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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 …
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Yahoo:
Michael Cohen's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow went on longer than he has previously acknowledged  —  WASHINGTON—Prosecutors and congressional investigators have obtained text messages and emails showing that President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen …
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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sources, new documents reveal depth of Trump's 2013 Moscow push  —  khall@mcclatchydc.com, bwieder@mcclatchydc.com  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Trump Organization's pursuit in 2013 of a tower in Moscow bearing the Trump name was much farther along than previously disclosed …
Discussion: The Week, Vox and RedState
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 …
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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Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: Politico
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant
USA Today:
Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation is a year old. Too soon to ‘wrap it up.’
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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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 …
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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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Missing financial reports drove leak of Cohen information: NYer  —  Ronan Farrow, contributing writer at The New Yorker, talks with Rachel Maddow about his reporting on the source of the Michael Cohen financial documents posted on line last week by Michael Avenatti, and two other reports that appear to be missing.
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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
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
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.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Philly.com
Rick Sobey / Lowell Sun Online:
Assault claim in Lowell state rep race  —  LOWELL — A challenger to state Rep. Rady Mom is accusing Mom of choking him at a party at Pailin City Restaurant earlier this month.  —  “I tapped (Mom) on the shoulder, and he went ballistic,” Sam Meas told The Sun on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
It might take a black candidate to beat Trump's toxic racial politics  —  Cory Booker's path out of the identity vs. economic politics quagmire.  —  “I am so frustrated with the obvious changes going on between my dad's age and now,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) delivering a stem-winder …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Millions of dollars committed’: Murphy enters new phase of bipartisan bid with Jolly  —  First, a poll showed that Florida Democrats might want an unprecedented bipartisan ticket in the 2018 governor's race.  Then came a legal analysis indicating it could, in fact, be done.
David Colon / Bicycling:
Why Did Police Run This Cyclist Off His Bike?  —  TWO NYPD OFFICERS VEERED INTO HEINS RODRIGUEZ AND THREW HIM FROM HIS BIKE, BUT HE NEVER FACED ANY CHARGES BESIDES “RESISTING ARREST.”  NOW, HE'S SUING THE DEPARTMENT.  —  In the video, the cyclist gets thrown from his bike, sails through the air, and hits the ground hard.
Tennessean.com:
Independent voters hold more positive view of Bredesen than Blackburn, new poll finds  —  A look at the several polls detailing the race of Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate Michael Schwab, The Tennessean  —  Independent voters in Tennessee have a significantly more positive view …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: STAT
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
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 …
 
 
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Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
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The White House:
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Discussion: MSNBC and IJR
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Jessica Pishko / The Guardian:
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Eder Campuzano / Oregonian:
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Discussion: American Thinker