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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's obsession with the “terrible” FBI building  —  Trump is obsessed with the FBI building.  For months now, in meetings with White House officials and Senate appropriators intended to discuss big-picture spending priorities, the president rants about the graceless J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
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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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
House Republicans cannot be allowed to obstruct justice
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Week, CNN and ABC News
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CBS News:
Giuliani says feds have 183 recordings made by Michael Cohen, Trump heard on 1
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.
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.
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
New York Times Publisher and Trump Clash Over President's Threats Against Journalism  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump and the publisher of The New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger, engaged in a fierce public clash on Sunday over Mr. Trump's threats against journalism …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
New York Times Whines: Stop Attacking Us!
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.
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.
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump willing to shut down government over border security
Discussion: Splinter
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: twitchy.com
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New York Times:   Paul Manafort's Trial Starts Tuesday. Here Are the Charges and the Stakes.
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Twitter's Censorship Problem Looks Like Its Here To Stay  — Twitter sparked backlash after suppressing Republican congressmen as part of an algorithm change that cracks down on “bad-faith actors”  — Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz filed an FEC complaint against Twitter and Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A bloody brawl erupted over Trump's Hollywood star hours after it was destroyed with a pickax  —  A politically-fueled brawl took place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week on the site of President Trump's recently vandalized star.  Although a man was kicked in the head and another left bleeding …
Washington Post:
Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years  —  Federal air marshals have for years been quietly monitoring small numbers of U.S. air passengers and reporting on in-flight behavior considered suspicious, even if those individuals have no known terrorism links …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and HuffPost
Sky News:
Sky Data poll: 78% think the government is doing a bad job on Brexit  —  By Harry Carr, head of Sky Data  —  British public opinion has shifted sharply against Brexit, according to a new Sky Data poll.  —  The survey reveals:  —  :: The government is haemorrhaging trust regarding the Brexit negotiations
Discussion: Politico
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Jeremy Hunt describes his Chinese wife as Japanese  —  British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt mistakenly referred to his wife, who is Chinese, as Japanese during a trip to Beijing.  —  “My wife is Japanese — my wife is Chinese.  That's a terrible mistake to make,” he told Chinese Foreign …
Stephen Chen / South China Morning Post:
Artificial intelligence, immune to fear or favour, is helping to make China's foreign policy  —  The programme draws on a huge amount of data, with information ranging from cocktail-party gossip to images taken by spy satellites, to contribute to strategies in Chinese diplomacy  —  Attention, foreign-policy makers.
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: Mediaite
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.”
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Russia and the far right's cozy affair  —  The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre.  How can this be, given the Russian president's KGB pedigree and a Cold War history during which antipathy toward …
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 …
France 24:
Iran's rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar  —  Iran's currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.  —  The unofficial rate stood at 102,000 rials by midday, according to Bonbast …
Discussion: Power Line
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Money from outside Ohio fuels next week's central Ohio congressional election  —  WASHINGTON — You've probably never heard of the Congressional Leadership Fund, but this little-known organization could help decide who wins next week's special congressional election in central Ohio.
 
 
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
China is trying to muzzle Gui Minhai. These poems tell his story.
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
A Tentative Trade War Win
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Dan Rather: Trump criticism of media is ‘straight out of Orwell’
Martin Kramer:
Debunked, but still fit to print on page one
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Trump's demise has been greatly exaggerated
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
As 2018 elections near, potential 2020 presidential candidates jockey for money
Discussion: Political Wire
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Saudi King Tells U.S. That Peace Plan Must Include East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital
Discussion: Just Security
NEWS.com.au:
Sunday Night claims links between Australian banks and Russian criminals
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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.
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Netflix Exec Breaks Silence Over Aziz Ansari Controversy: ‘Happy’ to Keep Making ‘Master of None’
David Daley / Slate:
“Emails Are the Tools of the Devil”
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Why Is the Trump Campaign Attacking Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists now in power
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and CNN
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
What do they know?  Mystery as Russia LIQUIDATED almost ALL of its holdings in US Treasury …
Discussion: CNBC, CANNONFIRE and Political Wire
CBS News:
Trump backers stand by president in face of Russia criticism — CBS poll
 

 
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