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Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Lawyer Said There Were “No Plans” For Trump Tower Moscow.  Here They Are.  —  Trump's lawyer claims the Moscow tower was barely more than a notion.  “There were no drafts.  Nothing in the file.”  Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News tell a different story.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump exasperated by gaffe-prone Giuliani  —  Rudy Giuliani has a growing list of enemies in the White House — which now includes his boss, President Donald Trump.  —  Trump was apoplectic after a pair of weekend media interviews by his personal lawyer, in which Giuliani said that the president …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Screaming.  He's So Mad at Rudy”: Giuliani's Fate Is Uncertain After Botched Interviews  —  As Giuliani's unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what's gone wrong with Rudy.  —  Every time Rudy Giuliani opens his mouth …
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
USA Today:
Trump pursued a deal in Russia and hid it from voters  —  Rudy Giuliani vs Chris Cuomo again on CNN...this time it's over collusion.  Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.  —  Candidate misled voters about ‘nothing to do with Russia.’ He signed a Trump Tower Moscow letter on the day of a presidential debate: Our view
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Giuliani's media blitz draws ire of Trump and some allies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
CNN:
Republicans: Cohen lawyer says key topics off-limits for congressional hearing
Discussion: Observer and KTLA
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy  —  A gay student who was barred by the Covington diocese from speaking at his 2018 graduation, is “not surprised” by the Covington Catholic High School video.
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Washington Post:
A viral story spread.  The mainstream media rushed to keep up.  The Trump Internet pounced.  —  The online supporters of the president were ready for a moment like the Covington Catholic controversy.  —  The video, taken from an Instagram account and reposted to Twitter, went viral with the caption …
David French / National Review:
Nathan Phillips's Interview with CNN Is Full of Falsehoods, Inconsistencies, and Nonsense  —  As I wrote on the home page today, it's disturbing to see the left-wing hate that is still being directed at the Covington Catholic students — days after the initial framing of the story was thoroughly debunked.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press, CNN and Breitbart
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
House Intelligence Committee Looking Into Tweet About Viral MAGA Hat Teen Video  —  The Twitter account that promoted a video of Covington Catholic High School Students surrounding a Native American man has since been suspended.  —  The House Intelligence Committee has asked Twitter to provide …
Discussion: The Stranger, Gizmodo and CNN
James Varney / Washington Times:
Vietnam Veteran status of Native American at center of viral encounter in D.C. in question
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this ain't World War II  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is a rising star in the Democratic Party.  But she needs a history refresher.  At an event on Monday, the congresswoman declared that addressing climate change “is our World War II.”
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Media Matters for America:
MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden has “transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
Discussion: Mediaite
Zachary Basu / Axios:
4 progressive Democrats named to House Oversight Committee
Discussion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Builds a National Platform, but a District Office? Not Open Yet
Discussion: CNN
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Federal Employees Going Through ‘a Little Bit of Pain’ but Border Wall Is ‘Bigger Than’ Them Says Lara Trump  —  The 800,000 furloughed federal employees and 400,000 working without pay due to the government shutdown over $5 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border are going through …
Washington Post:
Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work.  That could delay tax refunds.  —  Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expected absences to surge …
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Washington Post:
‘Knock them in the teeth.’ How Trump turns crises into leverage.  —  The 800,000 federal workers who are expected to miss their second paycheck in the coming days are the most extreme example yet of a negotiating tactic President Trump has used repeatedly since taking office.
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is being the adult in the room on the shutdown
Discussion: IJR, CNBC and Inside Higher Ed
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown  —  Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills on Shutdown  — With dueling votes planned for Thursday, the Senate will finally move off the sidelines a month into the partial government shutdown.  — Both measures face long odds …
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Bloomberg:   McConnell to Allow Votes on Competing Bills to End Shutdown
Sara Murray / CNN:
Mueller wants to know about 2016 Trump campaign's ties to NRA  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.  —  “When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office …
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Four Accused of Plotting to Attack Muslim Community  —  Police in Greece, New York, have arrested and charged four suspects who allegedly planned to attack a nearby Muslim community.  The four men were each charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy.
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Jeff Pegues / CBS News:   4 arrested in plot to attack Muslim community in New York
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Campaign workers demand minimum wage, progressive culture from 2020 Dems  —  Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care.
Discussion: The American Mirror
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Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes his message to black voters: ‘Racism is alive’
Discussion: Politico
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding to Go to Mars in His First Term  —  Donald Trump nearly derailed a televised call to the International Space Station after he got distracted, first by a sudden fantasy of going to Mars before the end of his first term in the White House …
Discussion: Splinter, Joe.My.God. and The Week
Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore-raised Pulitzer Prize winner Russell Baker dies at 93  —  Former Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent Russell Baker is pictured at his Virginia home in 2012.  (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)  —  Russell Baker, a Baltimore-raised, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist …
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change  — Storms, floods, drought and heat waves worry largest companies  — Merck, Apple, Home Depot also see new revenue opportunities  —  Bank of America Corp. worries flooded homeowners will default on their mortgages.
Discussion: Mashable
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt ... until agents bit  —  When at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  That's what Hillary Clinton's machine did in 2016, eventually getting the FBI to bite on an uncorroborated narrative that Donald Trump and Russia were trying to hijack the presidential election.
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop  —  Washington (CNN)White House press briefings, in steady decline even before the partial government shutdown, have now ground to a halt as a prolonged power struggle among President Donald Trump's aides leads to a muddled messaging strategy …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg Thinks All the 2020 Democrats Are Too Old  —  The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has announced his candidacy, promising “intergenerational justice.”  —  Pete Buttigieg, the Millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will formally launch an exploratory committee on Wednesday …
New York Times:
Los Angeles Teachers' Strike to End as Deal Is Reached  —  LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles public schoolteachers reached a deal with officials on Tuesday to end a weeklong strike that had affected more than half a million students, winning an array of supplementary services after an era …
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James Randerson / Politico:
UK's ex-EU ambassador: Brexiteers like ‘snake oil salesmen’  —  The arguments of senior Brexiteers would “make snake oil salesmen blush” and their “dishonesty is breathtaking,” according to the U.K.'s former ambassador to the EU.  —  Delivering a sobering lecture on the state of the Brexit process …
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Despite Bitcoin's Dive, a Former Soviet Republic Is Still Betting Big on It  —  Tax breaks, land deals and cheap energy have spurred cryptocurrency mining in Georgia, which wants to be a digital data leader.  —  TBILISI, Georgia — For three years, a windowless warehouse on the edge of town …
 
 
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K.T. Nelson / VICE:
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Matthias Gafni / Mercury News:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and The Verge