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New York Times:
Comey Confirms F.B.I. Inquiry on Russia; Sees No Evidence of Wiretapping  —  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, publicly confirmed an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and whether associates of the president were in contact with Moscow.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia  —  's former campaign manager said Monday that President Trump's campaign aides should be “prosecuted for treason” if an FBI investigation proves they coordinated with Russia in the presidential campaign.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp unloads on Comey  —  Former top officials for Hillary Clinton's campaign vented their frustration with both FBI Director James Comey and congressional Republicans on Monday as he testified on Capitol Hill.  —  Five months after Comey stepped into the 2016 election fray …
Discussion: RedState
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him  —  The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a covert Russian operation to interfere with the election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress Monday — and he refuted the president's baseless claim …
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion
Associated Press:
Trump says Dems ‘made up’ allegations of Russia interference
Discussion: Politico
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer digs in after FBI confirms Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
FBI's Comey says Obama did not order wiretapping of Trump's New York office
Discussion: Business Insider, The Root and AOL
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren  —  Conservative media company The Blaze has suspended political commentator Tomi Lahren, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Caller.  —  Lahren's show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC's sources.
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
Amid Charges By Former Law Student On Gender Equality, Former Clerks Defend Gorsuch  —  Editors' note 12:55 p.m. ET: Since this story was first published, we have added material from another former student and former law clerks of Gorsuch, as well as more information about Jennifer Sisk's political affiliations.
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New York Times:
Six Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Feinstein: I'm Concerned that Gorsuch Is an ‘Originalist’
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and twitchy.com
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Gorsuch Told Class ‘Many’ Women Manipulate Maternity Leave: Student
Discussion: NBC News, Shareblue and Politico
American Prospect:   The People's Defense: Why Senators Must Reject Gorsuch
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
The Trump Voters Who Don't Deserve Democrats' Sympathy  —  Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone's pain, and hold on to their own anger.  —  On the morning after, traumatized liberals set out hunting for answers as if Election Day were 9/11 all over again.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Conor Lynch / Salon:
The smug style in American liberalism: It's not helping, folks — but there's a better way  —  Maybe it's human nature to gloat while Trump's voters lose their health care — but it's not the path to victory  —  When various reports came out last week revealing that the American Health Care Act …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:   Frank Rich as Darth Vader
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.  —  Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a U.S. official.
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
US temporarily bans most electronics on Middle Eastern airlines  —  The US just made traveling to certain parts of the world considerably more complicated, at least if you're a technology fan.  Middle Eastern and African airlines (including Royal Jordanian and Saudia) say the US has asked …
Discussion: RedState, NBC News and The Verge
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands  —  Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington, D.C., saying she would play no formal role in her father's administration, is now officially setting up shop in the White House.  —  The powerful first daughter has secured her own office …
Discussion: Axios
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House  —  Eric Schneiderman hires a public-corruption prosecutor to target the Trump administration  —  New York state's attorney general, to date one of the most vocal antagonists of President Donald Trump, is preparing to escalate …
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump drops 208 spots on Forbes list of billionaires  —  Donald Trump is $1 billion poorer since becoming president, according to Forbes's latest list of the world's billionaires.  —  The magazine's newest ranking, released Monday, estimated that Trump's net worth has fallen from $4.5 billion …
Discussion: Forbes and CNBC
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump wants to defund PBS.  ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.  —  You should know a couple of things before we embark on a recap of “Sesame Street's” surprisingly vicious takedowns of Donald Trump, which span three decades leading up to his political rise.
Pew Research Center:
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations  —  The generation gap in American politics is dividing two younger age groups, Millennials and Generation X, from the two older groups, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.  —  In 2016, as in recent years …
Discussion: Washington Post
zpolitics:
Exclusive poll: Ossoff strengthens his lead, GOP candidates battle for runoff  —  With just less than 30 days until the special election to replace Tom Price, an exclusive new poll from zpolitics and Clout Research has found that Democrat Jon Ossoff is greatly solidifying his base of support.
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Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Ossoff Expands His Lead in Georgia Special Election
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Survey: Only 43 percent can name a Supreme Court justice  —  Only 43 percent of like U.S. voters can name a Supreme Court justice, according to a C-SPAN survey released Sunday.  —  The survey comes as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, began confirmation hearings on Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Bloomberg:
Full Text of Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch's Remarks to Senate Panel
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101  —  David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel …
 
 
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TMZ.com:
Huma Abedin and Tony Goldwyn Do Disneyland Together (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO)
Discussion: Heat Street and New York Magazine
Sarah Posner / New Republic:
How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Rolando Pujol / New York's PIX11:
EXCLUSIVE: 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
Discussion: TheStreet
Washington Post:
Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election
Discussion: The Atlantic, Lawfare and The Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Epidemic of Infallibility
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Bloomberg:
Germany Trades Barbs With Trump on Defense After Merkel Meeting
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot
Discussion: Mashable and Hot Air