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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: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest moves demand a tougher response. A leading Democrat shows how.
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
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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Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Poway Chabad rabbi had asked border patrol agent to pray armed - just in case  —  Agent Jonathan Morales had been driving 3.5 hours to attend services after recently discovering his Jewish roots  —  POWAY, California — Jonathan Morales, an armed off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent …
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Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
Combat Vet Who Stopped The Synagogue Shooter: ‘I Scared The Hell Out Of Him’
Laura Newberry / Los Angeles Times:
This is the Army veteran who chased the gunman out of the California synagogue
Discussion: Media Matters for America and KTLA
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.
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: Political Wire
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
'I'm not saying I'm an angel': Stephen Moore, Trump's likely Fed nominee, apologizes for comments about women
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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Nathan Heller / Vogue:   Pete! Pete! Pete! Inside the Underdog Campaign Shaking Up the 2020 Race
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, Splinter and Fox News
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The ‘fake news’ is coming from inside the Trump White House — again
Discussion: KTLA
New York Times:
Why Stacey Abrams Is Still Saying She Won  —  Why Stacey Abrams is still saying she won.  —  Despite being the first black female nominee from a major party to run for governor of any state, Georgia's Stacey Abrams surely couldn't have anticipated that losing her election bid …
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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:   Abrams: I'm Comfortable Saying ‘I Won’ Georgia Governor's Race Because ‘Something Happened’
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: Washington Post
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
International Association of Firefighters endorses Joe Biden for president  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden now has the backing of one of the largest trade unions in the country after the International Association of Firefighters said they support his presidency.
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
John Bolton on the Warpath  —  Can Trump's national-security adviser sell the isolationist President on military force?  —  Earlier this year, as Donald Trump prepared to meet the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, in Vietnam, he took a moment in the State of the Union address …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Coverage of Trump's latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses  —  Lying is still being recast as “reviv[ing] an inaccurate refrain.”  —  President Donald Trump's rally on Saturday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was an ugly affair.
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.
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: 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 …
Chuck Grassley / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tariffs End or His Trade Deal Dies  —  Congress won't approve USMCA while constituents pay the price for Mexican and Canadian retaliation.  —  Donald Trump bucked decades of Republican orthodoxy by railing against free-trade agreements.  To say I was skeptical of his plans to rip …
Discussion: Reason and Washington Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Is Soft on White-Supremacist Terrorism  —  Last week, President Trump repeated his absurd claim that he had never called the Nazi protesters who descended on Charlottesville in 2017 “very fine people.”  On Saturday, yet another white-supremacist attack, on a synagogue in California …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign moving early to keep Arizona from switching to blue in 2020  —  The Republican Party is moving early to build a political firewall around Arizona's critical Electoral College votes, a recognition that the perennial red state is threatening to turn against President Trump in 2020.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matt Bruenig / New York Times:
Universal Health Care Might Cost You Less Than You Think  —  We don't think of the premiums we already pay as taxes, but maybe we should.  —  Matt Bruenig is the founder of People's Policy Project.  —  As the national debate about health care kicks off ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
 
 
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Harris hires famed admaker Margolis in boon to her campaign
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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
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP warnings about Democratic socialism tap voter unease
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New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
Associated Press:
The Men Who'll Ask First Iran-Contra Questions Aren't Members of Congress
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
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George Skelton / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris can't afford to be cagey about where she stands on the issues
Discussion: Washington Post
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Mueller report reveals Kushner's contacts with a ‘pro-Kremlin’ campaign adviser
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Top Dem strategists launch secret-money group to rebrand party
Discussion: Issues & Insights and Instapundit