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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
How ‘Infrastructure Week’ Became a Long-Running Joke  —  WASHINGTON — At this point in the Trump presidency, “Infrastructure Week” is less a date on the calendar than it is a “Groundhog Day"-style fever dream doomed to be repeated.  —  Roughly two years after the White House first came …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump  —  Something about Nancy Pelosi just gets under Donald Trump's skin.  —  On Wednesday, for the third time in barely six months, a meeting between the president, the speaker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blew up in spectacular fashion.
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Trump appears to have just accidentally revealed he lied to Mueller in Rose Garden rant  —  It would appear that President Trump admitted that he lied in written answers given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his appearance at the White House this morning.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Maria Bartiromo: ‘Is There Any Reason Why We Should Not Be Trusting President Trump?’  —  Maria Bartiromo opened her titular Fox Business Network show Mornings with Maria Thursday morning with a bipartisan discussion over Wednesday's dramatic White House developments between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
NBC News:
After infrastructure blowup, Trump owns Washington gridlock  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — By telling Democrats that he won't work on items like infrastructure until …
Discussion: MSNBC, The Week and ABC News
Associated Press:
Trump's campaign centered on fighting Democrats, not policy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Schumer calls Trump a ‘get-nothing-done president’ as blame game continues after aborted White House meeting
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
A Trump Twitter-style diatribe — live from the Rose Garden
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Dianne Feinstein's dinner with the foreign minister of Iran
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump, Angered by ‘Phony’ Inquiries, Blows Up Meeting With Pelosi and Schumer
Washington Post:
Putin out-prepared Trump in long, freewheeling meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel  —  Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, CNN and The Week
NBC News:
Wells Fargo, TD Bank have already given Trump-related financial documents to Congress  —  The disclosures come as a federal judge ruled Wednesday that two other banks — Deutsche Bank and Capitol One — can give financial documents to Congress.  —  WASHINGTON — A key congressional committee …
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CNBC:
Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One can give Trump financial records to House Democrats  —  KEY POINTS  — A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capitol One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in response to subpoenas from House Democrats.
Trump, Inc.:
Trump and Deutsche Bank: It's Complicated  —  Whispers of money laundering have swirled around Donald Trump's businesses for years.  One of his casinos, for example, was fined $10 million for not trying hard enough to prevent such machinations.  Investors with shady financial histories sometimes popped up in his foreign ventures.
Brendan Pierson / HuffPost:   Judge Rules Against Trump, Paves Way For Banks To Hand Over His Business Records To Congress
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Is Delayed Until Trump Leaves Office, Mnuchin Says  —  WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.
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Brian Naylor / NPR:   Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill? Not During The Trump Administration
Washington Post:
While teaching, Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters, charging as much as $675 an hour  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters during her career as a professor at Ivy League law schools, charging as much as $675 an hour to advise a variety of clients …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
DeVos family ends longtime Amash support  —  Lansing — The powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is ending its longtime support of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian Republican who has repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump.  —  The family has not made any political contributions …
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
America's Cities Are Unlivable.  Blame Wealthy Liberals.  —  The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards.  —  To live in California at this time is to experience every day the cryptic phrase that George W. Bush once used …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Truth Behind Trump Tower Moscow: How Trump Risked Everything For A (Relatively) Tiny Deal  —  It's getting late, and Felix Sater—a onetime Trump partner, two-time convicted felon and longtime federal informant—sits in the back of a New York City restaurant, ready for a drink.
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
My Rapist Apologized  —  I still needed an abortion.  —  My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion.  She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can't decide what I think about abortion.  I want to know what you think.”
Washington Post:
Faced with relentless American pressure, Iran starts to hit back  —  Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint in recent weeks for a series of offensive actions aimed at pushing the White House to rethink its efforts at isolating Tehran, say diplomats and analysts.
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’  —  New court documents offer a peek into how evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. wound up in the South Beach hotel business with a former Fontainebleau Hotel pool attendant  —  The latest twist involves a top aide …
Daily Mail:
AOC says growing cauliflower is ‘colonial’ as she insists community gardens central to her Green New Deal should be used to grow ‘culturally significant’ plants like yucca  — They also pointed out that the Yucca, the plant she said was ‘culturally significant’ would struggle to grow in New York's colder climate
CNN:
Juncker lashes out at ‘stupid nationalists’ on eve of European elections  —  Brussels (CNN)European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has lashed out at “stupid nationalists” on the eve of European elections in which euroskeptic politicians are expected to make gains in the European Parliament.
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
The City:
Brooklyn Community Board Roils Over $26,000 SUV Splurge  —  A Brooklyn community board spent $26,000 in taxpayer money on an SUV — which THE CITY found parked Wednesday night across from a home owned by the board's manager.  —  The discovery came as some members of Community Board 1 fumed …
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles  —  A bungling felon from Washington state made a series of blunders when he shot himself in the testicles and tried to hide the weapon — all while storing drugs in his anus, a report said Thursday.
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison after 17 years  —  John Walker Lindh, the first person to be convicted of a crime in the “War on Terror,” left prison a free man Thursday after 17 years behind bars, his lawyer confirmed.  —  The Northern California native …
Kansas City Star:
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he will deploy with Navy, sources say  —  Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has told friends and supporters in recent weeks that he plans to deploy with the Navy to the Middle East in the fall and hopes his fourth book will be published later this year.
ProPublica:
TurboTax Uses A “Military Discount” to Trick Troops Into Paying to File Their Taxes  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
CBS News:
A 10-year-old migrant girl died last year in government care, officials acknowledge  —  The federal agency that oversees the care of unaccompanied migrant children acknowledged to CBS News on Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in its custody Sept. 29, 2018.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Backs Away From the Hard Sell on Political Ads  —  Company leaders considered dropping such ads, which are now viewed as a headache  —  Facebook Inc. said it stopped paying commissions to employees who sell political ads, as the tech giant overhauls how it engages with campaigns ahead of elections in 2020.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Zachary Siegel / Politico:
How Joe Biden's Drug Policies Supercharged the Opioid Crisis
Discussion: Breitbart
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Gun Parkland Teen Kyle Kashuv Apologizes for ‘Inflammatory’ Racial Comments
Politico:
Disaster deal very much in doubt as recess looms
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Leaked Proud Boys Chats Show Members Plotting Violence At Rallies
Lindsey Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Match Words With Actions in Venezuela, Mr. President
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Gillers / Just Security:
When Is a “Literally True” Statement False and a Crime
Discussion: Althouse
BuzzFeed News:
Four More Women Have Accused Tony Robbins Of Sexual Misconduct
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The New Socialism Panic Is the Right's Trick to Justify Supporting Trump
Washington Post:
Internal memo orders military to restrict information it shares with Congress