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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.
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:   Black lawmakers get Biden's back amid ‘segregationist’ uproar
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 …
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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 …
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
White House Counsel: Hope Hicks Is ‘Immune’ From Questions About Her Time in Trump Administration
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Frustrated Democrats Stonewalled During Hicks Testimony By DOJ Lawyer
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:   White House bars former Trump aide from answering questions about her work in administration
Lisa Needham / Shareblue Media:
Trump had to pay up front for his Orlando rally after stiffing 10 other cities  —  Orlando, where Trump kicked off his 2020 election bid, made sure they were paid in advance before Trump came to town.  —  Trump launched his 2020 bid Tuesday night, but it cost him.
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Trump's 2020 Campaign Kickoff Attracted Extremists To A City That Hates Trump  —  Proud Boys, QAnon conspiracy theorists, Infowars fans and other assorted pro-Trump extremists descended upon Orlando Tuesday.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump announced the formal launch …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Beast
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Trump's Orlando Rally Shows He's Running Out of New Tricks
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando
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 …
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?  —  THE CONTEXT  —  Most Democrats see economic inequality as a problem, but they don't always agree about how extreme wealth should be treated.  This question sharpened that debate: candidates like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar …
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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?
New York Times:
Describe the last time you were embarrassed. Why?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Tops Electability Ratings  —  Most Dems interested in first debates, but not excited  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now virtually tied with Vermont …
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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The Guardian:
‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi killing - UN report
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for ‘extrajudicial killing’ of journalist
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Josh Hawley Introduces Bill to Put Washington In Charge of Internet Speech  —  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is introducing legislation to clamp down on free expression online, under the pretense of fighting tech-company “bias” against Republicans.  —  Hawley's solution is to amend Section 230 …
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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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Spoiler Alert: They Want a War  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (!) is making noises about ties between al Qaeda and Iran.  The intent is clear.  —  Here they come again, the oldies act, just in time for the summer shed shows.  Take it away,  —  New York Times … Spoiler Alert: they want a war.
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New York Times:
Iran Has Ties to Al Qaeda, Trump Officials Tell Skeptical Congress
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
The normalization of Bryan Goldberg  —  Bryan Goldberg wants to save your internet.  Since the creation of his Bustle Digital Group, Goldberg made a name for himself as a digital slumlord—snatching up gutted media properties, bidding low and running them on cheap labor.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a package of new rules to replace the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama's signature effort to reduce planet-warming emissions from coal plants.
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Washington Post:
Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-check: Trump's Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump kicked off his formal reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally in Orlando.  His 76-minute speech featured more than 15 false statements, many of them ones that he's repeated frequently in the past.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Second ex-Hassan staffer charged in doxing case  —  A second former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) was charged in federal court Wednesday with evidence of tampering and aiding and abetting computer fraud in connection with a scheme that led to personal information of several Republican senators …
 
 
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Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Meghan McCain Snaps and Calls Joy Behar a ‘Bitch’ on the Air
Megan Cassella / Politico:
House working group on Mexico-Canada trade deal to meet tonight
Washington Post:
Migrants say police in Mexico opened fire on their truck, killing a 19-year-old woman
Discussion: DCReport.org
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Janet Mock Signs Landmark Overall Netflix Deal (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: theGrio, Engadget, VICE and TechCrunch
Washington Post:
YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children's privacy
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of Powerful Business Leaders Drove Trump's Agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Brendan Buck / CNN:
Congress should eliminate the debt limit
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, gives AOC an education …
Discussion: IJR, CBS News and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Mad Dog PAC:
Joshua you want to uncouple the child porn re WikiLeaks?
Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Trump Is Betting That Anger Can Still Be Power
Discussion: Vox and Morning Consult
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.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Fight over flight to Cochran funeral breaks out in Senate Appropriations Committee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo