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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.”
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Was On 4Chan Before Officials Announced It — And Authorities Had To Look Into It  —  The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘That was a retweet’: Trump defends sharing conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton and Epstein  —  The president downplayed sharing a tweet linking Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's death, arguing the focus must be on the investigation  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended …
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Shadowproof
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People
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
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.
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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Washington Post:
Trump delays some China tariffs to limit impact on holiday shopping
Discussion: Political Wire
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
U.S. to Delay Some Tariffs on China Until Stores Stock Up for Holiday Shoppers
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Verge
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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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 …
Beto O'Rourke / CNN:
It's America's moment of truth
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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Devan Cole / CNN:
Cuccinelli rewrites Statue of Liberty poem to make case for limiting immigration
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 …
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Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The World Turns, America Sleeps
Discussion: UPI
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Superfan Bill Mitchell Raised Money to Move to D.C. He Moved to 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.  —  Trump superfan Bill Mitchell …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump  —  President Trump has a problem with suburban voters — and it could have profound consequences for his chances of reelection next year.  —  An NBC News analysis Monday noted that Trump has been “underwater” with suburban voters in five …
The Intercept:
The Kochs Funded Third Way to Push Free Trade to Democrats, New Book Says  —  In the fall of 2007, the tide was beginning to turn against free trade, as the ongoing hollowing out of the American middle class was becoming associated with globalization and the offshoring of jobs.
Jordan Michael Smith / The Intercept:
How Voice of America Persian Became a Trump Administration PR Machine  —  As an Iranian American journalist covering the Iran-U.S. relationship, Negar Mortazavi is accustomed to receiving vitriol on social media.  Still, she found it unusual when she saw on Twitter that someone had called her a …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously  —  Sometimes conspiracy theories point toward something worth investigating.  A few point toward the truth.  —  The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the supposed “billionaire” …
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 and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Why Trump Fears Women of Color
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Reuters:
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Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
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Ben Jackson / BostonGlobe.com:
Mass shootings and the mental health lie
Discussion: @politifact
Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Ohio man posted about mass shootings, attacking Planned Parenthood and federal agents, authorities say
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
DHS in a ‘Mad Scramble’ to Catch Up With Domestic Terror
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams to launch voter protection program in battleground states ahead of the 2020 election
Discussion: Axios, CNN and The Root
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Who Won the Iowa State Fair?
Discussion: Politico
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump's base is very different than the swing voters he'll need in 2020
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
Arizona border agent pleads guilty to intentionally running over migrant near Nogales
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Useful Idiots and Trumpist Billionaires