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9:45 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 …
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
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
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
AG William Barr to Jeffrey Epstein's Possible Co-Conspirators: We're Still Coming for You
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 …
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Why Bernie Sanders Stood Out at the Iowa State Fair
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
The Biden Gaffe Machine: A Running List Of Joe Biden's Best Slip-Ups
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
Discussion: Politico
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Trump overhauls landmark endangered species protections
Discussion: Politico and Towleroad Gay News
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’
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
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
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 …
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: Mediaite
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
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.
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.
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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Michael Schuman / The Atlantic:
Hong Kong Shows the Flaws in China's Zero-Sum Worldview
Discussion: Commentary, Washington Post and BBC
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
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Starbucks is bringing back the Pumpkin Spice Latte on its earliest launch date ever  — Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will return to menus on Tuesday, August 27, according to employees at the coffee giant.  — An August 27 debut would be the earliest Pumpkin Spice Latte launch date for Starbucks.
Discussion: The Week and WTVR-TV
 
 
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Anger at being labeled racist is the new ‘cultural anxiety’ for Trump supporters
Discussion: twitchy.com and Towleroad Gay News
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