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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.
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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.”
Discussion: twitchy.com and NTK Network
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Centrist Democrats are out of ideas
Discussion: Salon
Dan Berman / CNN:
Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court  —  New York (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she hopes to stay on the Supreme Court until the age of 90.  —  “I'm now 85,” Ginsburg said on Sunday.  “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How John Kelly became ‘chief in name only’  —  The retired Marine general was brought in to tame the president, but in the end Trump boxed him in.  —  John Kelly got the official news of his promotion a year ago the same way a select few in the Trump administration have — by presidential tweet.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's obsession with the “terrible” FBI building
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
House Republicans cannot be allowed to obstruct justice
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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abc7news.com:
Former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums dies  —  Former Bay Area Congressman and former Mayor of Oakland Ron Dellums has died.  —  Dellums died last night of an illness.  —  He was widely known for his social activism.  —  Dellums served in Congress from 1971 until the late 1990s.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon to Kochs: ‘Shut up and get with the program’  —  'And here's the program: Ground game to support Trump's presidency,' Bannon said in an interview.  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tore into the powerful Koch political network Sunday, accusing it of undermining …
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Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:   Koch group condemns ‘divisiveness’ and ‘lack of leadership’ in Washington
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate Corey Stewart's Spokesperson Called Majority-Black Cities ‘Shitholes’ … Corey Stewart, the Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia, has been shunned by his own party over his ties with neo-Confederate groups and his refusal to condemn white supremacist violence.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
G.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown Card  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, already facing a difficult election landscape, confronted a prospect on Sunday they had worked feverishly to avoid: a threat by President Trump to shut down the government over funding for a border wall.
David Siders / Politico:
‘The map is different now’: Trump blows the 2020 race wide open  —  The next presidential campaign is going to be fought on unfamiliar battlegrounds.  —  For years, presidential campaigns followed relatively predictable lines of trench warfare, with the outcome decided in a handful of battleground states.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire  —  Even if you don't think it's likely, it's always best to be prepared.  —  So what would the decline of America look like?  I don't ask the question because I think it's happening (yet?), but because even the most inveterate optimist …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
White threat in a browning America  —  How demographic change is fracturing our politics.  —  In 2008, Barack Obama held up change as a beacon, attaching to it another word, a word that channeled everything his young and diverse coalition saw in his rise and their newfound political power: hope.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
99 Days to Go, and the 2018 Midterm 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 with 99 days to go until the November election.
Discussion: Washington Post
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020  —  A sneak peek at The Times's news analysis from Nov. 4, 2020. … In the end, it was a lot simpler than it often seemed.  —  Donald J. Trump, who spent much of the past four years as a historically unpopular president, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday.
Melia Robinson / Business Insider:
The vest vending machine at San Francisco's airport is getting mocked, but it rings up $10,000 in sales every month  — A spokesperson for San Francisco International Airport told Business Insider that the vest vending machine averages $10,000 in sales a month.
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 …
Discussion: U.S. Securities … and Splinter
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation?  —  As you move from the right to the left of the ideological spectrum, skepticism of the Russia scandal gives way to suspicions that it covers up something serious.  But somewhere on the left, right around the fault line …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Reporter Carl Bernstein has seen it all, from Nixon to now.  But nothing quite like Trump.  —  On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally tried to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
Associated Press:
Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts …
Discussion: Shakesville and twitchy.com
Marc Caputo / Politico:
NRA, Republicans refute GOP sheriff's stand-your-ground claims  —  A Florida sheriff claimed “stand your ground” essentially prohibited him from making an arrest in a politically charged and racially tinged shooting death, but his fellow Republicans who wrote the law, criminal-court attorneys …
Discussion: National Review
CBS Los Angeles:
More Drama, A Bloody Nose And Another Brawl At Donald Trump's Walk Of Fame Star  —  HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — President Donald Trump brings out those feelings in people — they love him or they hate him.  —  And his fans and his ... well, not fans have been clashing more and more at places like the former …
William Saletan / Slate:
Jim Jordan, Team Player  —  He denies that his Ohio State colleagues knew about sexual abuse.  The evidence says they did.  —  You can't accuse Jim Jordan of modesty.  Last week, in defiance of the legal and political storm gathering around him, the Ohio congressman announced that he's running for speaker of the House.
Valeriu Pasa / Wachdog.md:
Will Moldovan Parliament approve the Global Magnitsky Act?  —  The Republic of Moldova may become the next country to enact the Global Magnitsky Act.  On July 26th several Moldovan MPs submitted a bill to transpose the Global Magnitsky Act provisions into Moldovan legislation …
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NEWS.com.au:   Sunday Night claims links between Australian banks and Russian criminals
Tyler Hammel / Daily Progress:
Cockburn calls out Riggleman's Bigfoot posts … Bigfoot has become a hot topic in Virginia's 5th Congressional District race.  —  Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic nominee, tweeted screenshots from an Instagram account of Denver Riggleman, the Republican nominee, depicting images of Bigfoot naked but censored.
Discussion: Hollywood Life and Mediaite
CBS News:
Trump backers stand by president in face of Russia criticism — CBS poll  —  Nearly all Americans say Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections would be unacceptable, even if their party was the beneficiary of any interference.  But the investigation into Russian meddling …
Martin Kramer:
Debunked, but still fit to print on page one … Nothing gives a historian greater satisfaction than correcting a persistent error.  And nothing is more frustrating than the resurrection of that error even after it's been corrected.  Especially if it suddenly surfaces on the front page of the New York Times.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Targeted Two Lobbying Firms.  One Is Thriving in Trump's D.C. … When special counsel Robert Mueller indicted Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the fall of 2017, he implicated two prominent Washington, D.C. lobbying powerhouses as being complicit …
 
 
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Stephen Kalin / Reuters:
As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
How Russia Persecutes Its Dissidents Using U.S. Courts
Politico:
Inside Democrats' strategy to defeat Kavanaugh
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Money from outside Ohio fuels next week's central Ohio congressional election
France 24:
Iran's rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar
Discussion: Power Line
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Dan Rather: Trump criticism of media is ‘straight out of Orwell’
Sky News:
Sky Data poll: 78% think the government is doing a bad job on Brexit
Discussion: VICE News and Politico
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A bloody brawl erupted over Trump's Hollywood star hours after it was destroyed with a pickax
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Washington Post:
Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years
Discussion: CNN, The Week and HuffPost
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Jeremy Hunt describes his Chinese wife as Japanese
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Russia and the far right's cozy affair
Stephen Chen / South China Morning Post:
Artificial intelligence, immune to fear or favour, is helping to make China's foreign policy
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Twitter's Censorship Problem Looks Like Its Here To Stay
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why
Dara Lind / Vox:
Exclusive: Trump's travel ban is supposed to make exceptions for worthy cases.  A new lawsuit alleges it isn't.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
New York Times Publisher and Trump Clash Over President's Threats Against Journalism