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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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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.”
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, Townhall and The Wrap
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Twitter-fed disaster over Epstein's death demands a solution: Slow news
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
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
U.S. to Delay Some Tariffs on China Until Stores Stock Up for Holiday Shoppers
Discussion: Washington Post
Doug Palmer / Politico:   Trump to delay China duties on many consumer items
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. businesses are taking down job listings as Trump's trade war grows
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Guardian
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street sees risk of recession rising
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Basu / Axios:
U.S. delays impending China tariffs on some products until December
Discussion: CNBC and One America News Network
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem  —  President Donald Trump's top immigration official on Tuesday offered a revised version of the poem long displayed inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal that aligns more closely with the administration's latest rule aimed …
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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 …
Hidetaka Hirota / Washington Post:   The danger of vilifying poor immigrants
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
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” …
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TMZ.com:
Chris Cuomo Threatens Man Who Hurled Italian Slur ‘Fredo’ at Him
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
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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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sanders accuses The Post of biased coverage due to his criticism of Amazon, cites no evidence
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Trial of former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig highlights crackdown on foreign-influence industry  —  Former Obama White House counsel Gregory B. Craig was in federal court Monday as he faces trial for allegedly lying to the Justice Department in a prosecution that has shaken …
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press:
Women: Opera's Domingo abused power to sexually harass them  —  For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances …
Discussion: NPR, The Wrap and New York Times
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Curt Schilling ‘absolutely considering’ running for Congress in Arizona  —  Former Arizona Diamondbacks legend and outspoken conservative Curt Schilling said he is “absolutely considering” running for Congress in Arizona against one of the state's five Democrats.
 
 
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Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams to launch voter protection program in battleground states ahead of the 2020 election
Discussion: CNN
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
Did the Canadian media fall for a viral political hoax?
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Scaramucci story ends like all the others: With a Trump tweetstorm
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Breitbart
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Red flag’ laws could reduce gun violence — but not how some lawmakers say
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Who Won the Iowa State Fair?
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Say White Nationalism Poses A Threat To The U.S.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump's base is very different than the swing voters he'll need in 2020
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Exclusive: Democratic group wants Hickenlooper to drop out of the 2020 race
Discussion: Denver Post and Townhall
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump's Push to Bring Back Jobs to U.S. Shows Limited Results
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How an unarmed 65-year-old stopped a gunman from attacking a Norwegian mosque
Discussion: UPI