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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 …
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: Vox, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
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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Reuters:   Putin says Trump can ‘be my guest’ in Moscow, White House welcomes idea
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid
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.
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, AOL, POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and CNN
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
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.
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.
Walter Kirn / Harper's:
Illiberal Values  —  Coming of age in the Seventies as a Midwesterner, a Mormon, and a resident of a town of about five hundred people, I didn't get to meet a lot of outspoken liberals, but those I did meet made strong impressions on me.  I was too young to understand the intricacies of their politics …
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.
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.
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.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS official who spread conspiracy theories forced out  —  Ximena Barreto — a Donald Trump political appointee who used social media to spread conspiracy theories about a supposed pizza shop sex ring and made other inflammatory remarks — was escorted from Health and Human Services Department …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump administration fails to comply with court order, keeps kids locked up  —  The Post reports: … We have no doubt that the DHS employees working to reunite families have given their all and are committed to fulfilling the judge's order.  It is the political appointees who conducted …
Associated Press:
After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.
TYT Investigates / TYT Network:
Giuliani, Bolton Repeatedly Met With Group Formerly Designated a Cult-Like Terror Organization  —  Rudy Giuliani speaks during a memorial in NYC on September 24, 2013, for members of Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK).  MEK says that 52 of its members were killed on September 1, 2013, in Iraq.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Precinct Data Shows Rich, White Neighborhoods Flipping Democratic in 2016.  Will It Last?  —  Republicans have been the party of the rich and Democrats the party of the poor for about as long as political scientists have collected data on American elections.  —  That might not be quite so true anymore, at least among white voters.
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 …
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.
John Harwood / CNBC:
This is the cost of President Trump's ‘America first’ policy  —  The day President Trump took office, he declared a change in America's direction.  Since then he has shaken one international structure after the other.  This is how Trump's policies will affect the United States' relationship with the world.
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
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence  —  Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the State Assembly who rose to become one of New York's most powerful politicians, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for his conviction on federal corruption charges.
Discussion: Gothamist
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Portrait of the President As a Con Man  —  The leaked tape recording of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump discussing how to handle the payoff to silence yet another extracurricular paramour, Karen McDougal, is more important, it seems to me, than has been generally acknowledged.
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.
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.
 
 
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CNN:
Sanctions on Russia's Rusal could be lifted, Mnuchin says
New York Times:
As Carr Fire Kills 2 in California, Firefighters Reflect on a Job Now ‘Twice as Violent’
Discussion: NPR and Balloon Juice
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Help a Freelance Labor Reporter Afford Summer Vacation in Appalachia
David Weigel / Washington Post:
A test in Delaware: Can an old-school politician succeed in a campaign season defined by tumult?
Deirdre Fernandes / BostonGlobe.com:
Harvard denies discriminating against Asian-Americans
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Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times
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Claudia Lauer / Associated Press:
Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE
Discussion: Axios
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
Media Matters for America:
Fox segment dismisses racial justice protests, guest claims “there is nothing worse than being called a racist”
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 …
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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