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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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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
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 …
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 …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says collusion with Russia is not a crime
Discussion: CNN, MSNBC and Mother Jones
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  —  A new study from a libertarian think tank admits that Medicare for All would save a whopping $2 trillion.  —  Our spring issue, looking at the democratic revolts of 1968, is out now!  Subscribe or renew today.
Discussion: New Republic
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Mercatus Study Finds Medicare for All Saves $2 Trillion
Discussion: Hit & Run
Axios:   Bernie's “Medicare for All” predicted to cost nearly $33 trillion
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 …
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Isaac Chotiner / Slate:   100 Days to Go  —  With about 100 days to go until the 2018 elections …
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Democratic challenger hopes to repeat Ocasio-Cortez's success in Washington state
Discussion: 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 …
Washington Post:
Trump reiterates government shutdown threat over budget fight on immigration  —  President Trump on Monday reiterated his threat to shut down the federal government this fall in a budget fight over immigration, saying he would have “no problem doing a shutdown” if Congress fails …
Discussion: ABC News
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump repeats threat: ‘I would have no problem doing a shutdown’
Discussion: Mother Jones
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
G.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown Card
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.
Discussion: Emma Best
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
House GOP intends to seek Comey interview after August recess  —  House Republicans are planning to seek an interview with former FBI Director James Comey  —  in September to discuss his decision-making during the 2016 election, The Hill has learned.  —  GOP members of the House Judiciary …
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.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Tariffs will cost Caterpillar $200 million, so it's going to raise its prices  — Caterpillar says it expects recently imposed tariffs to shave off $100 million to $200 million from its bottom line in the second half of the year.  —  Big exporter Caterpillar gave a figure on how much tariffs will affect its bottom line.
Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
This Republican could hold onto his blue-district seat even if Dems sweep  —  HOMESTEAD, FLA.  —  Carlos Curbelo was fuming.  —  It was a sticky Friday afternoon in early July, and the Republican congressman had spent the last hour traipsing through a University of Florida research center …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Top Tennessee Dem Party official snubs ‘reaching out’ to Trump voters, calls them ‘idiots’  —  A top Tennessee Democratic Party's communications official made disparaging comments about President Donald Trump and lashed out against a suggestion to reach out to his voters, describing them as “idiots.”
 
 
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Jasper Craven / VTDigger:
Sanders Institute has little to show for first year and $500K
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Alyssa Milano / CNN:
A 3D printed gun is downloadable death
Discussion: Washington Post and twitchy.com
Seton Motley / RedState:
The Tech World Is Still Screwing Conservatives - And It's Beginning to Hurt Their Business
Discussion: WND and The Daily Caller
Benjamin Wermund / Politico:
Hiring of former Trump aide at UVa prompts 2 historians to quit
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
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Whatever happened to the ‘unmaskings’ probe?
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums dies
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Centrist Democrats are out of ideas
Discussion: Salon
Marc Caputo / Politico:
NRA, Republicans refute GOP sheriff's stand-your-ground claims
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
Ezra Klein / Vox:
White threat in a browning America
David Siders / Politico:
‘The map is different now’: Trump blows the 2020 race wide open
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Berman / CNN:
Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court