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New York Times:
Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.
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
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rudy on Mueller probe: “They don't have a goddamn thing”
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: Big Think and Hit & Run
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 …
Discussion: NPR, Splinter and The Daily Caller
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 …
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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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Willing to Meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ‘Anytime They Want’
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
Grace Gottschling / Campus Reform:
UGA Dean attacked on Twitter for having GOP friend  — The dean of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia recently issued an apology to those he had “offended” with a tweet congratulating a childhood friend on becoming the state's Republican candidate for governor.
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Caleb Parke / Fox News:   Professor apologizes for calling GOP candidate ‘nice guy’ on Twitter
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Bill Kristol Considering Run For President In 2020  —  Bill Kristol, the former editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, is considering challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.  —  Kristol, who is consistently one of the most vocal anti-Trump Republicans …
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
States suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns  —  Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.
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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
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
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
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In Florida, Not All Politics Are Local, as Trump Shapes Governor's Race  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — The Sarasota County Republican fair and rally last Saturday left little mystery about what is animating the party this year.  —  There was a “Trump Shop” outside the arena, selling T-shirts extolling the president's dominance.
Discussion: YouTube
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
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Benjamin Wermund / Politico:
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