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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.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Joe Biden recalls working with segregationist senators: ‘At least there was some civility’  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden pointed Tuesday evening to two segregationist senators as examples of colleagues he could work with during an era where “at least there was some civility” in the Senate.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
White House Counsel: Hope Hicks Is ‘Immune’ From Questions About Her Time in Trump Administration
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
White House bars former Trump aide from answering questions about her work in administration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-check: Trump's Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes
Discussion: Political Wire
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Trump's Orlando Rally Shows He's Running Out of New Tricks
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Trump's 2020 Campaign Kickoff Attracted Extremists To A City That Hates Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Beast
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
James Rogers / Fox News:
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley takes aim at Big Tech's legal protection with new bill  —  Sen. Josh Hawley has announced legislation that would remove tech titans' protection from liability for third-party content on their platforms.  —  The Missouri senator's bill specifically targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
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Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Josh Hawley Introduces Bill to Put Washington In Charge of Internet Speech
Discussion: Senator Josh Hawley and Breitbart
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
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 …
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 and Morning Consult
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New York Times:
2016 All Over Again
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.
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.
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 …
Brendan Buck / CNN:
Congress should eliminate the debt limit  —  Brendan Buck was chief communications adviser to former House speaker Paul Ryan and, before that, press secretary to former House speaker John Boehner.  He is currently a partner at Seven Letter, a communications and public affairs firm.
 
 
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of Powerful Business Leaders Drove Trump's Agenda
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems make U-turn on calling border a ‘manufactured crisis’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, gives AOC an education …
Discussion: Townhall, IJR and Jewish Journal
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
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 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.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Fight over flight to Cochran funeral breaks out in Senate Appropriations Committee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo