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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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid  —  WASHINGTON — State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives.
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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
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump chairs election security meeting but gives no new orders to repel Russian interference  —  President Trump chaired a meeting Friday of his most senior national security advisers to discuss the administration's effort to safeguard November's elections from Russian interference …
Discussion: Political Wire
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump's ex-lawyer: Giuliani hurt Trump's case by flip-flopping on Cohen  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, substantially weakened his case against Michael Cohen by going back and forth as to whether Cohen could tell federal prosecutors the truth, said Jay Goldberg …
Discussion: Political Wire, Fox News and Bustle
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Reuters:   Putin says Trump can ‘be my guest’ in Moscow, White House welcomes idea
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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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, facing sexual abuse reports, resigns from the College of Cardinals  —  Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and longtime globe-trotting diplomat of the Catholic Church, resigned his position as a cardinal, the Vatican announced Saturday.
Discussion: Axios and vaticannews.va
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Associated Press:   After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests
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 and Mediaite
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 …
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
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.
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
Discussion: Bustle
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Midterms likely to be most expensive ever as TV ads pass billion-dollar mark  —  Campaigns, political parties and outside groups have booked or aired more than $1 billion in television advertising, months before voters head to the polls in November in what is likely to become the most expensive midterm election campaign in U.S. history.
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 …
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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.
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Viktor Orbán: Commission is EU elite ‘failure’  —  The European Commission is a symbol of the EU elite's failure, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his annual speech to party supporters.  —  Speaking in the Romanian town of Băile Tunad …
Discussion: Index and One America News Network
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.
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.
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Anti-Kavanaugh Campaign Makes Extensive Use of ‘Dark Money’ Donations  —  So-called “dark money” groups on the political left are planning how to spend millions to try to stop the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  —  In an article headlined, “Liberal activists embrace 'dark money …
Discussion: Washington Post
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
As Affordable Housing Crisis Grows, HUD Sits on the Sidelines  —  WASHINGTON — The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis.  Millions of low-income Americans are paying 70 percent or more of their incomes for shelter, while rents continue to rise and construction …
CNN:
Sanctions on Russia's Rusal could be lifted, Mnuchin says  —  Pompeo hearing gets heated over what Trump told Putin  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is looking into lifting sanctions against a major Russian aluminum company founded by one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies.
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, Joe.My.God. and PinkNews
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Help a Freelance Labor Reporter Afford Summer Vacation in Appalachia  —  Right-wing publications have mocked me in the past for raising money for vacations.  However, as a freelance labor reporter, I don't have paid vacation days.  If I don't work, I don't get paid.
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
As Carr Fire Kills 2 in California, Firefighters Reflect on a Job Now ‘Twice as Violent’
Discussion: NPR and Balloon Juice
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence
Discussion: Gothamist
Deirdre Fernandes / BostonGlobe.com:
Harvard denies discriminating against Asian-Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wills Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama's senior officials following …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer and Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Yep, it was mine’: Man admits growing weed but Georgia jurors refuse to convict him
John Harwood / CNBC:
This is the cost of President Trump's ‘America first’ policy
Politico:
Spotted: Mueller and Trump Jr. at DCA
Des Moines Register:
New political movement seeks members from left, right and center to find solutions