New York Times:
In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute  —  Attorney General William P. Barr on Monday sharply criticized the management of the federal jail in Manhattan where Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was long dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of girls …
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
FBI agents are livid that Trump is amplifying ‘bulls— theories’ about Jeffrey Epstein's death ‘that have no basis in reality’  — FBI agents are horrified that President Donald Trump promoted a baseless conspiracy theory on Twitter suggesting the Clinton family was involved in the death of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Nearby inmate heard nothing when Jeffrey Epstein died, lawyer says  —  Attorney Bruce Barket said his client heard nothing out of the ordinary on the morning the accused sex trafficker apparently took his own life.  —  An inmate locked up a few cells away from Jeffrey Epstein heard nothing …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Serial Hoaxers Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Swear They'll Solve Epstein's Death
Discussion: New York Times, VICE and UPI
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   This is how to respond to Trump's conspiratorial lunacy
New York Times:
Joe Biden Knows He Says the Wrong Thing  —  Many advisers and donors to Joseph R. Biden Jr. were elated last Wednesday as he delivered one of the best-reviewed speeches of his 2020 campaign, using prepared remarks on a Teleprompter to accuse President Trump of encouraging white supremacy …
Discussion: New York Post
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Why Bernie Sanders Stood Out at the Iowa State Fair
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Paige-Godden / Iowa Starting Line:   How Iowa State Fair-Goers Narrowed Their Candidate Options
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
The Biden Gaffe Machine: A Running List Of Joe Biden's Best Slip-Ups
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Iowa Democrats Are Getting Nervous About Biden's Trail of Gaffes
Discussion: American Greatness
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Tom Steyer spends big in race to make debate stage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation's bedrock conservation law and making it harder to protect wildlife from the multiple threats posed by climate change.
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Harry Reid / New York Times:
The Filibuster Is Suffocating the Will of the American People  —  To save our country's future, Democrats must abolish this arcane Senate rule.  —  Mr. Reid is a former Senate majority leader from Nevada.  —  I am not an expert on all of government, but I do know something about the United States Senate.
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Amy Russo / HuffPost:   Harry Reid Demands An End To ‘Arcane’ Filibuster: The Senate Is A ‘Graveyard’
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Fourth board member resigns from NRA in a sign of further upheaval  —  Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter and a strong public advocate for gun rights, announced Monday she was resigning from the National Rifle Association board before the end of her three-year term.
Discussion: Axios, Julie Golob and Political Wire
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Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
Check for Dallas Mansion Raises New Questions About NRA Plans  —  NRA payment for $70,000 is most-direct evidence showing the flow of money in an aborted deal to buy CEO Wayne LaPierre a $6 million home  —  In May 2018, the National Rifle Association sent a $70,000 check …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
NYT Top Editor: Trump Racism Headline Was a ‘F*cking Mess’  —  In a lengthy town-hall meeting on Monday, the paper's top brass addressed a bevy of recent controversies centering around the Times' coverage of Trump, race, and politics.  —  New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitted Monday …
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
The US budget deficit is up 27% and getting closer to $1 trillion  —  The U.S. budget deficit widened another $119.7 billion, good for a 27% increase over a year ago, according to government figures released Monday.  —  Total outlays increased by 22.8% over last July as receipts grew 11.6%.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Already Exceeds Last Year's Total Figure  —  The U.S. fiscal deficit has already exceeded the full-year figure for last year, as spending growth outpaces revenue.  —  The gap grew to $866.8 billion in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, up 27% from the same period a year earlier …
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris's controversial Michael Brown tweets, explained  —  Elizabeth Warren delivers a campaign speech at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on August 10, 2019.  Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  The tweets claimed a police officer “murdered” Michael Brown.
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Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Time to retire Ferguson narrative
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Trump's trade war could spark a recession, Goldman Sachs warns  —  Economists are increasingly worried that the president may have set in motion a chain of events that can't be controlled.  —  President Donald Trump's trade war with China is increasing the odds that America will be thrown into a recession …
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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 …
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Sarah Silverman fired from new movie for blackface photo  —  Sarah Silverman revealed that she was recently fired from a movie over an old photo of her in blackface.  —  She said the photo, which was snapped on the set of “The Sarah Silverman Show” in 2007, recently resurfaced and caught the eye of the film's producers.
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Washington Post:
Trump administration tightens rule that could deny green cards, citizenship to immigrants who need public assistance
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
D.C. Attorney General Issues New Subpoena Over Trump Inauguration  —  Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has handed over a trove of documents related to her inauguration work with Trump family businesses.  —  The summer swelter lingered in the swamp around President Donald Trump's Washington in late July.
Discussion: Washington Press
 
 
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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