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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is about to get some very bad news … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Prediction: If Republican Rick Saccone scrapes out a close win in tomorrow's special election for a House seat in southwestern Pennsylvania, Donald Trump will claim it was all because of Donald Trump.
John Bacon / USA Today:
Death penalty for drug dealers? Count Trump in
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately trashes Rick Saccone
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Republicans wage 11th-hour blitz in Pa. special election
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's untethered Pennsylvania speech
Discussion: Althouse
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Betsy DeVos on guns, school choice and why people don't like her  —  The secretary of education has been one of the most criticized members of President Trump's Cabinet, but DeVos says she's “more misunderstood than anything”  —  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a devout Christian grandmother …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, CBS Miami and Mediaite
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:   Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbles during pointed ‘60 Minutes’ interview
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence  —  The pornographic film actress who says she had an affair with President Trump offered on Monday to return $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump's personal lawyer in 2016 for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Trump Jr. partners with donor who pitched gov't  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father's 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Look who's afraid of the NRA now: Trump owes Toomey an apology … Just a few weeks ago at a meeting with lawmakers, President Trump had this exchange with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): … Well, now it seems — to the surprise of no one who has noted Trump's insincere rhetoric and fidelity to the far right …
Washington Post:
White House vows to help arm teachers and backs off raising age for buying guns
Fox News:
White House backs off call to raise minimum age to buy long guns
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and IJR
Five people die in NYC helicopter crash, but the pilot survives  —  New York (CNN)The fatal New York City helicopter crash that killed everyone on board except the pilot may have been caused by a passenger's piece of luggage, the pilot told investigators.  —  The pilot said one of the passenger's bags …
New York Times:
Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Businessmen once considered giants of the Saudi economy now wear ankle bracelets that track their movements.  Princes who led military forces and appeared in glossy magazines are monitored by guards they do not command.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
When the President of the United States Calls You a ‘Son of a Bitch’  —  On Friday afternoon, Chuck Todd was talking Trump.  Never mind the over-the-top chaos of the past two weeks and a White House that at times seems to be coming unglued, Todd told me in an interview for The Global Politico …
Eric Adler / Kansas City Star:
Missouri is a destination wedding spot — for 15-year-old brides  —  Missouri's child brides  —  This state has the most lenient law in the nation for 15-year-old brides.  Some may have even married their rapists.  —  EXPAND ALL  —  In the dark before sunrise, high school sophomore Brittany Koerselman …
Eric Adler / Kansas City Star:
Hundreds of Missouri's 15-year-old brides may have married their rapists
Discussion: Raw Story
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Trump's abuses of power may not matter … The charges range widely, from relatively trivial abuses of privilege to completely unprecedented breaches of ethical laws and norms.  The president and his son-in-law may be using American foreign policy to enrich themselves.
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton says ‘follow the money’ in the Trump-Putin relationship … NEW DELHI — Hillary Clinton said over the weekend during a trip to India that the United States did not “deserve” the presidency of Donald Trump.  —  The former presidential candidate spoke at an event in Mumbai …
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly: I think Putin has something on Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joseph Hudak / Rolling Stone:
Tim McGraw Collapses Onstage During Ireland C2C Concert  —  According to his wife Faith Hill, who addressed the crowd, McGraw was suffering from dehydration  —  Tim McGraw collapsed onstage Sunday night during a performance in Dublin, Ireland.  McGraw had reportedly just finished singing his Number One hit …
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and KFOR-TV
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for ‘First Degree Murder’  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Arnold Schwarzenegger's next mission: taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”  —  The former California governor and global environmental activist announced the move Sunday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A Trump spokesman just said something about collusion that he might come to regret … If special counsel Robert S. Mueller III one day proves that someone on the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia, a top White House spokesman may live to regret what he said Sunday.
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Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too
Discussion: Raw Story
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Russian trolls pushed rally in Buffalo - then urged blacks not to vote
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