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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump says Iranian shootdown of US military drone may have been a ‘mistake’  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that the Iranian shootdown of an American drone may have not have been intentional, but a “mistake” by someone “stupid.”  —  Trump spoke following a meeting …
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Washington Post:
Trump invites congressional leaders to White House to discuss Iran after Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone  —  DUBAI — Iran shot down a U.S. naval surveillance drone with the wingspan of an airliner near the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf region …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
Trita Parsi / The Nation:
America's Confrontation With Iran Goes Deeper Than Trump
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Wanted a More Docile Iran but Got the Opposite
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:   Trump on Iran drone attack: “I have a feeling it was a mistake”
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic:
Trump Might Not Want War, but the Military Is Steering His Iran Policy
Discussion: Foreign Policy, JNS.org and IJR
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Horns are growing on young people's skulls.  Phone use is to blame, research suggests.  —  Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date.  —  But we already know this.  —  What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: How To Tell When Biden Has Committed A Real Gaffe  —  It's usually been smart to be skeptical when someone alleges that a new campaign trail incident or another daily controversy will cause voters to turn away from Joe Biden.  While he has seen his numbers decline …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Has a Nasty Reality Check for Joe Biden
Discussion: Daily Wire, Breitbart and twitchy.com
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Tom Cotton Provides a Necessary “History Lesson” After MSNBC Mislabels Segregationist Democratic Senators “Republicans”
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal  —  The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
'These People Aren't Coming From Norway': Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash  —  As more Somali refugees arrive in St. Cloud, white anti-immigration activists have pressed an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda.  —  ST. CLOUD, Minn. — John Palmer, a former university professor, has always had a cause.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Catching Up to Him Because People ‘Would Like To See A Woman Elected’  —  Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pegged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's rise in the primary polls to, among other things …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Agreement. Is It Falling Apart?
Discussion: CNN, FiveThirtyEight and Politico
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Democratic Civil War Is Here
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Reason
Marie Solis / VICE:
Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  The Senate voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, rebuking President Donald Trump's foreign policy in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Axios:   Senate votes to block Saudi arm sales despite Trump veto threat
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Alabama's Roy Moore Set to Announce Another Senate Run Over President Trump's Objection  —  (MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce Thursday whether he will make another run for U.S. Senate after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Roy Moore, who fell short in Senate bid in 2017, says he will run again for Alabama seat
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
This is a real slide from an Air Force brief on the real threat of incels  —  At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.  —  Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A gay first lady?  Yes, we've already had one, and here are her love letters.  —  In the summer of 1910, Evangeline Simpson Whipple told the caretaker of her home not to move anything in her absence.  The wealthy widow was going on a trip, but would be back soon, she said.  —  She never returned.
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’  —  Tensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent …
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Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Senate Republicans leave the state to avoid climate bill vote  —  Oregon Republican senators have left the Capitol and scattered in various directions outside the state in order to avoid being rounded up by troopers for a high-profile climate bill vote scheduled today.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Suspends Second-in-Command, Implicating Him in Coup Attempt  —  The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened on Thursday as the gun group suspended its second-in-command and top lobbyist, accusing him of complicity in the recent failed coup against its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre.
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The Daily Beast:   Lawsuit: NRA's Unpaid Bills Could Shutter NRATV
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court says Trump family planning restrictions can take effect  —  A federal appeals court this morning said the Trump administration's family planning rules can take effect nationwide while several lawsuits play out, delivering a major blow to Planned Parenthood and states challenging the overhaul.
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Trump administration's abortion ‘gag rule’ can take effect, court rules
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Obstacle to Trump's Victory in 2020  —  In his campaign kickoff this week, President Donald Trump demonstrated once again that he is determined to solve a problem he doesn't have—even at the expense of exacerbating the greatest obstacle to his reelection.
Discussion: American Thinker
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Mural of George Washington that ‘traumatizes students’ to be covered up  —  There's plans in the works to cover a mural of George Washington from the halls of George Washington High School in San Francisco due to complaints that it's offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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theepochtimes.com:
Our Response to NBC News' Inappropriate Questions  —  Last week, we were contacted by two NBC reporters who posed a series of highly inappropriate questions.  —  The NBC reporters questioned the religious beliefs of some of our staff members, sought to discredit their beliefs …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Republicans fear campaign arm is stumbling in fight for the House  —  The House GOP campaign arm is under fire from Republicans who are growing increasingly anxious about the party's plan to win back the chamber in 2020.  —  Republicans still don't have an answer to Democrats' online fundraising behemoth ActBlue.
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The Hill:
GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House
Discussion: Politico
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Democrats Reps. Sean Casten, Jan Schakowsky call for Trump impeachment inquiry  —  Freshman Casten, who flipped a suburban Chicago district in 2018, is among the 44 House Democrats facing the toughest GOP challenges in 2020, and only the third in this group to back an impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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Representative Sean Casten:   Casten Supports Opening Impeachment Inquiry into the President of the United States
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces plans to expand its investigative journalism  —  Ten staff positions to be added across newsroom teams  —  The Washington Post announced today a major expansion of its investigative journalism, building on the sharp increase in staff it has dedicated to accountability work over the past several years.
Erin Donaghue / CBS News:
More than 70 Philadelphia police officers on desk duty over racist, violent Facebook posts  —  Philadelphia police confirm more than 70 officers have been taken off the streets and placed on desk duty while authorities investigate hundreds of officers' alleged racist and violent social media posts, reports CBS Philly.
Discussion: CBS Philly
 
 
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Richard Manning / Fox News:
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Windsor Mann / The Week:
A party of victims  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the white supremacist …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says
Discussion: CREW, The Guardian and New York Post
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters
Discussion: PJ Media Home, The Root and Newser
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