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The Definitive Story Of How Trump's Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign  —  On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent.  —  All through the hot summer campaign of 2016, as Donald Trump and his aides dismissed talk …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dana Bash / CNN:
Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer.
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TMZ.com:
Rudy Giuliani Doubles Down That Trump Can't Be Indicted Even If He Shoots Someone
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen's Financial Records  —  A law-enforcement official released the documents after finding that additional suspicious transactions did not appear in a government database.  —  Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times' Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign  —  It's reasonable to assume that much of the new information in the New York Times report relates to leakers' fears about information that will be coming out in the inspector general report.
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Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Levin breaks down the FBI's secret ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ ‘cabal’ against Trump  —  On his radio show Wednesday night, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed new revelations about a “secret cabal” of FBI agents that began surveillance of President Trump and his campaign over three months before the November 2016 election.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country's borders and branding such people “animals.”
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Scott Waldmann / Science:
Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise  —  The Earth is not warming.  The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise.  Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet.  —  Those are some of the skeptical assertions echoed …
Discussion: E&E News, Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Bad Liars  —  ICE claimed a Dreamer was “gang-affiliated” and tried to deport him.  A federal judge ruled that ICE was lying.  —  On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez shot down the federal government's efforts to strip Daniel Ramirez Medina of his DACA status.
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Post:
Racist lawyer runs scared from cameras outside home  —  The Midtown lawyer who was caught on video hurling racist comments at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers refused to comment outside his home Thursday while shielding himself from reporters.  —  Aaron Schlossberg, 42 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Phil Klay / New Yorker:
The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us  —  The charges facing the embattled governor of Missouri have stunned voters, but in the tight-knit Naval Special Warfare community, Greitens has been a divisive figure for years.  —  The Missouri legislature is scheduled …
Kyle Rempfer / Air Force Times:
Air Force A-10s called in to hold off Taliban attack on major Afghan city … Air Force A-10 Warthogs are over Farah city, Afghanistan, in an attempt to prevent the city's fall to Taliban forces during the first major assault against a provincial capital since the Taliban began their annual fighting season.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Playbook: Republicans in the middle of an immigration nightmare  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  EVERY DAY IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY is a wild ride, but yesterday was particularly emblematic of the breakneck pace.  —  LET'S RECAP: 1.  The White House released Trump's financial disclosure …
Jessica Garrison / BuzzFeed:
The Life Of One Of America's Bloodiest Hitmen  —  “True Evil has a face you know and a voice you trust.”  —  “Look, Jose,” the cop said to the genial grandfather sitting across the desk.  “The fact is, you're being charged with murder.”  —  Tim McWhorter, the chief investigator …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond  —  Days after Carter Page's high-profile trip to Moscow in July 2016, the Trump campaign adviser had his first encounter with Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor with CIA and MI6 contacts.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Poll: Just 13 percent of Americans consider Trump honest and trustworthy  —  Only thirteen percent of Americans said they would consider President Trump  —  to be honest and trustworthy, according to a new Survey Monkey tracking poll.  —  Trump's honesty and trustworthiness score …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I'm Not Going to Just Roll Over“: Behind the Scenes, After Another Week in the Spotlight, Michael Cohen Oscillates Between Fighting Back and Frustration  —  And his interest in Uber is now coming into view.  In March 2015, Cohen sent an e-mail to Ari Emanuel, the co-C.E.O. of William Morris Endeavor …
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Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Pennsylvania Republicans hit the panic button over Senate nominee Lou Barletta  —  Senior Republicans are sounding the alarm about Rep. Lou Barletta's, R-Pa., struggling Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, fretting that his lackadaisical, disorganized effort will hand a third term to incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
CBS Los Angeles:
Starbucks Facing More Racism Allegations After Latino Customer Receives Cup With ‘Beaner’ On The Label  —  LA CAÑADA (CBSLA) — Nearly two weeks ahead of their day of nationwide racial bias training, coffee chain Starbucks is facing new accusations of racism after a Latino customer discovered …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
U.S. Navy Reserve Doctor on Gina Haspel Torture Victim: “One of the Most Severely Traumatized Individuals I Have Ever Seen”  —  An American doctor and Naval reserve officer who has done extensive medical evaluation of a high-profile prisoner who was tortured under the supervision …
GQ:
GQ's 2018 Comedy Issue Cover Stars Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman  —  Mistakes were made.  —  GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue …
Discussion: Jezebel and Mashable
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reporting full context of Trump's immigration comments should cut both ways  —  Supporters of President Trump (as well as some otherwise critical conservatives) have justifiably criticized the media by suggesting he was broadly referring to illegal immigrants as “animals” …
Discussion: Shakesville
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening in Gaza  —  The cacophony that accompanies every upsurge in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can make it seem impossible for outsiders to sort out the facts.  Recent events in Gaza are no exception.  The shrillest voices on each side …
Aaron Gordon / Village Voice:
The L Train Shutdown Scenario Just Got a Whole Lot Worse … The picture of just how bad the L train shutdown will be for commuters is getting a little bit clearer.  And it's looking even worse.  —  A key to the latest problem was raised during Wednesday night's L train shutdown town hall meeting …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — This piece revisits a proposed path to a Democratic House majority we sketched out in early February.  — Overall, the Democrats' odds in the districts mentioned have largely but not universally gotten a little better.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Forward
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The White House is discussing replacements for homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen  —  The White House is discussing possible replacements for Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, because Donald Trump is unhappy with how she is running the massive agency tasked …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just watered down Trump's Russia collusion denial yet again  —  This is now at least the seventh time the goal posts have been moved — all in one direction.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Employees Altered Information on Business Customers' Documents  —  Some employees in a Wells Fargo unit that handles business banking improperly altered information on documents related to corporate customers.  The behavior again raises questions about the bank's risk-management practices and controls.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House  —  A super PAC bankrolled by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson tears up the standard playbook of drowning voters in ads.  —  TUSTIN, Calif. — Republicans have amassed a sprawling shadow field organization to defend the House this fall …
Discussion: Political Wire
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Sex Isn't Everything In Donald Trump's Big Reveal  —  Stormy Daniels grabs the headlines, but humdrum details in financial disclosure may matter most.  —  Thanks to the Office of Government Ethics, a U.S. federal agency created after the Watergate scandals to curb the kind of flagrant conflicts …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Ronan Has a Story to Tell”: Curiosity and Agita Inside 30 Rock as Ronan Farrow Begins Work on Catch and Kill  —  NBC is jittery as Farrow prepares to tell his side of the story about what went down at the network while he was reporting on Harvey Weinstein.  —  Of all the headaches …
Discussion: Vox
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
First confirmed urban Ebola case is a ‘game changer’ in Congo outbreak  —  NAIROBI — Congo has confirmed a case of Ebola in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million, marking the first urban case in the latest outbreak of the disease.  The World Health Organization's lead response official called the development “a game changer.”
Discussion: NPR and STAT
 
 
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