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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.
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 …
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
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion
Associated Press:
Trump says Dems ‘made up’ allegations of Russia interference
Discussion: Politico
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
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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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch faces extraordinary sexism allegation from former student  —  The wannabe justice allegedly doesn't understand that sex discrimination is bad.  —  Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court begins Monday …
Bloomberg:
Full Text of Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch's Remarks to Senate Panel
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Gorsuch Told Class ‘Many’ Women Manipulate Maternity Leave: Student
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Shareblue
David H. Gans / New Republic:
Does Neil Gorsuch Believe in Liberty and Equality for All?
Discussion: Fox News, LifeNews.com and Economist
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
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.
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.
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
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump drops 220 spots on Forbes list of billionaires  —  Donald Trump is $1 billion poorer since becoming president, according to Forbes 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
Tom Michael / The Sun:
KIM BOMB UN Kim Jong-Un vows to reduce the US ‘to ashes’ with nuke strikes if Donald Trump fires ‘even a single bullet’ at North Korea  —  The rogue state threatened to use its ‘invincible Hwasong rockets’ to rain down nuclear destruction on its enemies  —  KIM Jong-un has threatened to reduce the US …
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Elise Hu / NPR:
The ‘Tillerson Is Tired’ Meme And Things That Happen In A News Vacuum
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 …
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 …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot  —  Add this one to the growing pile of evidence that the world is slowly transitioning into a sci-fi dystopia: a billionaire entrepreneur with a side-line building space rockets has been showing off piloting a 13-foot-tall robot.
Discussion: Mashable and 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 …
Washington Post:
Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election  —  Below is the full transcript from the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.  This post will be updated frequently.
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Guardian
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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
Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
Discussion: TheStreet
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Bloomberg:
Germany Trades Barbs With Trump on Defense After Merkel Meeting
Discussion: ABC News and Infowars
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The ugly news at St. Thomas