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7:30 AM ET, August 14, 2019

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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Slept Through Checks and Falsified Records  —  The guards did not check on him for three hours, officials said.  The disclosures came as the guards and the warden at the jail were removed.  —  The two guards who were in the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein …
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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.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
DOJ reassigns warden after Epstein's apparent suicide  —  Attorney General William Barr has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily reassign the warden at the New York federal prison where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead over the weekend pending federal investigations into his apparent suicide.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Simon Shuster / TIME:
A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky.  Were They After More Than Money?  —  Last summer, it looked like things were finally about to change for Ashland, Ky. For two decades, the jobs that once supported this Appalachian outpost of 20,000 people on a bend in the Ohio River …
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Washington Post:
How a McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a Kentucky project  —  In January, as the Senate debated whether to permit the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Russia's largest aluminum producer, two men with millions of dollars riding on the outcome met for dinner at a restaurant in Zurich.
Discussion: The Week
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Affairs:   Putin the Great  —  Russia's Imperial Impostor
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Behind the scenes of Trump's new gun talks  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... QUIET GUN TALKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ... We were hoping to save this news for this morning, but the NYT beat us to the punch on a few details Tuesday night toward the middle of their gun story.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   Top Pence aide will move to Pentagon as new spokeswoman
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.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Waning of American Power?  Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis  —  The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.  —  阅读.体 …
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David Brunnstrom / Reuters:   U.S. senator warns China on Hong Kong trade status if it intervenes in protests
Reuters:   China tells U.S. to back off after lawmakers condemn Hong Kong violence
Ethan Brown / The Appeal:
A No-Holds-Barred Assault on Prosecutors  —  Attorney General William Barr pushed back against reforms by progressive prosecutors—but perhaps his greatest vitriol was reserved for the Boston DA's attempt to rein in police.  —  U.S. Attorney General William Barr lashed out at progressive prosecutors …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:   22 NOTES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump says he's losing as much as $5B being president  —  During a visit to a Pennsylvania factory, the president claimed without evidence that he was losing money while in office.  —  MONACA, Pa. — President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that being president will personally cost him billions of dollars …
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Washington Post:
Trump energy speech in Pennsylvania sounded more like a campaign rally
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Over 70,000 people sign petition to rename Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower after Obama  —  More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama.
Discussion: Fox News
John Binder / Breitbart:
Exclusive—Watch: Leftists Threaten Contractor in Fla; Day Before ICE Facility Shot at in Texas  —  A group of open borders activists threatened employees of a government contractor in Florida that provides facility space for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Man Sues CNN's Don Lemon for Alleged Assault at Sag Harbor Bar  —  A man is suing Don Lemon, claiming the CNN host attacked him at a Hamptons bar last summer.  The suit, obtained by Mediaite, was filed Sunday and seeks unspecified damages for “emotional pain and suffering.”
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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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump
Discussion: Hot Air, The Federalist and Vox
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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
No One Attacked Trump More in 2016 Than His Fellow Republicans.  The Lesson: It Didn't Work.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called President Trump an “existential threat” to the nation.  —  Senator Kamala Harris has warned on the campaign trail that the president is a racist.
CNN:
Trump appears to back off plans to commute Blagojevich's sentence after pushback from Illinois Republicans  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was on the cusp of commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence late last week, multiple sources said.  But then Republican members …
Discussion: Political Wire and Vox
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
AOC Pwns Barstool Sports Creator For Threatening Employees Over Unionizing  —  Dave Portnoy really ought to know better than this, but apparently testosterone trumps brains.  —  Dave Portnoy, the creator of Barstool Sports, threatened he would fire all his employees if they responded …
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke resumes campaign amid calls for his exit  —  Persistent calls for the former Texas congressman to run for Senate have exasperated his supporters.  —  Ever since the mass shooting in his home town, the media has become intrigued — once again — by Beto O'Rourke.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter  —  Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, two former Trump foreign policy aides who both agreed in late 2017 to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
New York Times:
Venezuela's Maduro Cracks Down on His Own Military in Bid to Retain Power  —  MARACAY, Venezuela — A week after Venezuela's intelligence forces detained a retired navy captain, he appeared in a military tribunal a broken man, in a wheelchair and showing signs of torture.  —  “Help me,” he mouthed to his lawyer.
Apple Podcasts:
Matt Bruenig's case for single-payer health care  —  The Democratic primary has been unexpectedly dominated by a single question: Will you abolish private health insurance?  Wrapped in that question are dozens more.  Why, if private health insurance is such a mess, do polls show most Americans want to keep it?
John Hirschauer / National Review:
Max Boot's Tired White-Supremacy Smear  —  Max Boot has devoted much of the past twelve hours to distorting a response I wrote to his column “Get a grip, white people.  We're not the victims.”  Boot has insisted that mine is “a white supremacist piece,” and implied that I am a “white supremacist.”
Politico:
Biden does cleanup with Latinos after ‘get in line’ remark  —  ‘It is unacceptable for a candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee for POTUS to use language like that,’ one activist said.  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is quietly playing cleanup with dozens of immigration activists …
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 …
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
A Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists  —  Personalized disaster prep has grown into a multimillion-dollar business, fueled by a seemingly endless stream of new and revamped threats.  —  201 FEET UNDERGROUND, Kan. — In his pitch to potential buyers …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Carlos Maza reportedly leaving Vox after harassment on Twitter  —  Carlos Maza, the controversial host of the show “Strikethrough,” appears to be on the way out at Vox Media.  —  Maza was engaged in a running battle with right-wing provocateur Steven Crowder, who the openly gay Latino Maza …
Discussion: TheBlaze
 
 
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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
California counties file first lawsuit over Trump ‘public charge’ rule
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Rich Noyes / NB Blog:
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Bloomberg:
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Isabella Borshoff / Politico:
UK Commons speaker pledges to fight suspension of parliament with ‘every bone in my body’
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Trump campaign's small-dollar donations surge, marking major shift for GOP
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Russian villagers told to leave — no, stay — following missile test explosion
Peter Savodnik / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Sanford mulls GOP challenge to Trump, heads to New Hampshire
Discussion: Daily Wire and IJR
CBS News:
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says meeting with Trump would be a “waste”
Bloomberg:
Republican Donors Told to Wait as Pompeo Considers Kansas Senate Run
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Matthew Whitaker's Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren't Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of The DOJ.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington's Influence Game
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts
Discussion: Politico