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The Montgomery Advertiser:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees … The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired Morris Dees, the civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.  —  In a statement attributed to SPLC president Richard Cohen, the Montgomery-based organization confirmed Dees' dismissal …
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Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder, declines to say what he's alleged to have done  —  This is a developing story, and it will be updated.  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center terminated co-founder and chief litigator Morris Dees on Wednesday, the civil rights organization announced.
Washington Post:
Senate votes to reject Trump's emergency declaration, setting up president's first veto  —  Breaking news: A group of Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday to approve a disapproval resolution aimed at overturning President Trump's declaration of an emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tillis's reversal sums up state of Senate Republicans — few willing to cross Trump  —  Sen. Thom Tillis took every possible position on President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the Mexican border.  —  At first, Tillis (R-N.C.) stood defiantly …
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
The Big Cave  —  Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz and the roll-over Republicans.  —  There are two ways to look at Thursday's Senate vote to block President Trump's attempt to build a wall on the southern border without congressional approval by declaration of a national emergency.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It's Not Just About Beto)  —  Hispanics represent the (elusive) upside for Democrats, but it's a shift in white voters that is making the biggest difference.  —  The dream of a “Blue Texas” has captured the imagination of Democrats for nearly a decade …
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Semigoguery of Beto O'Rourke
Discussion: New York Times, CNBC and Splinter
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: What Beto O'Rourke's entry means for the 2020 race
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Esquire
CNN:   Beto O'Rourke is a risk Democrats might want to take
TMZ.com:
Rosario Dawson Confirms She's Dating Cory Booker, Says They're in Love  —  Rosario Dawson's all in on Cory Booker for President in 2020, but she might be a little biased ... because she just confirmed with us ... they're in a serious, loving relationship!!!  —  The actress was at the Reagan …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump issues warning to opponents: ‘It would be very bad’ if his military, police and biker supporters got ‘tough’  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump has issued what seems to be a warning of armed pushback against his political opponents, telling a right-wing website on Monday that …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies  —  WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service.  But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Top Mueller Prosecutor Stepping Down In Latest Clue Russia Inquiry May Be Ending  —  One of the most prominent members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election will soon leave the office and the Justice Department, two sources close to the matter tell NPR.
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NBC News:
Mnuchin says he'll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested  —  A rarely used nearly 100-year-old law allows a few congressional officials to seek individual tax returns from the Treasury Secretary.  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday he will protect …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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Washington Post:
New York appellate court allows Summer Zervos's defamation suit against president to proceed  —  A New York appellate court ruled Thursday that President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, one of about a dozen women who accused Trump …
Discussion: ABC News, The Week, Vox, Gothamist and Raw Story
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Peter Strzok Deleted ‘Personal’ Communications With Lisa Page  — Peter Strzok told Congress in 2018 that he deleted communications with Lisa Page, but he claimed he did so for “personal” reasons.  — An attorney for Strzok says that the former FBI official deleted the records …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Formerly Homeless Student Gets Into 17 Colleges, on His Own  —  The odds were stacked against Dylan Chidick in the summer of 2017.  The Jersey City high school student's family was homeless and he was struggling to study in a shelter.  His twin brothers had heart conditions and needed extra care.
Pew Research Center:
Political Independents: Who They Are, What They Think  —  Most ‘lean’ toward a party; ‘true’ independents tend to avoid politics  —  Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation's rigid partisan divisions.
Brianna Gurciullo / Politico:
Lawmakers express more confidence in FAA after 737 briefing  —  Lawmakers appeared largely satisfied Thursday with the time it took for the U.S. to ground Boeing's 737 MAX jet after two fatal crashes overseas — though some still have questions about how the Federal Aviation Administration approved the plane to fly to begin with.
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Washington Post:
At tense meeting with Boeing executives, pilots fumed about being left in dark on plane software
New York Times:
Frank Cali, Reputed Gambino Mob Boss, Is Shot and Killed on Staten Island  —  Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, was fatally shot outside his home on Staten Island on Wednesday night, a senior police official said.  —  Mr. Cali, 53, was shot six times, the official said.
Discussion: New York Post, RedState, Fox News and NPR
Luke O'Neil / The Guardian:
Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality  —  Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, spoke on the changes for Ireland and called out various forms of discrimination  —  Play Video  —  The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay …
Erin Murphy / Quad City Times:
O'Rourke calls for unity during Iowa visit  —  As he drove along the Mississippi River between campaign stops, Beto O'Rourke pined to pull the vehicle over —  so he could dip his toes in the water.  —  “I just don't feel like you can come this close to it and not,” O'Rourke said.
Chase Woodruff / Denver Westword:
Colorado Senate Passes Oil and Gas Bill in Decisive Vote … Following a series of conciliatory amendments offered by Democratic leadership, a sweeping proposal to overhaul Colorado oil and gas regulations has cleared a key hurdle in the Senate and appears on track to become law.
BuzzFeed News:
Reddit Has Become A Battleground Of Alleged Chinese Trolls  —  Last week, a Reddit user posed a question on the Canadian news subreddit /r/onguardforthee: “Ever Wonder Why Canadian Subreddits Are Becoming Littered With Chinese Propaganda?”  —  In their view, the reason is that Chinese …
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Erin Go Bragh!  On Brexit, Irish PM Disses Trump To His Face  —  Trump made believe he never supported Brexit, but the first gay prime minister elected in Ireland told Trump directly that he disagreed with his opinion and regretted the vote entirely.  —  Views:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alexis Soloski / New York Times:
‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn  —  Two years ago, Aidan Sleeper needed to find an apartment.  —  Sleeper, the locations manager for “Billions,” returning Sunday for its fourth season on Showtime, scouted more than 100 places that list for tens of millions of dollars, but he couldn't find the right one.
Fiona Harvey / The Guardian:
Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable - UN  —  Temperatures likely to rise by 3-5C above pre-industrial levels even if Paris goals met  —  Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds …
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump may send volunteer force to border  —  The Trump administration may send a volunteer emergency response team to assist with security and humanitarian efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to four current and former officials briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Jeffrey Epstein prosecutor was previously rebuked for handling of a child sex case  —  Nine months before cutting a covert plea deal with sex trafficking suspect Jeffrey Epstein, Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta was notified that the lead prosecutor in Epstein's case had concealed information …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
 
 
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Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Trump's thuggish threat of violence against his critics
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls for investigation into Trump Organization for hiring undocumented workers
The Appeal:
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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Her Pitch For President, Kamala Harris Focuses On Criminal Justice, Inequality
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John Gage / Washington Examiner:
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Voters Democrats Aren't Really Fighting Over
Discussion: The Bulwark
Jimmy Tobias / The Guardian:
US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump's ability to distract public
USA Today:
A Donald Trump coup if he loses in 2020? With all the norms he's busted, don't rule it out
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Officials About Opportunity Zones After Stock Sale
Discussion: Politico
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
White Nationalism's Deep American Roots