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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Democrats Are Absolutely Freaking Out About Their 2020 Candidates  —  One night in early April, roughly 20 of the Democratic Party's highest-profile donors from the financial industry sat down over dinner to discuss how exactly they were feeling about the 2020 presidential race.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Splinter
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Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden on handling of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas hearings: ‘I take responsibility’  —  Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said he takes “responsibility” for Anita Hill's treatment when she testified before the Senate Judiciary committee during Supreme …
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report  —  I spent the week after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report going through it section by section and writing a kind of diary of the endeavor.  My goal was less to summarize the report than to force myself to think about each factual …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Guide to the Mueller Report's Findings on “Collusion”  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed.  It addresses two Russian conspiracies to interfere in the 2016 election—one involving a social media influence campaign and the other involving …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest moves demand a tougher response. A leading Democrat shows how.
Los Angeles Times:
Authorities disrupt alleged terrorism plot in Southern California  —  A domestic terror plot aimed at “multiple targets” in Southern California was disrupted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, sources told The Times on Monday.  —  A single suspect has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges …
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NBC News:
California man busted in domestic terror plot wanted to kill LAPD officers  —  The suspect was under surveillance for weeks after he posted online messages lamenting the killing of Muslims at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  —  A California man was arrested on terrorism-related charges …
Discussion: Mediaite
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts  —  Fisherman raised alarm after white whale sporting unusual strapping began harassing their boats  —  Play Video  —  Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy …
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Associated Press:
Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have come from a Russian military facility.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Laura Newberry / Los Angeles Times:
This is the Army veteran who chased the gunman out of the California synagogue  —  Oscar Stewart was focused on the comforting rhythm of the Torah reading when pops of gunfire cut through the sanctuary.  —  Stewart watched fellow congregants of Poway Chabad jump to their feet and run toward …
Discussion: Media Matters for America and KTLA
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Michael Cohen's Last Days of Freedom  —  These days, the President's former lawyer, and the fall guy in his web of misconduct, looks like a victim as well as a perpetrator.  —  It takes some time for Michael Cohen to work his way to a table at the grillroom of the Loews Regency Hotel, on Park Avenue.
David Freedlander / Politico:
‘I Want Him on Everything’: Meet the Woman Behind the Buttigieg Media Frenzy  —  If you read through the many, many profiles written of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the past several months, it's hard not to notice just how many reporters happen to have had personal encounters with the candidate …
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Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Tore Up a Small Town to Build a Big Factory—Then Retreated  —  The iPhone maker got fat incentives to build a $10 billion LCD plant that largely hasn't materialized on land where Mount Pleasant, Wis., razed homes and crops  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White House Reviewing Stephen Moore's Writings  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing past writings by Stephen Moore, the conservative commentator whom President Trump plans to nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, amid criticism that many of the opinion columns he penned denigrated women.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Napolitano Denies Trump's Allegations in On-Air Response: This is How You Treat a Friend!?  —  Andrew Napolitano accused Donald Trump of mischaracterizing their conversations together when the president swiped at him over the weekend.  —  On Saturday, Trump insulted Napolitano's intelligence …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Trump hates it when Fox News gets it right
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Beto O'Rourke releases $5 trillion plan to combat climate crisis  —  The Democratic presidential candidate Monday released his first major policy proposal of the campaign, a four-pillar plan to battle climate change.  —  MODESTO, Calif. — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke …
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Beto For America:
Climate Change  —  A FOUR-PART FRAMEWORK TO MOBILIZE …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech  —  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers same-sex marriage to be a “serious transgression” — and, until this spring, treated Mormons involved in these unions as apostates …
Hunter Kelly:
Pete Buttigieg Sexually Assaulted Me  —  My name is Hunter Kelly.  I am 21 years old.  This is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  For the past three nights, I have not slept even a single hour.  I have vomited eight times.  —  I was sexually assaulted by Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
Someone Found The Poway Synagogue Shooter's Manifesto And Called The FBI Minutes Before The Attack Began  —  It was just minutes before the shooting when he saw the post.  —  At 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, Colin, a 25-year-old in Yucaipa, California, logged into 8chan.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims  —  It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker's database, an average of eight claims a day.  —  But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down, Says VA Problems Are a ‘Myth’  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) reinforced her opposition to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday, calling it a “myth” that the system was broken and in need of reform.
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Here's who Newt Gingrich thinks will win Democratic presidential race  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks California Sen. Kamala Harris is “most likely” to be nominated to the Democrats pick to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential race.
Polls:
Strong Economy Doesn't Hit Home  —  Health care costs top list of pocketbook concerns  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Few Americans feel they have personally benefited a great deal from the nation's growing economy, with the wealthy seen as getting a lot more help from President Donald Trump's policies …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio was a passenger in a car crash; the NYPD covered it up  —  On a Saturday morning in August 2015, Mayor de Blasio was in the back seat of a black NYPD Chevy Tahoe bound for an event in Harlem when a driver changing lanes slammed into his ride.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Former US-North Korea envoy says Trump approved plan to pay $2 million to free American student  —  Washington (CNN)Joseph Yun, the former State Department Special Representative for North Korea, confirmed Monday that he signed an agreement to pay North Korea $2 million for the release of American student Otto Warmbier in 2017.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's campaign taps data analytics company backed by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt  —  KEY POINTS  — Joe Biden's presidential campaign, in a bid to broaden its appeal with younger voters and small donors, has turned to a data science software and consulting company backed by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests  —  The calls for action were mounting.  It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage.
Discussion: America's Voice
David Urban / Philly.com:
Trump tax cuts are helping Pennsylvanians |  Opinion  —  Democrats are experts at deception, but even they have their work cut out for them if they want to convince Pennsylvanians that President Trump's tax cuts have been anything but a major win for the middle class.
Bloomberg:
Farmer Income Drops Most Since 2016 as Trade War Losses Mount  — U.S. producers' income falls $11.8 billion in first quarter  — Mounting financial pressure on key Trump constituency  —  Personal income for farmers fell by the most in three years in the first quarter …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Signs Shirt Joking About Merrick Garland's Death  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gleefully signed a T-shirt joking about the death of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to photos tweeted Monday.  The T-shirt features Garland's face surrounded …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it'll definitely end well  —  When news organizations think about competition from tech companies, it's usually in terms of the audience's attention and advertisers' dollars.  But if Amazon has its way …
 
 
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Matthew Sussis / CIS.org:
Crop Data Suggests Climate Change Is Not Driving the Migration Surge
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Impeachment Temptation  —  Impeaching Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Nation
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Did Twitter Keep Tabs on Journalists' Political Leanings?
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Behind the Counter, a New Political Force Takes On The New York Post and Trump
Washington Post:
As security officials prepare for Russian attack on 2020 presidential race, Trump and aides play down threat
New York Times:
Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Is Soft on White-Supremacist Terrorism
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel
New York Times:
Who's in the Democratic Debates, and Who's in Danger of Missing Them
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
America's majority minority future
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
John Bolton on the Warpath
Chuck Grassley / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tariffs End or His Trade Deal Dies
Discussion: Reason and Washington Times