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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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Paige-Godden / Iowa Starting Line:
Steve King Confronted With Incestuous Rape Example After Comments
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest
Discussion: Mediaite
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Steve King Says Humanity Wouldn't Exist Without Rape, 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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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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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!’  — Trump rips ‘clueless Jay Powell’ and the Fed as the market slides  —  KEY POINTS  — President Donald Trump blames the Fed for concerns about a slowing U.S. economy after a yield curve inversion helps to send stocks falling.
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's recession risk rises
Discussion: Breitbart and Common Dreams
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Global economic trouble is brewing, and the trade war is only part of it.
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:   Markets Right Now: Dow drops 800 after bonds flash warning
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Most back gun restrictions after shootings, Trump ratings down  —  In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Robert Moran / Inquirer.com:
Multiple Philly police officers wounded in active shootout near Temple University's health campus  —  At least five police officers were shot in a confrontation with possibly two gunmen Wednesday afternoon in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.  —  Police Commissioner Richard Ross …
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.
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
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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 …
Ben White / Politico:
Trump resists aides' pressure to back Hong Kong protesters  —  Donald Trump's top aides are urging him to back Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, but the president isn't interested, multiple people familiar with the administration's internal debates say.  —  In recent days …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Politico
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
Satellite photos: Chinese armored vehicles near Hong Kong
Discussion: TheBlaze
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: USA Today, CNN, Fox News, IJR and Reuters
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:   Pelosi knocks ‘Moscow Mitch’ for blocking gun, election interference bills
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
JUST IN: Elizabeth Warren Surges to Statistical Tie With Joe Biden in New National Poll  —  Results of a new poll show Sen. Elizabeth Warren surging into a statistical tie with former Vice President Joe Biden.  —  The poll, conducted by YouGov for The Economist, shows Biden earning 21% support compared …
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Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden keeps large lead in SC's 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
The death of Michael Brown, legal facts and Democratic messaging  —  Two Democratic presidential candidates recently observed the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. — a case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as days of unrest locally.
Matthew Brown / Deseret News:
Will the face of the Republican resistance vote for Donald Trump?  —  It was Sept. 28, 2018, and Jeff Flake, the Republican senator from Arizona, stood in an elevator as two women blocked the doors from closing.  —  Both were sexual assault survivors.  They wanted to know why Flake was voting …
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: The Daily Caller, Townhall and Hot Air
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
This Is How The 2020 Democratic Candidates Practice Self-Care … With the 2020 presidential general election still more than a year away, and more than two dozen Democrats in the race, the candidates have a long road ahead of them.  Given the notoriously grueling, high-pressure environment …
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.
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
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
NYPD Police Union Boss: Sorry For Sharing Racist Video, ‘I Have Black Friends’  —  The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, New York City's second-largest police union, says he should not face consequences for circulating an explicitly racist video—in which black people are referred to as …
Discussion: VICE and New York Post
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Behind Universal's Call to Scrap ‘The Hunt’: Death Threats, Negative Test Screening Feedback  —  A politically charged satire denounced by Trump and the right sparked menacing emails as its violent marketing ran squarely into horrific news of a trio of mass shootings.
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 …
 
 
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Scott Allen / Washington Post:
Redskins' Josh Norman helps pay bail for immigration activist detained since May
Discussion: NFL.com
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
White supremacist Pat Buchanan will co-star on public television's relaunched McLaughlin Group
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid: I Wish Al Franken Would Run Again
Discussion: Washington Times, Politico and Mediaite
Noah Lanard / Mother Jones:
Cuccinelli's Family Tree Suggests His New Immigration Rule Might Have Blocked His Ancestors
Discussion: New York Times
Emily Ashcraft / BuzzFeed News:
Michael Bennet Joked His New York Times Editor Brother Was “Unenthusiastic” About His Presidential Bid
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
‘Absolute Amateur Hour’: Team Trump Mangles Messages to Iran
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't tell me Trump's words don't matter
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for ‘biblical warfare’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
‘Keep the Hasidic Out’: A Small-Town Housing Showdown
Nikole Hannah-Jones / New York Times:
America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Why the Secret Service spent thousands at a Trump hotel
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Joe Walsh / New York Times:
Trump Needs a Primary Challenge