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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden, Recalling Civility in Senate, Invokes Two Segregationist Senators  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr., defending himself on Tuesday night against suggestions that he is too “old fashioned” for today's Democratic Party, invoked two Southern segregationist senators by name as he fondly recalled the …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden's Segregationist Nostalgia Is Even More Ignorant Than It Sounds  —  One of Joe Biden's favorite campaign riffs underscores his belief in the value of civility and bipartisanship.  Inevitably, Biden reminisces about his young Senatorial days when he would pal around (and occasionally cut deals) with segregationists.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘We got things done’: Biden recalls ‘civility’ with segregationist senators  —  Joe Biden wistfully recalled on Tuesday an era in which he was able to get along with segregationist senators even though they “didn't agree on much of anything.”  —  Dismissing criticism from his party's left-wing flank …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Biden touts work with segregationist lawmakers in bygone era of Senate ‘civility’
Discussion: Townhall, VICE and Political Wire
CNN:
She stopped returning some of Trump's calls.  Now Hope Hicks is testifying behind closed doors  —  (CNN)For Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump is “boss man” no more.  —  Once the President's closest West Wing confidante — the recipient of his repeated phone calls, the witness to his angriest moments …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Politico:
'It's a farce': Dems livid as Hope Hicks dodges questions  —  The president's former longtime confidante met with lawmakers behind closed doors to discuss the president's alleged efforts to thwart Mueller's Russia probe.  —  House Democrats erupted Wednesday at what they said was the White …
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
White House Counsel: Hope Hicks Is ‘Immune’ From Questions About Her Time in Trump Administration  —  White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has claimed former White House communications director Hope Hicks is “absolutely immune” from answering questions about her time at the White House …
New York Times:
What We Learned From Trump's Orlando Rally  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — President Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday night in Orlando.  Here are eight takeaways.  —  1. It was just a rally.  —  Despite weeks of hype from the president and his campaign …
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Orlando Rally Shows He's Running Out of New Tricks  —  The president's launch of his 2020 campaign sounded much like his 2015 pitch.  But his failure to deliver on many of his old promises may hurt him.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  6:57  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-check: Trump's Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
2016 All Over Again
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives  —  Content warning: This story contains descriptions of violent acts …
New York Times:
Here's What They Said.  —  We tracked down the 2020 Democrats and asked them the same set of questions.  Here's one:  —  CLOSED CAPTIONS  —  THE QUESTIONS  —  In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?  —  Would your focus be improving the Affordable Care Act or replacing it with single payer?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mediaite
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New York Times:
Describe the last time you were embarrassed. Why?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:   Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?
New York Times:   Do you support or oppose the death penalty?
New York Times:
2020 Democrats on Their Heroes
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement  —  A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of the anti-vaccine movement, contributing more than $3 million in recent years to groups that stoke fears about immunizations online and at live events …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17  —  MOSCOW — International prosecutors on Wednesday said that four men, including three with close ties to the Russian military and intelligence, would face murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine five years ago, killing 298 people.
Discussion: bellingcat
The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Is Privately Advising Trump on Iran  —  As tensions with Iran escalate and his advisers clamor for a hawkish approach, the president has been taking foreign-policy advice from a Fox News host.  —  In the upper echelons of the Trump administration, hawkish voices on Iran predominate …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Tom Cotton wants to bomb Iran, and he has Trump's ear
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sarah Sanders is ‘extremely serious’ about a run for Arkansas governor  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the outgoing White House press secretary, is seriously considering running for governor of Arkansas, according to three people who have spoken to her in recent days.
Washington Post:
U.N. investigator calls for probing Saudi officials in Khashoggi killing  —  A special U.N. investigator on Wednesday called for further investigation of high-level Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Nic Robertson / CNN:
Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for ‘extrajudicial killing’ of journalist
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs if Congress doesn't let it kill personnel agency  —  The Trump administration is threatening to furlough — and possibly lay off — 150 employees at the federal personnel agency if Congress blocks its plan to eliminate the department.
Discussion: Axios
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway  —  When the final chapter of the Russia collusion caper is written, it is likely two seminal documents the FBI used to justify investigating Donald Trump's 2016 campaign will turn out to be bunk.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers  —  As Trump kicks off reelection, his party worries he's an anchor.  —  President Trump formally kicked off his re-election campaign Tuesday in front of thousands of fans at a boisterous rally in the heart of battleground Florida, even as top strategists …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Five NY1 Anchorwomen Sue Cable Channel for Age and Gender Discrimination  —  Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country's most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort by managers to force them off the air in favor of younger, less experienced hosts.
Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Trump Is Betting That Anger Can Still Be Power  —  Trump 2020 may sound a lot like Trump 2016, but this time around the fusion of president and party is complete.  —  Donald Trump has been the most persistently unpopular first-term president in the postwar era.
Discussion: Vox
New York Times:
Iran Has Ties to Al Qaeda, Trump Officials Tell Skeptical Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Administration officials are briefing Congress on what they say are ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern on Capitol Hill that the White House could invoke the war authorization passed …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Fight over flight to Cochran funeral breaks out in Senate Appropriations Committee  —  What started as a routine request — arranging for a government flight to take senators to the funeral of the late Sen. Thad Cochran — has become a controversy over Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — There was a time not so long ago when leading Democrats warned that Elizabeth Warren's “fantasy-based blue-state populism” risked leading the party to ruin.  —  But in a revealing tell of how far her campaign has come since …
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
A Lobbyist Raising Money for Biden Is Fighting Measures to Crack Down on Foreign Election Influence  —  Ken Jarin, who is raising money for Biden's campaign, leads Ballard Spahr's government affairs operation, which lobbies for subsidiaries of foreign companies opposing efforts …
 
 
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Greg P. / twitchy.com:
Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, gives AOC an education …
Discussion: Townhall, IJR and Jewish Journal
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The Democratic establishment fears the economy, complacency and ‘Sandersism’ could let Trump win
Washington Post:
Trump to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist Art Laffer today
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
FBI, DHS Contacted Over Stealth Dem Effort to Gain Voter Data
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Where Mitch McConnell's rationale for not exploring reparations falls short
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and VICE
Mad Dog PAC:
Joshua you want to uncouple the child porn re WikiLeaks?
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Advances Trump Court Pick Opposed By Pretty Much Every LGBTQ Rights Group Ever
Discussion: Wonkette
Ari Fleischer / USA Today:
Here are the tough debate questions 2020 Democratic candidates should have to answer
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Long-Awaited Trump Inauguration Audit Skimps on Details, References Mystery Lawsuit
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere. States Are Cracking Down.
Washington Post:
What Americans really think about foreign interference in U.S. elections
Discussion: Morning Consult