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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team As West Wing Pressure Mounts  —  On Friday, Reince Priebus testified for hours with lawyers on special counsel Robert Mueller's team.  While Priebus has been careful not to criticize the president openly, sources who have spoken to him say he's …
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Spicer interviewed by Mueller's team  —  The former press secretary met with prosecutors in the Russia probe on Monday.  —  President Donald Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day …
Sanela Sabovic / WPLG-TV:
Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’  —  Trump faces controversy after U.S. Army deaths in Africa  —  MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for …
Molly Ringwald / New Yorker:
All the Other Harvey Weinsteins  —  The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way.  We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme.
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Showrunner  —  A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.  —  Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “Mist,” …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Save the Phony Weinstein Outrage, Republicans
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Uses John Kelly's Dead Son to Trash Obama … On Tuesday morning, the White House, not just President Donald Trump, went out of its way to turn Chief of Staff John Kelly's dead son into a political football for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama's character.
Discussion: Raw Story, ThinkProgress, Hullabaloo and IJR
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The Hill:
Trump speaks to families of Green Berets killed in Niger
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump invokes death of John Kelly's son in furor over calls to fallen soldiers
Washington Post:
Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: RedState
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House says Obama didn't call Kelly after his son's death
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Roy Moore, Doug Jones neck-and-neck in Alabama Senate race  —  Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.  —  A Fox News Poll also finds that among …
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Julia Glum / Newsweek:
HOW HILLARY CLINTON STILL CAN, AND SHOULD, BECOME PRESIDENT AFTER THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION  —  Sure, it's been more than 340 days since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but there's still one very narrow, highly unlikely and entirely unprecedented way that Clinton could become president.
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The Hill:
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow  —  Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence …
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
The Other Russia Scandal  —  One woman wrecking ball.
Discussion: Instapundit and RedState
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
New poll predicts unprecedented defeat for House Republicans in 2018  —  Congressional Democrats have opened up huge leads among voters, while the GOP struggles under their unpopular leadership.  —  For Republicans peering into the near future, none of the electoral news in the Trump era looks good.
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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and ABC News
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse  —  White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads …
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CNBC:
Canada, Mexico to firmly reject US NAFTA proposals but will offer to keep negotiations going: Sources
Discussion: IJR
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Clinton lawyer pounds CNN's Chris Cillizza on email analysis piece  —  CNN politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza grabbed his Outrage-Timing Stopwatch.  He used this device to count the number of days that had passed before former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton denounced …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility  —  Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray say they have reached an agreement on a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key insurance subsidy program and provide states flexibility to skirt some requirements of the health care law.
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump calls for Congress to fix ‘ObamaCare mess,’ end ‘bailouts’ for insurers
Discussion: IJR
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech  —  https://apnews.com/cd337697c2f04726b690 76627c014eb7  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America's foreign policy.
Paraic O'Brien / Channel 4 News:
Exclusive: Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay  —  After a lifetime of involvement with the far-right Kevin Wilshaw announces on Channel 4 News that he is leaving the movement - at the same time publicly coming out as gay.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting  —  Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse.  —  , and  —  Jennifer Smith doesn't like the term “accident.”  It implies too much chance and too little culpability.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and New York Magazine
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like  —  KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police.  So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.  —  Driving or taking a bus to a neighboring town …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Morning Joe rips evangelical hypocrites: ‘Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything Jesus Christ said’  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped congressional Republicans and conservative Christians for allowing themselves to be used by President Donald Trump.  —  The “Morning Joe” …
Wall Street Journal:
George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to His Foundation, Creating an Instant Giant  —  The pioneer of hedge-fund investing has transferred the bulk of his wealth to Open Society Foundations  —  George Soros, who built one of the world's largest fortunes through a famous series of trades …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward former pharma exec for health secretary  —  President Donald Trump is leaning toward nominating Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, to serve as Health and Human Services secretary, according to two White House officials.
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump's net worth drops $600 million on Forbes' rich list, falls 92 spots  —  Trump's golf clubs in Scotland are losing millions  —  The rich are getting richer.  But not Donald Trump.  —  The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans shows that the billionaire-in-chief's fortune fell by $600 million to $3.1 billion.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: DACA legal advice must be made public  —  A federal judge in California on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to turn over emails, letters, memos and other materials related to its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
 
 
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Secretary of State's office considers proposals to implement new voter ID law
Washington Post:
Heritage Foundation considers top White House aide, Cubs co-owner as next leader
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Senate one step closer to approving tax cuts after vote to open budget debate
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
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Emilia Petrarca / thecut:
Ivanka Trump Says She Had a ‘Punk Phase’ …
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Madeline Farber / Fox News:
Roofers in Maine stop work to respect national anthem, flag
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
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Discussion: NewsBusters, IJR and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Delta passenger says she was stopped from singing anthem
NBC News:
Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page
Discussion: Talking Points Memo