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11:00 AM ET, August 12, 2019

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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.
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump administration boosts ability to deny green cards to immigrants using welfare programs  —  The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, UPI and New York Post
New York Times:
Trump Rule Targets Legal Immigrants Who Rely on Food Stamps and Other Aid  —  A new rule is part of a sweeping policy aimed to narrow the demographic of people who come to live and work in the United States.  —  EL PASO SHOOTING  —  How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Words of Conservative Media Stars
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Trump administration to penalize immigrants who use or might use public benefits, a move aimed …
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:   Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration to Make Legal Immigrants Who Draw From Social Programs Ineligible for Green Cards
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Epstein's Death Sparks Probe, Shifts Spotlight to Associates
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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 …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
What I learned about the Democrats at a family barbecue in North Carolina  —  Every second Saturday in August, my mother and her siblings host a family barbecue, a simple gathering under the enormous pecan tree in the side yard of the house where they grew up in Severn, N.C. In the mix …
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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
David Siders / Politico:   How Democrats plan to use gun control to beat Trump
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
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
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Week
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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Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
What happens to Jeffrey Epstein's money and homes now?  Can feds seize everything?  —  Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide is a significant obstacle for federal prosecutors, who spent months painstakingly building a case against the multimillionaire who was charged in July in New York federal court with sex trafficking of minors.
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.
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 …
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
Mark Overstreet / The Federalist:
6 Ways Bill Clinton Is Lying About His Assault Weapons ‘Ban’  —  It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘ban’ is.
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The Daily Beast:
GOP Waits to See if Trump Will Protect It From the NRA Before Moving on Gun Laws  —  The president has talked about stepping up before, and then backed down.  That could force him to push harder this time, if only to “prove” that the NRA doesn't control him.
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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Hey, California, Trump has a right to run for reelection. The Constitution is crystal clear
NBC News:
Trump is losing ground in America's suburbs
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Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Cory Booker: Israel is less safe under Trump
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lissandra Villa / TIME:
Beto O'Rourke Finds His Voice Helping El Paso Grieve
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
In France, Even Muslims Have Had It With Radical Muslims
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Tyson J / BLACK WITH NO CHASER:
Black Mississippians Response Statement to the ICE Raids
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
In D.C., New York and beyond, Jews mark annual day of mourning by protesting Trump immigration policies
Discussion: Common Dreams and KTLA
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
De Blasio campaign event in Iowa draws roughly 15 attendees
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo