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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’
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Hope Hicks's testimony will be a crack in Trump's wall
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
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
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Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:   Democrat Cummings Brings Wife's Clients Before His Committee, Including AARP
Axios:
House Oversight holds Barr, Ross in contempt over Census documents
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt
Discussion: Bloomberg, Splinter, UPI and New York Times
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.
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sticks with strategist Steve Schmidt despite taking summer off from politics
Axios:
Howard Schultz says he will not campaign this summer, citing health problems
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 …
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. …
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
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 …
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
Bernie Sanders's definition of democratic socialism, explained
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 …
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
San Francisco Chronicle:
The Latest: Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi case  —  FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah speaks at a news conference in New York.  A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday, June 12, 2019 for the amount of monetary damages Obeidallah can recover …
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Farah Stockman / New York Times:
Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Champions of free speech have become the censors. Don't let democracy die in silence
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:
Republicans join Democrats to rebuke Trump's ‘emergency’ $8B arms sale to Saudis, Emiratis
Alexander Heffner / USA Today:
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Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
What It's Like for Journalists Who Cover the Alt-Right
Valerie Insinna / Defense News:
The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Douglas Murray / National Review:
The Reality of Sweden's Migration Problem
Discussion: Quillette and Mother Jones
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
‘The migration problem is a coffee problem’
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Breitbart
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's plan to pass her plans
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Fear of a blue Texas: New GOP group to spend millions registering Republicans