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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.
Washington Post:
U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles  —  U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
In a new book, Bob Woodward plans to reveal the ‘harrowing life’ inside Donald Trump's White House  —  In the worldwide capital of leaks and anonymous dishing that is Washington, secrets can be almost impossible to keep.  —  But somehow over the past 19 months, the fact that America's …
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Bob Woodward's new book puts readers ‘face to face with Trump’  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is about to get the Bob Woodward treatment.  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author will release “Fear” — his first book on the Trump administration — on September 11, 2018 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani on His Odd Cable News Blitz: I Was Trying to Kill a New York Times Story … Throughout Monday, President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani went on a chaotic media tour, with each subsequent interview seeming to atone or clean up for a key element laid out in a previous appearance.
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Elie Honig / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani Knows ‘Collusion’ Isn't a Crime—But Conspiracy Is and Trump Looks Guiltier Today … “Collusion” is not a federal crime, yet this morning Rudy Giuliani went on CNN to declare his client, President Donald Trump, not guilty of the non-crime of collusion.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Giuliani says he's not sure collusion is a crime despite Mueller investigation
David Jackson / USA Today:
Rudy Giuliani says Donald Trump team preparing report to counter Robert Mueller
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Mystery Sting Targets U.S. Senator for Dirt on Russia Sanctions … A U.S. senator known for her outspoken criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin was hit with a bizarre impersonation attempt by someone hoping to get inside information on American sanctions targeting Russia …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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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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 …
Mariah Medina / KSAT-TV:
Authorities thought 911 call was a hoax  —  LEON VALLEY, Texas - Leon Valley police say a well-trained trio took Shark Week too far, stealing a horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium Saturday afternoon.  —  According to Leon Valley police Chief Joseph Salvaggio, the group stole the shark …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“He's Going to Fieldstrip These Guys”: Inside the Trump 2020 Campaign's Wild, Disorganized Attempt to “Keep America Great”  —  The president is running his re-election campaign precisely the way he governs—playing three opposing power centers off each other, and listening mainly to his own instincts.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
Even if you loathe Trump, vote Republican  —  We are just under 100 days from the Nov. 6 midterms, and Republicans are in much better shape than most prognosticators would have imagined even six months ago, much less than at the 100-day mark of President Trump's tenure.
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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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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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 …
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.
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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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
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
WCCO Exclusive: Al Franken's 1st Sit-Down Interview Since Senate Resignation  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sen. Al Franken returned to Minnesota for his first public appearance here since resigning from the U.S. Senate.  —  In an exclusive interview with WCCO-TV, he talked about how much he misses his old job.
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
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 …
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey  —  Like publications in the rest of the country, New Jersey's suburban newspapers pulled back as their business model vaporized, leaving fewer reporters to dig into local scandals or dispatch to neighborhood events.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Manafort drops appeal of civil case against Mueller  —  5 witnesses named in Paul Manafort trial  —  (CNN)Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday gave up his effort to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller in civil court.  —  Manafort has withdrawn his appeal …
Keris Lahiff / CNBC:
Apple and the FANG stocks could lose at least a third of value, market watcher warns  —  Wall Street's crown jewels, the FAANG stocks, have lost their shine lately.  —  Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet are selling off again Monday after losing a combined $185 billion over the previous two sessions.
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
'I'm a man, 100 per cent.  Legally, I'm a woman': Canadian driver changes his gender to female on paper to get cheaper car insurance rate  — A 24-year-old man from Alberta, Canada, changed his gender on his birth certificate and driver's license to save $1,100 on his car insurance
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.
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
White, and in the minority  —  She speaks English.  Her co-workers don't.  Inside a rural chicken plant, whites struggle to fit in.  —  It was minutes before the end of the first shift, and the beginning of the second, and the hallways at the chicken plant swarmed with workers coming and going.
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 …
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 …
Jane Bradley / BuzzFeed:
British Police Were Ordered To Play Down Russian Whistleblower's Death  —  “[M]ake it a non issue”.  —  A senior police detective was told to play down the death of Russian whistleblower Alexander Perepilichnyy to the media, a confidential police report reveals.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
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Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
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