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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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
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New York Times:
2016 All Over Again  —  What many of those in Orlando really wanted to do was relive their historic victory.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The crowd in the Amway Center, an arena that seats 20,000, cheered loudly as oversize screens hanging from the ceiling broadcast Fox News projections …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
President Trump unveils 2020 slogan to replace 2016 rallying cry during campaign rally  —  President Trump revealed the 2020 re-election campaign slogan to replace his Make America Great Again mantra from 2016.  —  “Make America Great Again” was the best political slogan in history …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Inside Trump's 2020 Campaign Launch in Orlando, It's Still 2016
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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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Biden cites his relationships with segregationist senators as examples of ‘civility’  —  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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Tells Elite Donors He Doesn't Want to ‘Demonize’ the Rich  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden told affluent donors Tuesday that he wanted their support and — perhaps unlike some other Democratic presidential candidates — wouldn't be making them political targets because of their wealth.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
'She's extremely serious': Sarah Sanders eyes 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.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   “They Could Put Anyone in There”: Why White House Reporters Won't Cry Over Sarah Sanders
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for ‘extrajudicial killing’ of journalist  —  (CNN)Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a “deliberate, premeditated execution,” a United Nations special rapporteur has concluded in the first independent investigation into his death.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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CBS News:   U.N. investigator says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over Jamal Khashoggi killing
Washington Post:
Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for U.S. military action as some in administration question aggressive policy  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has privately delivered warnings intended for Iranian leaders that any attack by Tehran or its proxies resulting in the death of even one American service member …
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The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Is Privately Advising Trump on Iran
Discussion: LobeLog
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Calls Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps,’ Eliciting Backlash  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the liberal freshman Democrat from New York who has made fighting for immigrants' rights a signature issue, on Tuesday described …
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Jackson Richman / JNS.org:
Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’
NBC News:
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down, withdraws from Cabinet consideration  —  Shanahan, Trump said, “has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family.”  —  Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense …
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Washington Post:
As Trump's defense pick withdraws, he addresses violent domestic incidents
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's empty Cabinet
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Long-Awaited Trump Inauguration Audit Skimps on Details, References Mystery Lawsuit  —  In the face of mounting investigations and reports of malfeasance on the part of President Trump's inaugural committee, officials tied to the organization have long relied on claims that a full “clean” audit was conducted on its finances.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump's Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: Mediaite
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere.  States Are Cracking Down.  —  More Americans are saying they need a variety of animals — dogs, ducks, even insects — for their mental health.  But critics say many are really just pets that do not merit special status.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Fox, CNN, C-SPAN barred from live coverage of South Carolina 2020 convention  —  In a first, only one TV outlet — MSNBC — will be allowed to deliver live coverage of Saturday's South Carolina Democratic Convention where 21 presidential candidates are expected to speak, drawing heated complaints from other networks.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Trump raises record $24.8 million in one day as he launches reelection bid  —  President Trump raised a record $24.8 million in less than 24 hours Tuesday as he officially kicked off his reelection campaign, officials said.  —  The president's one-day total is more than any Democratic …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton wants to bomb Iran, and he has Trump's ear  —  Tom Cotton is the most outspoken champion for bombing Iran in a Senate filled with Republican hawks.  And he's got President Donald Trump's ear on it, too.  —  The Arkansas Republican has spoken to several high-ranking U.S. officials …
Raul A. Reyes / CNN:
Trump's pathetic tweet on deporting millions of immigrants should fool no one  —  Trump issues mass deportations threat on Twitter  —  Raul A. Reyes is an attorney and member of the USA Today board of contributors.  Follow him on Twitter @RaulAReyes.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
New York Times:
The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. defied expectations when he supported Donald J. Trump in 2016.  Now details are emerging about behind-the-scenes maneuvering before the endorsement.  —  MIAMI BEACH — Senator Ted Cruz was running neck …
 
 
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