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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
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
This Is So Much Bigger Than Paul Manafort
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
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Talks With China Over Trade Dispute Show Little Progress
Discussion: New York Times
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump uses Twitter to promote video of supporters chanting ‘CNN sucks’
Discussion: Mediaite, HuffPost and Contemptor
Tampa Bay Times:   Trump campaigns for Ron DeSantis (and himself) in Tampa
CNN:
President Trump holds rally in Florida
Discussion: Splinter
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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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 …
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Facebook:
Removing Bad Actors on Facebook
New York Times:
Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign
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 …
NBC News:
North Korea is still producing ballistic missiles after summit  —  Satellite photos and U.S. intelligence show North Korea continues to work on its missile program, even after Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting in Singapore.  —  WASHINGTON — Arms control experts confirm to NBC News …
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones that it said are remains of American war dead, it provided a single military dog tag but no other information that could help U.S. forensics experts determine …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘We are Q’: A deranged conspiracy cult leaps from the Internet to the crowd at Trump's ‘MAGA’ tour  —  On Tuesday evening, the dark recesses of the Internet lit up with talk of politics.  —  “Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump's Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan …
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.
Washington Post:
President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days  —  Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend  —  CHICAGO — A former girlfriend of Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer has filed an official complaint accusing the first-term Republican of creating a fake Instagram account and populating it with nude photos of her to lure men into “graphic” discussions.
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 …
 
 
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Women Will Be Punished  —  Roe v. Wade is in trouble.
Discussion: Rewire.News
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris' challenge in a 2020 presidential bid? Defining herself before her opponents do
Gabriela Galindo / Politico:
Austrian foreign minister: No ‘dirty Brexit’ if both sides honor schedule
Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
Why We're Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets
Discussion: GitHub and The Federalist
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Trump tariffs threaten the strong economic growth and the expected market returns: CNBC Fed Survey
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Republicans abuzz over Schmidt's divorce from GOP
Discussion: Political Wire
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic takeover could bring first black speaker
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lynda V. Mapes / The Seattle Times:
Grieving mother orca falling behind family as she carries dead calf for a seventh day
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Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Bridge Magazine:
Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group
KFI AM 640:
L.A. City Councilman Wants Ban on Electric Scooters
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Ordinary Iranians on Trump Talks Offer: ‘Why Not Try the Americans?’
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