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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion  —  President Trump's defense in the Russia investigation has been a study in goal-post moving — constantly watering down previous denials and raising the standard for what would constitute actual wrongdoing.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rudy's Big Admission?  —  Rudy Giuliani made two TV appearances this morning, one on Fox and one on CNN.  Both are pretty convoluted and a bit hard to follow.  So they've led to various interpretations.  But there's what I believe is one pretty big admission that is at least …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Rudy Giuliani says Donald Trump team preparing report to counter Robert Mueller  —  WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, says his team is preparing a “counter-report” designed to rebut any accusations that special counsel Robert Mueller makes in his expected report about the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rudy on Mueller probe: “They don't have a goddamn thing”  —  Rudy Giuliani told me that President Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller and wants him to “put up or shut up.”  —  What he's saying: “Why don't you write a report and show us what you have, because they don't have a goddamn thing.
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Giuliani says he's not sure collusion is a crime despite Mueller investigation  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Monday that he's not sure collusion with Russia would be considered a crime.  —  But legal experts have repeatedly said that anyone found collaborating …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Tipping point for Donald Trump: Will his (alleged) crimes finally drive away his supporters?  —  Donald Trump's supporters will never admit they were wrong.  But they may soon be too embarrassed to defend him  —  Where is the tipping point, that magical point of no return …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center.  —  That's trillion with a “T.”
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Charles Blahous / Mercatus Center:
The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System  —  KEY MATERIALS  —  The leading current Senate bill to establish single-payer health insurance in the United States is that of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  It's called the Medicare for All Act, or M4A.
Matt Bruenig / Jacobin:
Even Libertarians Admit Medicare for All Would Save Trillions
Discussion: New Republic and Splinter
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Mercatus Study Finds Medicare for All Saves $2 Trillion
Discussion: Hit & Run
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says he's willing to meet Iranian President Rouhani without preconditions  —  President Trump declared Monday that he is willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani anytime and without preconditions, saying that he believes it is always better to meet with adversaries.
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:   Trump Says Would Meet Iranian Leaders ‘Anytime With No Preconditions’
Washington Post:
Trump reiterates government shutdown threat over budget fight on immigration
Discussion: Politico
James Oliphant / Reuters:
At meeting, Trump praises Italy's immigration policies
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New Republic
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Why Dean Baquet Skipped The New York Times' Meeting With Trump  —  When President Trump broke an off-the-record agreement after he met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, some wondered why Dean Baquet, the executive editor in charge of the journalism Trump has openly criticized …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Activist Publishes 11,000 Private DMs Between Wikileaks and Its Supporters  —  Emma Best, a freedom of information activist, has published a large cache of Twitter direct messages between Wikileaks and some of its most fervent supporters, including ones showing antisemitic sentiment from Wikileaks.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
FEMA official harassed women, hired some as possible sexual partners for male employees, agency chief says  —  The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — who resigned just weeks ago — is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere …
Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
How to Talk to a Racist  —  White liberals, you're doing it all wrong.  —  NASHVILLE — There are still white Southerners who honestly believe that American culture worked better for everyone, white and black alike, under segregation.  There are still white Southerners who question how bad slavery really was.
Discussion: Vox and The Root
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
99 Days to Go, and the Midterm Elections Battleground Is Not What Was Expected  —  The most competitive districts are only somewhat better educated and somewhat more suburban than the country as a whole.  —  The battleground in the fight for control of the House is starting to come into focus …
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
DNC Chair Tom Perez Spotted Carrying $1,840 Designer Bag At Airport After Calling Socialism ‘Future’ Of Party  —  A sharp-eyed sleuth snapped a picture Friday of Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez at DC's Reagan National airport.  The former Obama secretary of labor was standing in line …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
What is Bigfoot erotica?  A Virginia congressional candidate accused her opponent of being into it.  —  Our weird political era just got a little hairier.  For the first time, millions of Americans are asking, “What is Bigfoot erotica?”  —  That question has been inspired by Leslie Cockburn …
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Tyler Hammel / Daily Progress:
Cockburn calls out Riggleman's Bigfoot posts
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Sessions announces ‘religious liberty task force’  —  announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”  —  Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general …
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Bloomberg:
MH370 Was ‘Manipulated’ Off Course to Its End, Report Says  — Difficult to attribute sudden turns to system failure: report  — Plane missing since March 2014 is aviation's biggest mystery  —  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014, was probably steered off course deliberately …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Unserious Face of an Unserious Movement  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Great Young Hope progressives deserve.  —  When, last Thursday, she was asked an elementary question about spending, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struck her best Cobra Kai pose.  “I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist …
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David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Democratic challenger hopes to repeat Ocasio-Cortez's success in Washington state
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Slate:
The Abortions We Don't Talk About  —  When Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court's crucial swing vote on many matters, announced his plan to retire last month, it was suddenly clear that Roe v. Wade, the decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion, could be substantially eroded or even overturned.
Kim Komando / Fox News:
5 Amazon obscure settings you should change now  —  The items we buy say a lot about our lifestyles, our finances, and our domestic lives.  If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data that the retail giant collects is astonishing.  Many people don't know you get much more just free two-day shipping with a Prime account.
Discussion: Breitbart and Discourse.net
David McCabe / Axios:
Scoop: 20 ways Democrats could crack down on Big Tech  —  In a policy paper obtained by Axios, Sen. Mark Warner's office laid out 20 different paths to address problems posed by Big Tech platforms — ranging from putting a price on individual users' data to funding media literacy programs.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Koch network says it is withholding support for Heitkamp challenger for now  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — The Koch political network announced Monday that it does not currently plan to support Republican Kevin Cramer in his effort to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Root
Politico:
‘Eye-popping’ payouts for CEOs follow Trump's tax cuts  —  The insider sales feed the narrative that corporate tax cuts enrich executives in the short term while yielding less clear long-term benefits for workers.  —  Some of the biggest winners from President Donald Trump's new tax law …
Wall Street Journal:
At Law Firms, Rainmakers Accused of Harassment Can Switch Jobs With Ease  —  Opaque hiring practices in legal industry often make prior sexual-harassment complaints easy to leave behind  —  The flowers arrived at Mayer Brown days after a prized new hire started at the law firm's New York office.
Washington State:
AG Ferguson sues over Trump Administration giving dangerous individuals access to 3D printed firearms  —  Downloadable guns make weapons easier for criminals to obtain  —  SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he is leading a multistate lawsuit to block a Trump Administration action …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
C.J. Ciaramella / Hit & Run:
Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque's Asset Forfeiture Created an Unconstitutional Profit Incentive  —  A federal judge has ruled that Albuquerque's civil asset forfeiture program violated residents' due process rights by forcing them to prove their innocence to retrieve their cars.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Beyoncé Given Unprecedented Control Over Vogue's September Issue Cover, Sources Say  —  And for the first time ever, a black photographer has shot the cover.  —  Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour gave Beyoncé unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue …
CNNMoney:
Do you have too much money in cash?  —  by Maurie Backman for the Motley Fool @CNNMoney  —  How to save $1,000 this year  —  Most Americans are behind on emergency savings, with a majority of Americans lacking the funds needed to cover six months' worth of living expenses.
Robert Epstein / USA Today:
What's going on with Donald Trump?  Psychologist explains the president's lies, reversals  —  Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Russia dumped 84% of its American debt.  What that means  —  Mnuchin: U.S. debt to China does not give them leverage  —  Russia has rapidly sold off the vast majority of its stash of American debt.  —  Between March and May, Russia's holdings of US Treasury bonds plummeted by $81 billion …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Reuters:
Jones reportedly told by NFL to stop discussing anthem
Discussion: Daily Wire
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
House GOP intends to seek Comey interview after August recess
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Tariffs will cost Caterpillar $200 million, so it's going to raise its prices
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Top Tennessee Dem Party official snubs ‘reaching out’ to Trump voters, calls them ‘idiots’
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How Ronan Farrow keeps landing bombshells
Discussion: WHNT-TV, The Week and KTLA
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
How Alan Friedman, Italy's Professional American, Put Paul Manafort in Jail
Discussion: Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Dana Rohrabacher Says Anyone “In This Town” Would Meet With Russians Peddling Political Dirt
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation?
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
How Russia Persecutes Its Dissidents Using U.S. Courts
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
CBS Los Angeles:
More Drama, A Bloody Nose And Another Brawl At Donald Trump's Walk Of Fame Star
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ezra Klein / Vox:
White threat in a browning America
Discussion: Axios
David Siders / Politico:
‘The map is different now’: Trump blows the 2020 race wide open
Discussion: Observer and Political Wire