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2:35 PM ET, August 12, 2019

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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 credited with rescuing the bald eagle …
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections  —  The rules will shrink habitats that animals and plants rely on for survival  —  Three months after a U.N. report warned that 1 million species face extinction because of human activity, the Trump administration on Monday finalized rule changes …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump administration overhauls Endangered Species Act in bid to reduce red tape
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
Trump Rule Targets Legal Immigrants Who Rely on Food Stamps and Other Aid  — Legal migrants who use public programs, such as food stamps and housing subsidies, will face penalties, under a new rule to curb immigration.  — It's part of a sweeping policy aimed to narrow the demographic …
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 …
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
This is how to respond to Trump's conspiratorial lunacy  —  This is how CNN's State of the Union began on Sunday: … Credit Tapper with not allowing Trump to use his show as a megaphone for Trump's insane conspiracy-mongering and reminding viewers that the president feeds conspiracy theories all the time …
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Journos' debunker mentality: Rush to rip conspiracy talk
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 cellphone.  —  The residents of Hardesty's district …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
L Brands CEO Les Wexner has been giving documents to investigators showing alleged Jeffrey Epstein theft  —  KEY POINTS  — L Brands founder Les Wexner and his legal team have been providing documents to federal investigators that they believe show Epstein misappropriated funds while the child predator was Wexner's money manager.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order …
Discussion: NPR, TheBlaze and The Last Refuge
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
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:   Not Enough Room in 2020 Primary for Sanders and Warren
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.
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protesters 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 …
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Washington Post:
Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill as fears grow of Chinese military crackdown
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Did a Far-Right Star Recruit Jacob Wohl to Terrorize Women?  —  “I'll make it my mission to torture you so much that you end up killing yourself,” reads a text message from a phone number belonging to notorious smear merchant Jacob Wohl.  —  A perennial House candidate's alleged harassment …
Discussion: Contemptor and Mediaite
CBS News:
Top immigration official Ken Cuccinelli briefs reporters on change to “public charge” rule  —  Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, briefed reporters from the White House Monday, as the Trump administration announces a change to the “public charge” …
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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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New York Times:
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil  —  NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life.  —  He was in a band in Niterói, a beach-ringed city in Brazil, and practiced guitar by watching tutorials online.
Brian Pascus / CBS News:
Tulsi Gabbard to report for active duty for 2 weeks  —  Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii and presidential candidate, will be taking a two-week absence from her campaign Monday to report for active duty with the Hawaiian Army National Guard in Indonesia, she said in an interview with CBSN's Caitlin Huey-Burns.
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
White House Targets Foreign Aid Cash With Caps Limiting Spending  — Agencies being limited to spending just 2% of funds per day  — Congress, Pompeo have pushed back on White House initiative  —  The White House is stepping up its efforts to block the State Department …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
North Carolina's 9th Congressional District has gotten worse for Republicans  —  You might recall that out-and-out ballot fraud in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District in the 2018 midterms led to the race's invalidation.  The new election is scheduled for Sept. 10.
NBC News:
Trump is losing ground in America's suburbs  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — For all of the discussion about whether Democrats can win Texas in 2020 …
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Hey, California, Trump has a right to run for reelection.  The Constitution is crystal clear  —  No one - not Congress, not the president, and certainly not a state government - may unilaterally change the requirements to be president of the United States without first amending the U.S. Constitution.
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, Daily Kos and The Week
 
 
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President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
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Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
In France, Even Muslims Have Had It With Radical Muslims
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Sentries, not ‘squad’: Moderate Dems ones to watch for 2020
Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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