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CNN:
Inside the frantic decision to open a Trump obstruction probe before Mueller got the job  —  Washington (CNN)In the hectic eight days after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top FBI officials viewed Trump as a leader who needed to be reined in …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and The Week
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Mueller takes center stage after week remembering Bush's GOP
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Ten questions for James Comey
New York Times:
North Carolina Republican Owes $34,310 for Disputed Absentee Ballot and Turnout Work, Records Show  —  LUMBERTON, N.C. — The congressional campaign of Mark Harris disclosed late Thursday night that it owed more than $34,000 in connection with an absentee ballot and voter turnout operation …
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC and WRAL-TV
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump ally who served on voter integrity panel expresses concern about fraud in North Carolina  —  Kris Kobach, an ally of President Trump who served on a voter integrity panel, expressed worry Thursday that Republican fraud might have tainted a North Carolina congressional election …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Republican officials had early warnings of voting irregularities in North Carolina
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
“I Don't Vote” — But He Did. Here's How Alleged Election Fraud Works In North Carolina.
Discussion: HuffPost, Politico and AOL
Sergio Chapa / Houston Chronicle:
Rex Tillerson makes rare public appearance in Houston  —  Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections, former Secretary of State and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said during a Thursday evening visit to Houston.  —  Making his first public appearance in nearly nine months …
Bloomberg:
Trump to Pick Nauert to Replace Haley as UN Ambassador, Sources Say  — Nauert has been State Department spokeswoman, Fox News anchor  — Maintaining North Korea sanctions, defending Israel key jobs  —  President Donald Trump has decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert …
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Carole Landry / Yahoo News:
US fails in UN bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon  —  Washington (CNN)John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.  —  Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Democrats speeding up their 2020 campaign launches  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward.  —  The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end.  The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates.
Discussion: Associated Press
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BostonGlobe.com:
Deval Patrick knew when to call it quits on a presidential bid.  Other politicians take note  —  Running for president is hard.  —  Deciding not to run?  That can be even harder.  —  Over the last year, two-term former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has explored the possibility …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   With at least 16 members running, Congress will be another staging ground for 2020 presidential race
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Making President Trump's Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers  —  At the president's New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013.  She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — During more than five years …
Kristopher Tapley / Variety:
Kevin Hart Refuses to Apologize, Despite Academy Ultimatum, for Past Anti-Gay Comments  —  It appears the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be looking for a new host for the upcoming Oscars ceremony very soon.  —  In a new Instagram video, Kevin Hart, who was tapped to emcee …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Tucker Carlson / Die Weltwoche:
Trump is not capable  —  Weekday nights Fox News Channel star, Tucker Carlson, can be found merrily berating hapless guests, grilling liberal pundits, and defending America's working and middle classes.  Puckish and pugilistic, the 49-year-old insists the Washington elites among whom he grew up despise America's “normal people.”
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Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn't kept his promises  —  Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson set straight any misinformation concerning his views on President Trump: “I don't think he's capable,” he said during an interview on Tuesday.  —  Urs Gehriger, an editor at …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Only the Best Candidates for Federal Courts  —  We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.  —  Over the past two years the Senate has confirmed a record number of judicial nominees.  I have proudly voted for more than 99% of them …
Kansas City Star:
Missouri Secretary of State begins investigation into Josh Hawley  —  Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into a complaint that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley used public resources in his successful bid for the U.S. Senate.
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Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft launches investigation into Josh Hawley
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
CNN's New York offices evacuated due to bomb threat  —  (CNN)CNN's New York offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company said.  —  Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after 10:30 p.m.
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Reporters At Bloomberg News Are Worried About Michael Bloomberg's Potential Presidential Run  —  Reporters at Bloomberg News are on edge after their boss announced that if he chooses to run for president in 2020 — a decision he will have to finalize relatively soon — it could mean the end of the news outlet's political coverage.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders  —  LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage …
NPR:
Transcript: NPR's Interview National Security Adviser John Bolton  —  In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, National Security Adviser John Bolton talks about the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, scion of a Chinese telecommunications giant, natural security threats posed by China and a second summit with North Korea.
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New York Times:
At ‘60 Minutes,’ Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say  —  For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards, not to mention weekly ratings for CBS that are the envy of the industry.  The success has allowed “60 Minutes” …
Isabel Wilkerson / New York Times:
Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama's ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration  —  The former first lady's long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family's trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago's South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA  —  The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent conservative group.  Most of that sum went toward television advertising, but a political message loses …
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Former NATO Commander Told Pompeo to ‘Muddle Along’ in Afghanistan  —  Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, admitted during a recent speaking appearance that he had recently advised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “muddle along” in Afghanistan due to a lack of viable strategic alternatives.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children  —  The famine in Yemen could become the worst the world has seen in a generation.  —  ADEN, Yemen  —  He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn't cry or complain.
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke's bid against Ted Cruz ended up raising record $80M, a sum sure to stoke 2020 buzz  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Beto O'Rourke ended up raising an astonishing $80.1 million in his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, putting an exclamation point on the El Paso Democrat's record-setting Senate fundraising haul.
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Republicans Are Only Group That Mostly Sees Mueller Probe As A ‘Witch Hunt’
Discussion: Political Wire
Abby Livingston / Politico:
The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
It's Now Racist To Ask Students To ‘Be Respectful In Class’
Discussion: The College Fix
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is a political vampire
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We're now seeing the Trump economy
Chuck Schumer / Washington Post:
No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
State GOP chairman warns California is ‘canary in the coal mine’ for national party
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News Insider:
Nunes: FBI Email Chain May Provide Evidence of FISA Abuses
 Earlier Items: 
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Florida Voted to Give Ex-Felons the Franchise.  Now Republicans Are Throwing a Wrench in That Process.
Discussion: Splinter
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Looking at Turkey Lobbying by Michael Flynn's Ex-Firm
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Pelosi not budging: Dem leader won't accept DACA deal in exchange for wall $$
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Maria Butina plea deal may be near
John Harwood / CNBC:
Donald Trump could be the first president since Jimmy Carter to run for re-election during a recession
BuzzFeed News:
A Mysterious Imposter Account Was Used On Facebook To Drum Up Support For The Migrant Caravan
Washington Post:
William Barr is leading attorney general candidate in Trump discussions