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Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest throughout human history.  —  “What if we went back through all the family trees …
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Steve King Says Humanity Wouldn't Exist Without Rape, Incest
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Did Jeffrey Epstein have painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels and lounging in the Oval Office inside his Manhattan mansion?  Visitor reveals bizarre image inside pedophile's $56m lair  — Jeffrey Epstein had a painting which appeared to be Bill Clinton wearing …
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Daily Mail:
Ghislaine Maxwell has been living in mansion outside of Boston  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, has been living with tech CEO Scott Borgerson, 43, at his secluded $3M oceanfront property in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Jennifer Araoz / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Raped Me When I Was 15  —  Now I'm suing his estate and accomplices.  —  Ms. Araoz has filed a lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein.  —  The first time I stepped into Jeffrey Epstein's mansion on the Upper East Side in the fall of 2001, I noticed his security cameras.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft's Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy
Washington Post:
Stocks losses deepen as a key recession warning surfaces  —  U.S. stocks plummeted Wednesday after the inverted yield curve, one of the most reliable indicators of a recession, sparked a new wave of investor fears.  —  For the first time since 2007, the yields on short-term U.S. bonds eclipsed those of long-term bonds.
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Ben White / Politico:
Trump's recession risk rises
Discussion: Common Dreams and Breitbart
Associated Press:   Markets Right Now: Dow drops 800 after bonds flash warning
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!’ — Trump rips ‘clueless Jay Powell’ and the Fed as the market slides
Neil Irwin / New York Times:   Global economic trouble is brewing, and the trade war is only part of it.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
When Their Book Deal Blew Up After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Glenn Thrush Kept His Advance.  Maggie Haberman Had To Pay Hers Back.  —  The first two years of the Trump presidency were a boom time for political books, and one of the boomiest was the deal announced in September 2017 …
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
The Epstein Tapes: Unearthed Recordings From His Private Island  —  There are questions Jeffrey Epstein will never answer now.  —  But a lifetime ago—long before his dark journey ended in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell—Epstein settled into a sling-back chair on his private Caribbean island and began talking.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Waning of American Power?  Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis  —  The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.  —  阅读.体 …
Discussion: Politico and Foreign Policy
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Ben White / Politico:   Trump resists aides' pressure to back Hong Kong protesters
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
Satellite photos: Chinese armored vehicles near Hong Kong
Discussion: TheBlaze and Associated Press
Project Veritas:
Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public, says: “burden lifted off of my soul”  —  HUNDREDS of Internal Google Documents Leaked to Project Veritas... news blacklist, “human raters,” YouTube CEO video...  Google Insider Wants More Insiders to Blow Whistle …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
James O'Keefe's Google ‘Whistleblower’ Loves QAnon, Accused ‘Zionists’ of Running the Government  —  The former YouTube software engineer believes Google is now trying to “off” him.  —  Right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe published his latest video on tech giants on Wednesday …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Max Boot's Dishonesty  —  He intentionally misconstrues what others write and then lies about it, knowing that no one will bother to uncover his distortion.  —  Before yesterday, my primary criticism of the Washington Post's Max Boot was political in nature.
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden keeps large lead in SC's 2020 Democratic presidential primary  —  COLUMBIA — Despite two shaky debates and some recent misstatements, South Carolina Democratic voters still prefer former Vice President Joe Biden in the South's first presidential primary.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:   JUST IN: Elizabeth Warren Surges to Statistical Tie With Joe Biden in New National Poll
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Someone left old TVs outside 50 homes in Virginia while wearing a TV on his head.  No one knows why.  —  It was kind of like Christmas — except it was August, the only presents were vintage television sets, and Santa had a TV on his head.  —  Residents of more than 50 households in Henrico County …
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Latest Proposal Would Let Businesses Discriminate Based On LGBTQ Status, Race, Religion, And More  —  The Trump administration on Wednesday formally proposed a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers …
Joe Walsh / New York Times:
Trump Needs a Primary Challenge  —  The case for a contender from the right.  —  Mr. Walsh is a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois.  —  There's a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger.  I know a thing or two about insurgencies.
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Everyone will eventually turn on Trump.  Even Steve Doocy.  —  It's too soon to say when Donald Trump's presidency will end, but it's not too soon to say how it will end.  It will end in disgrace.  And when it does, Trump's defenders will turn on him.  —  Some already have.
Discussion: Business Insider and Breitbart
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pelosi refers to McConnell as ‘Moscow Mitch’  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “Moscow Mitch” while attacking him for blocking House Democrats' legislation, including election security measures.
Discussion: IJR and Reuters
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:   Pelosi knocks ‘Moscow Mitch’ for blocking gun, election interference bills
Noah Lanard / Mother Jones:
Cuccinelli's Family Tree Suggests His New Immigration Rule Might Have Blocked His Ancestors  —  On Monday, while rolling out a sweeping rule designed to make it harder for working-class immigrants to get legal residency, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli turned to his family's history.
Discussion: New York Times
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Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Ken Cuccinelli: Statue Of Liberty Poem About ‘People Coming From Europe’
New York Times:
Why a Banking Heiress Spent Her Fortune on Keeping Immigrants Out  —  Newly unearthed documents reveal how an environmental-minded socialite became an ardent nativist whose money helped sow the seeds of the Trump anti-immigration agenda.  —  She was an heiress without a cause …
The Daily Beast:
‘Absolute Amateur Hour’: Team Trump Mangles Messages to Iran  —  Allies are steamed, national security officials are baffled, and even the president is pissed about the contradictory signals the administration is sending about talks with Iran.  —  The Trump administration keeps sending conflicting …
Rasmussen Reports:
Americans Say Murder More Likely Than Suicide in Epstein Case  —  Americans aren't buying that disgraced financier and convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail last weekend.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 29% …
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:
Overstock Tumbles 36% Since CEO Byrne's ‘Deep State’ Statement  —  Overstock.com Inc. shares fell for a third day Wednesday as investors reacted to statements by Chief Executive Officer Patrick Byrne that he was a part of federal investigations related to the 2016 election.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Says She's Open to Being Vice President for Any Democratic Nominee  —  Ms. Abrams, who announced this week that she would not run for president, told The Times she would be ‘honored to be considered.’  —  Stacey Abrams made it official this week that she would not seek …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Advisers Are Wary as President Considers Gun Proposals  —  Following mass shootings, Trump is interested in exploring legislation with new gun restrictions, but his aides are divided on the right approach  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's public push for gun-control measures …
 
 
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for ‘biblical warfare’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
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Nikole Hannah-Jones / New York Times:
America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
Penny Nance / The Federalist:
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Greg B. Smith / The City:
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden jumps into damage control after upsetting Latino leaders