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7:55 AM ET, August 13, 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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Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
“They're Nothing, These Girls”: Unraveling the Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's Enabler  —  She hired girls for him, shared his life with him, possibly hoped to marry him.  And now she may be a target of a conspiracy charge.  —  Is it possible prosecutors have lost track of Ghislaine Maxwell …
Discussion: The Bulwark, CBS News, The Wrap and Townhall
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.
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 …
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 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 …
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Nearby inmate heard nothing when Jeffrey Epstein died, lawyer says
Discussion: The Guardian
HuffPost:
One Of Jeffrey Epstein's Guards Was A Temp Correctional Officer: Report
Discussion: The Week, KTLA and Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
There Were ‘Serious Irregularities’ at Federal Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died, Barr Says
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 and Fox News
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“We're Not Gonna Be a Part of the Resistance”: How Trump Aggravates the Times's Long-Running Identity Crisis  —  A terrible headline spurred a lefty Twitterstorm, a Trump counterstrike, canceled subscriptions, intense Timesian navel-gazing, and a staff-wide meeting with Dean Baquet.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Biden's gaffes pile up, worrying some supporters
Paige-Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
How Iowa State Fair-Goers Narrowed Their Candidate Options  —  The list of Democratic presidential candidates who attended the Iowa State Fair was so long this weekend it forced undecided voters to choose which of the 20 candidates they wanted to see speak at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox the most.
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders focuses on Medicare-for-all, making it the defining issue of his campaign
Discussion: Breitbart
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Why Bernie Sanders Stood Out at the Iowa State Fair
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Axios:
Hong Kong airport in chaos as protesters force shutdown for a second day  —  Hong Kong International Airport canceled all remaining flights for a second day, as thousands of protesters packed the departure area Tuesday, AP reports.  —  The latest: Protesters defied threats from China …
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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: Talking Points Memo, CNN and Politico
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Amy Russo / HuffPost:   Harry Reid Demands An End To ‘Arcane’ Filibuster: The Senate Is A ‘Graveyard’
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Act Amid Global Extinction Crisis  —  Environmentalists see the rule as another handout to industry amid rising alarm that the ecosystems on which humans rely are collapsing.  —  Three months after leading scientists warned that humans have driven …
Discussion: fws.gov, The Guardian and ThinkProgress
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Madeleine Gregory / VICE:
The Trump Administration Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act
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.
Discussion: Julie Golob and Axios
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Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
Check for Dallas Mansion Raises New Questions About NRA Plans
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Harris, Warren ignore DOJ report to claim Michael Brown was ‘murdered’  —  “Michael Brown's murder forever changed Ferguson and America.  His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement.  We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.”
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German Lopez / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris's controversial Michael Brown tweets, explained
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: POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert  —  The “public charge” rule change is about generating “fear, cruelty, and chaos,” Marielena Hincapié tells us.  —  The Trump administration's efforts to discourage undocumented immigration …
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump administration ramps up its war on legal immigration
TMZ.com:
Chris Cuomo Threatens Man Who Hurled Italian Slur ‘Fredo’ at Him  —  CHRIS CUOMO Enraged After Guy Hurls Italian Slur ... 'I'LL F***IN' THROW YOU DOWN THESE STAIRS!!!'  —  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo went nuclear on a guy who called him a derogatory name, threatening to beat his ass.
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
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Useful Idiots and Trumpist Billionaires  —  Greed, ego and willful blindness at the top.  —  Whoever came up with the phrase “useful idiots” — it's often credited to Lenin, but there's no evidence he ever said it — was on to something.  There are times when dangerous political movements …
Discussion: Big Think
 
 
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David Marcus / The Federalist:
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Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Farmers back Trump's tariff fight, but don't think it helps them
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:
Friend who provided Dayton shooter with 100-round magazine and body armor faces federal charges
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Trump envoy: US would ‘enthusiastically’ back no-deal Brexit
David Byler / Washington Post:
Why Democrats are stuck competing in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin
Washington Post:
‘Everything that we hold dear’: From race to plastic straws, Trump dials up culture wars in divisive play for 2020 votes
 Earlier Items: 
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Trump's trade war could spark a recession, Goldman Sachs warns
Washington Post:
As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids — half of distributed pills — handled by 15 percent of pharmacies
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Starbucks is bringing back the Pumpkin Spice Latte on its earliest launch date ever
Discussion: The Guardian, The Week and fox8.com
Alexia Fernández Campbell / Vox:
The US labor shortage, explained
Discussion: The Federalist and Mother Jones
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Trump's (Almost) All-White GOP Emerges
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Sarah Silverman fired from new movie for blackface photo