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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 …
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.
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
People who worked with Scaramucci confirm Trump claim he ‘abused staff’  —  President Trump's allegation that Anthony Scaramucci “abused staff” was met with agreement from many who worked under or near the financier during his 11 days as White House communications director.
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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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
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Julián Castro qualifies for September Democratic primary debates with new poll
Discussion: UPI, The Week and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Joe Biden airs first TV ad in Iowa
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Associated Press:
White House insists ‘fundamentals’ of US economy are strong
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Rethinking Public Safety to Reduce Mass Incarceration and Strengthen Communities  —  The United States makes up 5% of the world's population, but nearly 20% of the world's prison population.  We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with over 2 million people in prison and jail.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
New Polls Show That Trump Should Be Afraid.  Very Very Afraid.  —  It's not that his approval rating is low (although it is).  It's that his disapproval rating is so high.  —  Political pundits ought to hold themselves to the standard of revisiting their predictions and with a coldly objective eye.
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
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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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 …
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 …
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
President Trump decision to end DACA was lawful, Justice Department says
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: Political Wire
Aaron Montes / El Paso Times:
El Paso mass shooter on suicide watch in jail, Sheriff's Office says  —  The man charged in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting is on suicide watch, authorities say.  —  Patrick Crusius, charged with killing 22 and injuring 25 on Aug. 3 was placed under close guard Monday on the recommendation …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Veronica Escobar / New York Times:   El Paso, Two Weeks Later
New York Times:
ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling …
Discussion: Just Security and The Week
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  —  A staff member from the British Consulate General in Hong Kong has been detained in mainland China for over 10 days after crossing the border for a business trip, according to his girlfriend.
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Twitter:
Information operations directed at Hong Kong
Politico:
EU rejects Boris Johnson's Brexit backstop plan  —  Boris Johnson's call to drop the Irish backstop from any Brexit deal was rejected by the EU, with Donald Tusk dismissing the idea and a European Commission task force describing a letter from the U.K. prime minister as “misleading” and “inaccurate.”
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The political battle lines on guns are shifting  —  Why passing gun control legislation is so hard  —  (CNN)On the politics of gun control, Democrats are suddenly facing an arms race.  —  After downplaying the issue for most of the past two decades, Democrats in Congress …
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and The Atlantic
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump fuels outsize expectations that Russia investigators will face prison time  —  To hear President Donald Trump and his allies tell it, the federal investigators who spent the past two years investigating the president are about to go down.  —  On Twitter, on conservative cable TV …
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: Raw Story
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren confronts her handling of Native American ancestry claims  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren answers questions at a Native American presidential forum on August 19, 2019, in Sioux City, Iowa.  Stephen Maturen/Getty Images  —  “I am sorry for the harm I have caused” …
CNN:
At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs  —  Kulusuk, Greenland (CNN)On one of the hottest days this summer, locals in the tiny village of Kulusuk, Greenland, heard what sounded like an explosion.  It turned out to be a soccer field's worth of ice breaking off a glacier more than five miles away.
Michael Smith / Courier-Journal:
No one votes to be despised.  Democrats' message may swing my ballot to Trump  —  I am not a Trump supporter.  But if the alternative to him in next year's election is open borders and the Green New Deal, I may become a Trump voter.  It's a distinction without an electoral difference, but hear me out.
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
The left's vile smear of America's founding  —  Beto O'Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting.  —  “This country, though we would like to think otherwise,” he intoned last weekend, “was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today.”
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619  —  Her name was Angela, one of the first known Africans in British North America.  —  His name was John, the first known antiblack racist in colonial America.  —  In 1619, this black woman and white man—what they embody—arrived months apart …
Discussion: The Root
 
 
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ProPublica:
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David French / National Review:
Black American History Should Give Evangelicals a Sense of Perspective — and Hope
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Associated Press:
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
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