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6:50 AM ET, July 18, 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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Gawker:
A Statement From the Gawker Media Editorial Staff  —  Our union drive has expressed at every stage of the process that one of our core goals is to protect the editorial independence of Gawker Media sites from the influence of business-side concerns.  Today's unprecedented breach of the firewall …
Bad Journalist:
Goodbye to All That Gawking  —  To steal a tired line from an old dead writer: Gawker in 2013 was a very special time and place to be a part of.  I think - hope - that I still have some good years of writing and reporting and editing ahead of me, but whatever form that future takes …
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.
WKYC-TV:
Chattanooga shooter worked at Perry Nuclear Power Plant; Medra Marketing  —  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez may have recently lived and worked in Cleveland suburbs  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The man who opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and injuring three others, is Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Rand Paul may hold up highway bill over Planned Parenthood  —  Sen. Rand Paul is the latest lawmaker to throw a wrench into delicate transportation bill negotiations, suggesting he might hold up the legislation over the controversial Planned Parenthood video that surfaced this week.
Discussion: LifeNews.com, Daily Kos and Roll Call
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Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Winners and Losers in the First Big Cash Grab of the 2016 Presidential Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
Minivan likely carrying paintball guns, not assault rifles, cops say  —  A group in Staten Island photographed toting what appeared to be assault rifles Friday morning were likely carrying paintball guns and not the lethal weapons, cops said.  —  The four young men and a woman wearing …
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Waller County authorities release more details in jail suicide  —  The Texas Department of Public Safety has asked the FBI to assist in the investigation into the death of the 28-year-old woman who apparently hanged herself in a jail cell in Waller County on Monday.
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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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John M. Annese / Staten Island Advance:
Michael Grimm gets 8 months in prison at sentencing  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former Republican Rep. Michael Grimm has been sentenced to eight months in prison.  —  Grimm, whose federal tax fraud conviction last December ended his career as Staten Island's Congressional representative …
Discussion: 7online.com and PoliticusUSA
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Tom Hays / Yahoo Politics:
Ex-NY Congressman Grimm gets 8 months of prison in tax case
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Appeal?  G.O.P. Is Puzzled, but His Fans Aren't  —  LACONIA, N.H. — There are many, many things Donald Trump would like you to know about how he would run the country.  As he told a standing-room-only crowd here the other night, turning America around would be a lot like running …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Melissa Pamer / KTLA:
3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway  —  A dangerous, fast-moving wildfire spread through the Cajon Pass on Friday afternoon, damaging several homes and threatening about 50 others after jumping the 15 Freeway and destroying some 20 vehicles stopped on the pavement.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and WGN-TV
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Hosts 110-Year-Old World War II Veteran Emma Didlake  —  President Obama welcomed the nation's oldest known veteran to the White House — hosting the barrier-breaking 110-year Emma Didlake in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.  —  The president lauded Didlake …
Discussion: WKRN-TV
Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Goldman Sachs' newly minted billionaire CEO Lloyd Blankfein grew up in the projects of Brooklyn  —  Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein is officially a billionaire.  —  The bank CEO now has an estimated $1.1 billion net worth thanks to the rise in Goldman's stock price.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Bloomberg Business
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!
Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:
Google Hires Tech Team From Homejoy, Readies Leap Into Home Services Market  —  Google is preparing to stomp into yet another market: Home services.  To do so, the search giant is scooping up the technical team behind Homejoy, the startup that connected online users with professional cleaners.
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. deputies union ties pier killing to sheriff's order  —  The union representing San Francisco sheriff's deputies filed a formal complaint against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, linking the Pier 14 killing of Kathryn Steinle to a March order that barred them from communicating with federal immigration agents …
Discussion: Fox News and Liberty Unyielding
 
 
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Courtney Such / RealClearPolicy:
The Rise of Concealed Carry
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WOWT-TV:
Chattanooga Shootings Investigated as Act of Terrorism
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Greece and Europe: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?
Discussion: Slantpoint and New York Times
Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Mass killer Breivik to study at Oslo University, from jail
Discussion: NPR
CBC News:
Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta spills 5 million litres
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Uber's New Fake Feature in NYC Derides Regulators
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: McCain will lose his primary
Angela Greiling Keane / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: FishbowlDC
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
I have my doubts Bill Cosby's a rapist
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
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Propeller falls through roof in Montgomery County