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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 …
Discussion: Axios and Engadget, more at Techmeme »
Politico:   Facebook suspends ‘inauthentic’ propaganda accounts
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
John Kelly Tells White House Staff Trump Asked Him To Stay in Post Through 2020  —  The White House chief of staff said he agreed to the president's request  —  WASHINGTON—White House chief of staff John Kelly told staff on Monday that President Trump had asked him to remain in his post through …
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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
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
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump Calls Kochs a ‘Total Joke’ After Break With GOP Candidate
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.
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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.
NBC News:
GOP candidates hug Trump. But is that the best strategy for November?
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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Alan Gomez / USA Today:   Judge orders minors transferred out of immigration detention facility
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.
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: Townhall
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Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
ICE agents accuse Oregon mayor of abetting ‘Abolish ICE’ protesters
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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.
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
U.S., Mexico near an autos deal in NAFTA  —  With help from Doug Palmer and Megan Cassella  —  U.S., MEXICO NEAR AN AUTOS DEAL IN NAFTA: The United States and Mexico are in the final stages of reaching a deal on the automotive rules of origin section of NAFTA, two sources close to the talks told Morning Trade.
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
Layoffs from Trump tariffs are piling up. So are calls for more bailouts.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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: Associated Press and NTK Network
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!
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.”
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
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
 
 
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump intervenes in FBI headquarters project
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Hope and Change in an Alabama Coal Mine
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Feds examining suspicious money movements linked to Russian Maria Butina, associates
Jeffrey Miron / USA Today:
Forget the wall already, it's time for the U.S. to have open borders
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A winning theme for Democrats? Kids.
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Black civil rights champion who helped desegregate UNC dies at 94
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Lindsay Wise / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After right slams Yoder on immigration, he pledges to work with Trump to ‘fix this’
George Packer / New Yorker:
All That's Left Is the Vote
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