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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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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 …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Biden touts work with segregationist lawmakers in bygone era of Senate ‘civility’
Discussion: Townhall, VICE and Political Wire
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Biden promises wealthy donors he would not ‘demonize’ the rich
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Tells Elite Donors He Doesn't Want to ‘Demonize’ the Rich
Discussion: Shakesville and Breitbart
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: Mediaite
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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 …
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:
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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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: Political Wire
New York Times:
2016 All Over Again
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Trump's Orlando Rally Shows He's Running Out of New Tricks
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 …
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
Reuters:
Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list
Judith Mischke / Politico:
‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi murder: UN expert
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Photos From My Son At Trump 2020 Kickoff Campaign Rally In Orlando  —  My son is in Orlando on business and went to the capacity filled (20,000+, with attendees waiting in rain before)) stadium for President Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff rally.  —  Pregame at Powerline.  For live coverage from sarcastic local reporter.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Amy Harder / Axios:
Trump's EPA swaps Obama's biggest climate policy for narrow rule
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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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.
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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Jack Crowe / National Review:   Hawley to Introduce Bill Making It Easier to Sue Big Tech Firms Over Political Bias
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Advances Trump Court Pick Opposed By Pretty Much Every LGBTQ Rights Group Ever
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Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Trump Is Betting That Anger Can Still Be Power
Discussion: Vox
Ari Fleischer / USA Today:
Here are the tough debate questions 2020 Democratic candidates should have to answer
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What Americans really think about foreign interference in U.S. elections
Discussion: Morning Consult
Matthew Continetti / New York Times:
The Wave That Could Carry Trump to Re-election
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Trump raises record $24.8 million in one day as he launches reelection bid
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The Surreal End of an American College
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton wants to bomb Iran, and he has Trump's ear
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Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney
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The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen
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