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3:15 PM ET, August 29, 2019

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Shira Tarlo / Salon:
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell retracted a thinly sourced report alleging Russian oligarchs co-signed loans for Trump; Trump then blasted O'Donnell on Twitter  —  O'Donnell has retracted a thinly-sourced report alleging that Trump obtained loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Infowars' War Room relaunched its YouTube channel a day after Susan Wojcicki's letter to creators; YouTube deleted the channel after reports of its relaunch  —  “A commitment to openness is not easy.  It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial, or even offensive," YouTube's CEO said.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT updates its article on the history of the Tea Party with an insubstantial sentence referring to the movement's links to racism following complaints  —  The New York Times story by Jeremy W. Peters on tea-party history is extensive and well-written.  And it featured a hole …
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
All YouTube original content released after Sept. 24 will be available to watch free with ads for a certain time, starting with Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai  —  All new series released after Sept. 24 will be available to watch for free  —  YouTube is moving the first season …
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr / Breaking Defense:
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds first televised Pentagon press briefing in over a year: “I intend to do these briefings to maintain an open dialogue”  —  In a media-wary administration, the big news from Defense Secretary Mark Esper's formal press briefing was that he actually held one, and pledged to keep doing so.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump accuses Fox News of “heavily promoting the Democrats” and urges his Twitter followers to “start looking for a new News Outlet”  —  President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Fox News, accusing the conservative network of “heavily promoting the Democrats” …
 
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Jeanine Santucci / USA Today:
Beto O'Rourke's staff removed a Breitbart writer from a campaign event, later saying site “walks the line between being news and a perpetrator of hate speech”
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook tightens rules for political advertisers in the US, requiring further identity proof such as tax-ID number or Federal Election Commission registration
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Q&A with David Karpf, the tenured professor whose “bedbug” tweet prompted NYT's Bret Stephens to copy Karpf's provost on an email complaining about the tweet