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6:20 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.
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
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 …
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
Lindsay M. Hayes / The Atlantic:
Epstein's Death Has a Simpler Explanation  —  Until the end, their lives were different in countless ways.  Jeffrey Epstein, 66, a wealthy white financier with many powerful friends and clients, was a previously convicted sex offender who was facing a new indictment on sex-trafficking charges …
New York Times:
Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored
New York Times:   Jeffrey Epstein's Opaque Finances Could Become Focal Point for Investigators
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.
Discussion: The Resurgent
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:
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and POLITICUSUSA
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:   Steve Bannon: ‘President Trump is not a racist’
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.
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  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — A campaign staffer for Bernie Sanders was screamed at by a local photojournalist who was repeatedly shoved following the Vermont senator's remarks at the Iowa State Fair.  —  The confrontation erupted …
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Marianne Williamson Goes for the Gut
Discussion: CNN
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
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Goldman Sachs economists say fears rise that U.S.-China trade war leading to recession  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) said on Sunday that fears of the U.S.-China trade war leading to a recession are increasing and that Goldman no longer expects a trade deal between the world's …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Guatemala elects conservative Alejandro Giammattei president  —  Guatemala's electoral tribunal declared conservative Alejandro Giammattei the presidential election winner in a landslide victor on Sunday, Reuters reports.  —  Why it matters: Giammattei inherits an unpopular deal reached …
Joe Biden / New York Times:
Banning Assault Weapons Works  —  That's why, as president, I will push to ban them again.  —  Mr. Biden, a former senator and vice president, is a Democratic candidate for president.  —  Each time a mass shooting strikes one of our communities we grieve.  We gather our loved ones.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Splinter
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Tim Ryan slams Trump, NRA in wake of El Paso and Dayton shootings
 
 
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Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Norway mosque attack suspect ‘inspired by Christchurch and El Paso shootings’
Discussion: BBC, Politico 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
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
‘What do you girls want to do?’ …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
HuffPost:
YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Crackdown Has One Big Winner: Fox News
Discussion: New York Times and Rolling Stone
Clay LePard / WKMG:
Florida man arrested after making threat to Walmart on Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Student Wins $725,000 in Lawsuit Over ‘Troll Storm’ Led by The Daily Stormer
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Biden, Sanders Both Trounce Trump in Head-to-Head Matchups, New Poll Finds
Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Watch out for John James in 2020
CNN:
Suspect in Oslo mosque shooting expressed right-wing sympathies, say police
Discussion: FOX2now.com
CBS News:
Bloomberg holds off on 2020 endorsement and says Biden is “not a lock for the nomination”
Jack Fowler / National Review:
The Trump Obsession Comes for California's Water
Discussion: Mother Jones
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM  —  Subscribe  —  ⚡ Breaking: Acting DHS …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Althouse