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6:55 AM ET, August 20, 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
Kris Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
China detains staff member from UK's consulate in Hong Kong for over 10 days after business trip
Discussion: New York Times, The Sun and Bloomberg
Anthony Rivas / ABC News:   Facebook, Twitter remove accounts they say Chinese government was using to undermine in Hong Kong protests
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 …
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New York Times:   After Lobbying by Gun Rights Advocates, Trump Sounds a Familiar Retreat
The Daily Beast:   Trump Goes Dark on Gun Control After Pledging Background Checks 'Like We've Never Had Before'
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 and The Daily Beast
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.
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, CNBC and CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell STAGED In-N-Out photo in Los Angeles with her close friend and attorney, using confidante's dog Dexter in the snapshot  — The first picture of Ghislaine Maxwell in more than three years was staged by her close friend and attorney, Leah Saffian, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively
Joe Biden / YouTube:
Bones … We all know in our bones that this election is different.  The stakes are higher.  The threat is more serious.  We have to beat Donald Trump.  —  That's the message we lay out in our first TV ad hitting the airwaves today.
Discussion: CNN
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
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
President Trump decision to end DACA was lawful, Justice Department says  —  The Justice Department submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court Monday that stated President Trump acted lawfully when he decided to end the Obama-era immigration program known as DACA in September of 2017, according to a new report.
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
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Ali Arouzi / NBC News:   Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal
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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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 …
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
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
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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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
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.
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
 
 
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Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
CNN journalist April Ryan's bodyguard charged with assault for forcibly removing reporter from N.J. event
Discussion: RedState and New York Post
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows
Discussion: Common Dreams, Bloomberg and Earther
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
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Discussion: Mother Jones