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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
'I think I'd take it': In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents  —  President Donald Trump to if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge …
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Former White House aide Hicks agrees to testify to House panel investigating Trump  —  Hope Hicks is scheduled to answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors next week.  — Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman -  · - 52 minutes ago -  ·  —  The Fix
ABC News:
ABC News travels with President Donald Trump from Iowa to the White House  —  With his re-election bid set to officially kick off next week, President Donald Trump granted ABC News an exclusive, wide-ranging interview over the course of two days, offering an unprecedented behind-the-scenes lens …
Washington Post:
As Democrats deepen probes, Trump accuses them of being ‘totally out of control’
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt
Discussion: Bloomberg, Splinter, UPI and New York Times
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Axios:
House Oversight holds Barr, Ross in contempt over Census documents
Nancy Cook / Politico:   Trump brings Stephanopoulos to Iowa, into White House as 2020 launch nears
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Margaret Hunter to plead out in case against congressman husband  —  Details of deal not clear, Rep. Duncan Hunter's attorney declined to discuss whether she might be cooperating with the prosecution  —  Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan Hunter who was co-indicted …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Howard Schultz Announces Campaign Staff Cuts, Summer Hiatus  —  The Starbucks billionaire won't make a decision on running for president until after Labor Day — and he's still eyeing Joe Biden as his biggest competition.  —  Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz told campaign staff …
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Axios:
Howard Schultz says he will not campaign this summer, citing health problems
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sticks with strategist Steve Schmidt despite taking summer off from politics
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Trump just invited Congress to begin impeachment proceedings  —  The idea that only the president can investigate the president is an argument for autocrats, not Americans.  — George T. Conway III, Neal Katyal -  ·  —  Her story isn't about euthanasia.  It's about failing mental-health systems.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. Officers in Russia Inquiry Review  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
This Picture Featuring 15 Tech Men And 2 Women Looked Doctored.  The Women Were Photoshopped In.  —  Last week, men's lifestyle magazine GQ published this photo of Silicon Valley executives including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston from their pilgrimage to a small village …
Discussion: The Daily Dot
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump looks to squash Amash  —  The president has discussed with aides backing a primary challenge against the lone Republican impeachment supporter.  —  Donald Trump and his top allies are moving to make Justin Amash pay for becoming the sole Republican congressman to call for the president's impeachment.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Freedom Caucus Expels Amash for Being Too Pro-Freedom
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Daily Beast Contributor Wins $4.1 Million From Neo-Nazi for ISIS Smear  —  Dean Obeidallah was falsely accused of being behind a terrorist attack by The Daily Stormer, whose on-the-run founder just lost big in court.  —  After Dean Obeidallah wrote a Daily Beast article condemning President Trump's approach …
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San Francisco Chronicle:   The Latest: Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi case
Steven Graboski / Polls:
Biden, Warren, Sanders Lead 2020 Field  —  Immigration joins healthcare and environment as top issues for Nevada Dems  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the front-runner among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes second place …
Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar's credibility takes another hit  —  Tax return irregularities are just the latest misstep by the first-term congresswoman.  —  By Editorial Board Star Tribune  —  TEXT SIZE  —  U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way.
BostonGlobe.com:
Total of 5 people, including alleged gunman, arrested in David Ortiz shooting  —  BREAKING: At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, director of the Dominican National Police, and Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez, said the authorities had arrested …
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Jessica Biel Comes Out as Anti-Vaxx Activist, Joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lobby Against CA Vaccination Bill  —  “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom,” Kennedy told The Daily Beast.  “My body, my choice.”  —  Tuesday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. …
The Permanent Select Committee …:
Nunes Opening Statement for HPSCI Hearing on Mueller Report  —  f t # e  —  Thank you Mr. Chairman.  —  Here we are, more than two years since Democrats from this committee publicly claimed to have “more than circumstantial” evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hack …
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Daily Wire
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Congress raises questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia
Jay Weaver / Miami Herald:
Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted  —  For the first time, federal prosecutors have disclosed they are developing a potential national security case against Yujing Zhang, the 33-year-old Chinese woman charged with unlawfully entering Mar-a-Lago with a stash of electronic equipment.
Discussion: News Breaking
Jared Holt / Columbia Journalism Review:
Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign  —  Last month, a number of media outlets ran stories touting claims from a study posted on Twitter that alleged nefarious connections between antifascist activists and national-level reporters who cover the far-right.
Kellie Mejdrich / Roll Call:
‘Sex-starved males’ comment sets off House floor kerfuffle  —  A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were “sex-starved males” for opposing abortion.  —  “Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males …
USA Today:
Republican attempts to defend Trump and Barr's ‘no obstruction’ decree are pathetic  —  Donald Trump's allies can argue that he didn't obstruct justice, but the facts say otherwise.  Their real rationale: He's the president, end of story.  —  CONNECT  —  Perhaps the most surprising takeaway …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
New York Times:
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege on Census Documents Ahead of House Committee Contempt Vote  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump invoked executive privilege to block access by Congress to documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census ahead of a House committee vote …
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
Michael Flynn hires Sidney Powell as new counsel  —  Former national security advisor Mike Flynn has hired attorney Sidney Powell as his new counsel, Hill.TV has learned.  —  “I'm honored to be representing General Flynn, who i've long considered an American hero.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Worries Emails Could Show Zuckerberg Knew of Questionable Privacy Practices  —  Internal exchanges uncovered in response to FTC probe could cast doubt on founder's commitment to user privacy, people familiar with the matter say  —  Facebook Inc. uncovered emails that appear …
Daily Mail:
Don Jr. IGNORES his own lawyers who objected to senators' questions in tense three-hour grilling about Michael Cohen's testimony - and answers them all so Democrats couldn't say he was slippery  — Donald Trump Jr. gave Senate Intelligence Committee members a three-hour interview on Wednesday …
NPR:
Harris: Justice Dept. ‘Would Have No Choice’ But To Prosecute Trump After Presidency  —  California Sen. Kamala Harris says that if she's elected president, her administration's Department of Justice would likely pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump.
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
Democrat Cummings Brings Wife's Clients Before His Committee, Including AARP  —  Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is facing accusations that he is using his position in Congress to financially benefit his wife, whose charity may have gained …
NBC News:
Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties  —  The number of foreign governments hints at a significant foreign cash flow to the U.S. president that critics say violates the Constitution.  —  WASHINGTON — Representatives of at least 22 foreign governments appear …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Josh Hawley rattles Republicans as he derails GOP judge  —  Sen. Josh Hawley makes no apologies for bringing down a Republican judicial nominee — even if his tactics irritate some of his own GOP colleagues.  —  Michael Bogren's withdrawal Tuesday from consideration to serve on a federal district court …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg seizes on top-tier status with 2nd-quarter fundraising blitz  —  Atlanta (CNN)When Pete Buttigieg got into the 2020 presidential race, his campaign was unknown, underfunded and hungry for any level of validation.  —  Months later, his outlook couldn't be more different.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran's foreign minister why the country executes people for being gay  —  BERLIN — When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif faced questions from foreign journalists on Monday in Tehran after a meeting with his German counterpart …
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
What It's Like for Journalists Who Cover the Alt-Right  —  Threats and ethical questions are a regular part of the gig.  —  During the annual conservative gathering CPAC this past March, the far-right activist Laura Loomer spotted Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer at a nearby Starbucks and began haranguing him.
Douglas Murray / National Review:
The Reality of Sweden's Migration Problem  —  Readers may recall a kerfuffle in February 2017, which now seems like the long, distant past.  It revolved around President Trump riffing on the question of migration in front of a rally of his supporters:
Discussion: Quillette and Mother Jones
 
 
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Farah Stockman / New York Times:
Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests
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Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
This time, Boris Johnson is serious
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Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
‘Cold-hearted madness’: Man pleads guilty to murder of 3 young Muslims in Chapel Hill
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
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Discussion: Task & Purpose
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Breitbart
Ezra Klein / Vox:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Fear of a blue Texas: New GOP group to spend millions registering Republicans