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12:30 PM ET, August 18, 2019

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Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Ohio white nationalist, anti-Semite arrested for threatening to shoot up Jewish community center, police say  —  An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown.  —  James Reardon Jr., 20, has been charged with telecommunications harassment …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for free trade reaches new high in NBC/WSJ poll  —  Amid the ongoing trade war with China, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they support free trade in the latest NBC News/WSJ poll.  —  WASHINGTON — Amid President Donald Trump's trade war with China, nearly two-thirds of Americans …
Discussion: New York Post
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Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Half of Americans Disapprove of Trump's Response to Mass Shootings  —  Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows 68% worry U.S. will see another attack by white nationalists  —  WASHINGTON—About half of Americans disapprove of President Trump's response to the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio …
Politico:
The White House aide on the front page of today's NYT and WaPo  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LOOK WHO IS ABOVE THE FOLD OF THE FRONT PAGE TIMES AND WAPO TODAY: STEPHEN MILLER.  Here's the Sunday NYT and Sunday WaPo.  —  NYT: “How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
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Washington Post:
THE ADVISER WHO SCRIPTS TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICY … At President Trump's speeches and rallies, Stephen Miller often can be found backstage, watching the teleprompter operator.  As other White House staffers chat or look at their phones, Miller's attention remains glued to the controls.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:   How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
My Childhood Rape and My Life That Might Have Been  —  I sometimes wonder what I might have been, but for the puss and scarring of sexual violence, how it formed and defined and confined me.  —  I have become, it seems, something of a collector: old magazines filled with young starlets …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
'People don't want to be stupid twice': Foreign diplomats brace for Trump 2020 win  —  Foreign diplomats are still feeling burned after assuming Donald Trump would lose in 2016 — and they don't want to be fooled again.  —  So many of them are quietly predicting and preparing for a Trump victory in 2020.
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Roger Kimball / American Greatness:   Trump and Tone  —  One of the great difficulties in perfecting …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there'  —  White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president.  —  “There's an awful lot …
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Politico:   Joe Biden's boom and bust online campaign
New York Times:   The 5 Days That Defined the 2020 Primary
Washington Post:
Trump's speech at a Shell plant drew thousands of workers.  They were paid overtime to be there.  —  Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Monaca, Pa., were forced to choose Tuesday between attending a speech by President Trump or forgoing overtime pay that their co-workers would earn.
Discussion: Informed Comment, Newsweek and Slate
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Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump  —  Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals.  As he describes it, he is angry that they didn't just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings.  He is angry that leaders of the religious right …
David Masciotra / Salon:
Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It's time to say it  —  For all they blather on about patriotism, the unctuous Republicans are the ones who really despise their country … For most of modern political history, the Republican Party has used patriotism …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Maher rails against anti-Israel boycott movement: ‘A bulls— purity test’ for Democrats  —  Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, twitchy.com and RedState
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Ali Sawafta / Reuters:
‘May God ruin Trump’, Tlaib's grandmother says
Miami Herald:
Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women's panties from the Palm Beach jail?  —  A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility's store: two pairs of small women's panties, size 5.
Discussion: New York Post
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The ‘follow-up appointment’  —  For many people in medical debt, a trip to the emergency room leads to the courtroom  —  POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — The people being sued arrived at the courthouse carrying their hospital bills, and they followed signs upstairs to a small courtroom labeled “Debt and Collections.”
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders unveils proposal for massive overhaul of criminal justice system  —  Bernie Sanders, who was criticized by liberal activists in 2016 for not focusing more on racial injustice, is unveiling a sweeping plan on Sunday aimed at slashing the country's prison population in half and ridding …
Discussion: Washington Post
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New goal for New York Times: ‘Reframe’ American history, and target Trump, too  —  Perhaps when you think of the founding of the United States, you think of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers.  Now, the New York Times wants to “reframe” …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Kudlow says White House is ‘looking at’ trying to buy Greenland
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders vows to go to ‘war with white nationalism and racism’ as president
Discussion: Common Dreams and Breitbart
Government of Gibraltar:
Further Mutual Legal Assistance Requests from the United States of America - 604/2019
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Does anyone understand the 2020 race? This scholar nailed the blue wave — here's her forecast
Jessica Prol Smith / USA Today:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate-based scam that nearly caused me to be murdered
New York Times:
India Plans Big Detention Camps for Migrants. Muslims Are Afraid.
Discussion: New Yorker
Ryan Prior / CNN:
The water is so hot in Alaska it's killing large numbers of salmon
 Earlier Items: 
BostonGlobe.com:
Joseph P. Kennedy III to decide soon on challenge to Senator Edward Markey
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Ralph Whittington, erotica collector extraordinaire, dies at 74
Discussion: Althouse
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
No Wonder the Economy Has Trump Spooked
Discussion: Washington Press
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Former vice president Dick Cheney to appear at fundraiser for Trump and RNC
Adam Minter / Bloomberg:
The Next Chernobyl Could Be at Sea