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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.
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, Axios and Raw Story
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.
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump administration considers tax cut for the wealthy
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
CNN:
Bob Woodward's new book puts readers ‘face to face with Trump’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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Axios:
Trump's primary power and contagion  —  President Trump's power over politics and the Republican Party is growing, with more GOP candidates adopting his tactics and relying on his seal of approval to win.  —  The big picture: For a party defined for a lifetime by cutting taxes and regulation …
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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
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump Is Putting Indelible Conservative Stamp on Judiciary  —  WASHINGTON — With another judge expected to be confirmed Tuesday by the Senate, President Trump and Senate Republicans are leaving an ever-expanding imprint on the judiciary, nudging powerful appeals courts rightward through …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules  —  A federal judge on Monday found that U.S. government officials have been giving psychotropic medication to migrant children at a Texas facility without first seeking the consent …
Discussion: Reveal
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 about President Donald Trump's demands that Congress throw support behind an omnibus bill that will provide funding for tougher immigration policies.
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Duncan Campbell / ComputerWeekly.com:
Briton ran pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign that helped Trump deny Russian links  —  A British IT manager and former hacker from Darlington ran a disinformation campaign that duped former US intelligence agents and provided Donald Trump with manufactured “evidence” to deny that Russia interfered with the US election
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
A Migrant Boy Rejoins His Mother, but He's Not the Same  —  Parents reunited with young children are reporting mental health issues.  One 5-year-old boy has started a new life with his mother in Philadelphia, but signs of trauma remain.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Before they were separated …
Washington Post:
'He doesn't like bullies': The story of the 37-year-old who took over the New York Times and is taking on Trump  —  The new reporter was sharp, humble and eager to learn.  Arthur had snazzier shoes than his colleagues at the Oregonian, but this was the only hint that he was a Sulzberger …
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.”
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 …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A winning theme for Democrats?  Kids.  —  Democrats have been casting about for a winning theme this November.  Here's one suggestion: Kids.  —  After all, despite once declaring themselves the party of family values, Republican politicians have more recently ceded this territory.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
During all the Russia hacking hype, China is rising in influence  —  While Russia's role in the 2016 election dominates the news, China's spying and alarming influence within our borders is too little noticed.  —  CONNECT  —  We've spent a lot of time talking about Russian spying in the United States.
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
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
When will Democrats condemn the left's growing turn to violence?  —  Last week, a man was indicted for threatening to kill Republican Rep. Diane Black.  “They were serious enough threats that the grand jury did take action,” Black said in an interview with Fox News.
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history  —  LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents …
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
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 …
Jeffrey Miron / USA Today:
Forget the wall already, it's time for the U.S. to have open borders  —  The solution to America's immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all.  —  CONNECT  —  President Donald Trump's recent tweets against open borders come as no surprise.
Discussion: CNN and WHNT-TV
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: FiveThirtyEight, Raw Story and Gizmodo
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.
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
 
 
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds examining suspicious money movements linked to Russian Maria Butina, associates
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Lose-the-House Strategy
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Daily Mail:
Act of betrayal: Manchester bomber was rescued by the Royal Navy from Libyan warzone and evacuated …
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Conte of Italy in Joint Press Conference
Discussion: Weekly Standard and MSNBC
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan's Economy
Laura Collins-Hughes / New York Times:
After the Play, a Supreme Encore from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Families destroyed? Children orphaned? If only we had a Congress!
Michael Graham / CBS News:
Commentary: Could Democrat James Carville save the GOP?
Brian Krassenstein / Hill Reporter:
House Judiciary Member Believes Trump Jr. & Kushner Will Be Indicted
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton steps up her involvement in the midterms
Discussion: ABC News and Front Page Magazine
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Bill Kristol Considering Run For President In 2020
Discussion: Hot Air and American Greatness
CNNMoney:
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
FEMA official harassed women, hired some as possible sexual partners for male employees, agency chief says