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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.
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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CNN:   Beto O'Rourke is a risk Democrats might want to take
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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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.
The Hill:
Trump faces growing Senate GOP backlash on emergency declaration
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Trump's Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Mashable
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 …
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.
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
New York appellate court allows Summer Zervos defamation suit against Trump 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: Vox, Gothamist, The Week and Raw Story
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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: Axios
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New York Times:
Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit …
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Republicans press Trump's Justice Department to prosecute Michael Cohen  —  Republicans want the Justice Department to take the unusual step of bringing a perjury case without a congressional committee referral after Democrats blocked a resolution that accuses President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
In overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, House calls for Mueller report to be made public
Discussion: The Week and Shakesville
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
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Matt O'Brien / Washington Post:   Brexit is Britain's midlife crisis
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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New York Post:
Son defends parents caught in college admissions scandal while smoking blunt  —  SEE ALSO  —  Maybe this is why Gregory and Marcia Abbott allegedly bought their daughter's way into college.  —  Their “rapper” son, Malcolm, popped out of the family's Fifth Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt …
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, Fox News, RedState and NPR
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
NY's political prosecution of Manafort should scare us all  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicted Paul Manafort for mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies.  This is a nakedly political prosecution.
 
 
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Schultz apologizes for claiming to spend more time with military than any 2020 candidate
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New York Times:
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
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