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Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser's Office in Money Laundering Probe  —  Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Raised $6.1 Million Online in First 24 Hours of Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according to his campaign, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'He's the real deal': Beto's jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics
Discussion: Washington Post
David Siders / Politico:
Despite crowds, Beto campaign gets a rocky rollout
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's huge $6.1 million one-day haul, in context
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
The burden of a 40-year career: Some of Joe Biden's record doesn't age well  —  Joe Biden is carrying a 20th century voting record into a 21st century political dogfight.  —  During more than 40 years in public life, Biden has taken an array of stances at odds with today's Democratic Party consensus.
CNN:   Joe Biden readies major endorsements and message of strength ahead of likely 2020 run
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now A conversation about race and 2020.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Middle-Class Joe’ rakes in millions
Discussion: Breitbart
Donna Brazile / Fox News:
Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil - and sensible - debate  —  I am excited by the opportunity to share my perspective and views with the Fox News audience and to help shape the dialogue at this important juncture in our history.  More importantly, I'm eager to learn from the experience.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Joins Fox News as Contributor
New York Times:
Gunman Aboard a Tram Kills at Least 3 in Utrecht, the Netherlands  —  Three people died and five were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which the authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Decrying court packing, Michael Bennet pleads with Democrats to care more about electability  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  CONCORD, N.H.—Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) slammed his head on the table four times when I asked what he thought about other Democratic presidential contenders embracing …
USA Today:
Poll: Half of Americans say Trump is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes  —  After almost two years, Mueller's Russia investigation status can be confusing.  Here's an overview of the central question, and what we know.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON - Amid signs …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News struggles to preserve the profits of hatred  —  Jeanine Pirro's chuckle was a sweet touch for an embattled president.  It was Jan. 12, and President Trump had called in to Pirro's Saturday night program on Fox News.  Meanwhile, the New York Times had just reported that the FBI …
Princeton University News:
Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Princeton University is saddened to share that Alan Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, passed away over the weekend.
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Alan B. Krueger, Economic Aide to Clinton and Obama, Dies at 58
New York Times:
Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage  —  WASHINGTON — A long-running federal investigation into a former White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge …
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Ben Carson's schedule shows Friday trips to Florida, lunch with My Pillow founder  —  For 5 Fridays out of 31, Carson was off or had no appointments.  For 5 more he left before 2 p.m. to fly to South Florida, where he owns a mansion.  —  WASHINGTON — Ben Carson's daily schedule from 2017 shows …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn's Family Is at War With Each Other Over QAnon  —  The retired general's brother and sister are fanning the flames.  His son is a public skeptic.  —  Michael Flynn's family members appear to be at war with each other over the QAnon conspiracy theory and whether Flynn himself is playing a role in it.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
2020 Dems warm to expanding Supreme Court  —  After watching Mitch McConnell transform the judiciary over the past four years, liberals are demanding a bold response.  And Democrats are listening.  —  Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule …
Kansas City Star:
Blunt disinvited to GOP event in backlash over vote to block Trump's emergency powers  —  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has been disinvited from a local GOP gathering in Christian County, Missouri, next month amid a backlash over his vote to block President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to build a border wall.
Washington Post:
The meeting was supposed to ease tensions between Muslim and Jewish Democrats.  It ended with tears.  —  It was supposed to be a chance for Muslim and Jewish House Democrats to ease tensions and find common ground.  It ended with one lawmaker in tears.  —  At a late-night meeting blocks …
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
GOP congressman fantasizes about killing liberals in new civil war  —  White supremacist Rep. Steve King has outdone himself this time.  —  Just days after a white supremacist murdered 50 Muslims in New Zealand with a gun, the openly white supremacist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
A ‘pathetic life’: Meghan McCain escalates her pushback against Trump  —  Meghan McCain said Monday that President Trump is leading a “pathetic life” as she escalated her pushback against Trump's weekend attacks on Twitter against her late father.  —  “He spends his weekend obsessing over great men …
The Daily Beast:
House Judiciary Committee Planning Hearing on the Rise of White Nationalism  —  Days after the massacre in New Zealand, lawmakers are looking for more information from federal agencies on what's being done to confront the threat.  —  The House Judiciary Committee is planning on hosting …
Alex Daugherty / miamiherald:
Democrats call for counterintelligence investigation of massage parlor boss Cindy Yang  —  Democrats in Congress are asking the FBI to investigate former Florida massage parlor owner Li “Cindy” Yang after the Miami Herald and others reported on Yang's access to President Donald Trump and work …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting.
Madeleine Kearns / National Review:
Stop Politicizing the Christchurch Killings  —  Now is the time to console the grieving and honor the dead, rather than trying to score points in the culture wars.  —  As the families of the 50 Muslims gunned down at two New Zealand Mosques on Friday mourned, Senator Fraser Anning …
New Zealand Herald:
‘Egg Boy’ to donate money raised for him towards victims of Christchurch attack
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Forgotten Italian Port Could Become a Chinese Gateway to Europe  —  TRIESTE, Italy — For centuries, this cosmopolitan port city at the northern tip of Italy's Adriatic coast acted as a geographic pivot point between empires.  Then, for nearly 70 years, Trieste's geopolitical star dimmed …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
ICE Has Detained a 72-Year-Old Grandfather With Alzheimer's for Nine Months  —  Noé de la Cruz, a grandfather of three, has been in immigrant detention since June 2018—and his family worries that his Alzheimer's is going untreated.  —  Scott Bixby  —  For nearly nine months …
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Aiden Pink / The Forward:
Why Do White Supremacists Love Tucker Carlson So Much?
USA Today:
Runaway-slave games. Sanitized textbooks. Schools do a terrible job teaching about slavery
Mark Olalde / Center for Public Integrity:
Companies polluted Western waters. Taxpayers are picking up the tab.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders Thinks He Can Vanquish Health Insurers. He's Wrong.
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
De Blasio speaks to crowd of only 20 people in New Hampshire
Pew Research Center:
Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Denying Trump's Completely Open Bigotry Against Muslims
 Earlier Items: 
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Bernard-Henri Lévy on the Rights of Women and of the Accused
USA Today:
Did Trump keep his 19 promises to insulate himself from his business? Only he knows.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Trump Supporters Say the Darndest Things
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Wisconsin swing voters tire of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
'I haven't abandoned my principles': Hogan, pondering challenge to Trump, casts himself as a traditional Republican
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and IJR