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Washington Post:
A professor called Bret Stephens a ‘bedbug.’ The New York Times columnist complained to the professor's boss.  —  The tweet seemed harmless enough to David Karpf.  The associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University took a story that bedbugs had infested …
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
At the New York Times, Bedbugs
The Harvard Crimson:
Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked  —  While most Harvard freshmen settle into their dorms Tuesday, one new student, Ismail B. Ajjawi '23, faces ongoing negotiations with immigration officers to allow him to enter the United States and study at the College.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Farmers' Frustration With Trump Grows as U.S. Escalates China Fight  —  WASHINGTON — Peppered with complaints from farmers fed up with President Trump's trade war, Sonny Perdue found his patience wearing thin.  Mr. Perdue, the agriculture secretary and the guest of honor at the annual Farmfest gathering …
Bill Dudley / Bloomberg:
The Fed Shouldn't Enable Donald Trump  —  The central bank should refuse to play along with an economic disaster in the making.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war with China keeps undermining the confidence of businesses and consumers, worsening the economic outlook.
Discussion: Raw Story, Financial Times and The Week
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Trump Previews His Response to the Next Recession
Discussion: Raw Story, Reason, The Poke and Reuters
Steve Matthews / Bloomberg:
Ex-Fed Official Dudley's Call to Block Trump Draws Criticism
Discussion: National Review
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
My husband dumped me for Ilhan Omar, DC mom says in divorce filing  —  A Washington, DC, mom says her political-consultant husband left her for Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to a bombshell divorce filing obtained by The Post.  —  Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Has Trump's cheese finally slid off his cracker?  —  Last week there was a sharp uptick in speculation that President Trump is a few fries shy of a Happy Meal.  —  Obviously, this is not the first time the idea has popped up that the commander-in-chief's cheese might have slid off his cracker.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Russia denies Republican, Democratic senators visas for delegation trip  —  Two U.S. senators say that they were denied visas as part of an official delegation to Russia for talks with their counterparts in the country's parliament.  —  Amid tensions over arms control, human rights …
Discussion: Politico
Amy Graff / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF restaurant owner says Bernie Sanders was ‘cranky,’ rude to staff  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders was in town for the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting and dined out with staff at San Francisco's iconic John's Grill on Thursday, according to Politico.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces  —  The writer and photog is out of a job after being caught in incriminating undercover footage with right-wing activists.  His former employer insists the two events aren't related.  —  The conservative op-ed website …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Understands Democracy Better Than Republicans Do  —  The idea that proponents of greater electoral equity have to quiet down because we live in a ‘republic’ is absurd.  —  Spend enough time talking politics on the internet — or in any other public forum …
Where Trump failed, Macron may have succeeded  —  Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst.  She served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council from 2009 to 2013 and at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush.  Follow her @sam_vinograd.
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and UPI
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Went to the Mat for Putin at the G-7 Summit  —  Five years ago, Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine and stole a chunk of its territory, the first redrawing of an international border since World War II.  As punishment, Russia was expelled from the G-8, a blow to Vladimir Putin's prestige.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump's Obama envy is getting even worse
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's net approval rating sinks in every battleground state  —  President Trump's net approval rating has plunged in every key battleground state since taking office in January 2017, according to Morning Consult's tracking poll.  —  Why it matters: These are the states that Republicans …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Steve Schwarzman, a Top Financier of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, Is a Driving Force Behind Amazon Deforestation  —  Two Brazilian firms owned by a top donor to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are significantly responsible for the ongoing destruction …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Bill Scher / Politico:
‘Pocahontas’ Could Still Be Elizabeth Warren's Biggest Vulnerability  —  Elizabeth Warren came to last week's Native American presidential forum in Sioux City, Iowa, with, as you might expect, a plan.  And she executed it perfectly.  —  First, the Massachusetts senator expressed sorrow for the …
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Joe Walsh ‘Completely Ghosted’ His Campaign Manager Days Before White House Run  —  “It's obvious to me that the campaign plan that we have all worked hard on together in anticipation of a launch today isn't going to happen,” Jacob Perry wrote.  —  August 16 was supposed …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump's Trade War Linked To Amazon Rainforest Destruction  —  As U.S. soybeans sit in silos, Brazilian farmers push to break new ground to satisfy the Chinese market.  —  As unsold U.S. soybeans are stored in silos across the farm belt, Brazilian farmers and corporations scramble to satisfy the voracious Chinese market.
The Hill:
Nervous Republicans focus energy on protecting Senate ‘firewall’  —  The GOP majority in the Senate is shaping up as a firewall for Republicans who are worried that President Trump might falter and lose the White House next year.  —  Republicans see winning back the House majority as a tough climb in 2020 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
John Hickenlooper Is the New Joe Lieberman
Discussion: Denver Post and American Prospect
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump pushes back on ‘nasty rumor’ of bed bug infestation at his Doral golf resort  —  President Trump on Tuesday blamed “Radical Left Democrats” for spreading a “false and nasty rumor” about a bedbug infestation at his golf resort in Doral, Fla., after he said he would like to hold next year's Group of Seven summit at the property.
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
A Senator's Lake House vs. a Town Fighting Flooding  —  For years, there has been fierce debate over water levels at a popular lake.  Senator James Inhofe, who has a vacation home there, took the matter to Washington.  —  MIAMI, Okla. — On the shimmering waters of Grand Lake …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Out-Raises Biden in Obama-Trump Swing Counties  —  The Vermont presidential contender has the most donors throughout the country as well as in the counties that swung from Obama to Trump.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has built his early polling lead in the 2020 Democratic primary …
Discussion: Vox and Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats have stopped self-censoring about Trump's unfitness
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Hell, No!’:  Trump Finally Goes Too Far, Even For Rick Santorum  —  Santorum says Trumps plan to use the presidency to promote one of his resorts would be a “violation of the law.”  —  President Donald Trump used the power of the presidency to promote one of his resorts on Monday …
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Emerging Tax Idea: Look Beyond Income, Target Wealth  —  Lawmakers and 2020 candidates offer a range of options focused on capturing some of the trillions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation's richest  —  The income tax is the Swiss Army Knife of the U.S. tax system …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
YouTube Shutters Several White Nationalist Accounts  —  YouTube has terminated a handful of prominent YouTube channels that produced content promoting white nationalist politics.  The move came as a shock to the white nationalist community, and now racist content creators are panicking.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Exclusive: Log Cabin executive director resigns over Trump endorsement  —  The executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans has resigned following a controversial decision by the organization's board to endorse President Trump, the Washington Blade has learned exclusively.
Discussion: Out Magazine
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Jessica Roy / ELLE:
Two Sisters and the Terrorist Who Came Between Them
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
2 Weeks After Epstein's Death, Another Apparent Suicide Inside A Federal Jail
Jon Street / Campus Reform:
UT-Austin instructor: Trump ‘is a Nazi’ and ‘you are too if you still support him’
Discussion: Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
When Trump's not lying, he sounds crazy
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and Press Herald
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Retiring Congressman Duffy to rely on pre-existing condition protections he voted to repeal
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Child predator George Nader visited White House at least 13 times to meet with Steve Bannon
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Some Senate Democrats Value Susan Collins's Friendship More Than Power
Discussion: IJR, Shareblue Media and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap
Marissa Brostoff / Washington Post:
How white nationalists aligned themselves with the antiabortion movement
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
‘You are helping him’: Vulnerable Democrats grilled on impeachment
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Wary of Trump's Flip-Flops, China Prepares for the Worst on Trade
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Trial of High-Powered Lawyer Gregory Craig Exposes Seamy Side of Washington's Elite
Discussion: Politico
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Execs claim Biden's brother offered Biden's help promoting business venture
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Investigators scrutinizing video outside Epstein's cell find some footage unusable …