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2:40 PM ET, September 6, 2018


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New York Times:
NYT takes the rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump administration official that says top officials are working to thwart Trump  —  I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
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Michael Burke / The Hill:
White House slams the NYT for creating a “wild obsession with the identity” of the anonymous op-ed author; Sanders urges people to call NYT to ask who source is  —  The White House on Thursday slammed The New York Times for creating a “wild obsession with the identity” …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The official behind the anonymous NYT op-ed on Trump contacted an editor via an intermediary, then NYT spoke with author; a “very small number” know identity  —  Senior administration official hits Trump in op-ed  —  Several days ago a senior official in the Trump administration used …
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board has offered Les Moonves a ~$100M exit package in negotiation talks that would result in the appointment of COO Joe Ianniello as interim CEO  —  - The talks between Les Moonves and the CBS board have been going on for some time but have yet to reach a conclusion given continued back and forth about his exit package.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A recap of Facebook and Twitter hearings: Republican claims of bias, Democratic claims of political manipulation, and appearances by Alex Jones and Laura Loomer  —  A capsule review of tech's visit to Washington: The Senate seemed serious, the House did not, and Republicans aren't done complaining about bias.
Washington Post:
Overview of the Senate hearing on foreign influence in social media, which heard testimony from Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Documents show a US government photographer edited official photos of Trump's inauguration to make the crowd appear bigger following Trump's intervention  —  Exclusive: documents released to Guardian reveal government photographer cropped space ‘where crowd ended’
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 42% took a break from Facebook for several weeks or more, 26% deleted app from their phone, 54% adjusted privacy settings in past 12 months  —  Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform.
David Nather / Axios:
Survey of 2,698 US adults shows 66% of Democrats think search engine results are unbiased while only 22% of Republicans think the same  —  Two-thirds of Republicans believe the results of internet searches are skewed to the left — a shift that's driving significant public distrust in search engines …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DOJ announces hacking charges against a North Korean government spy, linked to the Lazarus Group, in connection with the 2014 Sony hack  —  The Justice Department will announce computer hacking charges Thursday against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2014 attack …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The Wrap adds a subscription business as it buys VideoInk, an outlet covering digital media with a $30/month subscription, which will eventually become Wrap Pro  —  Sharon Waxman's free site has bought Jocelyn Johnson's VideoInk.  —  Add another name to the paywall list: TheWrap …
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