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10:15 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 Bulwark, The Wrap and Townhall
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Twitter-fed disaster over Epstein's death demands a solution: Slow news  —  If, by some crazy chance, you wanted to be well-informed these past few days about the sudden death of Jeffrey Epstein, there was a way.  —  The minute you heard the news on Saturday morning that the financier …
CBS News:
Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died
Discussion: Breitbart and Right Wing Watch
Daily Mail:
A dozen FBI agents raid Jeffrey Epstein's ‘Pedophile Island’
New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself with prison bedsheet: source
HuffPost:
One Of Jeffrey Epstein's Guards Was A Temp Correctional Officer: Report
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and KTLA
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
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Farmers back Trump's tariff fight, but don't think it helps them
Discussion: naked capitalism and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
New Tariffs Will Have Bigger Impact on Women's Clothing Than Men's
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Grace Shao / CNBC:
China media says Hong Kong protesters are ‘asking for self-destruction’ as military assembles nearby
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: Fox News and Mediaite
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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
TMZ.com:
Chris Cuomo Threatens Man Who Hurled Italian Slur ‘Fredo’ at Him  —  6:00 AM PT — 8/13 — Donald Trump predictably weighed in, supported the guy who called Chris “Fredo,” saying, “I thought Chris was Fredo also.  The truth hurts.  Totally lost it!  Low ratings @CNN.”
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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” …
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 …
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Marina Fang / HuffPost:
Trump Immigration Chief: ‘Give Me Your Tired And Your Poor Who Can Stand On Their Own 2 Feet’  —  Ken Cuccinelli suggested new wording for the Statue of Liberty to defend a controversial rule restricting legal immigration.  —  Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration's acting head …
Discussion: CNN, The Federalist, Axios and The Guardian
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert
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
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 …
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.”
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
Arizona border agent pleads guilty to intentionally running over migrant near Nogales  —  TUCSON — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with running over a Guatemalan migrant along the Arizona-Mexico border and then lying about it has pleaded guilty and can face up to a year in prison, according to a deal with prosecutors.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
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 …
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Make it simple, Democrats: How to tell the Trump impeachment story and speed it up, too  —  Centralize and simplify the impeachment narrative.  Show how Trump's abuses relate to each other and how they started on the day he took his oath.  —  CONNECT  —  A majority of House Democrats now favor an impeachment inquiry.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump's Push to Bring Back Jobs to U.S. Shows Limited Results  —  WASHINGTON — From tax cuts to relaxed regulations to tariffs, each of President Trump's economic initiatives is based on a promise: to set off a wave of investment and bring back jobs that the president says the United States has lost to foreign countries.
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
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 …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Exclusive: Democratic group wants Hickenlooper to drop out of the 2020 race  —  The Democratic group 314 Action, which supports candidates with a science background, is launching a six-figure “Draft Hickenlooper” campaign Tuesday to encourage John Hickenlooper to drop out of the 2020 presidential race …
Discussion: Denver Post and Townhall
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump's base is very different than the swing voters he'll need in 2020  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's chief problem heading into the 2020 campaign can be boiled down to “like him on the economy, but not overall.”  Aggregating our last three CNN polls, Trump has a 44% approval rating and 52% disapproval rating among voters.
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.
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.
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Say White Nationalism Poses A Threat To The U.S.  —  In a new poll, only about a quarter of Americans say they believe President Trump personally opposes white nationalism.  —  Most Americans believe white nationalism poses at least a somewhat serious threat to the country, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.
 
 
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans embrace Don Jr.'s ‘trolling’ on the campaign trail
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
Trump Administration Seeks Decertification Of Immigration Judges' Union
James Pethokoukis / American Enterprise Institute:
An economic lesson worth remembering: Communism was pretty terrible
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Bank of America raises chance of a recession to 1-in-3 in the next 12 months
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street sees risk of recession rising
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Oregon Governor Supports Making Trump Release Tax Returns To Get On Primary Ballot
Associated Press:
Trump to promote turning natural gas into plastics in Pa.
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Evangelicals aren't turned off by Trump's first term — they're delighted by it
 Earlier Items: 
David Marcus / The Federalist:
MSNBC Panelist On Most White People: ‘Destroy Them’
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Trump envoy: US would ‘enthusiastically’ back no-deal Brexit
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Republicans Stay With Trump Because He's the President* They've Been Waiting Their Whole Lives For
Paige-Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
How Iowa State Fair-Goers Narrowed Their Candidate Options
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Fourth member resigns from NRA board in a sign of further upheaval
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
D.C. Attorney General Issues New Subpoena Over Trump Inauguration
Discussion: Washington Press
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
The US budget deficit is up 27% and getting closer to $1 trillion
Discussion: Bloomberg, Axios and Mediaite