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5:35 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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Madeleine Gregory / VICE:   The Trump Administration Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:   New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump rolls back endangered species protections
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump administration overhauls Endangered Species Act in bid to reduce red tape
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Journos' debunker mentality: Rush to rip conspiracy talk
Discussion: Daily Wire
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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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
The Uneasiness Of Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Is About More Than The Gaffes  —  DES MOINES — Joe Biden's fight for the soul of America often feels like a fight for the soul of Joe Biden.  —  His four-day swing through Iowa began with a confident rebuke of President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric.
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:   Iowa Democrats Are Getting Nervous About Biden's Trail of Gaffes
Associated Press:
Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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 …
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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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
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
The US budget deficit is up 27% and getting closer to $1 trillion
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Politico
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
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Washington Post:
Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill as fears grow of Chinese military crackdown
Michael Schuman / The Atlantic:
Hong Kong Shows the Flaws in China's Zero-Sum Worldview
Discussion: Commentary and BBC
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:
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.
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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Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:   Not Enough Room in 2020 Primary for Sanders and Warren
CNN:
Trump is impeaching himself  —  Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author, with Kevin Kruse, of the new book “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.”  Follow him on Twitter at @julianzelizer.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
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 …
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.
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Bolton Says U.S. Strongly Backs Brexit Even if No EU Deal Is Reached  —  Trump's national security adviser held meetings in London on trade, defense  —  LONDON—President Trump's national security adviser said he told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the administration would strongly support …
Timothy Johnson / Media Matters for America:
On Sinclair, Sebastian Gorka compared gun regulation to the Holocaust … Salem Radio Network host Sebastian Gorka referenced the ahistorical claim that Adolf Hitler used gun regulation to carry out the Holocaust while appearing on a Sinclair Broadcast Group show devoted to the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.
 
 
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Trump's (Almost) All-White GOP Emerges
Houston Chronicle:
Beto, come home. Texas needs you. [Editorial]
Discussion: Mediaite
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
GOP Sen. Rick Scott: Americans should get tax cuts in return for tariffs paid on Chinese goods
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors
Discussion: Splinter
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Joe Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work.
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and New York Times
KTVU-TV:
San Jose mayor proposes 1st-in-nation insurance requirement for gun owners
Discussion: Fox News
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Anger at being labeled racist is the new ‘cultural anxiety’ for Trump supporters
Discussion: Towleroad Gay News
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
The Republican Running Against Donald Trump Took His Message To The Iowa State Fair. Few Listened.
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
North Carolina's 9th Congressional District has gotten worse for Republicans
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Great Land Robbery
James Kynge / Financial Times:
US-China trade war data belie Donald Trump's bragging
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
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
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Texas Republicans brace for 2020 drubbing
Discussion: Shareblue Media, The Week and Daily Kos