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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used …
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Washington Post:
Jared Kushner lacks security clearance level to review some of the nation's most sensitive intelligence in White House role  —  Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets …
Discussion: Vox
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Peter Strzok just gave a hard-to-rebut defense of the objectivity of the Russia investigation's origins  —  To hear President Trump tell it, FBI agent Peter Strzok was hopelessly biased against him and his candidacy.  Trump has tweeted criticisms of Strzok repeatedly, often in personally disparaging terms …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
F.B.I. Agent at Center of Russia Probe Turns Tables on G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive personal defense on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP's bogus conspiracy theory  —  There are times when you watch what's happening in American politics and come to believe you've fallen through the rabbit hole, to a place where everything is upside down.  Today was one of those times …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag.  He Just Knocked Them Out. … Those who forget the lessons of televised congressional hearings are doomed to repeat them, which is why the morning segment of the Capitol Hill show trial of veteran FBI agent and former head …
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 key moments from Peter Strzok's wild hearing  —  This post has been updated.  —  FBI agent Peter Strzok had his moment on an extremely hot seat Thursday morning in a contentious hearing that quickly devolved into angry yelling, interjections and parliamentary maneuvering.
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
TRUMP'S BREXIT BLAST I told May how to do Brexit but she wrecked it — the US trade deal is off, says Donald Trump  —  In a world-exclusive interview with The Sun, the US President said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy  —  DONALD Trump today accuses …
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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
PROTESTERS BRUSHED OFF Donald Trump ‘feels unwelcome’ in London but insists real Brits ‘love the President’  —  The US President says he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests, saying ‘when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?’
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
MIGRANTS ‘HARM UK’ Donald Trump says Britain is ‘losing its culture’ because of immigration  —  The US President says the wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing Europe for the worse  —  BRITAIN is “losing its culture” because of immigration, Donald Trump says.
Discussion: Townhall
Zachary Basu / Axios:
In photos: Trump arrives in United Kingdom to visit with Prime Minister, Queen
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Trump upends NATO summit, demanding immediate spending increases or he will ‘do his own thing’  —  BRUSSELS — President Trump upended the NATO summit here Thursday by calling an emergency meeting of leaders and threatening that if all member countries do not immediately increase …
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Politico:
Trump's whiplash NATO summit
Associated Press:   After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain
Washington Post:
‘Whiplash’: Inside Trump's NATO ambush, a signature spectacle casting allies as bit players
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times, CNBC and Axios
Miles Parks / NPR:
A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's Car  —  Winter in Wisconsin is tough.  —  So tough, in fact, that living creatures might go searching for shelter in unlikely places.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan explained Thursday that a family of woodchucks moved into his Chevy Suburban recently …
Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite and Eschaton
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Paul Ryan: My car was eaten by animals
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
Hailey Fuchs / Yale Daily News:
A sports junkie who ate pasta with ketchup: Law school friends reflect on Kavanaugh's time at YLS  —  In the days following the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh '87 LAW '90 to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats have condemned President Donald Trump's pick as an enemy of the left.
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Sheriff Joe: Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Me Posing as ‘Finnish Comedian’  —  Speaking in a Breitbart News interview, Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, detailed allegedly being duped into an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen, who Arpaio says posed as a famous comedian from Finland.
Discussion: Deadline
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:   How Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Ted Koppel for His Showtime Show
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’  —  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.
Bloomberg:
North Koreans Are No Show at U.S. War Dead Talks, Yonhap Reports  — American officials kept waiting on militarized border  — Latest sign of tension after Pompeo's visit last weekend  —  North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with U.S. counterparts to discuss returning …
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains
Associated Press:
Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ from Kim Jong Un
Discussion: ABC News
Tim Mak / NPR:
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News  —  Russia's information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news.  —  The information operatives …
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Purchases New York City Apartment for $6.7 Million  —  Donald Trump's former personal lawyer financed the purchase with a mortgage from the developers, according to public records  —  Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer who is under federal investigation …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats ahead in election enthusiasm, interest — and the vote  —  Democrats are more interested in the upcoming midterm elections and more enthused to vote than usual, and that helps them to an 8-point edge in the generic congressional ballot test.
Latest News Releases:
Trump Administration Completes Reunification for Eligible Children Under Age 5  —  Under order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (DOJ) have been reunifying alien minors under 5 years old …
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CBS News:
Stormy Daniels arrested while performing at Ohio strip club  —  Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday.  While Daniels was performing Wednesday night at Sirens …
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miamiherald:
The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found  —  The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.
Discussion: Law & Crime and IJR
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
What America could do with European levels of military spending  —  President Trump excoriated the country's European allies over their defense budgets on Wednesday, demanding they increase their military spending to levels closer to the United States.  —  But if the United States instead tried lowering …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Proves It Isn't Ready To Handle Fake News  —  Facebook says it knows the truth is messy; what it doesn't know is how to clean up all the fake news it is helping to spread.  —  On Wednesday afternoon Facebook invited a handful of journalists to its New York offices for shrimp cocktail …
Gary Varvel / USA Today:
Donald Trump is the president I didn't want, but now I know we need … Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.  —  When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn't take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency's plans for a crisis in Puerto Rico were based on a focused disaster like a tsunami, not a major hurricane devastating the whole island.  The agency vastly underestimated how much food …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort moves to Alexandria jail, a past home to spies and terrorists  —  Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests.  —  Officials confirm the former Trump campaign chairman was booked Thursday morning into the Alexandria Detention Center …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House GOP to bring Dem ‘abolish ICE’ bill up for vote  —  House GOP leaders plan to bring a Democratic measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the House floor, hoping to force Democrats into a difficult vote.  —  The Democratic bill …
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and twitchy.com
Associated Press:
Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Congressman Mark Pocan:
Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Terminate ICE and Transfer Critical Functions to Other Agencies
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Washington Post:
New details in book about Emmett Till's death prompted officials to reopen investigation
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The bizarre media hoopla over Alan Dershowitz's social life in Martha's Vineyard, explained
Steven Overly / Politico:
Trump administration appeals ruling in AT&T-Time Warner merger
Carvell Wallace / Slate:
My Niece Wears Her MAGA Hat to Family Parties
Discussion: Daily Wire
ICE:
ICE detainee passes away at Georgia hospital
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
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Bloomberg:
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe
Discussion: Hill Reporter and CNN
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Sean Spicer contradicts Trump's Manafort claims in new book
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
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