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6:20 AM ET, July 31, 2018


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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.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Political Wire
Elie Honig / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani Knows ‘Collusion’ Isn't a Crime—But Conspiracy Is and Trump Looks Guiltier Today … “Collusion” is not a federal crime, yet this morning Rudy Giuliani went on CNN to declare his client, President Donald Trump, not guilty of the non-crime of collusion.
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story and Axios
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
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 …
Trump asserts dominance over Florida GOP with rally for DeSantis  —  After two embarrassing special election defeats, the president is trying to make the midterms all about him.  —  As a candidate, Donald Trump humiliated former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and crushed the state's sitting Sen. Marco Rubio.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In Florida, Not All Politics Are Local, as Trump Shapes Governor's Race
Discussion: YouTube
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
Marshall Cohen / CNN:   Manafort drops appeal of civil case against Mueller
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 and Gizmodo
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Iran says impossible to engage with current US govt.  —  Iran says it is impossible to engage in talks with the US under the current administration which has adopted a fiercely hostile policy toward the Islamic Republic.  —  “With current America and these policies, there will definitely …
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.
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.
Grace Gottschling / Campus Reform:
UGA Dean attacked on Twitter for having GOP friend  — The dean of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia recently issued an apology to those he had “offended” with a tweet congratulating a childhood friend on becoming the state's Republican candidate for governor.
Caleb Parke / Fox News:   Professor apologizes for calling GOP candidate ‘nice guy’ on Twitter
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey  —  Like publications in the rest of the country, New Jersey's suburban newspapers pulled back as their business model vaporized, leaving fewer reporters to dig into local scandals or dispatch to neighborhood events.
Keris Lahiff / CNBC:
Apple and the FANG stocks could lose at least a third of value, market watcher warns  —  Wall Street's crown jewels, the FAANG stocks, have lost their shine lately.  —  Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet are selling off again Monday after losing a combined $185 billion over the previous two sessions.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Dinesh D'Souza's New Film Makes Incendiary Claims About Democrats' History  —  YOUTUBE  —  ‘Death of a Nation’ premieres in Los Angeles on Tuesday where several prominent conservatives in Hollywood and in politics are expected to walk the red carpet.  —  Dinesh D'Souza's newest film …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME:
Read the 207 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation  —  President Donald Trump has made at least 207 separate arguments about the Russia investigation.  —  Since the first questions were raised about the Russian influence operation in 2016, Trump has put forward defenses …
Liam Stack / New York Times:
‘Bigfoot Erotica’ Becomes an Issue in Virginia Congressional Campaign  —  Monster-themed pornography does exist.  But Denver Riggleman, a Republican, said his writing on Bigfoot has not been pornographic.  —  Leslie Cockburn, a Democratic congressional nominee in Virginia …
ABC News:
Lawmakers struggling to develop a response to Trump-Putin  —  Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election.
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
The Guardian:
Black athlete attacked as Salvini criticised for ‘climate of hate’ in Italy  —  Opposition politicians condemn far-right minister after series of racist assaults  —  Opposition politicians in Italy have accused the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of creating a climate of hate …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Netflix to Offer Louis Farrakhan Documentary Next Month  —  Netflix will begin offering a film chronicling the life of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on August 1 despite the activist's penchant for resorting to anti-semitic and anti-gay slurs.  —  The documentary, The Honourable …
Neil Bradley / U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
A Slippery, $39 Billion Slope: New Data Analysis Makes Case for Trade, Not Aid  —  Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer  —  In response to mounting frustration from farmers across the country, the administration last week proposed spending up to $12 billion of taxpayer money …
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and Axios
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Spotify is hosting Alex Jones Infowars podcast after YouTube and Facebook bans - to the outrage of users  —  Customers threaten to leave unless host, who claimed Sandy Hook was a hoax, is removed  —  Spotify is hosting podcasts by Alex Jones's controversial Infowars podcast.
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 …
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Joseph Archer / Telegraph:
Twitter hires academics to monitor its ‘health’ and combat hate speech
U.S. Department of Justice:
Jordanian National Arrested in New York to Face Charges for a Conspiracy to Bring Aliens Into the United States
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jane Bradley / BuzzFeed:
British Police Were Ordered To Play Down Russian Whistleblower's Death
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
States suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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