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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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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
How Trump Allies Shifted Their Defense as Evidence of Contacts With Russians Grew  —  WASHINGTON — In the days after the 2016 presidential election, Donald J. Trump's advisers had an unequivocal message about contacts between Russians and members of the campaign team: There were none.
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.
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Inside Paul Manafort's lobbying world  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE TRUTH ABOUT PAUL MANAFORT ... Paul Manafort allegedly evaded taxes.  That's what he is going on trial for beginning today.  But his situation is instructive in thinking about the current corporate climate in D.C.
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
Corporate Communications / News and Corporate …:
Simon & Schuster to Publish Bob Woodward's Fear: Trump in the White House
Discussion: Axios
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.
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.
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Politico:
Trump asserts dominance over Florida GOP with rally for DeSantis
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Axios:   Trump's primary power and contagion
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
This will never be normal  —  One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has temporarily banned the Internet radio host for videos that violated “community standards.”  According to Lou Dobbs of the Fox Business Network, “freedom of speech [is] under attack.”
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Andrew Griffin / The Independent:   Spotify is hosting Alex Jones Infowars podcast after YouTube and Facebook bans - to the outrage of users
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: Washington Post, Raw Story and Axios
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.
Discussion: Contemptor
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Jesse Watters: Trump Wants the ‘Best and Brightest’ Immigrants, Not 'Some Guy's Uncle from Zimbabwe'  —  The Five held a conversation on Monday oabout President Donald Trump's demands that Congress throw support behind an omnibus bill that will provide funding for tougher immigration policies.
Discussion: Splinter
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trump says Koch brothers are a ‘total joke’  —  Koch Network distances from Trump divisiveness  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump railed Tuesday against billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, accusing them of being against key components of his populist agenda …
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 and American Greatness
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.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
With Less Than 50 Days to Go, Cuomo Keeps Big Lead Over Nixon  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a dominant lead over Cynthia Nixon, according to a new Siena College poll of likely Democratic primary voters, outpacing the activist and actress by 31 percentage points with less than 50 days until the primary.
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Post
Abbie Bennett / The Charlotte Observer:
Black civil rights champion who helped desegregate UNC dies at 94  —  J. Kenneth Lee was one of the first black students to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His legacy has shaped the university, state and nation ever since.  —  Lee was one of four black students …
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Manafort trial, first in Mueller investigation, set to get underway  —  The financial crimes trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is expected to get underway in Alexandria, Virginia, Tuesday, the first trial in connection with the more than year-long investigation …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:   Manafort drops appeal of civil case against Mueller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Tom Steyer's $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats  —  The billionaire investor is on a collision course with party leaders.  —  Tom Steyer has set plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left …
Discussion: Washington Post
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, FiveThirtyEight and Gizmodo
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 and Mediaite
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force — Even Before Congress Approves It  —  Within months, DoD will start standing up a new combatant command, a new space-procurement agency, and a new Space Operations Force.  —  The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps …
Discussion: The Week and VICE News
George Packer / New Yorker:
All That's Left Is the Vote  —  The midterm elections are the last obstacle to Trump's consolidation of power—and the greatest obstacle to voting is the feeling that it doesn't matter.  —  In the haze of summer, with books still to be read, weeds pulled, kids retrieved from camp …
Brian Krassenstein / Hill Reporter:
House Judiciary Member Believes Trump Jr. & Kushner Will Be Indicted  —  3K Shares  —  While Robert Mueller has yet to touch any member of President Trump's family, one Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee believes that at least two family members will be indicted.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton steps up her involvement in the midterms  —  Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton is getting more involved in the 2018 midterms.  —  Clinton, through her political organization Onward Together, donated the maximum of $5,000 to 19 Democratic House candidates and four secretary …
Discussion: ABC News and Front Page Magazine
Lindsay Wise / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After right slams Yoder on immigration, he pledges to work with Trump to ‘fix this’  —  WASHINGTON  —  Laura Ingraham was furious with Kevin Yoder.  —  The Fox News Channel talk show host fired off a tweet to her 2.3 million followers, urging them to tell the Republican congressman from Kansas …
Washington Post:
Families destroyed?  Children orphaned?  If only we had a Congress!  —  WHEN THE head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection appeared at a Washington forum the other day to discuss his agency — which was instrumental in the Trump administration's family separation debacle …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scott edges Nelson by 3 in Senate race poll  —  Outspent by nearly 3-1, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is trailing Gov. Rick Scott by a marginal 3 percentage points in a new poll of what could be the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history.  —  Scott leads Nelson 47-44 percent …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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.
New York Times:
Build Border Wall or Government Will Be Shut Down, Trump Says  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump reiterated on Monday his threat to shut down the federal government this fall if Congress does not deliver on Republican demands to crack down on immigration by enforcing security on the border with Mexico and building his long-promised wall.
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Laura Collins-Hughes / New York Times:
After the Play, a Supreme Encore from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Discussion: Althouse
Jasper Hamill / Metro.co.uk:
Twitter hires experts in Islam and right-wing populism to banish ‘intolerant discourse’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Daily Caller
Michael Graham / CBS News:
Commentary: Could Democrat James Carville save the GOP?
ABC News:
Lawmakers struggling to develop a response to Trump-Putin
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Netflix to Offer Louis Farrakhan Documentary Next Month
The Guardian:
Black athlete attacked as Salvini criticised for ‘climate of hate’ in Italy
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Neil Bradley / U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
A Slippery, $39 Billion Slope: New Data Analysis Makes Case for Trade, Not Aid
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and Axios
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Dinesh D'Souza's New Film Makes Incendiary Claims About Democrats' History
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Keris Lahiff / CNBC:
Apple and the FANG stocks could lose at least a third of value, market watcher warns
Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME:
Read the 207 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
Newsroom employment dropped nearly a quarter in less than 10 years, with greatest decline at newspapers
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Activist Publishes 11,000 Private DMs Between Wikileaks and Its Supporters