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4:45 PM ET, August 20, 2019

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NBC News:
Trump, Qanon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times  —  Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields …
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Jasper Fakkert / theepochtimes.com:   NBC News Repeats Chinese Communist Party Propaganda in Hit Piece on The Epoch Times
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How slavery doomed limited government in America  —  The New York Times' “1619 Project,” which aims to chronicle the history, legacy, and modern ramifications of slavery on the 400th aniversary of the first African slaves being brought to the colonies, has generated a ton of controversy this week.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Damon Linker / The Week:
The New York Times surrenders to the left on race  —  There's no denying that the much-lauded “1619 Project” at The New York Times is a remarkable achievement.  Whether it's an achievement that the paper and its staff should be proud of is another matter.  —  For those who haven't been following along …
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Ghost Of John C. Calhoun Haunts Today's American Left
Discussion: Vox, twitchy.com and The Resurgent
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
The left's vile smear of America's founding
Discussion: National Review and JustOneMinute
CNN:
CNN Poll: Joe Biden regains double-digit lead over 2020 Democratic field  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Joe Biden has expanded his edge over the Democratic field in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with 29% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters saying they back the former vice president.
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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.
Zogby Analytics / 24/7 Wall St.:
Trump in Dead Heats With Biden and Sanders, Half of Voters “Silently” Support Trump
Discussion: RedState and Summit News
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
The US won't provide flu vaccines to migrant families at border detention camps  —  KEY POINTS  — At least three children held in detention centers at the Mexican border have died, in part, from the flu, a group of doctors say.  — The government is not vaccinating migrant families …
Hannah Sayle / Star Tribune:
Elizabeth Warren meets her lookalike at Minnesota rally: ‘We need to talk!’  —  The presidential candidate was taking selfies at Monday's town hall when she came face to face with a familiar person.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Stephanie Oyen is not Elizabeth Warren.
Discussion: Political Wire and Boston Globe
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Feds Arrest Neo-Nazi Trump Fan for Threatening to “Exterminate” Miami Hispanics … Washington state resident Eric Lin was not shy about his love for Adolf Hitler.  According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Lin enjoyed referencing the Third Reich in writing: He apparently sent a litany …
HuffPost:
Trump Inflating Scottish Golf Resorts' Value By $165 Million, Per UK Filings  —  The president told British authorities the properties are a combined $65 million in the red.  His U.S. disclosures say they're worth at least $100 million.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Expected to Nominate Pompeo Deputy to Be Ambassador to Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to name John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, to be the next ambassador to Russia, replacing Jon Huntsman Jr. as his liaison to Moscow, a senior administration official said.
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire, Meduza.io and РБК
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Fox News:
State Department official John Sullivan to be nominated as next ambassador to Russia: source
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: The results from Facebook's conservative bias audit  —  Facebook will release the findings of a roughly year-long conservative bias audit Tuesday, along with changes to its advertising policies as a result, executives tell Axios.  —  What's new: The only new policy that's …
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CNBC:
US Steel plans to temporarily lay off up to 200 workers in Michigan  —  KEY POINTS  — U.S. Steel will temporarily lay off up to 200 workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.
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Annalise Frank / Crain's Detroit Business:   U.S. Steel cites ‘market conditions’ for layoffs at idled Ecorse plant
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: Harry Reid: ‘Of Course’ Medicare for All and Decriminalizing Border Crossings Are Bad Ideas  —  “There are so many more important things to do,” the former Senate majority leader said.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn't happy …
Just Security:
Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection  —  Table of Contents  —  Ryan Goodman, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Just Security  —  Volume I  —  2. Legal Standards and Evidentiary Considerations  —  3. Russian “Active Measures” Social Media Campaign and Criminal Charges against 13 Russian Nationals and 3 Russian Entities
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Dana Schwartz / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: The Time Robert Pattinson Blatantly Lied on the Today Show  —  I Think About This a Lot is a series dedicated to private memes: images, videos, and other random trivia we are doomed to play forever on loop in our minds.  —  In 2011, Robert Pattinson starred …
New York Times:
Trump's Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray  —  WASHINGTON — The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump's auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side.
Discussion: Engadget and Raw Story
New York Times:
What Do Rally Playlists Say About the Candidates?  —  Mr. O'Rourke was a national political phenomenon last year when he ran against Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and narrowly lost.  His political style is largely defined by his use of social media and his go-it-alone style.
Discussion: The FADER, Althouse and Splinter
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Fifth NRA board member resigns amid string of recent defections  —  A fifth member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors has resigned, the latest in a string of high-profile defections within the powerful gun rights group in recent weeks.
Washington Post:
Trump confirms he's considering a payroll tax cut amid mounting economic concerns  —  President Trump on Tuesday confirmed that he is considering a temporary payroll tax cut amid mounting concerns about an economic slowdown.  —  Trump's remarks came one day after The Washington Post reported …
Discussion: Axios, Politico, KTLA and Political Wire
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Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump White House insists economy is strong but weighing tax cuts amid recession fears
Naomi Rovnick / Financial Times:
Home Depot cuts sales outlook as it warns on hit from tariffs  —  US home improvement retailer Home Depot cautioned that the US-China trade war meant its sales growth this year would be slower than previously expected, joining a growing list of American companies whose performance is being dented by tariffs.
Discussion: The Week
Ted Johnson / Politico:
The Obamas' First Big Anti-Trump Statement of 2020  —  The former first couple's Netflix documentary takes aim at Trump's promises to reinvigorate the industrial heartland. … In a final scene of the Netflix documentary “American Factory,” the chairman of a Chinese auto glass company walks through …
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Morgan Krakow / Washington Post:
Her GOP group endorsed Trump, so she resigned.  She wouldn't be able to ‘look her children in the eye.’  —  Jennifer Horn was pushed right up to a line she swore she would never cross.  Her GOP organization, where she sat on the board for several years, had just endorsed President Trump for reelection …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Blade
Politico:
Paul Ryan moving his family to Washington from Wisconsin  —  The former speaker is renting a home in the Maryland suburbs.  He is not planning to sell his Janesville residence.  —  Paul Ryan is moving his family to the city he was always giddy to leave.  —  The former speaker of the House …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump's shaky policy legacy  —  A great deal of President Trump's policy record — on issues like health care, energy and even immigration — would need a second term to fully take root, and could be easily reversed if he doesn't get one.  —  Why it matters: Trump is doing a lot …
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo and Fox News
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Arizona poll shows Kelly overtaking McSally  —  Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) trails her Democratic opponent for the first time, according to a new survey, as President Trump's approval rating falls in the key swing state.  —  Retired astronaut Mark Kelly leads McSally …
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
 
 
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Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Planned Parenthood Chooses Abortion Over Needy Patients
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Powerhouse AIDS organization faces scrutiny for use of federal money
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Bloomberg:
DNC Chief Plans to Raise Money From Americans in Mexico City
Dave Price / WHOTV:
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New York Times:
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Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
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Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
New Polls Show That Trump Should Be Afraid. Very Very Afraid.
Associated Press:
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump fuels prediction that Russia investigators will face prison
Discussion: RedState and Hullabaloo