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Annie Linskey /
Warren releases results of DNA test  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence” she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump denies offering $1 million for Warren DNA test, even though he did  —  President Trump on Monday denied that he offered Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) $1 million to take a test proving her Native American heritage, even though he did just that.  —  Trump spoke after Warren responded …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren DNA test does NOT prove she's Native American, contrary to the hype  —  At most shows “strong evidence” of an ancestor dating back 6-10 generations, but is not conclusive, and more important, being Native American is not just about DNA markers.  —  Elizabeth Warren is not Native American.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Elizabeth Warren Has Statistically Less Native American Blood Than Average White American, According To Study
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Speaks With Saudi King About Missing Journalist  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of the disappearance of a Saudi dissident journalist.  After the call, Mr. Trump said he was …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
New York Times shuts down $11,995 Saudi Arabia tours
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Trump's ‘rogue killers’ line is a reminder of his consistent bad faith in demanding proof
Javier Blas / Bloomberg:
Saudi Arabia Breaks 45-Year Taboo With Veiled Threat to Use Oil as a Weapon
Discussion: BloombergQuint and TheBlaze
The Daily Beast:
Trump Hangs ‘Tacky’ Fantasy Painting of Himself With GOP Presidents in White House  —  Rep. Darrell Issa gave the painting to Trump, who called artist Andy Thomas to say he really liked how he looked.  —  President Trump's latest addition to White House decor is a kitschy fantasy painting …
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
All we know about the White House portrait of Trump drinking Diet Coke with Abraham Lincoln  —  Previously spotted in D.C. gift shops and jigsaw puzzle boxes, a fantasy print of President Trump entertaining Abraham Lincoln while every other Republican president in history watches now hangs outside the Oval Office.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.  —  The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Attack Ads Against Some Democrats Try to Portray Them as Terrorists  —  LAKESIDE, Calif. — In this congressional district just east of San Diego, a Christian Democrat, Ammar Campa-Najjar, has been portrayed by his Republican opponent as an Islamic terrorist sympathizer.
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
President Trump on Christine Blasey Ford, his relationships with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un and more  —  Lesley Stahl speaks with President Trump about a wide range of topics in his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office  —  When Americans vote in next month's midterm elections …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Losing Mattis would be costly for Trump
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'I'm not a baby.  I know': Donald Trump snaps before admitting to ‘60 Minutes’ he doesn't know …
Discussion: Washington Post
US embassy in Australia apologises for Cookie Monster cat email  —  The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department.  —  The email, titled “meeting”, went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed.
Yahoo! News:
US embassy apology after cat pyjama invite  —  The United States' embassy in Canberra has apologised for a “training error” after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a pyjama-wearing cat.  —  The email, titled “meeting”, featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Minnesota GOP Senate Contender Compared Michelle Obama To A ‘Chimp’ On Facebook  —  Republican Karin Housley is challenging Democratic Sen. Tina Smith.  —  Republican Karin Housley, a state senator running to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, compared then-first lady Michelle Obama to a “chimp” in 2009.
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’  —  MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — As they built their dream house last year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the elevated construction …
Discussion: New Republic
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Myanmar's Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide  —  NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred.  One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism.  Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man.
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead  —  Inside a miniature tomb, in the middle of what used to be a sprawling Roman villa, is the body of a 10-year-old child who died more than 1,500 years ago.  The skeleton is on its side …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Man Who Broke Politics  —  Newt Gingrich is an important man, a man of refined tastes, accustomed to a certain lifestyle, and so when he visits the zoo, he does not merely stand with all the other patrons to look at the tortoises—he goes inside the tank.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Future Perfect, explained  —  Welcome to Vox's home for stories about changing the world.  —  A few years ago, I was writing up a short article at the Washington Post explaining why then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was voting against his own cloture motion.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's latest attempt to backtrack on Trump tells us what to expect from him in the Senate  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney was one of the leading voices encouraging his party to pick someone — anyone — but Donald Trump.  Romney was very clear, and very public, about how he felt about Trump.
John LaLoggia / Pew Research Center:
Little Partisan Agreement on the Pressing Problems Facing the U.S.  —  Wide gaps in how younger and older voters view the midterms  —  With less than four weeks until the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters differ widely in views of the seriousness of numerous problems facing …
Discussion: Opinion Today
Melissa Gomez / New York Times:
Woman Is Fired After Video Shows Her Blocking a Black Man From His Condo  —  A black man arrived at the entrance to the building where he lives in St. Louis late Friday night only to find himself blocked by a white neighbor who demanded he proved he lived there.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Steve Collinssun / Press Herald:
Golden leads Poliquin in recent fundraising for 2nd District race  —  The Democratic challenger raised $2.7 million, or 5 times as much as Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin, in the last three months, but Poliquin has more cash left to spend.  —  In the most recent quarter …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Biological Male Wins World Championship In Women's Cycling  —  A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a women's world championship cycling event on Sunday.  —  Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women's 35-39 age bracket …
Michael Klarman / Take Care Blog:
Why Democrats Should Pack the Supreme Court  —  Michael Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School  —  Despite Democrats' having won the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections, the Supreme Court has not had a liberal majority since 1969.
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Anarchy in the USA: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten sports a Make America Great Again t-shirt as he puffs on a cigarette before a gig in New Orleans  —  Former Sex Pistols frontman has been causing anarchy in the USA after he was caught sporting a Make America Great Again T-shirt as he puffed on a cigarette.
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