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4:45 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 …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter, Facebook Say China Used Fake Accounts to Target Hong Kong Protests
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Williamson vows to rescind military medals, remove Andrew Jackson's Oval Office portrait …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Marianne Williamson vows to remove Andrew Jackson painting from Oval Office
Discussion: American Greatness and CNN
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
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: The Daily Caller and The Root
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:   New York City Police Department Fires Officer Who Killed Eric Garner
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
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Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Funding
Discussion: Axios and BizPac Review
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.
Discussion: Splinter, Raw Story and twitchy.com
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Bulwark and RedState
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:   Months before blocking their entry into Israel, Netanyahu wrote letter opposing Reps. Omar and Tlaib
Devan Cole / CNN:
Scaramucci says he's putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020  —  Washington (CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials …
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It Feels Like a Rerun: Trump Publicly Fumes About Former Staffer, Again
Discussion: Mediaite
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Trump rages at ‘unstable’ Scaramucci after threat to organize ex-Cabinet officials against him
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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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 …
Discussion: The Resurgent, Raw Story and Axios
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Economic Warning Signals, Trump Sees Signs of a Conspiracy
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 …
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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David Shortell / CNN:   Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein suicide
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Alan Murray / Fortune:
America's CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation  —  For Milton Friedman, it was simple.  “There is one and only one social responsibility of business,” the Nobel economist wrote in 1970: to “engage in activities designed to increase its profits.”  Companies must obey the law.
Discussion: Axios
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Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations
Discussion: Big Think and Common Dreams
Mark Preston / CNN:
8 Democratic presidential candidates will participate in CNN climate town hall  —  (CNN)Nine Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month's Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms, and eight of them have said they will participate.
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast  —  Outages spur concerns by experts that Russia is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion  —  Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke  —  The social-justice Left sees only one path to redemption for the NFL, and that's a team signing Colin Kaepernick.  —  Rapper and mogul Jay-Z announced his company's new partnership with the National Football League and has made much of the social-justice Left furious:
Discussion: New York Post and The Nation
Devin Gordon / The Atlantic:
Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?  —  Every morning of my Joe Rogan experience began the same way Joe Rogan begins his: with the mushroom coffee.  —  It's a pour-and-stir powder made from lion's mane and chaga—"two rock-star mushrooms," according to Joe—and it's made by a company called Four Sigmatic …
 
 
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Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Two Members of Proud Boys Convicted in Brawl Near Republican Club
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 and Political Wire
Jon Gabriel / Arizona Republic:
Welcome to America, the land of the perpetually whiny and offended
Discussion: Instapundit
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Federal Election Commission chair rebukes Trump's 2016 voter fraud claims
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?
 Earlier Items: 
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says media, GOP leaders owe him an apology after his comments on rape and incest
German Lopez / Vox:
I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.
Bloomberg:
‘I Believe in Capitalism’: Kamala Harris Courts Big Donors in the Hamptons
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
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Did Bill Clinton See This Coming?
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't the One Dividing Us by Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected
James Arkin / Politico:
The low-key, Harley-riding senator Democrats are leaning on to win the majority