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New York Times:
Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Facebook is preparing to announce that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activity ahead …
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Facebook:
Removing Bad Actors on Facebook  —  Today we removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.  This kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook because we don't want people or organizations creating networks of accounts …
CNNMoney:   Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages
Wall Street Journal:   Facebook Deletes Fake Accounts That Mimic Russian Tactics Ahead of Election
Politico:   Facebook suspends ‘inauthentic’ propaganda accounts
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
John Kelly intends to remain as Trump's chief of staff through 2020 reelection bid  —  John F. Kelly plans to remain as White House chief of staff through President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, a White House official confirmed Tuesday, quieting speculation that Kelly was nearing the exits because of tensions with the president.
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 …
Washington Post:   White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to stay in job through 2020, quieting speculation that he was nearing an exit
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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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Ex-FBI chief of staff: Collusion is ‘absolutely a crime’  —  , on Monday said collusion is “absolutely a crime,” a day after President Trump  —  's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said it was not a crime.  —  “Collusion is a crime,” Rosenberg said on MSNBC's “MTP Daily.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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Online NewsHour:
WATCH LIVE: ICE, Border Patrol testify at Senate hearing on family separations  —  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT today.  Watch the immigration officials' remarks in the player above.  —  But a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the topic may have a wider focus …
Alan Gomez / USA Today:   Judge orders minors transferred out of immigration detention facility
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Trump-Koch Alliance of Convenience Starts to Split
Discussion: Vox, Outside the Beltway and Roll Call
Bloomberg:
Here's How America Uses Its Land  —  There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is.  Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014.  The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century.
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.
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
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 …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Russian secret-spilling site Dossier steps into spotlight  —  LONDON (AP) — Over the past three months, a handful of highly placed Russians have discovered their secrets seeping onto the web.  —  It happened to a Russian Interior Ministry official whose emails were published online in April.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
ICE officers demand Portland mayor apologize for ‘Occupy ICE’ chaos  —  Portland's mayor violated the Constitution by ordering his police officers to stand down, allowing protesters to menace ICE employees over the last six weeks, according to agency employees who sent a cease-and-desist letter to the city Monday.
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and Townhall
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The Daily Beast:
The 2020 Dem Class Is Already Frantically Making Moves Behind the Scenes … If you're a member of the media, Eric Garcetti wants you to know: He's thinking about running for president.  —  Late last month, the Los Angeles mayor sat for an hour-long interview with Vox's Ezra Klein to discuss the …
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It  —  Previously undisclosed evidence in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller—including highly confidential White House records and testimony by some of President Trump's own top aides—provides some of the strongest evidence …
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump blasts media as ‘unhinged’ and ‘crazy’  —  President Donald Trump blasted the media as “unhinged” and “crazy” on Tuesday morning, adding that news organizations ruin the lives of “innocent” people as he continues his long-running battle with the fourth estate.  —  “The Fake News Media is going CRAZY!
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 …
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.
Mark Bowes / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Mexican national deported 5 times from U.S. sentenced to 9 months for 3rd DUI in Chesterfield, felony ID fraud  —  A Mexican national who has lived in the U.S. illegally for 28 years and has been deported five times was sentenced Monday to nine months in jail for his third drunken-driving offense …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Esme Murphy / 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.
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 …
Sarah Jones / New Republic:
Where Is the Left Wing's Foreign Policy?  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already slayed some dragons.  On foreign policy, however, the Democratic candidate for New York's 14th congressional district is wielding a dull sword.  On a recent episode of PBS' Firing Line, Ocasio-Cortez failed …
Discussion: IJR
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.
Tana Ganeva / Raw Story:
WATCH: Safeway calls cops on black mother for giving food to the homeless because they thought she was a shoplifter  —  Altruism can now be added to the list of benign activities black people apparently can't engage in without being treated like criminals.  —  Sunnyvale, California resident …
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
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.”
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Hits Mexico for Murders and Praises Limbaugh While Watching (and Tweeting) Fox and Friends  —  Once again, Donald Trump is treating the world to his morning live-tweets about his favorite TV show, Fox & Friends.  And why wouldn't it be his favorite, when the segment above starts …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Politico and Political Wire
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 and Mediaite
 
 
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
DHS Forms New Cyber Hub to Protect Critical U.S. Infrastructure
CBS Boston:
Mass. Town's Entire Police Force Quits, Citing Unsafe Conditions
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / The Guardian:
An open letter to the NFL's owners
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Urban-rural splits have become the great global divider
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
U.S., Mexico near an autos deal in NAFTA
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump intervenes in FBI headquarters project
Discussion: DCist and Blue Virginia
 Earlier Items: 
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds examining suspicious money movements linked to Russian Maria Butina, associates
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A winning theme for Democrats? Kids.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
When will Democrats condemn the left's growing turn to violence?
Associated Press:
Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scott edges Nelson by 3 in Senate race poll
Discussion: Associated Press and NTK Network
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Jesse Watters: Trump Wants the ‘Best and Brightest’ Immigrants, Not 'Some Guy's Uncle from Zimbabwe'
Discussion: Splinter
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
White, and in the minority
Discussion: Mother Jones