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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
GOP Rep. Issa: 'Nobody's Going to be Surprised' If Trump Lied About Russia Meeting  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on Fox News for an interview with Neil Cavuto Saturday, and trashed former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as a “turncoat,” before downplaying the potential that President Donald Trump lied …
Discussion: Breitbart
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John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: 'Nobody's going to be surprised' if Trump approved Russia meeting  —  (R-Calif.) on Saturday downplayed renewed scrutiny over whether President Trump  —  knew in advance about his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Breitbart
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Giuliani: Cohen and Trump's legal teams have severed ties  —  Rudy Giuliani signaled on Saturday that President Donald Trump and his legal team are severing ties to Michael Cohen, the president's longtime former personal attorney.  —  “We have complained to them that he's violated …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Fox News:   Giuliani says experts think ‘someone messed’ with Cohen tape
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Joint defense with Cohen over, experts hired to analyze Trump-Cohen tape: Giuliani
Discussion: HuffPost, CNBC and Mediaite
EndPlay / WSB-TV:
Rep. John Lewis hospitalized after falling ill on plane  —  ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned that Rep. John Lewis has been hospitalized at a metro area hospital.  —  Sources confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that Lewis was hospitalized after becoming ill on a flight heading back to Atlanta on Saturday.
Discussion: ABC News
Mallory Moench / NBC News:
U.S. citizen's family was denied visas under Trump's travel ban.  Then he died by suicide.  —  Salem was one of thousands of Yemeni-Americans separated from non-U.S. citizen family members by Trump's travel ban.  —  In the early morning hours of July 18, Mahmood Salem told his family …
New York Times:
Still Standing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Step Back in the Spotlight  —  They have waited out, and in some cases ground down, their critics, and are ready to make a more visible push for their priorities.  —  WASHINGTON — They disappointed climate change activists who thought …
Scott Barrett / The Newport Daily News:
Trump supporters, opponents clash at Spicer book signing |  VIDEO  —  WARNING: This video contains strong language.  —  MIDDLETOWN — Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump verbally clashed inside and outside Barnes & Noble on Friday evening during a book signing …
Discussion: Raw Story, CBS Boston and Daily Wire
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our socialist president  —  For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary.  Because she calls herself a democratic socialist, the word “socialism” …
Discussion: Raw Story and Cafe Hayek
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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:   Venezuela's inflation will hit 1 million percent. Thanks, socialism.
Associated Press:
‘Koch brothers’ rebrand underway, still a conservative force  —  The conservative Koch brothers are no more — even if they remain a political powerhouse.  —  The Democrats' super villains for much of the last decade have quietly launched a rebranding effort that may vanquish the “Koch brothers” moniker from American politics.
Discussion: Politico
Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Immigrant girl hides in auto shop after escaping attendants from Florida detention facility  —  The 15-year-old Honduran girl couldn't take it anymore.  She had been held in the Florida detention facility for three weeks, and it felt like a prison.  —  So when she saw an opportunity …
New York Times:
He Was Dow's ‘Dioxin Lawyer.’ Now He's Trump's Choice to Run the Superfund Program.  —  The lawyer nominated to run the Superfund toxic cleanup program is steeped in the complexities of restoring polluted rivers and chemical dumps.  He spent more than a decade on one of the nation's most extensive cleanups …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wendy Siegelman:
‘US Person 2’ in the case of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina is George O'Neill—his daughter interned for Dana Rohrabacher and helped with an anti-Magnitsky event  —  New research reveals another link between alleged Russian agent Maria Butina and Pro-Russia congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
@thebudgetguy:
House Republicans Are In Almost Total Disarray As Summer Recess Begins  —  Consider all of the following now that the House of Representatives has left Washington until after Labor Day.  —  Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a lame duck speaker who no longer seems to care about supporting Donald Trump or Trump's legislative agenda.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
100 days: Dems have midterm edge, but it's not historic  —  Democrats and Republicans alike are weighing whether the November midterm elections will turn into a blue wave that acts as a referendum on President Trump  —  , or whether voters will make only modest adjustments to the levers …
Discussion: RedState
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Says He'll Stump for Vulnerable Republicans ‘Six or Seven Days a Week’
New York Times:
In Georgia Governor's Race, a Defining Moment for a Southern State  —  ATLANTA — The Republican won the nomination Tuesday after branding himself a politically incorrect conservative who would “round up criminal illegals” and haul them to the border in his very own pickup.
Hugh Bronstein / Reuters:
U.S. says farmers could get cash aid by October but will not be made whole  —  BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. farmers could receive cash payments from a planned $12 billion aid package as soon as late September, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Reuters on Saturday …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Eve Peyser / New York Times:
I Wanted a Dog.  I Bake Bread Instead.  —  I wanted a dog.  But my boyfriend claims to be “extremely allergic.”  So I settled for sourdough starter instead.  —  Unlike a puppy, my pet starter doesn't provide me with sweet kisses or especially cute Instagram content.  But like a dog, it is a living organism.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Therapists say they've seen a rise in anxiety under Trump: report  —  Therapists in the U.S. say they have seen a rise in politically-related anxiety under the Trump presidency.  —  Though a condition has not been officially named, therapists and patients have referred to it as …
Discussion: CBC News and twitchy.com
Washington Post:
‘Deleted’ families: What went wrong with Trump's family-separation effort  —  When a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reunify migrant families separated at the border, the government's cleanup crews faced an immediate problem.  —  They weren't sure who the families were, let alone what to call them.
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
HHS official who made anti-Muslim comments and spread conspiracy theories resigns  —  (CNN)Ximena Barreto, a far-right political pundit who was appointed in December to a communications post at the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned on Friday, an HHS official confirmed to CNN.
Discussion: IJR and Politico
Alistair Smout / Reuters:
Tech firms should be made liable for ‘fake news’ on sites: UK lawmakers  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Tech firms like Facebook should be made liable for “harmful and misleading” material on their websites and pay a levy so they can be regulated, British lawmakers said, warning of a crisis in democracy due to misuse of personal data.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He ‘Opened Up Europe’ for Farmers. Europeans Disagree.
Discussion: American Greatness
Jay McKenzie:
Dustin Giebel and Russia's Controlled Opposition in Action: How Unwitting and Controlled Actors …
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: 'She's Just Not Letting Go'
Joyce Karam / The National:
EXCLUSIVE: US plans to host GCC summit in October
New York Times:
U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
Gun Control Groups Fail to Stop Distribution of Gun-Making Computer Files
Discussion: UPI and VICE News
Washington Post:
Actually, guns do kill people, according to a new study
Wall Street Journal:
Refugees Become Pawns in Syria's Bid for Foreign Aid
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Capitalist Elizabeth Warren has the right antidote to socialism and Trumpism
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
War Between Kimberly Guilfoyle and Fox News Explodes Over Dueling ‘D*ck Pics’ Claims
Agence France-Presse:
Amsterdam ‘lawless jungle’ at night, ombudsman warns
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump policy shop filters facts to fit his message
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Maria Butina is just the tip of the Russia iceberg
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Case for a Trump-Russia Conspiracy Just Got a Little Stronger
Discussion: The Hill
 

 
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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft launches a Copilot for Finance in public preview; the chatbot can perform some common role-specific actions in Excel and Outlook

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