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8:35 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
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:   Nearby inmate heard nothing when Jeffrey Epstein died, lawyer says
HuffPost:
One Of Jeffrey Epstein's Guards Was A Temp Correctional Officer: Report
Discussion: The Week, KTLA and Associated Press
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The World Turns, America Sleeps  —  Protest movements no longer fall within the U.S. field of vision.  —  Since the protests in Hong Kong started two months ago, I have been struck by the coolness of the American response.  I am referring not just to President Donald Trump …
Discussion: UPI
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Associated Press:
Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong's international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms.
Discussion: CNBC, Axios and Reuters
Axios:
Hong Kong airport in chaos as protesters force shutdown for a second day
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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 …
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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
Discussion: Vox, Hullabaloo and Shareblue Media
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
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How an unarmed 65-year-old stopped a gunman from attacking a Norwegian mosque  —  BERLIN — A 65-year-old former Pakistani military officer is being credited with thwarting an attack at a mosque in Norway after he tackled a heavily armed gunman who allegedly stormed into the house of worship …
Discussion: UPI
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 …
Hidetaka Hirota / Washington Post:
The danger of vilifying poor immigrants  —  Your ancestors weren't as legal — or as wealthy — as you think.  —  The Trump administration recently proposed to massively expand something called “expedited removal,” which allows immigration agents to shunt people more easily into deportation proceedings without due process or review.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert  —  Acting Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli announces the “public charge” rule change during a briefing at the White House on Monday.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump administration ramps up its war on legal immigration
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
New Tariffs Will Have Bigger Impact on Women's Clothing Than Men's  —  Some 42% of women's and girls' clothing and shoes imported to U.S. in 2018 came from China, compared with 26% of same categories for men and boys  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's next round of tariffs …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
As U.S. Nears a Pullout Deal, Afghan Army Is on the Defensive
Associated Press:
Trump to promote turning natural gas into plastics in Pa.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ivanka Trump is quietly calling lawmakers about the gun debate
Discussion: Washington Post
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Evangelicals aren't turned off by Trump's first term — they're delighted by it
David Marcus / The Federalist:
MSNBC Panelist On Most White People: ‘Destroy Them’
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Farmers back Trump's tariff fight, but don't think it helps them
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
D.C. Attorney General Issues New Subpoena Over Trump Inauguration
Discussion: Washington Press
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