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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.
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CBS News:
Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died  —  CBS News has learned that the morning of Jeffrey Epstein's death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell.  Guards attempted to revive him while saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”
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 …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: New ‘socialism’ polling, and Kevin Madden's new gig  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NEW ... UNLESS YOU'VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK, you're well aware that Republicans are trying to make the 2020 elections about Democrats embracing socialism.  Congressional leaders say it with regularity …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘That was a retweet’: Trump defends sharing conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton and Epstein
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Shadowproof
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Twitter-fed disaster over Epstein's death demands a solution: Slow news
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, RedState and PJ Media Home
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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” …
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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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:   US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump to delay China duties on many consumer items
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
U.S. to Delay Some Tariffs on China Until Stores Stock Up for Holiday Shoppers
Discussion: Washington Post
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. businesses are taking down job listings as Trump's trade war grows
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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Beto O'Rourke / CNN:
It's America's moment of truth  —  A marriage on the border sparked Beto's immigration policy  —  Beto O'Rourke is an El Paso native, the former US Congressman for the community and a Democratic candidate for President of the United States.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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Congressman David Price:
Rep. David Price Calls for U.S. House of Representatives to Carry an Impeachment Inquiry Forward  —  Raleigh, North Carolina (August 13, 2019) - Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee …
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Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:   Make it simple, Democrats: How to tell the Trump impeachment story and speed it up, too
Washington Post:
Extreme climate change has arrived in America  —  2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT °C °F  —  LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. — Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals.  As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice.
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 …
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.”
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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 …
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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
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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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SBG San Antonio / WOAI:
Suspect arrested after allegedly firing shots at ICE office  —  SAN ANTONIO - A man is in custody accused of shooting at an ICE Office.  The shooting took place around 3 a. m.  Tuesday on the 1700 block of NE Loop 410 near Brookhaven Drive.  Police said the suspect fired shots from across the highway, damaging some windows.
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 …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule  —  WASHINGTON — A coalition of 29 states and cities on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants.  The move could ultimately limit how much leverage future administrations …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Anna Silman / The Cut:
The #MeToo Case Dividing Wall Street “I didn't believe my filing this suit would damage my career as much as it has.”  —  Sara Tirschwell stood in the elevator of her apartment building, an elegant redbrick co-op a few blocks east of Central Park.  She was headed to a law firm's cocktail party …
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.
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
DHS in a ‘Mad Scramble’ to Catch Up With Domestic Terror
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump
The Intercept:
The Kochs Funded Third Way to Push Free Trade to Democrats, New Book Says
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Kashmir, journalists struggle under India's blackout
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Trial of former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig highlights crackdown on foreign-influence industry
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams to launch voter protection program in battleground states ahead of the 2020 election
Discussion: CNN and The Root
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Curt Schilling ‘absolutely considering’ running for Congress in Arizona
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
It appears Canadian media fell for a viral political hoax
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Who Won the Iowa State Fair?
Discussion: Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans embrace Don Jr.'s ‘trolling’ on the campaign trail
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Exclusive: Democratic group wants Hickenlooper to drop out of the 2020 race
Discussion: Denver Post and Townhall
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
Arizona border agent pleads guilty to intentionally running over migrant near Nogales
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How an unarmed 65-year-old stopped a gunman from attacking a Norwegian mosque
Discussion: UPI