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3:20 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: CBS News, The Wrap, Townhall and Breitbart
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  —  Attorney Bruce Barket said his client heard nothing out of the ordinary on the morning the accused sex trafficker apparently took his own life.  —  An inmate locked up a few cells away from Jeffrey Epstein heard nothing …
Discussion: New York Post and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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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.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Why Bernie Sanders Stood Out at the Iowa State Fair
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
The Biden Gaffe Machine: A Running List Of Joe Biden's Best Slip-Ups
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and VICE
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Tom Steyer spends big in race to make debate stage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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, Politico and CNN
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Amy Russo / HuffPost:   Harry Reid Demands An End To ‘Arcane’ Filibuster: The Senate Is A ‘Graveyard’
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
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 and making it harder to protect wildlife from the multiple threats posed by climate change.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Republicans Stay With Trump Because He's the President* They've Been Waiting Their Whole Lives For
Madeleine Gregory / VICE:
The Trump Administration Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act
Discussion: Politico
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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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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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
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Trump envoy: US would ‘enthusiastically’ back no-deal Brexit  —  US sees a successful divorce 'as being very much in our interest, and there's no quid pro quo,' National Security Adviser John Bolton tells UK.  —  America would “enthusiastically” support a no-deal Brexit …
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:   Bolton pushes for Brexit, telling UK officials ‘we are with you’
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.
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.
Washington Post:
‘Everything that we hold dear’: From race to plastic straws, Trump dials up culture wars in divisive play for 2020 votes  —  George W. Bush had “freedom fries,” Sarah Palin had the “Big Gulp” and Dan Quayle had the Hollywood portrayal of an unwed single mother named Murphy Brown.
 
 
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CNN:
Friend who provided Dayton shooter with 100-round magazine and body armor faces federal charges
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is making health care his defining issue. Will it work?
Discussion: Breitbart
David Byler / Washington Post:
Why Democrats are stuck competing in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin
Washington Post:
As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids — half of distributed pills — handled by 15 percent of pharmacies
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: Mother Jones
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Russia warns Google against election ‘interference’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Latina organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez enters Democratic primary to challenge Cornyn
Discussion: YouTube
 Earlier Items: 
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Trump's (Almost) All-White GOP Emerges
CNN:
Trump is impeaching himself
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Anger at being labeled racist is the new ‘cultural anxiety’ for Trump supporters
Discussion: twitchy.com and Towleroad Gay News
New York Times:
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Did a Far-Right Star Recruit Jacob Wohl to Terrorize Women?
Discussion: Contemptor and Mediaite
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians