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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
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
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
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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
Washington Post:
White House looks to minimize economic impact of Trump's threatened closure of Mexico border
Discussion: Axios
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he's willing to take the economic hit of closing the border
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's aides warn him border shutdown would be disastrous
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:   Trump eases up on border shutdown threat
NBC News:
Trump, McConnell clash on closing the border
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
New York Times:
Biden's Tactile Politics Threaten His Return in the #MeToo Era  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. came up in politics as an old-school backslapper whose greatest strength was his ability to connect.  He doled out handshakes and hugs to friends and strangers alike, and his tendency to lavish …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
2020 presidential election: Joe Biden advisers smell a conspiracy
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Let's face it: Bernie Sanders could be the next president
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Pro-Trump group to release ‘Creepy Joe’ Biden ad
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Rolling Stone
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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.
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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U.S. Department of Justice:   The Founder and Chairman of a Multinational Investment Company, a Company Consultant …
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 …
Washington Post:
‘Why is he picking this fight now?’:  Trump's attacks on Puerto Rico could backfire in 2020 Florida campaign  —  More than 18 months after a devastating hurricane slammed into Puerto Rico, President Trump continues to publicly attack the island's leaders and oppose federal aid efforts …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's new Puerto Rico hate-tweets rest on a very ugly premise
Discussion: Shareblue Media, CNN and NPR
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley Refers to Puerto Rico as ‘That Country’ on MSNBC
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:
White House whistleblower says she felt humiliated after retaliation from boss  —  Tricia Newbold says of supervisor moving files out of her reach: “It was definitely humiliating ... But it didn't stop me from doing what was right.”  —  The White House security specialist who told Congress …
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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: Salon, Axios and Politico
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.
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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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 …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems won't embrace hardball GOP tactic to force Mueller report release  —  House Democrats say they'll do anything it takes to force the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report — except for the single-most hardball tactic deployed by Republicans only one year ago.
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.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Reuters:
Farmers won't be compensated for millions of dollars of soybeans lost after floods and trade war  —  Farmers will have to destroy all grain contaminated by floodwater, and many are worried about making good on previously signed contracts to deliver crops.  —  There's nothing the government …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Sarah Miller / Popula:
Heaven or High Water  —  “Sunny day flooding” is flooding where water comes right up from the ground, hence the name, and yes, it can certainly rain during sunny day flooding, and yes, that makes it worse.  Sunny day flooding happens in many parts of Miami, but it is especially bad in Sunset Harbour …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing and replacing Obamacare  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told President Trump in a conversation Monday that the Senate will not be moving comprehensive health care legislation before the 2020 election, despite the president asking Senate Republicans …
 
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign
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
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Kevin G. Hall / miamiherald:
Russian trolls pumped out malware along with pro-Trump messages. Venezuelans helped
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump's company made late tax payments on L.A. golf course properties, incurring fines
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Pete Buttigieg's father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Rick Reilly Is Woke Now
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Baraboo Nazi Prom Photo Shocked The World. The City's Response Shocked Its Residents.
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 …