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5:55 PM ET, July 17, 2015

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Nick Denton:
Taking a post down  —  Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published a story about the CFO of Conde Nast texting an escort.  It was an editorial call, a close call around which there were more internal disagreements than usual.  And it is a decision I regret.  —  The story involves extortion …
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Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
Condé Nast's CFO Tried To Pay $2,500 for a Night With a Gay Porn Star  —  David Geithner, brother of ex-Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is currently the chief financial officer of Condé Nast.  This past weekend, he'd planned to go to Chicago—where he planned to meet …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Gawker Is Removing Story About Condé Nast CFO  —  Yesterday, Gawker published a post about the CFO of Condé Nast attempting to pay a gay porn star for a night in a Chicago hotel.  Today the managing partnership of Gawker Media voted, 5-1, to remove the post.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
A Note About Our Coverage Of Donald Trump's ‘Campaign’  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post  —  Editorial Director, The Huffington Post  —  After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Huffington Post's politics team won't cover Trump's campaign  —  Earlier this month, while political news organizations were wrestling with the rise of Donald Trump, Washington Post senior politics editor Steven Ginsberg offered a philosophy: “In my view, making decisions solely according …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White  —  The last year has been an education for white people.  There has been a depth, power and richness to the African-American conversation about Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and the other killings that has been humbling and instructive.
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Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
David Brooks scolds Ta-Nehisi Coates: “I think you distort history”  —  The Times columnist displays more white privilege in one column than some white people experience in a lifetime  —  The New York Times' moral scold David Brook took time out from his career as a professional taxi cab passenger …
Discussion: Shakesville
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Ted Cruz hurt most by Trump candidacy  —  Insiders say Donald Trump is a candidate who is as uncompromising as Cruz on hot-button issues like immigration — and can deliver the message with even more fiery rhetoric.  —  Donald Trump's turn in the national spotlight is mainly taking …
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Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
First on CNN: Cruz super PAC's plan to win presidency
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Rand Paul may hold up highway bill over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Chattanooga Shooting Suspect's Trip to Jordan Scrutinized by Authorities  —  Officials looking at whether he had contact with extremists or traveled to other countries  —  Counterterrorism investigators are looking closely at a monthslong trip the Chattanooga shooting suspect took to Jordan …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Liberals and Wages  —  Hillary Clinton gave her first big economic speech on Monday, and progressives were by and large gratified.  For Mrs. Clinton's core message was that the federal government can and should use its influence to push for higher wages.  —  Conservatives, however — at least those who could stop chanting “Benghazi!
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: McCain will lose his primary  —  GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday defended his supporters from Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), saying his attacks on the right will cost him in his campaign for reelection next year.  —  McCain said in an interview published Thursday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Wanna bet? Trump makes wager after MSNBC host calls him liar
Jennifer Palmieri / Medium:
Hillary Clinton's No Good, (Record-Breaking, Poll-Winning), Very Bad Week  —  If you believe the mood and headlines from some of the press, it's been a pretty rough week for Hillary Clinton.  While there was widespread and substantive coverage of the rollout of her economic agenda, politically, it's a different story.
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Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Lobbyists for Monsanto, ExxonMobil Raise Money for Hillary Clinton
USA Today:
FBI joins investigation into death of inmate Sandra Bland  —  The FBI is investigating the death of Sandra Bland.  She was arrested in Waller County, Texas after a routine traffic stop but was found hanging in her jail cell days later.  VPC  —  HOUSTON — The FBI has joined the Texas Rangers …
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Matthew Balan / NewsBusters:
CNN Analyst Unsure If Mass Shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez's Name is Muslim  —  Share it Tweet it  —  On Thursday's The Lead, CNN analyst Tom Fuentes was unwilling to conclude that the perpetrator of a mass shooting against servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee was Muslim.
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
I have my doubts Bill Cosby's a rapist  —  Bill Cosby is a lousy husband and a possible sex addict.  But is he a rapist?  —  I have my doubts.  —  Is Cosby, 78, so diabolically creepy that he secretly slipped Quaaludes into the mouths of his alleged victims, as even President Obama suggests?
Discussion: Mediaite and “The Lid”
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Winners and Losers in the First Big Cash Grab of the 2016 Presidential Race  —  Money talks.  —  t michaelcbender  —  Taken together, the thousands of pages of campaign finance reports filed by presidential candidates this week are a significant marker in the race for the White House.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Washington plane crash survivor desperately tried to save grandparents  —  Story highlights  —  Bellingham, Washington (CNN)A 16-year-old girl agonizingly tried to save her step-grandparents after a fiery small plane crash into a Washington mountain last weekend, she told CNN.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Republicans criticize Confederate flags at Obama visit  —  Two Oklahoma Republican congressmen ripped protesters in their state who greeted President Obama in Oklahoma City by waving Confederate flags, calling their actions “disrespectful,” “embarrassing” and “inappropriate.”
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy  —  Just as in the 1850s (with the Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act), the Southern labor system (with low pay and no unions) is wending its way north.  —  Santayana had it wrong: Even if we remember the past, we may be condemned to repeat it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Oliver Lane / BREITBART.COM:
There Was a Significant Terrorist Attack in France This Week and the Mainstream Media Hasn't Even Bothered Telling You  —  Three deliberate, simultaneous explosions rocked a major petrochemical plant in France on Bastille Day, but as usual it is still ‘too early to talk about terrorism’.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Belmont Club
Ian Hanchett / BREITBART.COM:
Watch: Tur Threatens to Send Breitbart's Ben Shapiro Home in an Ambulance During Jenner Discussion  —  Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and transgender reporter for Inside Edition and helicopter pilot Zoey Tur engaged in a heated debate over Caitlyn Jenner and transgenderism during …
CBC News:
Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta spills 5 million litres  —  Nexen Energy spill south of Fort McMurray covers about 16,000 square metres  —  One of the largest leaks in Alberta history has spilled about five million litres of emulsion from a Nexen Energy pipeline at the company's Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray.
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Petition: Add Outkast to Confederate carving at Stone Mountain  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)A Brooklyn-based artist and animator has devised a way to hush that fuss over the Confederate icons striding across Georgia's Stone Mountain.  —  Rather than trying to wash away the South's history …
 
 
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Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Greece and Europe: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?
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Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Mass killer Breivik to study at Oslo University, from jail
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Bloomberg Business:
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems float compromise linking Confederate flag to voting rights
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Rachel Yonkunas / WCDC-TV:
Propeller falls through roof in Montgomery County
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats View U.S. Justices Kennedy, Roberts Favorably
Fox News:
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