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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Rex Tillerson Secretly Meets With House Foreign Affairs Committee to Talk Trump  —  The former Secretary of State is talking with lawmakers at the same time virtually everyone else who worked for the president is defying Congress.  —  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was spotted entering …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
As Trump Sics Velociraptors on House, Pelosi Warns Impeachment Would Be a Distraction  —  House Democratic leaders sparred once again over whether to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Monday night, with speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterating her opposition to such a move.
Politico:
Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds  —  House Democrats hold a closed-door meeting, with the speaker eager to tamp down calls for Trump's removal.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold the line — no impeachment.  At least not yet.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Don Jr. to pen book ... Inside Pelosi's impeachment battle plan  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PLAYBOOK SCOOP — DONALD TRUMP JR. has signed a book deal with Center Street Books, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, for a book “that will focus on politics …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The case for and against impeachment  —  Here's how Democrats might …
Discussion: Politico and Salon
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and UPI
Zachary Cohen / CNN:   Tillerson quietly meets with House lawmakers to discuss Trump
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi's Strategy Is Working, and Trump Is One Step Closer to Being F*cked
Discussion: CNBC
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Democratic Reluctance to Even Utter “Impeachment” Is Becoming Untenable
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege  —  A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege …
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Mnuchin says he's never discussed Trump's tax returns with White House
CNN:
Schiff cancels ‘enforcement’ meeting after Justice Department offers to share Mueller documents  —  Barr makes Dems an offer to stave off ‘enforcement action’  —  Washington (CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is scrapping a Wednesday morning meeting intended to take an …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Justice Department and House intelligence panel strike deal for Mueller materials  —  The House Intelligence Committee will not enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William P. Barr as planned Wednesday, after the Justice Department agreed at the 11th hour to produce the redacted material …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
‘Enforcement action’ meeting postponed after DOJ agrees to turn over some subpoenaed Mueller documents: Schiff
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
Nevada Poised To Become 15th State To Ditch Electoral College  —  President Hillary Clinton?  —  That would have been the result of the 2016 presidential election — if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact were in effect.  —  With a state Senate vote Tuesday …
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and Instapundit
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Rats Are Taking Over New York City  —  Gentrifying neighborhoods are a key reason behind the vermin outbreak, which extends beyond New York — Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also confronting issues.  —  So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around.
HuffPost:
Trump's Golf Costs: $102 Million And Counting, With Taxpayers Picking Up The Tab  —  Trump promised never to golf.  Instead, he's spent more than twice as many days golfing as Obama at the same point, costing taxpayers over three times as much.  —  Donald Trump's golf habit has already cost taxpayers …
Josh Hawley / USA Today:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are parasites.  Maybe they should disappear: Senator  —  Facebook is an addictive digital drug that hurts its users.  Researchers even suspect social media contributed to a recent surge in attempted suicide.  —  CONNECT  —  Social media consumers …
Amanda Fitzsimons / New York Times:
How ‘The View’ Became the Most Important Political TV Show in America  —  Not long ago, politicians didn't take the daytime talk show seriously.  Now it's an essential campaign stop for Democrats and Republicans alike.  —  On a weekday in March, less than two months before his three-year sentence …
Discussion: Political Wire and RADAR
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Democrats' 100-year flood  —  The midterm elections may have been a sign of what's ahead for the 2020 presidential election: experts say the voter turnout could be the highest in a century.  —  The big picture: According to Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Flew Too Close to the Sun.  No Question.  Icarus”: Inside the Epic Fall of Michael Avenatti  —  Stormy Daniels's former attorney is a hyper-aggressive narcissist with shadows in his past—which made him a perfect adversary for Donald Trump.  For a few months, the #Resistance hero even thought he could be president.
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:   Avenatti Says He Expects Indictment in New York Within 48 Hours
Washington Post:
Investigators could not determine if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in racist yearbook photo  —  NORFOLK — A three-month investigation into a racist picture on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page wrapped up with a central mystery unsolved, as investigators announced Wednesday …
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Wall Funding of $1.57 Billion Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.
Li Zhou / Vox:
Kirsten Gillibrand's new policy platform is about making parenting affordable  —  It outlines a wide-ranging vision on everything from affordable child care to the costs of fertility treatments.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has sought to make gender equity and family policies cornerstones …
Discussion: Medium, Politico and The Daily Beast
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Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Huge Investments in Maternal Health, Child Care and Education
Discussion: The Week
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
John Walker Lindh, Known as the ‘American Taliban,’ Is Set to Leave Federal Prison This Week  —  WASHINGTON — He was the “American Taliban” captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001.  Pictures showed him as a gaunt, filthy 20-year-old held in the aftermath of a prison uprising …
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Reagan Slams Border Fence, Bush Defends Undocumented ‘Good People’ In 1980 Debate  —  Old footage of the two future presidents offers a stark contrast to the GOP of today.  —  A Republican primary debate clip from the 1980 presidential campaign resurfaced this week, and it sounds completely different from the GOP of 2019.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Constitutional Conflicts Are Exposed  —  The president loves the Constitution when it helps stop his advisers from testifying, less so when it's used to demand the disclosure of his finances.  —  Just before boarding Marine One on the south lawn of the White House on Monday evening …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice  —  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP leaders back North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis by bloodying his primary challenger  —  Republican leaders in the Senate are aggressively defending Sen. Thom Tillis, with plans to carpet bomb primary challenger Garland Tucker across the North Carolina airwaves if he jeopardizes the incumbent's 2020 reelection.
Discussion: Political Wire
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CBS News:
Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit - CBS News poll  —  Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial situation, and more now give President Trump's policies credit for a strong economy than did so last year.
Discussion: QU Poll and The Week
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Amash challenger scrubs campaign website of bio information  —  The state lawmaker who plans to challenge West Michigan U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in the Republican primary has been accused of misrepresenting how his college education was funded.  —  State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Greenville …
New York Times:
Trump Administration Could Blacklist China's Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering limits to a Chinese video surveillance giant's ability to buy American technology, people familiar with the matter said, the latest attempt to counter Beijing's global economic ambitions.
Bloomberg:
Michael Cohen Filings Show 950 Messages With Russian Oligarch's Cousin  —  President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, exchanged more than 230 phone calls and 950 text messages over eight months with the chief executive of a U.S. money-management firm with ties to a Russian oligarch …
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Senate employee dies after altercation outside restaurant in Navy Yard  —  A longtime Senate employee and popular youth baseball coach on Capitol Hill has died after an altercation outside his favorite restaurant and steps from his home near Nationals Park, according to his family and D.C. police.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power  —  The measure, which creates a narrow exception to the state's double jeopardy law, now goes to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.  —  New York state lawmakers passed a measure Tuesday that would allow prosecutors …
Discussion: NPR, Townhall, UPI and Axios
Greg Weiner / New York Times:
It's Not Always the End of the World  —  Political prudence isn't in vogue, but it should be.  —  Mr. Weiner is a political scientist and was a senior Senate aide to Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska.  —  President Trump recently declared that he won the White House in …
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Far-right Facebook groups ‘spreading hate to millions in Europe’  —  Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy message  —  A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.
 
 
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Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism
Discussion: Mediaite
Nick R. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Border Vigilante Was Accused of Running Child-Cancer Charity Scam
Discussion: Raw Story
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez says growing cauliflower in community gardens is ‘colonial’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rebecca Mansour / Breitbart:
NYT Confirms Hunter Biden Bank of China Deal, Leaves Out Key Details
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S.-funded broadcaster failing to spread fair and balanced news, independent review says
Paul Dallison / Politico:
Farage on Remainers: They think 'we're stupid, we're ignorant, we're racist'
James Arkin / Politico:
‘Wrong on most everything’: GOP smacks down Biden's bipartisanship
Politico:
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Brendan Kiley / The Seattle Times:
Washington becomes first state to legalize human composting
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Warren's ambitious agenda relies on a massive wealth tax that the rich may evade
Discussion: Shakesville
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Washington Post:
Appeals court refuses to stay Mueller grand jury subpoena for Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Adachi leak: SF cops seek to justify raid on journalist, citing conspiracy probe