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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN, CNBC and The Daily Caller
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.
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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” …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Don't heckle people in their private lives, not even Chris Cuomo
Discussion: Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Chris Cuomo Threatens Man Who Hurled Italian Slur ‘Fredo’ at Him
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
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. businesses are taking down job listings as Trump's trade war grows
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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: TheBlaze
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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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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Superfan Bill Mitchell Raised Money to Move to D.C. He Bought a Condo in Miami Instead  —  Bill Mitchell's fans and some right-wing personalities are fuming at Mitchell after he said he wanted to interview the big politicians in D.C. and then moved to Miami.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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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.
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
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 …
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.
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, New York Times and Slate
 
 
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Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Ohio man posted about mass shootings, attacking Planned Parenthood and federal agents, authorities say
Discussion: Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
It appears Canadian media fell for a viral political hoax
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
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The World Turns, America Sleeps
Discussion: UPI
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How an unarmed 65-year-old stopped a gunman from attacking a Norwegian mosque
Discussion: UPI