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12:40 AM ET, August 15, 2019

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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had a 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 of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels hanging inside his Manhattan home
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New York Post:
Epstein had bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in dress, heels in townhouse  —  It's certainly a conversation starter.  —  Jeffrey Epstein had an oil painting of Bill Clinton in a blue dress — lounging on a chair in the Oval Office — hanging up in his Manhattan townhouse, according to law enforcement sources.
Discussion: Washington Times
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft's Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Someone Should Probably Step In and Stop the Economy From Tumbling Into a Recession  —  The world's economy is looking very, very dicey at the moment.  —  Investors enjoyed a brief, sweet moment of relief from their perpetual anxiety over Donald Trump's trade war on Tuesday …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!’ — Trump rips ‘clueless Jay Powell’ and the Fed as the market slides
Matt Phillips / New York Times:   Stocks Plunge as Bonds Signal Rising Concern About Growth
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's recession risk rises
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Global economic trouble is brewing, and the trade war is only part of it.
Discussion: Washington Post
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: The Daily Beast and Mediaite
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.
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record  —  President Trump's disapproval rating has jumped to 56 percent in a Fox News survey released Wednesday, just one point shy of the record high in Fox News polling.  —  The survey found a 5-percentage point increase in Trump's disapproval from last month.
New York Times:   Trump Weighs Action on Gun Control. But It's Still a Theoretical Discussion.
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 …
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Paige Leskin / Business Insider:
Tech CEO denies that Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, is hiding out at his house  — The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been dating and staying at the home of a tech CEO named Scott Borgerson.
Discussion: New York Post
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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
Inquirer.com:
In N. Philly gun standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history  —  Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions …
Discussion: Townhall
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Hickenlooper Plans to End Democratic Presidential Campaign  —  He may seek the seat of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner  —  WASHINGTON—Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to drop out of the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, as he considers launching a Senate campaign in his home state …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
AP source: John Hickenlooper to end 2020 bid on Thursday
Discussion: The Colorado Sun and The Week
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
John Hickenlooper is dropping out of the presidential race
Discussion: Politico and WHYY
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 …
Washington Post:
Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death  —  An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
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”
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 …
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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.
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 …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
His Only Relative Died In El Paso.  Now, Her Funeral May Draw Hundreds Of Strangers  —  Antonio Basco's wife of 22 years was killed in the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart this month, and her passing means that Basco has no relatives left.  —  Basco, who runs a mobile car wash business …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Greg Craig jury selection: A very D.C. scene  —  The nation's capital city is a small, small town after all.  —  That truth was on display on Wednesday as jury selection for the looming trial of Greg Craig, the former Obama White House counsel, played out in federal court.
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Mark Burger / Interview Magazine:
Marianne Williamson Shares Her Thoughts on Memes, Goop, and Mar-a-Lago  —  Best-selling author, self-help oracle, and Oprah confidante Marianne Williamson has decided that it's time for us to rebuild.  All of us.  The Democratic candidate for president of the United States and author …
New York Times:
Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep 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 — an indifferent student …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
White supremacist Pat Buchanan will co-star on public television's relaunched McLaughlin Group  —  Pat Buchanan is a white supremacist who has complained that the United States is “committing suicide” because “Asian, African, and Latin American children” are replacing whites …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘mentally declining,’ which the White House says is ‘ridiculous’  —  Stephanie Grisham, in her first television interview since becoming White House press secretary, was forced to defend President Trump on Wednesday against scathing comments made by Anthony Scaramucci, who appeared moments before her segment.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records  —  An Internal Revenue Service analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally disclosing sensitive financial records about President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a leak case stemming …
 
 
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton's server, as State Department fought …
New York Times:
India Shut Down Kashmir's Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’
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Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Taxpayers had to fork over $5700 to Trump so his son could hunt sheep with his friends
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Politico and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Corey is a political hack’: Lewandowski Senate bid hits backlash in N.H.
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
The Statue of Liberty poem means the exact opposite of what immigrant welfare advocates think
Joe Kennedy III / Washington Post:
Joe Kennedy: This moment isn't about my grandfather Robert Kennedy's legacy. It is about our own.
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Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
White nationalists could have firearms taken under red flag law proposed by Kamala Harris
Discussion: Big League Politics
Matthew Brown / Deseret News:
Will the face of the Republican resistance vote for Donald Trump?
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
NYPD Police Union Boss: Sorry For Sharing Racist Video, ‘I Have Black Friends’
Discussion: VICE and New York Post
The Daily Beast:
‘Absolute Amateur Hour’: Team Trump Mangles Messages to Iran
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:
Overstock Tumbles 36% Since CEO Byrne's ‘Deep State’ Statement
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Someone left old TVs outside 50 homes in Virginia while wearing a TV on his head. No one knows why.