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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 …
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.
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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
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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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
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
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Sam Baker / Axios:   Trump's shaky policy legacy
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
President Trump decision to end DACA was lawful, Justice Department says
Discussion: New York Times
Anthony Scaramucci / Washington Post:
I was wrong about Trump.  Here's why.  —  The negatives of Trump's demagoguery now clearly outweigh the positives of his leadership.  — By Anthony Scaramucci-  —  The Post's View
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
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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The Daily Beast:
After Mass Shootings, Trump Loses Interest in Gun Control: 'He's Started to Move On,' Official Says
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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.”
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
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
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Don't Fall For Omar And Tlaib's Lies About Israel  —  Nearly everything Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib said in their two-woman production of ‘Israel is Evil’ on Monday was untrue.  —  Nearly everything Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib said in their two-woman production of …
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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 …
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
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.
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
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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Grace Sparks / CNN:
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ProPublica:
“No Comment”: Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy
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David French / National Review:
Black American History Should Give Evangelicals a Sense of Perspective — and Hope
Discussion: PJ Media Home
New York Times:
ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria
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Associated Press:
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Washington Post Lies About a Conservative Journalist
Han Zhang / New Yorker:
The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News
Pat Caldwell / Malheur Enterprise:
Malheur County officials ask sheriff to assess whether Enterprise reporters broke laws
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News host roasts NRA's LaPierre: ‘An odious little grifter’ who needs to go
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Fox News and Algemeiner.com
Jordan Uhl / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News — but advertisers are staying away
Discussion: Splinter
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Discussion: Mother Jones