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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
Ashley Gold / Politico:
Facebook suspends ‘inauthentic’ accounts, sees Russia link
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Don McGahn Hates Rudy with Intensity of 1,000 Burning Suns”: Is Trump Ready to Cook Giuliani?
Discussion: Mediaite
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
John Kelly intends to remain as Trump's chief of staff through 2020 reelection bid
Washington Post:
Paul Manafort trial: A jury has been selected  —  Paul Manafort, President Trump's onetime campaign chairman, is on trial in federal court in Alexandria on bank and tax fraud charges.  Prosecutors allege he failed to pay taxes on millions he made from his work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Why it matters: What's at stake in the Manafort trial  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to begin his trial today in Alexandria, Va., where he faces charges of tax and bank fraud related to the laundering of $30 million worth of income.  —  Why it matters …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, NPR, Vox and Mother Jones
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: Splinter, Vox and BloombergQuint
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump Calls Kochs a ‘Total Joke’ After Break With GOP Candidate
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The Justice Department Finds ‘No Responsive Records’ to Support a Trump Speech  —  President Donald Trump delivering an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 (Source: Wikimedia/Office of the Speaker)  —  “According to data provided by the Department of Justice …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Official Says He Warned of Child Trauma From Family Separations
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 …
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.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Ready, Aim, Hire a ‘Fortnite’ Coach: Parents Enlist Videogame Tutors for Their Children  —  It's not the violence or the addiction of the hit game that bothers mom and dad—it's the losing  —  Ally Hicks fretted over her 10-year-old son playing the hugely popular shoot-em-up videogame “Fortnite.”
Discussion: The Big Lead
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
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Topher Grace on Dating Ivanka Trump: 'It Wasn't a Political Statement' … On Saturday, The New York Times published a curious piece titled “Still Standing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Step Back in the Spotlight.”  —  The article, which reads like favor-currying agitprop …
Discussion: East Bay Times
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 …
Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Worker pay and benefits climbing at fastest pace in 10 years, ECI finds  —  The numbers: American workers are finally reaping the benefits of the lowest unemployment rate and best jobs market in decades: Wages and benefits are rising at the fastest pace in a decade.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 and The Root
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / The Guardian:
An open letter to the NFL's owners  —  To deny professional athletes the right to express dissent in a peaceful manner is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism and shameful moral weakness  —  Dear NFL owners:  —  Whew!  What a tumultuous year for your league.
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Andrew Blankstein / NBC News:
Los Angeles prosecutors decline sex abuse charges against Les Moonves  —  The unidentified woman went to police to report three incidents in the 1980s.  Prosecutors declined to bring charges due to statute of limitations.  —  LOS ANGELES — A woman told Los Angeles police that Les Moonves …
CBS Boston:
Mass. Town's Entire Police Force Quits, Citing Unsafe Conditions  —  BLANDFORD, Mass. (CBS/AP) — The entire four-member police department of a small western Massachusetts town has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions.  —  Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki …
Discussion: WHNT-TV, KTLA and Daily Wire
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
A Reminder That Newsweek Is Very, Very Bad News Site  —  Newsweek is a very bad news site.  This has sadly been the case for a while now, driven primarily by the dire financial straits and legal problems of its parent company.  But just from randomly browsing on Twitter …
 
 
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Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Emails Reveal FBI Official Peter Strzok Insisted on Retaining Declassification …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James Rogers / Fox News:
Twitter brings in anti-Trump academics to combat bias
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Should Democrats Bother Fighting Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation? History Suggests Yes
Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
Donald Trump is Not the ‘Manchurian Candidate’
The Moscow Times:
Russian Journalists Killed in Central African Republic Ambush, Reports
miamiherald:
Crackdown on dirty money shook Miami real estate. Now, Rubio wants to take it national
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The new ‘Dr. No’: Rep. Justin Amash, marooned in Congress
Sarah Jones / New Republic:
Where Is the Left Wing's Foreign Policy?
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump blasts media as ‘unhinged’ and ‘crazy’
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
U.S., Mexico near an autos deal in NAFTA
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Hits Mexico for Murders and Praises Limbaugh While Watching (and Tweeting) Fox and Friends
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds examining suspicious money movements linked to Russian Maria Butina, associates
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump Is Putting Indelible Conservative Stamp on Judiciary
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A winning theme for Democrats? Kids.
Discussion: Washington Monthly