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Erica Orden / CNN:
Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors  —  Trump assails Mueller ‘conflicts’ though evidence scant  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists …
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Washington Post:   Mueller referred foreign lobbying case to New York prosecutors
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
This Is So Much Bigger Than Paul Manafort
Washington Post:
Prosecutors say Manafort's wealth was fueled by lies to IRS and banks
Discussion: Just Security, The Root, CNBC and Daily Kos
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
At Paul Manafort Trial, Defense Puts The Blame On Mueller Witness Rick Gates
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Told American CEO: Send Cash to Moscow … Maria Butina, the accused Russian operative, didn't just allegedly cultivate the NRA on behalf of the Kremlin.  The 29-year-old Russian national also braced one of America's best-known businessmen …
Discussion: Raw Story
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BuzzFeed News:
Russian “Agent” And A GOP Operator Left A Trail Of Cash, Documents Reveal  —  A $45,000 payment to an undisclosed law firm.  A cash withdrawal for $14,000.  Almost $90,000 sent to or from a Russian bank.  These and other bank transactions totaling nearly $300,000, none of which have been made public …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones, Pursued Over Infowars Falsehoods, Faces a Legal Crossroads  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — In the five years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., death threats and online harassment have forced his parents, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, to relocate seven times.
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Vox
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 …
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NBC News:
Facebook's new foreign influence report excluded most divisive rhetoric  —  Facebook released only some of the pages and content publicly, declining to release the depth some pages went to stoke racial tension.  —  On Tuesday morning, the political and tech worlds were startled to learn …
New York Times:
Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign
Bloomberg:
China Slams U.S. ‘Blackmailing’ as Trump Weighs Higher Tariffs  — U.S. may now seek 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion in goods  — Officials seeking ways to re-engage after talks stalled  —  China warned the U.S. against “blackmailing and pressuring” it over trade …
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal  —  Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept can reveal.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Talks With China Over Trade Dispute Show Little Progress
Discussion: New York Times
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Mich. Supreme Court: Redistricting plan goes on Nov. ballot  —  Lansing — A proposal to create an independent redistricting commission will appear on the November ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday in a closely watched case.  —  The 4-3 decision is rife with political implications …
Discussion: Splinter
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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 …
CNN:
Trump says Americans need ID to buy groceries while making case for voter ID  —  President Trump, telling his supporters why he wanted Americans to be required to show identification before casting their votes, claimed that they needed their I.Ds “to buy groceries.”  —  He did not elaborate.
Discussion: New Republic
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CNN:
President Trump holds rally in Florida
Discussion: Splinter
Annie Karni / Politico:
‘Everyone talked with Woodward’: Trump White House braces for new book  —  Unlike previous administrations, this White House had no process for making officials available to the legendary reporter.  —  Bob Woodward, the legendary Washington Post journalist, was sitting on the couch …
Associated Press:
US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.  —  The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where President Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Don McGahn Hates Rudy with Intensity of 1,000 Burning Suns”: Is Trump Ready to Cook Giuliani?  —  Inside the West Wing, Giuliani's recent wacko media appearances have attracted the wrong kind of notice.  “Trump thinks he's saying too much,” one Republican close to the White House told me.
David French / National Review:
A Federal Judge Launches a Futile, Unconstitutional Effort to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns  —  If there's a hall of fame for futile, symbolic, and ultimately unconstitutional federal court orders, the temporary restraining order just issued in Seattle blocking Defense Distributed …
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Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Gun Controllers, Politicians and Judges Think They Can Stop the Free Flow of Information.  They're Wrong.
Discussion: National Review, Hit & Run and RedState
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Workers Get Biggest Pay Increase in Nearly a Decade  —  Employment cost index, which measures wages and benefits, grew 2.8% in the 12 months to last month  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. workers received their biggest pay increases in nearly a decade over the 12 months through June …
Discussion: The Week and Mother Jones
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Worker pay and benefits climbing at fastest pace in 10 years, ECI finds
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
President Trump intends to nominate an extreme-weather expert as his first science and tech director  —  President Trump intends to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, an expert in extreme weather from the University of Oklahoma, as his top science and technology adviser at the White House, according to an administration official.
Zoé Samudzi / Broadly:
What ‘Interracial’ Cuckold Porn Reveals About White Male Insecurity  —  The genre, in which a Black man has sex with a white man's wife, represents the ultimate threat to white manhood and racial purity.  And it's loaded with racist undertones that have real-world implications.
Emilie Raguso / Berkeleyside:
Berkeley zoning board says latest 2701 Shattuck proposal is ‘still excessive’  —  A proposal for a five-story, 57-unit building in South Berkeley has come back in its latest iteration after a failed attempt in 2013 to get city approval.  —  The project, at 2701 Shattuck Ave., at Derby Street …
Washington Post:
The stark contrast of the Maryland governor's race: Centrist or liberal?  —  MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan owes something of his popularity to his penchant for centrism, caution and political small ball — a shrewd strategy for a Republican chief executive in a heavily Democratic state.
Politico:
Republicans abuzz over Schmidt's divorce from GOP  —  The onetime McCain strategist won't comment on his talks with potential 2020 Democrat Howard Schultz.  —  Steve Schmidt's public break from the GOP and quiet departure from his corporate PR gig earlier this summer are fueling speculation …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage  —  Some pilgrims from China are wearing ‘smart cards’ to ensure their safety, but rights activists say the tracking devices are government overreach  —  BEIJING—China's close watch over its Islamic minority is being extended abroad …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
BBC, Fox News, PBS ranked as TV's most trusted news brands  —  The BBC, Fox News and PBS are the most-trusted TV news brands in the U.S., according to an analysis released Tuesday.  —  Research Intelligencer by Brand Keys surveyed 4,012 viewers who rated broadcast and cable brands that they watch …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY, TVNewser and MediaPost
Alex Vasquez / Yahoo:
San Juan: The Venezuelan city where nothing works anymore  —  Venezuela's economic crisis has left residents in San Juan with a chronic water shortage  —  San Juan de los Morros (Venezuela) (AFP) - Power blackouts are daily fare, running water comes only once a month, cash machines are empty and waiting for a bus can take hours.
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Austrian foreign minister: No ‘dirty Brexit’ if both sides honor schedule  —  If the U.K. and Brussels stick to the “clear-cut” negotiating schedule, Brexit can be handled in a transparent and predictable way, Austria's foreign minister said today, dismissing warnings the U.K. could accidentally crash out of the bloc without a deal.
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally and Kelli Ward clashed at The Arizona Republic.  Here's what we learned.  —  In the first and apparently only debate of the U.S. Senate Republican primary, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and former state Sen. Kelli Ward sparred Monday over the future of border security, the national debt …
Politico:
The first black speaker?  —  Upheaval in the Democratic caucus could pave the way for a historic House leader — and some potential names are already being discussed.  —  The next speaker of the House could be a black Democrat.  And Congress would never be the same.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 
 
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Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
Why We're Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Origins of Our Second Civil War
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Trump tariffs threaten the strong economic growth and the expected market returns: CNBC Fed Survey
Discussion: Breitbart
Lynda V. Mapes / The Seattle Times:
Grieving mother orca falling behind family as she carries dead calf for a seventh day
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Bailey Stonecipher / Manhattan District …:
Tomorrow: D.A. Vance Ends Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Smoking Cases
Discussion: RedState and CBS New York
Bridge Magazine:
Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group
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L.A. City Councilman Wants Ban on Electric Scooters
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Ordinary Iranians on Trump Talks Offer: ‘Why Not Try the Americans?’
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Charlottesville Hate Leader Jason Kessler Doxxes His Own Followers
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How chyrons took on a life of their own
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Will Democrats lurch to the left? Watch Michigan.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Watch: Top Trump Officials Refuse to Raise Hands to Defend Family Separation
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Mediaite
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Kushner Family Newspaper Cuts Ties With A Writer Who Attacked Kremlin Foes
Melanie Sevcenko / The Guardian:
How legal cannabis actually made things worse for sick people in Oregon
Discussion: TheBlaze, Instapundit and Shakesville
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Should Democrats Bother Fighting Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation? History Suggests Yes