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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Despite Mueller's Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion  —  WASHINGTON — Even as the special counsel expands his inquiry and pursues criminal charges against at least four Trump associates, House Intelligence Committee Republicans said Monday they have found no evidence …
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CNN:
House Republicans say no evidence of collusion as they end Russia probe  —  (CNN)Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced Monday they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation.
Fox News:
House Intel finds ‘no evidence of collusion’ between Trump campaign and Russia
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carolyn Kaster / Washington Examiner:
House Intel releases verdict in Russia probe: No collusion
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Gains in CD18 Special  —  Voters divided on steel tariffs, but negligible impact on vote  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat Conor Lamb has taken a lead over Republican Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP chairman says Tuesday special election is in ‘Democrat district’  —  The chairman of Pennsylvania's Republican Party said Monday the special election in which Democrat Conor Lamb is running neck-and-neck with Republican Rick Saccone is in a “Democrat district,” …
Nash Jenkins / Press Association:
Democrats Eye an Upset in Pennsylvania's Special Election
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dallas Morning News:
Texas notary's failure to sign Stormy Daniels' hush agreement is under investigation  —  Updated at 4:38 p.m. to include comment from Daniels' attorney Michael J. Avenatti.  —  Texas officials are investigating whether a Dallas-area notary properly signed off on Stormy Daniels' agreement …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is The Stormy Story More Damaging Than We Thought?  —  We just finished recording this week's episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast.  We had a special guest, Joan Walsh.  We talked about the Stormy Daniels' story among other topics, including the 2016 election.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:   EXCLUSIVE: Stormy Daniels' ‘Dad’ on Trump: ‘He Would Call All the Time’
USA Today:
Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, says Robert Mueller is ‘not an unguided missile’  —  Special Counsel Robert Muller may delay the obstruction of justice portion of the 2016 election probe, potentially shifting focus to other parts of the case like collusion for the time being.
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Bloomberg:
Mueller Weighs Putting Off Trump Obstruction Decision  —  Delay would let him wrap up less explosive parts of inquiry  —  Obstruction decision might undercut probe, one way or another  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice …
CNN:
White House officials alarmed at education secretary's ‘60 Minutes’ performance  —  DeVos: Haven't visited underperforming schools  —  (CNN)White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Will Betsy DeVos Expand the School-to-Prison Pipeline?
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy  —  Felix Sater has been cast as a Russian mafioso, a career criminal, and a key business associate of President Donald Trump — but he spent more than two decades as an intelligence asset who helped the US government track terrorists and mobsters.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Susan Goldberg / National Geographic Magazine:
For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist.  To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It  —  We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad.  Here's what he found.  —  It is November 2, 1930, and National Geographic has sent a reporter …
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Jesse J. Holland / Yahoo:
National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage
Discussion: Power Line
YouTube:
Bitter Hillary Clinton Trashes America's Heartland, Calls States That Didnt Vote For Her “Backwards” … Dismissing America's Heartland to a foreign audience, Hillary Clinton says states that didn't vote for her are “backwards.”  Clinton brags she won the coasts & places that are “moving forward.”
BBC:
Russian spy: Highly likely Moscow behind attack, says Theresa May  —  Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, Theresa May has told MPs.  —  The PM said the government concluded it was “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack.
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Will Englund / Washington Post:   What a brave Russian scientist told me about Novichok, the nerve agent identified in the spy attack
Anita Kumar / mcclatchydc:
Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization.  That's turned into a problem.  —  WASHINGTON Donald Trump isn't the only Trump with potential conflicts of interest in the White House.  —  Ivanka Trump — a senior White House adviser who is doing everything from lobbying the Senate …
Prynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Video Appears To Show Bill Dix In Romantic Relationship With Lobbyist  —  A video recently obtained by Iowa Starting Line appears to show Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix in a romantic relationship with a Statehouse lobbyist while out at a Des Moines bar.  The evening the two were together happened …
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate leader Bill Dix resigns after video of him kissing woman in Des Moines bar is posted
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Cramer: Larry Kudlow is the leading contender to replace Gary Cohn as Trump's top economic advisor  — Larry Kudlow is the leading contender to replace Gary Cohn as National Economic Council director, CNBC's Jim Cramer reports.  —  Larry Kudlow is the leading contender …
Discussion: TVNewser
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Arab spy and prince's conduit to the Kremlin were at the Seychelles meeting between Trump donor Erik Prince and Russian oligarch which Mueller is probing  — Erik Prince, the billionaire Blackwater founder and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker close to the Kremlin met in the Seychelles in January 2017
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
3 deadly package explosions in Austin appear connected, police say  —  (CNN)Three explosions that occurred when people picked up packages outside their residences appear to be connected, Austin, Texas, city Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday at a news conference.
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CBS News:
Police: “Similarities” indicate link in deadly Austin package explosions
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
USDA withdraws animal welfare rule  —  The Trump administration has decided to withdraw an Obama-era rule that would have set new standards for the way animals should be treated if their meat is going to be sold as “certified organic.”  —  The Department of Agriculture (USDA) …
Discussion: USDA and Axios
Steven Overly / Politico:
White House says it's blocking Broadcom bid for rival Qualcomm  —  President Donald Trump blocked Asian chip manufacturer Broadcom's hostile takeover bid for U.S. rival Qualcomm today, scuttling the deal over national security concerns about China.  —  The decision comes after a review …
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Axios:
White House blocks Broadcom's proposed purchase of Qualcomm
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Britain Accuses Russia of Poisoning—Trump Won't Agree  —  Here's what would normally happen after an outrage like the attempted murder of a Russian defector and his daughter with a nerve agent, in an attack that also poisoned a British police officer and exposed as many as 500 people to neurological risk.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Associated Press:
Tillerson casts poisoning as sign of more aggressive Russia
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:
Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings …
 
 
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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Questions for TSA after reports of laptop and phone searches on domestic flights
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Republican senator proposes stripping Senate banking bill of help for big banks
Congressman Will Hurd:
Hurd Statement on HPSCI Russia Investigation
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tammy Baldwin defiant as millions in outside money pours in against her in Senate race
Discussion: NTK Network
Dan Boylan / Washington Times:
Mueller invokes unusual ‘conspiracy to defraud government’ charge to ensnare more targets
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Axios
CBS News:
Expert warns of “terrifying” potential of digitally-altered video
Discussion: Daily Mail and Daily Wire