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The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim  —  The mayor was briefly accused of assaulting a young man.  A GOP source says right-wing operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman approached him to make similarly untrue accusations.
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:   Pete Buttigieg was falsely accused of sexual assault in a stunt concocted by conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Right-wing activists tried to recruit young men to falsely claim they were sexually assaulted by Pete Buttigieg
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Submits Resignation Letter  —  Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, ending a tumultuous two years in which he tried to steady a rocky Justice Department and its relationship with the White House.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rod Rosenstein Quits, Thanking the President Who Trolled Him  —  The Deputy Attorney General was a frequent target of Trump's ire.  Rod Rosenstein thanked him for his “courtesy and humor,” anyway.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Rod Rosenstein is ready to jump.  The deputy attorney general …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Guardian
David Mark / Washington Examiner:   Rod Rosenstein resigning from Justice Department post
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Rosenstein submits resignation from Justice Department
The Times of Israel:
After cartoon uproar, Israel's US envoy calls NY Times a ‘cesspool of hostility’  —  Dermer claims newspaper has become ‘a safe-space for those who hate the Jewish state’; Trump says Times has apologized for cartoon, but hasn't apologized to him for fake news
New York Times:
In California, Home to Many Hate Groups, Officials Struggle to Spot the Next Threat
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Poway Chabad rabbi had asked border patrol agent to pray armed - just in case
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
New York Times Drops Syndication Service That Supplied Anti-Semitic Cartoon
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and NB Blog
Mairav Zonszein / Washington Post:   Netanyahu won't condemn the real danger to U.S. Jews: White nationalism
Washington Post:
Trump's lack of cooperation with Congress intensifies impeachment push in House  —  Frustration among House Democratic investigators is intensifying after President Trump's refusal to cooperate with congressional inquiries, leading some to privately question whether they should try …
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘I hope he has learned his lesson’: Chuck and Nancy's rematch with Trump  —  The last time Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer met with Donald Trump it was an unequivocal disaster, culminating in the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.  —  Now, more than four months later …
Discussion: Raw Story and Observer
Graham calls Democrats ‘political hacks,’ says Trump should fight their subpoenas ‘like hell’
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Trump Sues Banks to Stop Them From Complying With House Subpoenas  —  President Trump, his three eldest children and his private company filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One, in a bid to prevent the banks from responding to congressional subpoenas.
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Trumps sue to quash Deutsche Bank, Capital One subpoenas  —  Deutsche Bank has continued to lend money to the president when other banks have refused.  Trump wrote a check to Michael Cohen on his Capital One account.  —  President Donald Trump and several members of his family sued Deutsche Bank …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   Trump sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One to block House subpoenas
Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Trump team sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to keep them from turning over financial records to Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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: The Root and Mediaite
U.S. Department of Justice:
California Man Arrested in Terror Plot to Detonate Explosive Device Designed to Kill Innocents
Discussion: NPR and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore wants people to pay more attention to his economic policies. Challenge accepted.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Posts 6-Point Bump Among Likely Democratic Voters Amid Campaign Launch
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Biden, Now the Front-Runner, Gives First Speech as 2020 Candidate
Washington Post:
Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge  —  President Trump ordered major changes to U.S. asylum policies in a White House memo released Monday night, including measures that would charge fees to those applying for humanitarian refuge in the United States.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Pompeo defends US support for Saudis in Yemen as 'in America's best interest'
NPR:   How Saudi Students, Accused Of Crimes, Evade U.S. Justice System
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing  —  The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters …
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
75% of Americans disagree with Bernie Sanders' plan to let every US prisoner vote
Sally Schindel / USA Today:
There's nothing funny about today's highly potent marijuana.  It killed my son.  —  Modern medical marijuana is much more potent than your father's pot brownies of the 1970s, and that potency is taking a toll on mental health.  —  CONNECT  —  As attorneys argued over a section of an Arizona law …
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
Trump ridicules weather forecasters for getting it ‘wrong the most’ when they made a spot-on prediction
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Associated Press:
John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down, Says VA Problems Are a ‘Myth’
Discussion: Mediaite
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Impeachment Temptation  —  Impeaching Donald Trump …
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Discussion: Axios
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Here's who Newt Gingrich thinks will win Democratic presidential race
New York Times:
Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel