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2:05 PM ET, July 31, 2018

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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
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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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.
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Steve Bannon's fiery threat to candidates: 'You take Koch money, it's going to be toxic'
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Trump-Koch Alliance of Convenience Starts to Split
Discussion: Vox, BloombergQuint and The Guardian
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump Calls Kochs a ‘Total Joke’ After Break With GOP Candidate
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.
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NBC News:
GOP candidates hug Trump. But is that the best strategy for November?
Discussion: New York Times, CNN, ThinkProgress and MSNBC
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
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
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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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.
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 …
Ryan Gaydos / Fox News:
LeBron James accuses Trump of using sports to divide the nation  —  LeBron James criticized President Trump on Monday, accusing him of trying to divide the country by using sports as his focal point.  —  The new Los Angeles Lakers star said Trump created a wedge by capitalizing …
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
‘Chaotic glory’: Why four millennials bought a used bookstore on Capitol Hill  —  Jim Toole says young people are killing the English language.  —  He has a list of banned phrases on the wall of the used bookstore where he presides on Capitol Hill: “Awesome.”  “Like.”  “Perfect.”  “Totally.”
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 …
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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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
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Hope and Change in an Alabama Coal Mine
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds examining suspicious money movements linked to Russian Maria Butina, associates
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump Is Putting Indelible Conservative Stamp on Judiciary
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
This will never be normal
George Packer / New Yorker:
All That's Left Is the Vote
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
Even if you loathe Trump, vote Republican
Discussion: Contemptor and Mediaite