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8:35 PM ET, July 27, 2018

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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct  —  Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.  —  For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America.
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Ronan Farrow Exposé  —  The CBS CEO, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is accused of unwanted kissing and touching in a New Yorker article set to be published Friday.  —  The New Yorker is poised to publish an article by Ronan Farrow …
Politico:
Spotted: Mueller and Trump Jr. at DCA  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA.  This image first appeared in POLITICO Playbook PM — sign up below.  —  Sign up here for POLITICO Playbook.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Open to see the best ‘spotted’ in Playbook history  —  SPOTTED — ROBERT MUELLER and DONALD TRUMP JR. both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA.  And yes, there is a photo.  Picture of the two waiting at America's worst gate
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
G.D.P. Grew at 4.1% Rate in U.S. in Latest Quarter.  Here's What That Means.  —  The Commerce Department released its initial estimate of second-quarter economic growth on Friday, providing the latest snapshot of the American economy.  —  The Numbers  —  United States gross domestic product rose …
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
How Vladimir Putin will take down Donald Trump when he's no longer useful  —  Signs are that Vladimir Putin may already be hedging his bets on Donald Trump as a reliable tool for advancing several of Russia's key goals, including his drive to get U.S. sanctions lifted, sow chaos in America's elections …
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Portrait of the President As a Con Man
Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:
Democratic Lawmakers Want Donald Trump Jr. to Re-Testify Before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Public
Ari Honarvar / The Nation:
A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center  —  Separated from her mother by Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser.
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ProPublica:
Immigrant Youth Shelters: “If You're a Predator, It's a Gold Mine”  —  We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children.  Here's what they show.  —  Just five days after he reached the United States, the 15-year-old Honduran boy awoke …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
New York Times:
At Prayer Breakfast, Guests Seek Access to a Different Higher Power  —  WASHINGTON — With a lineup of prayer meetings, humanitarian forums and religious panels, the National Prayer Breakfast has long brought together people from all over the world for an agenda built around the teachings of Jesus.
Washington Post:
Venting about press, Trump has repeatedly sought to ban reporters over questions  —  President Trump has sought repeatedly to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to ban those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials …
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and CNN
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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Left Fox News After Investigation Into Misconduct Allegations, Sources Say  —  Sources tell HuffPost that Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump Jr., engaged in emotionally abusive behavior and showed colleagues personal photos of male genitalia.
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Special counsel releases witness list for Manafort trial  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed his witness list, which includes 35 individuals who could testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his upcoming trial.  —  Flashback: Earlier this week …
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Talking Points Memo:   Mueller Unveils Witness List For Manafort Trial Starting Next Week
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Bill Clinton Heckled By Angry Prostitutes In Amsterdam  —  Bill Clinton was heckled by activists at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on Friday while he was giving a speech.  —  Walking down the center aisle with red umbrellas, protesters demanded the decriminalization …
Discussion: Breitbart, PinkNews and Joe.My.God.
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Bomb Squad Called for Unattended Battery Chargers at Trump Tower: Officials  —  Suspicious Packages Found at Trump Tower  —  The NYPD is investigating after four portable batteries were found in the lobby of Trump Tower on Friday evening, two senior law enforcement officials tell News 4.
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Nick Givas / The Daily Caller:
Trevor Noah Asks Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez How She Plans To Pay For Her Agenda And Her Answer Was Typical  —  Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's “The Daily Show,” asked Democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez how she plans to pay …
Discussion: Hot Air, Breitbart and NTK Network
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Wills Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama's senior officials following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a picture up her skirt with his cell phone  — William Mendoza was the director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education under Obama
Discussion: Daily Wire
Des Moines Register:
New political movement seeks members from left, right and center to find solutions  —  The Republican Party was born in the mid-1800s, a coalition of northern Democrats and other anti-slavery factions dedicated to equality and the Union.  —  Over time, Republican adherence …
Politico:
‘If I kissed that one, would it lead to more?’  Federal housing chief investigated for sexual harassment  —  Mortgage regulator taped making suggestive comments to employee.  —  Mel Watt, the powerful regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of an employee.
Monica Burton / Eater:
The No-Tipping Point  —  Inside the twisted minds of deliberately bad tippers  —  “I don't tip because society says I have to,” says Mr. Pink, the crook played by Steve Buscemi in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.  “Alright, I mean I'll tip if somebody really deserves a tip.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one's in charge  —  After two years of calling Russian election meddling a hoax, President Trump will preside over a meeting about election security.  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of calling Russian election interference …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
‘They Spit When I Walked in the Street’: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’ in France  —  PARIS — The solemn boulevards and quiet side streets of the 17th Arrondissement in Paris suggest Jewish life in France is vibrant: There is a new profusion of kosher groceries and restaurants, and about 15 synagogues, up from only a handful two decades ago.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos [Update]  —  But you'll probably see new content posted to Jones' and InfoWars' pages.  —  Facebook took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones late Thursday when it banned the InfoWars host from using his account for the next 30 days.
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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's getting close to yanking several InfoWars pages
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNNMoney
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Yep, it was mine’: Man admits growing weed but Georgia jurors refuse to convict him  —  Prosecutors in Georgia may have thought they had a slam-dunk case when the defendant confessed to police and in court, but jurors refused to convict on a felony charge for a man growing marijuana for his own personal, medicinal use.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Help us identify Trump's unknown golf partners  —  In the flood of stories about how people close to President Trump sought to leverage their relationships for personal gain earlier this year, one story didn't attract as much attention as it might otherwise have.
Justin C. Dearborn / ClickHole:
While I Don't Relish Gutting Newspaper Payrolls, Unfortunately Sometimes It's Necessary So That I Can Have Slightly More Money  —  In today's increasingly difficult media landscape, there aren't always easy solutions to the challenges publishers face.  Earlier this week, Tronc …
José Olivares / The Intercept:
ICE Detainee Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Spent 21 Days in Solitary Confinement, Then Took His Own Life  —  Isaí Romero had no idea how to break the news to his parents that their son — his brother — had died.  The elderly couple, nearly 2,000 miles away in Puebla, Mexico …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Daily Beast:
Free Advice for Michael Cohen From Ex-Federal Prosecutors: Shut Up … As the feud between President Donald Trump and his former attorney and all-purpose fixer Michael Cohen continues to escalate publicly on a near-daily basis, it's worth asking what prosecutors make of all this.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
The Bottom Line in Republicans' 42 Open Seats  —  With 102 days to go, Democrats remain substantial favorites for House control.  A big reason: Republicans are defending 42 open or vacant seats, a record since at least 1930.  The retirements of Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) …
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor  —  President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry.  Sergeant Chapman's spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family will join the President …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Kim Brooks / New York Times:
Motherhood in the Age of Fear  —  Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.  —  CHICAGO — I was on my way home from dropping my kids off at preschool when a police officer called to ask if I was aware there was an outstanding warrant for my arrest.
Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times  —  There is so much ridiculous news coming out of California these days - jail time for providing plastic straws, driver's licenses for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities...it's almost too much to keep up with.
Discussion: Instapundit
Claudia Lauer / Associated Press:
Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, saying the agency is misusing the information to conduct sweeps in which otherwise law-abiding immigrants are also being caught up.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Deirdre Fernandes / BostonGlobe.com:
Harvard denies discriminating against Asian-Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda
Kantele Franko / Associated Press:
10 more ex-students sue Ohio State over sex abuse by doctor
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Twitter shares experience worst single day percentage drop since 2014 after reporting declining monthly active users
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Corruption case begins against Kazakh couple that allegedly laundered money through Trump Tower
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Federal Court Rules that CREW and PEER Records Lawsuit Against Pruitt and EPA May Proceed
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
Fox segment dismisses racial justice protests, guest claims “there is nothing worse than being called a racist”
John Harwood / CNBC:
This is the cost of President Trump's ‘America first’ policy
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Governor's race could pit Trump surrogate vs. #MeToo supporter, poll shows
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
Government data shows the entire ‘family separation’ crisis was built of lies
Jonathan Kauffman / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF coffee shop turns down Salesforce contract in immigration protest
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
How to Have Sex in a Canoe  —  “Three words: center of gravity …
Discussion: Althouse
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

 
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