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6:50 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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Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From China  —  Today, we removed seven Pages, three Groups and five Facebook accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong.  The individuals behind this campaign engaged …
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.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:   Twitter, Facebook Say China Used Fake Accounts to Target 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 …
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 …
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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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib, Omar Fundraise on Back of Canceled Israel Trip
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Associated Press:
Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’
Discussion: twitchy.com and Common Dreams
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Redemption sounds nice, but disgraced pundit Mark Halperin doesn't deserve it  —  Want to make a comeback?  —  First make amends.  —  Mark Halperin, the author and media commentator who stepped down from his various lofty perches in 2017, seems to have missed that step along the path to would-be redemption.
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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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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Williamson vows to rescind military medals, remove Andrew Jackson's Oval Office portrait …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Planned Parenthood to stop taking Title X funds rather than comply with abortion ‘gag rule’  —  Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and UPI
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Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions
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.
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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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Want to Turn Trump's Twitter Addiction Into an Election Issue  —  The party recently commissioned polling that showed framing the president as ineffective because of his social media habits is one of its most persuasive arguments.  —  Donald Trump's Twitter habit has caused no shortage of controversy during his presidency.
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump cuts off one of his closest friends  —  Tom Barrack and Donald Trump have been friends and confidants for more than three decades — the two men are so close, for instance, that Barrack comforted Trump during the funeral of his father, Fred.  —  But the intimate relationship between …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
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
Discussion: USA Today and The Root
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
The Daily Beast:
Five Years After Killing Eric Garner, NYPD Fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo  —  Garner's last words, 'I can't breathe,' became a rallying cry for justice in New York and across the country.  —  “Five years after Eric Garner's dying plea “I can't breathe” became the rallying cry …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
NYPD fires officer at the center of Eric Garner's death
Discussion: Splinter, The Daily Caller and The Root
Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations  —  The organization representing the nation's most powerful chief executives is rewriting how it views the purpose of a corporation, updating its decades-old endorsement of the theory …
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Alan Murray / Fortune:
America's CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Hillary Clinton slams Trump for sharing ‘debunked study’ that Google manipulated ‘millions’ of 2016 votes  —  Hillary Clinton blasted President Trump for tweeting about what she described as a “debunked study” that suggests “millions” of voters in 2016 were manipulated in her favor by Google.
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Washington Post
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US prisons chief removed after Epstein's death  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.
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David Shortell / CNN:   Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein suicide
Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
Video: California High-School Students Sang Nazi Song and Gave Hitler Salute  —  Athletes performed a homage to the Third Reich before an awards ceremony.  Their school won't say how they were disciplined.  —  A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang …
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's scam is failing him, and he's in a panic over it  —  As President Trump prepares to run for reelection on the claim that his populist nationalist agenda has been a smashing success, it's awfully telling that Trump and his advisers have now launched a frantic, multi-front effort …
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Rep. Pete King is the first Republican to sign on to the assault weapons ban  —  WASHINGTON — An assault weapons ban that Democratic leaders have been reluctant to advance despite strong support among their rank-and-file members in the House just got its first Republican backer — Long Island Rep. Pete King.
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Times
 
 
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Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Hotel assignments for 2020 DNC convention in Milwaukee could stretch to O'Hare
Jordan Uhl / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News — but advertisers are staying away
Ali Arouzi / NBC News:
Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Is Bill Weld the Hero Never Trumpers Have Been Waiting For?
Variety:
‘The Hunt’ Director Breaks Silence on Film's Cancellation (EXCLUSIVE)
Matt Katz / WNYC News:
Chris ‘Sit Down and Shut Up’ Christie Creates Think Tank Centered on Civility
Discussion: The Week
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke
Discussion: New York Post and The Nation
 Earlier Items: 
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Bloomberg:
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Scaramucci says he's putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
For Trump, appeals to white fears about race may be a tougher sell in 2020: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos