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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Australia Election Results: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Seizes a Stunning Win  —  SYDNEY, Australia — Scott Morrison, Australia's conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave — the “quiet Australians,” he termed it …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: Big Election Upset in Australia  —  Australia held a national election yesterday which all of the polls predicted for weeks would be won handily by the Labour Party.  The ruling Liberal Party (which is the conservative party in Australian politics because they still understand …
NEWS.com.au:
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result
Michael Heath / Bloomberg:
Ex-Australian PM Abbott Loses Seat in ‘Unprecedented’ Defeat
Discussion: BBC and The Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Australia's Conservatives Win Surprise Election Victory
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Salvini rally rumbled by Austrian far-right scandal  —  MILAN — Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini hoped his campaign to take over the European Union would reach a crescendo Saturday afternoon, at a packed rally addressed by many of Europe's far-right leaders, flanked by the city's famous Galleria and Duomo.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:   How Europe's ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual  —  Joe Biden dares to take offense at those who specialize in being offended.  —  Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no empathy” for “the younger generation” that “tells me how tough things are” resurfaced on social media.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
Does Anyone Actually Want Joe Biden to Be President?
Discussion: Opinion Today
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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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Week, CNN and Mediaite
New York Times:   Trump Administration Flying Migrants Out of Texas to Ease Overcrowding at Border
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Wants to Destroy the Best Schools Poor Urban Kids Have  —  Bernie Sanders today is announcing the foundation of his K-12 education plan, which is to crack down on public charter schools.  If enacted, the Sanders plan would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations …
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BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Fix Racial Segregation In American Schools
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and KTLA
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bernie Sanders unveils plan to reform public education system
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Sen. Bernie Sanders' education plan nixes for-profit charter school funding
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Citizen Times
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
The Hell of Working at Trump's New Favorite Network  —  Conspiracy theories, racist outbursts, and a whole lot of Putin love.  Working for the far-right One America News Network was a deeply weird experience, former employees say.  —  Ernest Champell realized there was something unusual …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
USGA investigates after golf scores ‘erroneously’ recorded for Trump  —  The U.S. Golf Association (USGA) says it is looking into unflattering golf scores that it said were “erroneously” recorded for President Trump this week.  —  Scores of 101, 100, 108 and 102 were posted Friday under …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
‘I Did My Best to Stop American Foreign Policy’: Bernie Sanders on the 1980s  —  In an interview, one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination discusses his long-held opposition to war and his support for socialist leaders.  —  As Burlington's mayor from 1981 to 1989 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
'It's entirely inappropriate': Trump shot a political video on Air Force One  —  Seated behind a desk on Air Force One, the presidential seal over his left shoulder, President Trump shot a short video Thursday, blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's entry into the 2020 race.
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Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
AG Barr's FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within  —  By perpetuating Trump's falsehoods about the FBI and Mueller's report, Barr has become the kind of threat capable of doing severe harm.  —  On Monday, Attorney General William Barr, acting more like defense counsel …
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Amid cooperation bid, Flynn messaged top Mueller critic in Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Trump ‘deserves’ Khashoggi treatment, Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says before backpedaling
Discussion: Conservative News Today and IJR
CBS News:
Democratic governor ready to sign Louisiana abortion ban bill  —  Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion.  They refused.
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Dem Louisiana governor prepared to sign fetal ‘heartbeat’ ban
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor.  His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software.  —  When Stephen Noble Smith's campaign sought to present its 62-page finance filings to the West Virginia secretary of state, something went wrong.
Fedor Indutny / BostonGlobe.com:
Mayor Pete and the Order of the Kong: How Buttigieg's Harvard pals helped spur his rise in politics  —  A tired-looking Senator Ted Kennedy was nearing the end of a question-and-answer session with students at Harvard's Institute of Politics when a young man in a white button-down shirt approached the microphone.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why This Political Fight In Michigan Should Matter To Democrats Everywhere  —  It's a test of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's leadership — and whether her party can convince voters better public services are worth higher taxes.  —  WARREN, Mich. ― Mechanic Jay Buni knows all about the …
 
 
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Jack Shepherd / The Independent:
Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked in the back while attending event in South Africa
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
Buttigieg on Renaming Things Named After Thomas Jefferson: 'It's the Right Thing to Do'
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall and The Daily Caller
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
What to Do When You're a Country in Crisis
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio targets ‘Con Don’ on Iowa stump
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Accidentally Raised Taxes on the Children of Dead Veterans
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Brenda Wineapple / New York Times:
Impeachment Is a Form of Hope
Constance Grady / Vox:
The Mueller report holds the top 3 slots on the New York Times best-seller list
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Mara Gay / New York Times:
When Will Eric Garner Get Justice?
Discussion: Reason
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Researchers Say Many Of The Brexit Party's Twitter Followers Aren't Behaving Like Genuine Voters
Adam Mill / American Greatness:
How the FBI Broke the Rules Using Christopher Steele
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Arson Suspected in Three Fires At Jewish Centers
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Where women call the shots
Discussion: Hullabaloo