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2:15 PM ET, August 14, 2019

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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 …
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.
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Sarah Fitzpatrick / NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz sues Ghislaine Maxwell, 3 other Epstein staffers  —  Jennifer Araoz alleges she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein at his New York townhouse when she was 14 and 15, including a 2002 rape.  —  A new front in the Jeffrey Epstein case …
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Main yield curve inverts as 2-year yield tops 10-year rate, triggering recession warning  —  KEY POINTS  — The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was at 1.623%, below the 2-year yield at 1.634%.  — The last inversion of this part of the yield curve was in December 2005 …
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Laura Curtis / Bloomberg:
Stocks Slide, Bonds Flash Warning After Weak Data: Markets Wrap  — U.S. 30-year yield hits record, 10- and two-year yields invert  — Data from China and Germany sours mood after tariff reprieve  —  Want the lowdown on European markets?  In your inbox before the open, every day.
Washington Post:
Stocks losses deepen as a key recession warning surfaces
Discussion: New York Times
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  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Instapundit
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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 …
Discussion: The Resurgent and Political Wire
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Laura Hughes / Washington Post:
Montana's GOP wants to make it impossible for local governments to enact gun control
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis  —  HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong's tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light.
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Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Global economic trouble is brewing, and the trade war is only part of it.  —  A clear signal from the bond market that investors are pessimistic about the economy's longer-term prospects.  —  In a span of less than 24 hours, developments in Washington and Wall Street have sent a vivid message …
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Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
U.S. Businesses Are Stuck in Trade War Uncertainty
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Beto O'Rourke to deliver campaign reset speech Thursday  —  DALLAS — Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke plans to deliver his first major, written address on Thursday, offering a reset of his presidential campaign, a new focus and a fresh strategy for going forward in the wake of a mass shooting …
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Greg B. Smith / The City:
Anti-New York White Supremacist Hate is Rising, NYPD Says  —  When white nationalist Garrett Kelsey discovered an internet video castigating Nordic neo-Nazis, he allegedly turned his fury on the Manhattan-based Jewish group that posted it.  —  From his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Why the Secret Service spent thousands at a Trump hotel  —  Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, flew to Canada for one of his regular visits to the Yukon mountains to hunt stone sheep with friends.  He was accompanied by Secret Service agents on that August 2017 trip …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Penny Nance / The Federalist:
My Son's Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist Propaganda  —  Now that I have witnessed college propaganda firsthand, I refuse to ignore the indefensible and discriminatory behavior of the liberal campus bullies anymore.  —  Are taxpayers funding academic institutions to indoctrinate our kids?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Behind the scenes of Trump's new gun talks  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... QUIET GUN TALKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ... We were hoping to save this news for this morning, but the NYT beat us to the punch on a few details Tuesday night toward the middle of their gun story.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Top Pence aide will move to Pentagon as new press secretary
Discussion: Breitbart, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Ken Cuccinelli: Statue Of Liberty Poem About ‘People Coming From Europe’  —  Trump's citizenship and immigration chief followed up his earlier comments about the famous Emma Lazarus poem with a racist clarification.  —  Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration's acting head of U.S. Citizenship …
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents  —  Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
‘Keep the Hasidic Out’: A Small-Town Housing Showdown  —  Developers say local leaders in the Hudson Valley are blocking a housing project in order to keep out Hasidic Jews.  —  CHESTER, N.Y. — In a peaceful corner of the Hudson Valley, a broad expanse of land sits at the ready for hundreds …
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 …
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% …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Rot of journalism ethics at New York Times has turned into leftist plague  —  There's not a single journalist, dead or alive, who hasn't missed a story, made a mistake or mangled a quote.  It comes with the territory of writing history's first draft on deadline, with the consolation that there's a new story and new chance tomorrow.
Nikole Hannah-Jones / New York Times:
America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One  —  Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written.  For generations, black Americans have fought to make them true. … My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for ‘biblical warfare’  —  The group ‘Team Rugged’ offers ‘patriotic and biblical training’ that includes instruction on how to use knives and guns  —  The Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
New Mexico Democrat Haaland backs impeachment inquiry  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico is calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.  —  The first-term lawmaker from Albuquerque said Wednesday in a statement that Trump …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge rejects House Dem request to link McGahn, Mueller grand jury lawsuits  —  A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the House Judiciary Committee's bid to formally link two lawsuits it contends will expedite its decision to recommend articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Lewandowski leads GOP US Senate field in poll conducted by Trump pollster  —  Survey of likely GOP Senate voters released by Lewandowski friend, ally, Bossie  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski leads the 2020 Republican U.S. Senate field …
 
 
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Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
No Gcp / Medium:
Google must stand against human rights abuses: #NoGCPforCBP
Rachael Larimore / The Bulwark:
We Need All the Trump Defectors We Can Get. Even Mooch.
Bridget Read / The Cut:
Marianne Williamson Talks Policy at The Wing (Just Kidding!)
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Democratic Socialists look to take over New York's powerful labor unions
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Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
D.C. mayor says she will not accept federal shelter for unaccompanied migrant children
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California's Trump tax return law raises fears of Republican lockout
Discussion: Raw Story and electionlawblog.org
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden jumps into damage control after upsetting Latino leaders