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miamiherald:
Chinese woman carrying ‘malware’ arrested at Mar-a-Lago heading to a Cindy Yang event  —  A Chinese woman carrying a thumb drive loaded with malware was detained at Mar-a-Lago Saturday after trying to gain access to an event advertised on Chinese-language social media by Li “Cindy” Yang …
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Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Chinese woman charged with illegally entering Mar-a-Lago  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Woman with Chinese passports, malware arrested at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort  —  Secret Service agents arrested a woman at President Trump's Florida resort this past weekend after she was found carrying two Chinese passports and a thumb drive with malicious software on it, according to court documents.
CNBC:
Chinese national charged after entering Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort carrying ‘malicious software’ on thumb drive  — A Chinese woman has been charged with making a false statement to the U.S. Secret Service after entering President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a thumb drive that contained …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Trump Aides Fear He Is Overselling His ‘Exoneration’  —  Last Sunday, minutes before the rest of America found out about Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report, Donald Trump received a briefing in his private residence at Mar-a-Lago that would kick off one of the most emotionally intense weeks of his presidency.
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NBC News:
Trump, McConnell clash on closing the border
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's aides warn him border shutdown would be disastrous
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he's willing to take the economic hit of closing the border
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
White House looks to minimize economic impact of Trump's threatened closure of Mexico border
Discussion: Axios
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Homeland Security Disbands Domestic Terror Intelligence Unit  —  While the body counts from domestic terror attacks mount, the analysts looking into those attacks have been moved.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP Rep. Mark Walker entangled in federal corruption probe in North Carolina  —  Republican Rep. Mark Walker has been caught up in a federal corruption probe that has rocked the North Carolina Republican Party and led to the indictment of former congressman Robin Hayes (R-N.C.).
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Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
NCGOP Chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probe  —  CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A federal grand jury has indicted multiple people in connection with an ongoing investigation involving donations made to the North Carolina Republican Party.  —  NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes …
U.S. Department of Justice:   The Founder and Chairman of a Multinational Investment Company, a Company Consultant …
Raleigh News & Observer:
NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes, campaign donor indicted on corruption and bribery charges
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites  —  In the feverish heyday of the “birther movement,” conspiracy-hungry readers swarmed to a website called WorldNetDaily for the latest on the specious yet viral theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Mike Allen / Axios:
2020 presidential election: Joe Biden advisers smell a conspiracy  —  Joe Biden advisers believe coverage of allegations of inappropriate behavior is being stoked by rival Democrats — a dynamic that could actually fire up the vice president at a time when others see success as increasingly improbable.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Pro-Trump group to release ‘Creepy Joe’ Biden ad
Discussion: Axios, Rolling Stone and Breitbart
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Let's face it: Bernie Sanders could be the next president
John Wagner / Washington Post:
White House spokesman twice calls Puerto Rico ‘that country’ in TV interview  —  White House spokesman Hogan Gidley twice referred to Puerto Rico as “that country” during a television appearance Tuesday in which he defended a series of tweets by President Trump lashing out at leaders of the U.S. territory.
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley Refers to Puerto Rico as ‘That Country’ on MSNBC
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's new Puerto Rico hate-tweets rest on a very ugly premise
Discussion: CNN, Shareblue Media and New York Times
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant  —  A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube.  Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online, was reeling from another flare-up involving a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Yang, Democratic Long Shot, Raised $1.7 Million in the First Quarter  —  The campaign also said its average contribution was even smaller than that of Bernie Sanders' campaign.  —  Gideon Resnick  —  Andrew Yang, a previously little-known tech entrepreneur, has raised $1.7 million …
Discussion: Axios
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Raised $18 Million in 6 Weeks, His 2020 Campaign Says
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why You Love Mayor Pete
Discussion: alicublog and Althouse
Devan Cole / CNN:
CNN's 2020 Democratic debate set for July 30-31 in Detroit  —  Tom Perez: New debate format is unprecedented  —  (CNN)The second debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, hosted by CNN, will take place in Detroit on July 30 and 31, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.
Discussion: Axios
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg is winning the Internet, for what that's worth — which remains unclear
Discussion: Politico, Salon and Axios
Lilly Kofler / Politico:
Too Many Democrats Are Running in 2020, According to Science
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Hirtzer / Bloomberg:
Mexico Hass Avocado Prices Jump 34%, Most in a Decade  —  A gauge of Mexican avocado prices is surging the most in almost a decade as buyers weigh the latest rhetoric from Donald Trump on his threat to close the border with Mexico, the biggest supplier of the fruit.
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
US auto plants would shut down within a week if border closes, economist says
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
‘It Just Went Poof’: The Strange Aftermath of Virginia's Cascade of Political Scandals  —  RICHMOND, Va. — More than a dozen state lawmakers filed onto the stage, summoned by the smiling leader of their state: Ralph S. Northam, the governor of Virginia.  —  On the governor's right …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Rick Reilly Is Woke Now  —  The famed (and now retired) sportswriter has taken an interest in politics that he's channeled into a new book about President Donald Trump's relationship to golf.  Rick Reilly ... welcome to the Resistance?  —  Among other talents, President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Fed Chairman Powell: 'I Guess I'm Stuck With You'  —  President Trump is blaming the Fed for holding back the economy and stock market despite the central bank's recent decision to do two things he wanted—halt rate increases and stop shrinking its asset portfolio.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump wrongly claims his dad was born in Germany — for the third time  —  Of all the odd, counterfactual and conspiratorial claims President Trump has made over the past four years or so, this one may take the cake: He said Tuesday that his father was born in Germany, even though he wasn't.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Baraboo Nazi Prom Photo Shocked The World.  The City's Response Shocked Its Residents.  —  The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared.  But in Trump and Twitter's America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.
CBS News:
Trump, airing grievances with immigration system, says U.S. needs to “get rid of judges”  —  President Trump reiterated a threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border after a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, saying he stands ready to take drastic action if the country doesn't do more to curb illegal immigration.
Discussion: Slate and Fortune
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services …
Media Matters for America:
Two anti-LGBTQ websites dropped a writer for being too homophobic.  She's right to be surprised.  —  Two right-wing websites won minor praise over the weekend when they parted ways with a freelancer after she went on a homophobic tirade against a gay journalist.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson: ‘Chris Hayes Is What Every Man Would Be’ if Feminists Had Absolute Power  —  The Fox News host also called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘a moron.’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his highly rated primetime show Monday night by taking potshots at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Pete Buttigieg's father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto  —  The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign  — A pro-Trump super PAC funded by conservative Texas bank executive Andrew Beal spent hundreds of thousands on a Facebook meme campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
 
 
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Adelle Nazarian / The Daily Caller:
Author Of New York Times Anti-Israel Piece Works For Group Funded By Qatar
Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
Many of CNN's national security analysts have undisclosed ties to oppressive Qatari regime
Kevin G. Hall / miamiherald:
Russian trolls pumped out malware along with pro-Trump messages. Venezuelans helped
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
“The Left Can't Meme”: How Right-Wing Groups Are Training the Next Generation of Social Media Warriors
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts Executives Tried to Hide Misconduct Allegations Against Steve Wynn, Regulators Say
Los Angeles Times:
A Trump mutiny? Republican prospects warily eye 2020 presidential run
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Julián Castro:
Putting people first  —  “Que dios te bendiga,” my grandmother …
ProPublica:
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