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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans take $400k from casino mogul accused of sexual assault  —  The national Republican Party has accepted nearly $400,000 in donations from disgraced ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn — a move that comes just over a year after he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting employees over a decade-long period.
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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysterical  —  I have been thinking, like so many people this week, about rage.  Who I'm mad at, what that anger's good for, how what makes me maddest is the way the madness has long gone unrespected, even by those who have relied on it for their gains.
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Congressional Action to Protect Choice  —  Right-wing Republican lawmakers in Alabama just enacted the most extreme abortion ban in over 40 years.  The new law bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy, doesn't include exceptions for rape and incest, and could result in doctors who perform …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman ‘personally’ supports rape, incest exceptions to abortion bans
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Ohio State Finds Team Doctor Sexually Abused 177 Students  —  Ohio State has concluded that a team doctor sexually abused at least 177 men, including many varsity athletes, while working for the university in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.  The university also found that college officials knew …
Discussion: Associated Press and Slate
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades  —  Investigators from Perkins Coie, the law firm that was picked to conduct the independent investigation, reported that “Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male student-patients.”
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan: Report confirms denials of knowledge of sexual abuse at Ohio State
New York Times:
Steven Mnuchin Refuses to Comply With Subpoena for Trump's Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday refused to comply with a congressional subpoena to hand over President Trump's tax returns, a move that is likely to be the final step before the matter heads to the courts.
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg, Joe.My.God., VICE and Mediaite
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Mnuchin rejects Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and The Week
CNN:
Flynn contacted GOP Mueller critic while cooperating with special counsel  —  Why Mueller cares about Michael Flynn (2018)  —  Washington (CNN)While he was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn contacted at least …
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Wall Street Journal:
Barr: Review of Origins of FBI's Trump-Russia Probe Could Lead to Rule Changes  —  ‘Government power was used to spy on American citizens,’ Barr says  —  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—Attorney General William Barr said his review of the origins of the Russia investigation is focused …
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Associated Press:
In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration.  Yet Barr did even better for his boss.
Anatoly Kurmanaev / New York Times:
Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say  —  Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford.  —  MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Zimbabwe's collapse under Robert Mugabe.
BuzzFeed News:
This Is The Story Tony Robbins Doesn't Want You To Read  —  Tony Robbins claims he has helped millions of fans overcome some of life's darkest difficulties.  But leaked records reveal he has used his fame to berate victims of rape and violence, while female former staffers and followers …
Washington Post:
Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning  —  For months, a Democratic senator has been asking Trump judicial nominees what appears to be a straightforward question: Was Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended legalized school segregation, properly decided?
Discussion: The Root and HillReporter.com
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OpenSecrets.org:
Secretive conservative legal group funded by $17 million mystery donor before Kavanaugh fight
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court should have never intervened on abortion
Discussion: Reuters
Kansas City Star:
Kansas' Kobach is weighing a Senate bid.  National Republicans are ready to stop him.  —  National Republicans are prepared to intervene in the Kansas Senate primary to ensure that conservative firebrand Kris Kobach does not win the party's nomination should he run, multiple sources told the Kansas City Star.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Acting secretary blocked Stephen Miller's bid for another DHS shakeup  —  An attempt by President Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller to engineer a new shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security was blocked this week by Kevin McAleenan, the department's acting secretary …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful  —  A split federal appeals court on Friday ruled that President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful because “it was not adequately explained.”  —  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Associated Press:
Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA
Discussion: The Week
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
War Games: Trump, Bolton, and the Alleged March to Fight Iran  —  The President has blown up the old way of American foreign-policymaking, which makes the risk of a miscalculation higher than ever.  —  The question shouted at President Trump on Thursday as he waited outside the White House …
Discussion: On Point and CNN
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The Daily Beast:
DHS Urges Cybersecurity Staff to ‘Deploy’ to Border Instead  —  Employees are encouraged to set aside their cybersecurity work to head to the border because ‘serving the needs of the homeland is the cornerstone of what we do.’  —  The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Pete Buttigieg says Pence is advancing ‘homophobic policies’  —  The Democratic presidential contender says he doesn't know what's in the vice president's “heart” but his policies are “hurting” people.  —  CHICAGO — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Friday accused Vice President Mike Pence …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Buttigieg hits Trump over Stormy Daniels payoff, questions support from ‘religious right’
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News' Chris Wallace: Bill Barr ‘Clearly Is Protecting’ Trump  —  'I suspect that as President Trump, who probably has watched some of this interview himself, is saying: 'Finally no Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr instead," Wallace added.  —  Reacting to a Fox News interview with Attorney General William Barr …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio admits first debate may be out of reach  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged Friday he may not qualify for the first presidential debate next month, but argued that isn't a telltale sign about his overall chances of winning the Democratic nomination.
Discussion: Axios
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Which candidates have made the Democratic debate stage?
Omer Aziz / New York Times:
Liberals Are Wrong to Reject Trump's Immigration Plan  —  No amount of multicultural sloganeering will assuage Americans' concerns that the immigration system is broken.  —  Every time I hear that President Trump is talking about immigrants, I wonder what cruel language he has come up with to describe us …
Discussion: Vox and ThinkProgress
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The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists  —  The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.  —  Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten …
Discussion: National Review
Business Insider:
UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-testing startup  — Buzzy Silicon Valley startup uBiome, which was geared at highlighting the importance of the microbiome for human health, is under federal investigation.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies  —  WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision in President Trump's sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students as if they are trust-fund babies, taxing sizable financial aid packages at a rate …
The Democratic Coalition:
Lindsey Graham, Russian Oil Money & A Campaign Finance Scandal  —  The Democratic Coalition's ongoing investigation just uncovered the following evidence linking Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Russian oil money and a campaign finance scandal.  —  Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch with US …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden's Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute  —  Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a heretofore unreported-on police report from days before the 2016 presidential election that describes …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment  —  From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’  —  The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.
Süddeutsche.de:
Caught in the Trap  —  Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria's right-wing populist FPÖ party, met with a purported Russian multimillionaire on Ibiza in July 2017.  She offered him campaign support in exchange for public contracts.  What he didn't know was that the entire exchange was being recorded by hidden cameras.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump asked Steve Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar struggles with questions on late-term abortions when pressed by Meghan McCain
Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Breitbart
Reuters:
Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organised tanker attacks
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Germany denounces BDS as ‘anti-Semitic,’ reminiscent of Nazi-era boycotts
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
The Messiness of Reproduction and the Dishonesty of Anti-Abortion Propaganda
Discussion: The Gospel Coalition
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed
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Howard Altman / Military Times:
Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
US ambassador to Germany ruffles State Department with budget stand
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Elizabeth Warren: Nazi Hunter
Dina Zirlott / HuffPost:
I'm From Alabama And Gave Birth To My Rapist's Child Because I Couldn't Get An Abortion
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Taibbi's ‘Liberal Embrace of War’ Screed Cites Zero Liberals Embracing War
Discussion: Rolling Stone and @politifact
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Me Too Backlash Is Getting Worse
Discussion: Glamour and Fortune