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10:30 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 …
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 …
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Gawker Removes ‘Gay-Shaming’ Post That Set The Internet Aflame  —  Gawker CEO Nick Denton announced Friday afternoon that he ordered the website to remove an article that sparked widespread accusations of needless “gay-shaming” and blackmail of a publishing executive.
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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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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Chattanooga Shooting Suspect's Trip to Jordan Scrutinized by Authorities
WOWT-TV:
Chattanooga Shootings Investigated as Act of Terrorism
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Rand Paul may hold up highway bill over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: LifeNews.com, Daily Kos and Roll Call
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
First on CNN: Cruz super PAC's plan to win presidency
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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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 …
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 …
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Wanna bet? Trump makes wager after MSNBC host calls him liar
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, The Daily Beast and Politico
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Greece and Europe: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?  —  This week the Greek parliament agreed to European demands for tough new austerity measures and structural reforms, defusing (for the moment, at least) the country's sovereign debt crisis.  Now is a good time to ask: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?
Discussion: Slantpoint and New York Times
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: Liberaland, Mediaite and “The Lid”
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems float compromise linking Confederate flag to voting rights
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy
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Propeller falls through roof in Montgomery County
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Fox News:
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Republicans criticize Confederate flags at Obama visit