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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — Now Authorities Are Investigating  —  The New York City Fire Department is investigating whether a first responder posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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CBS News:
Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died  —  CBS News has learned that the morning of Jeffrey Epstein's death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell.  Guards attempted to revive him while saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — And Authorities Had To Look Into It  —  The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNBC:
FBI seized computers in raid at Jeffrey Epstein's Virgin Island home  —  KEY POINTS  — FBI agents seized computers from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein's home in the Virgin Islands during a raid of the private island owned by the late accused sex trafficker.
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘That was a retweet’: Trump defends sharing conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton and Epstein  —  The president downplayed sharing a tweet linking Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's death, arguing the focus must be on the investigation  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo once referred to himself as ‘Fredo’ in radio interview  —  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was captured on a viral video getting into a profanity-laced exchange with a person who called him “Fredo,” once referred to himself as the hapless “The Godfather” character in a radio interview.
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Tamar Lapin / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo caught on video flying into rage after man calls him ‘Fredo’  —  Warning: Graphic language … If he calls Chris Cuomo that again, he could be sleeping with the fishes.  —  The CNN anchor was caught on video flying into an abject rage at a man for calling him “Fredo” …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump
Discussion: The Federalist and Vox
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Don't heckle people in their private lives, not even Chris Cuomo
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
Washington Post:
Extreme climate change has arrived in America  —  2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT °C °F  —  LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. — Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals.  As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ivanka Trump is quietly calling lawmakers about the gun debate  —  Ivanka Trump has quietly been making calls to members of Congress in the days following the deadly mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso to gauge where they stand on pending gun legislation, sources familiar with her conversations told Axios.
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Beto O'Rourke / CNN:
It's America's moment of truth
Discussion: Washington Times
Washington Post:
House panel expected to return early from recess to vote on gun bills despite Democratic disagreement on details
Discussion: Breitbart
AWR Hawkins / Breitbart:
Report: Ivanka Trump Calling Congressional Members About Gun Control
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Superfan Bill Mitchell Raised Money to Move to D.C. He Moved to Miami Instead  —  Bill Mitchell's fans and some right-wing personalities are fuming at Mitchell after he said he wanted to interview the big politicians in D.C. and then moved to Miami.  —  Trump superfan Bill Mitchell …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression  —  Ms. Abrams will concentrate on growing a national movement for fair and equitable elections, including a national voter protection hotline.  —  Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and The Week
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CNN:
Washington Post editor responds to Bernie Sanders: Your ‘conspiracy theory’ is wrong  —  (CNN)The executive editor of The Washington Post hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion that the paper's coverage of the presidential candidate is linked to its owner's business interests, calling the accusation a “conspiracy theory.”
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Bernie Sanders should know better than this ridiculous attack on The Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
CNBC:
US removes some items from China tariff list, delaying tariffs for others, including cell phones  —  This is a breaking news story.  Check back for updates.  —  The United States Trade Representative office said Tuesday certain items were being removed from the new China tariff list because of …
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ustr.gov:
USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem  —  President Donald Trump's top immigration official on Tuesday offered a revised version of the poem long displayed inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal that aligns more closely with the administration's latest rule aimed …
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Cuccinelli rewrites Statue of Liberty poem to make case for limiting immigration
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
New York Times demotes editor who sparked fury  —  New York (CNN Business)Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for The New York Times (NYT), has been demoted after a pair of incidents in which he ignited controversy on Twitter (TWTR), the newspaper said Tuesday.
SBG San Antonio / WOAI:
Suspect arrested after allegedly firing shots at ICE office  —  SAN ANTONIO - A man is in custody accused of shooting at an ICE Office.  The shooting took place around 3 a. m.  Tuesday on the 1700 block of NE Loop 410 near Brookhaven Drive.  Police said the suspect fired shots from across the highway, damaging some windows.
Congressman David Price:
Rep. David Price Calls for U.S. House of Representatives to Carry an Impeachment Inquiry Forward  —  Raleigh, North Carolina (August 13, 2019) - Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee …
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Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:   Make it simple, Democrats: How to tell the Trump impeachment story and speed it up, too
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
In suburban Texas, 'It feels like there's no place for lifelong Republicans like me'  —  Vanessa Steinkamp is the kind of voter that Texas Republicans counted on.  She's a devoted conservative who volunteered for Bob Dole's presidential campaign, interned for former GOP Sen. Bill Frist …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington's Influence Game  —  WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million …
Discussion: Raw Story
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
John Hickenlooper Mulling Ending Presidential Bid to Run for Senate  —  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is in discussions about ending his presidential bid and entering the race for his state's Republican-held Senate seat, potentially giving Democrats a strong candidate …
Discussion: Axios and Denver Post
Anna Silman / The Cut:
The #MeToo Case Dividing Wall Street “I didn't believe my filing this suit would damage my career as much as it has.”  —  Sara Tirschwell stood in the elevator of her apartment building, an elegant redbrick co-op a few blocks east of Central Park.  She was headed to a law firm's cocktail party …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users' Audio Chats  — Social network says it paused human review of conversations  — Apple, Amazon, Google have been scrutinized for similar work  —  Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio …
The Intercept:
The Kochs Funded Third Way to Push Free Trade to Democrats, New Book Says  —  In the fall of 2007, the tide was beginning to turn against free trade, as the ongoing hollowing out of the American middle class was becoming associated with globalization and the offshoring of jobs.
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
Trump's Secretary of Agriculture Tells Joke About Whining Farmers to Room Full of Farmers, Gets Boo'd  —  President Donald Trump's Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue cracked a joke that American farmers “whine” about Trump's trade war with China and got laughs as he intended but also boo's …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Bullock knocks DNC rules after Steyer reaches donor threshold for fall debates  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) slammed the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) debate qualification rules on Tuesday after billionaire Tom Steyer reached the donor threshold for the party's fall primary debates.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Julián Castro has a message for Trump.  He bought a ‘Fox & Friends’ ad to reach him.  —  Julián Castro, a Democratic candidate for president, plans to release a television ad Wednesday directly addressing President Trump and faulting his incendiary rhetoric for the massacre …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Chides Barstool Sports for Anti-Union Tweets  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chided Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy for a series of tweets that several legal experts say violate federal labor law.  —  “If you're a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize …
Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Ohio man posted about mass shootings, attacking Planned Parenthood and federal agents, authorities say  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Boardman man with making threats against law enforcement, following an investigation that revealed he voiced his support online …
Discussion: New York Post
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Evangelicals aren't turned off by Trump's first term — they're delighted by it  —  BRANDON, Fla. — Three years ago, Rickey Halbert was torn about whether to vote for President Trump.  —  On the one hand, he'd read about Trump's extramarital affairs and the women who alleged he had sexually assaulted them.
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Two California counties sue Trump administration over green card rule change for immigrants on welfare
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Eliot Engel warns foreign officials: Stop spending money at Trump properties
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
John Delaney: When others drop out of the 2020 race, I will shine
Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Protesters, Police Clash at Airport
Discussion: Slate
Reuters:
Kremlin says it is winning arms race against U.S. despite rocket accident
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Discussion: Politico
Jordan Michael Smith / The Intercept:
How Voice of America Persian Became a Trump Administration PR Machine
Ben Jackson / BostonGlobe.com:
Mass shootings and the mental health lie
Discussion: @politifact
The Daily Beast:
DHS in a ‘Mad Scramble’ to Catch Up With Domestic Terror
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
It appears Canadian media fell for a viral political hoax
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Useful Idiots and Trumpist Billionaires
Discussion: NB Blog