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11:15 PM ET, August 19, 2019

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Twitter:
Information operations directed at Hong Kong  —  We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change.  —  What we are disclosing  —  This disclosure consists …
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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Facebook, Twitter accuse China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — Twitter and Facebook have suspended numerous accounts that are believed to be tied to a state-backed disinformation campaign originating from inside China.
Wall Street Journal:   Twitter, Facebook Target Accounts Spreading Misinformation on Hong Kong Protests
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
White House officials eyeing payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy  —  Several senior White House officials have begun discussing whether to push for a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to arrest an economic slowdown, three people familiar with the discussions said …
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Washington Post:
Trump again appears to back away from gun background checks  —  President Trump appears to be backing away from potential support for gun background check legislation, according to White House aides, congressional leaders and gun advocates, dimming prospects that Washington will approve significant …
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Jerusalem Post:
Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib share ‘Holocaust contest’ prize winner cartoon  —  The two congresswomen posted a Brazilian-Lebanese artist's drawing in response to being barred from entering Israel.  —  After being barred from entering Israel, both U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and U.S. Rep Rashida Tlaib …
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Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar denounce Israel's travel restrictions during press conference
Discussion: RedState
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib, Omar Fundraise on Back of Canceled Israel Trip
Discussion: twitchy.com and Daily Wire
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Susan Sarandon: Trump Might Be Better for America Than Hillary Clinton  —  If Bernie Sanders fails to get the Democratic nomination, Susan Sarandon isn't sure she'll vote for Hillary Clinton.  She even said Monday that Trump could be the better option.  —  One of the biggest question marks …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and TheBlaze
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump alleges Google manipulated voters against him  —  President Trump alleged Monday that Google manipulated millions of voters into supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, saying the company “should be sued” in his latest attack on the tech giant.
Anthony Scaramucci / Washington Post:
I was wrong about Trump.  Here's why.  —  Anthony Scaramucci is managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, a global alternative investments firm, and served as White House communications director.  —  President Trump's online insults directed at me on Monday were predictable after I publicly said that he's unfit for office.
Discussion: Mediaite
Rajesh Kumar Singh / Reuters:
U.S. Steel plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Michigan  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - United States Steel Corp (X.N) will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.
New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein signed will just two days before suicide  —  Jeffrey Epstein's will has been filed in the US Virgin Islands, and it shows that he signed it Aug. 8 — two days before he hanged himself in his Manhattan jail cell, according to court papers exclusively obtained by The Post on Monday.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Gillibrand says she's not opposed to ‘second chances’ for Halperin and Franken  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday weighed in on the apparent comeback attempts of Mark Halperin and Al Franken, arguing that America is a country of second chances.  —  Halperin and Franken saw …
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Kim Parker / Pew Research Center:
The Growing Partisan Divide in Views of Higher Education  —  Americans see value in higher education - whether they graduated from college or not.  Most say a college degree is important, if not essential, in helping a young person succeed in the world, and college graduates themselves …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions  —  Facing a Trump administration rule that forbids referrals for abortion, the organization decided to reject federal funding that pays for family planning for low-income women.  —  Planned Parenthood said Monday …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Planned Parenthood to stop taking Title X funds rather than comply with abortion ‘gag rule’
Discussion: UPI and Talking Points Memo
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal CNN Panelist Blows Up When Confronted Over Palestinian Terrorism  —  Beinart: 'Palestinians don't have to be saints' to deserve rights  —  Liberal writer Peter Beinart erupted at fellow CNN panelist Rich Lowry on Monday while attempting to excuse Palestinian violence toward Israelis …
Discussion: Fox News and Algemeiner.com
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Two Members of Proud Boys Convicted in Brawl Near Republican Club  —  The charges resulted from an altercation with anti-fascists after the group's founder, Gavin McInnes, had spoken in Manhattan.  —  Since their founding in New York City in 2016, the far-right Proud Boys have cultivated …
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Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Two members of Proud Boys convicted in New York City brawl with antifa
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump is melting down.  Again.  —  Uh-oh.  President Trump is in such a state of panic about his dimming reelection prospects that he's getting his lies mixed up and occasionally blurting out the truth.  —  “It's tough for Apple to pay tariffs if it's competing with a very good company …
Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Julián Castro To Announce Ambitious Animal Welfare Plan  —  The plan is the only comprehensive and detailed animal welfare plan released by any of the presidential candidates.  —  Julián Castro, who previously served as the San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary …
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Julián Castro / Castro2020:
The Protecting Animals and Wildlife (PAW) Plan
Discussion: UPI
Jordan Uhl / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News — but advertisers are staying away  —  Carlson has almost 60% fewer ads per show than before advertisers started to flee  —  Fox host Tucker Carlson is returning to his show tonight, after an attempted cooling-off period for defending white supremacy …
Discussion: Splinter
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News host roasts NRA's LaPierre: ‘An odious little grifter’ who needs to go  —  Fox News host Steve Hilton is blasting National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, calling him “an odious little grifter” who needs to be shown the door.  —  Hilton's criticism comes amid leadership upheaval …
Associated Press:
Warren offers public apology over claim to tribal heritage  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be her biggest political liability.
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump  —  How he became a heartland evangelical—and the President's most loyal soldier.  —  In the winter of 2016, Donald Trump was roaring through the primaries, and Mike Pompeo was determined to stop him.  Pompeo, a little-known congressman from Wichita …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump impeachment push gets important new ally  —  The push to remove the president from office gained momentum on Monday after the No. 4 House Democrat announced support for an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump.  —  Ben Ray Luján, a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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Pat Caldwell / Malheur Enterprise:
Malheur County officials ask sheriff to assess whether Enterprise reporters broke laws  —  In an unusual move, Malheur County officials have asked Sheriff Brian Wolfe to consider whether crimes were committed in reporting work by The Enterprise.  The calls come after investigative reports about county economic development projects
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Here's what new tariffs will cost the average American household  —  KEY POINTS  — J.P. Morgan estimates the average American household will be down $1,000 per year thanks to the newest round of tariffs on Chinese goods.  — The firm's chief U.S. equity strategist Dubravko Lakos-Bujas …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
An Economic Warning Sign: RV Shipments Are Slipping  —  Some manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind., cut production as tariffs drive up costs of components  —  Elkhart, Ind., is flashing a warning sign about the economy.  —  Capital of the country's recreational-vehicle industry …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Han Zhang / New Yorker:
The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News  —  On a Monday morning in February, members of the staff of College Daily, an online Chinese-language publication for Chinese students living in North America, gathered in their office, in Times Square, for an editorial meeting.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
ThinkProgress Panics Over Unlicensed Cosmetologists  —  You might think that requiring people to pay elite gatekeepers for the right to accept money for their services would be anathema to self-styled supporters of workers' rights.  Yet for many progressives, the desire to see people in meaningful …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Mueller Was Listening to This Guy?  Sam Patten's wild life as a cooperating witness.  —  I.  —  Late one morning just after Easter 2018, Sam Patten's Siberian husky, Pepper, began to go “berserk.”  Patten, a 48-year-old Republican political operative, could hear a commotion from the basement …
 
 
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Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Florida Bar shreds Matt Gaetz for ‘unprofessional, reckless’ attempt to intimidate witness
Rachel Bitecofer / wasoncenter:
Pete Buttigieg's Only Problem with Black Voters is They Don't Know Who He Is
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and NBC News
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Washington Post Lies About a Conservative Journalist
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Fmr Border Patrol Agent Convicted ‘For Doing His Job’ Asks Trump For Pardon
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Hotel assignments for 2020 DNC convention in Milwaukee could stretch to O'Hare
Ali Arouzi / NBC News:
Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal
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Variety:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke
Discussion: The Nation and New York Post
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump cuts off one of his closest friends
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week