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Bloomberg:
Trump Defends His Handling of McCain's Death  — Won't say if McCain would've been better president than Obama  — 'I've done everything that they requested' for senator  —  President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he properly honored John McCain following his death but wouldn't say whether …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says He'll Keep Sessions Until November Despite ‘Illegal’ Probe  — The attorney general has resisted Trump's pressure to resign  — Mueller probe is ‘an illegal investigation,’ president says  —  President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions's job is safe at least until the midterm elections in November.
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Democrats Can't Impeach Him Because He's Doing a ‘Great Job’  — President cites good economy, precedent for future presidents  — Any impeachment effort would face high hurdles in Congress  —  President Donald Trump said that Democrats shouldn't try to impeach him …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Weisselberg Is ‘Wonderful Guy’ Who Didn't Betray Him  — CFO of Trump Organization cooperated in Michael Cohen probe  — Weisselberg has worked for Trump family for more than 40 years  —  President Donald Trump said Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization …
Bloomberg:
Trump Threatens to Pull U.S. Out of WTO If It Doesn't ‘Shape Up’
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Guardian and Axios
Maxwell Tani Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBC Threatened Ronan Farrow if He Kept Reporting on Harvey Weinstein  —  Ronan Farrow had already left NBC News.  But a top lawyer at the network threatened to smear him if he continued to pursue the Hollywood mogul, multiple knowledgeable sources say.  —  Lachlan Cartwright
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow's Ex-Producer Says NBC Impeded Weinstein Reporting  —  In October, when Ronan Farrow published his first article in The New Yorker on the alleged transgressions of Harvey Weinstein, people in the media and entertainment industries wondered how NBC had missed the story.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did Trump just admit that he tried to fire Mueller and Sessions?  —  President Trump has made a habit out of admitting things — often via Twitter — that he perhaps shouldn't.  Did he just do it again?  —  In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called it “fake news” that now-outgoing White House Counsel …
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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump bashes CNN, NBC media executives  —  President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday morning at top media executives from NBC and CNN, continuing his tirade against media coverage that he considers unfair from outlets he has labeled “fake news.”  —  “The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Mediaite
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump Is Setting Up A Lame-Duck Crisis  —  President Trump is preparing to thrust the country into a crisis as soon as the midterm elections are behind him—irrespective of which party wins the race for control of Congress—and Republicans are lining up to make sure he gets away with it …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism.  Now It's Time For It To Go Away.  —  Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed.  Candidate Donald Trump took advantage of a stubborn refusal to recognize the power of right-wing ideology …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Shakesville
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Chuck Todd Warns of Possible Mueller Bombshell: 'I Wouldn't Miss Work Tomorrow'  —  MSNBC's Chuck Todd issued a warning to the press on Thursday evening regarding the Russia investigation: Don't miss work tomorrow.  —  Todd's MTP Daily panel was discussing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Top 2008 campaign aides shut out of McCain funeral  —  Campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and longtime strategist John Weaver were snubbed, as was former running mate Sarah Palin.  —  John McCain's funeral will spotlight some of the late senator's political rivals …
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Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
While Washington mourns McCain, Trump leaves town
Discussion: ABC News and News and Tribune
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:   John McCain, Donald Trump, and the Legacy of the American Upper Class
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone says he expects Mueller to charge him with a crime  —  The Mueller team wants “to frame me for some nonexistent crime to silence me and pressure me to testify against the president,” says Stone.  —  WASHINGTON — Days after he predicted the president's eldest son …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Josh Meyer / Politico:
Anticipation builds around Mueller as 60-day election window nears
Discussion: HuffPost and BuzzFeed News
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Former Nixon counsel John Dean to be witness opposed to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court  —  Democrats seeking to defeat the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh have recruited former Nixon White House counsel John Dean to testify during next week's hearing on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Republicans drill Kavanaugh in mock hearings in preparation for real questioning
Discussion: Axios
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:   Watergate Whistleblower to Testify Against Brett Kavanaugh During Confirmation Hearings
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
DOJ's Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‘in the loop’ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say  —  Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials …
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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Judge Rules Against Alex Jones and Infowars in Sandy Hook Lawsuit  —  A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Florida does it again  —  Florida, you have done it again.  —  The nation's biggest swing state has given us many suspenseful elections.  This year, its gubernatorial race will also provide something of a political laboratory experiment.  —  Both parties are testing the proposition that …
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis's ‘monkey’ comment was just the start of his racist dog-whistling
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Trump eliminates pay raises for civilian federal employees  —  In a letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, President Trump announced that civilian federal employees will not receive pay increases next year, undoing the original 2.1% pay increase that was set to take place in 2019.
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Andrea Long Chu / Chronicle of Higher Education:
I Worked With Avital Ronell.  I Believe Her Accuser.  —  The humanities are ablaze.  This month The New York Times reported that the Title IX office had found Avital Ronell, a professor of German and comparative literature at New York University and a superstar in literary studies …
Brittany Martin / Los Angeles Magazine:
Your Favorite Burger Chain Just Donated a Bunch of Money to the Republican Party  —  In-N-Out just dropped $25,000 into the GOP's coffers  —  Orange County is shaping up to be one of the hottest political battlegrounds going into the midterm elections-and, it appears, Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger has cast their vote early.
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Grace Dobush / Fortune:
Left-Leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates To California Republicans
Discussion: AOL
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Is Delaware's Kerri Evelyn Harris the next explosion to rock the Democrats?  |  Will Bunch  —  Kerri Evelyn Harris' secret weapon in her upstart Democratic campaign for a U.S. Senate seat is size — or, more specifically, Delaware's lack of it.  —  The First State is, after all …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Dem rep warns immigration officers following ‘illegal’ Trump orders: ‘You will not be safe’  —  A Democratic lawmaker issued a startling warning to government officials involved in “illegal” deportations that they “will not be safe” from future punishment when Donald Trump is no longer president.
Del Quentin Wilber / Los Angeles Times:
Sept. 11 is still killing FBI agents: 'It's like Bin Laden reaching out from the grave' … FBI Agent Dave LeValley was driving to work in Manhattan when he saw the first jetliner strike the World Trade Center on a bright September morning 17 years ago.  He quickly parked his car and sprinted …
Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Woody Allen's new film shelved by Amazon  —  A Rainy Day in New York may never be screened, after distributor says no release date has been set  —  Woody Allen's latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Page Six
Marcos Aleman / Associated Press:
El Salvador: 3 kids separated in US were abused at shelters  —  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Three minors from El Salvador separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. border were sexually abused in shelters in Arizona, Salvadoran officials said Thursday.
Washington Post:
Trump administration to end U.S. funding to U.N. program for Palestinian refugees  —  The Trump administration has decided to cancel all U.S. funding of the United Nations aid program for Palestinian refugees, part of its determination to put its money where its policy is as it seeks …
Rob Wile / Sacramento Bee:
Bank of America freezing accounts of customers suspected of not being US citizens  —  Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn't access it.  —  An Iranian getting his Ph.D in physics …
Discussion: Splinter and The Outline
Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune:
Texas spent $7 million to fight against A/C in a prison.  It may only cost $4 million to install.  —  At a Capitol hearing, the Texas prison system's director said exceptions in construction requirements allowed for the cost decrease.  —  After settling a costly legal fight …
Padraig Belton / BBC:
'My robot makes me feel like I haven't been forgotten'  —  Internet-connected robots that can stream audio and video are increasingly helping housebound sick children and elderly people keep in touch with teachers, family and friends, combating the scourge of isolation and loneliness.
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Iranian Regime May Collapse Because of His Policies  — U.S. left international nuclear accord with Iran in May  — Iran faces high inflation, weakening currency, oil sanctions  —  President Donald Trump said the Iranian regime may collapse because of his administration's policies …
CBN News:
VP Pence to CBN News on Democrats Impeachment Talk: ‘I Take Them at Their Word’  —  VP PENCE TO CBN NEWS ON DEMOCRATS IMPEACHMENT TALK: “I TAKE THEM AT THEIR WORD”  —  WASHINGTON - In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Vice President Mike Pence said he believes Democrats when they say they plan …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Totally dishonest’: Trump asserts only he can be trusted over opponents and ‘fake news’  —  Over roughly the past day, President Trump has decried the “totally dishonest” media, with its “fake news” and “fake books.”  He has argued that Google is biased against conservatives.
 
 
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Trump's Assault on Google
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Michelle Gant / Fox News:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Hullabaloo