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What We’re Following Today

It’s Thursday, August 15.

No Entry: Israel announced that it would ban Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan from visiting, shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted this morning that in doing so it would show “great weakness,” adding that the two women hate “all Jewish people.” The country is continuing an established pattern of stifling dissent, Emma Green writes.

— Elaine Godfrey



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People take part in a memorial for the victims of a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.


Ideas From The Atlantic

Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick (Jemele Hill)
“Whatever the numbers, the NFL’s new partnership with Jay-Z is a huge win for the league. Some of the biggest celebrities in the world have voiced their support of [Colin] Kaepernick, saying they would boycott the NFL until Kaepernick is back in the league. Now that the NFL has Jay-Z’s blessing, it’s conceivable that some of those entertainers who distanced themselves from the NFL might change their mind.” → Read on.

The Worst Thing That Could Happen to Local News—And the Best (John Temple)
“Gannett and GateHouse are hoping that, together, they can grow efficient enough to survive. But the deal makes me think of two drowning giants grabbing onto each other to try to save themselves.” → Read on.

Candidates Don’t Need Airtime, They Need Attention (Conor Friedersdorf)
“High-information voters already have access to all the data they need to make choices based on substantive differences … The true obstacle to a less ‘demeaning’ campaign isn’t greedy networks unwilling to cede airtime. It’s the civic culture, a collective creation.” → Read on.


What Else We’re Reading

Americans are sad about politics. Who could blame them? (Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight)

Behind Nate Silver’s war with The New York Times (Michael Calderone, Politico)

Why an heiress spent her fortune trying to keep immigrants out (Nicholas Kulish and Mike McIntire, The New York Times)    paywall

The racism election (Noah Rothman, Commentary)


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