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The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump vehemently denies E. Jean Carroll allegation, says 'she's not my type'  —  President Trump said Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was “totally lying” when she recently accused him of raping her during an encounter in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
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Lara Takenaga / New York Times:
Our Top Editor Revisits How We Handled E. Jean Carroll's Allegations Against Trump  —  Dean Baquet, our executive editor, says “we were overly cautious” in our handling of a prominent writer's allegations against the president.  —  After an article last week reported the advice columnist E …
John Gage / Washington Examiner:   Anderson Cooper cuts to commercial after Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll calls rape ‘sexy’
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Iran's president says about Trump's White House
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Palestinians throw cold water on Jared Kushner's Middle East plans
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:   Times Public Editor: Ignoring a scoop that's not your own
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Stephen Colbert Sounds Off on E. Jean Carroll's Trump Rape Allegation: ‘Specific, Credible and Terrible’
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren jumps out to a big lead in MoveOn poll  —  The survey comes a day ahead of the first Democratic debate, hosted by NBC, in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday.  —  MIAMI — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders top a new straw poll from progressive group MoveOn.org …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Joe Biden keeps stepping in it - and voters couldn't care less
Discussion: The Week
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas.  They're being turned away.  —  A Border Patrol official told a state lawmaker that the agency doesn't accept donations for facilities where children are reportedly being held in substandard conditions.
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Washington Post:
America should be horrified by this  —  CHILDREN WEARING clothes filthy with snot and tears and food.  Children locked in cells nearly all day long, sleeping on cold concrete floors.  No windows.  Always hungry.  No toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap.  Children alone, even the littlest among them.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to rush $4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian aid to the southwestern border while placing new restrictions on President Trump's immigration crackdown, spurred on by disturbing images of suffering migrant families …
CNN:
We went to a border detention center for children. What we saw was awful
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Contradicting Trump, Top Putin Adviser Says U.S. Drone Downed in Iranian Airspace  —  At first-ever trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, National Security Adviser Bolton says U.S. ready for Iran to engage in ‘real negotiations’  —  Russia has military intelligence that shows that a U.S. drone …
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Tom Embury-Dennis / The Independent:   Russia contradicts Trump administration by saying downed US drone was in Iranian air space
Washington Post:
Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic,’ warns that path to diplomacy is permanently closed
The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump: I do not need congressional approval to strike Iran  —  President Trump told Hill.TV in an exclusive interview Monday that he does not need congressional approval to strike Iran.  —  When asked if he believes he has the authority to initiate military action against Iran without …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future  —  Mike Pompeo is the GOP's best shot at keeping a must-win Senate seat in Republican hands.  But he's also the most stable national security voice in an administration that's constantly on the verge of cracking up …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump tiring of Mulvaney
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
The Trump Justice Department has turned ‘religious liberty’ into a license to discriminate  —  Trump's DOJ is destroying civil rights for gay, Mexican, Muslim and transgender people in the name of religious freedom for conservative Christians.  —  CONNECT  —  Last year, the Department …
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Washington Post:   Former top Commerce aide says he was directed by Ross to add Census citizenship question
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Commerce Dept. ordered ex-official not to answer House panel questions
Discussion: Political Wire
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge releases court details that show speed, scope of Mueller investigation following CNN request  —  Schiff: Hope to reach Mueller subpoena decision this week  —  Washington (CNN)At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Washington on Monday released about 230 pages of data from the court showing …
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NBC News:
Star-studded cast to perform live reading of the Mueller report
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Muses Privately About Ending Postwar Japan Defense Pact  — President wants compensation for Okinawa Marine base move  — U.S. military in Japan calls itself ‘cornerstone of peace’  —  President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing …
Discussion: Slate, The Week and CNBC
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
AG Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller investigations — 10 days after he submitted his report  —  Attorney General Bill Barr killed seven different investigations started by special counsel Robert Mueller just ten days after he submitted his report.
Axios:
Media braces for a “Trump slump”  —  Top news executives tell Axios that a real “Trump slump” is hitting digital, cable and more.  —  Why it matters: The shock factor around President Trump's unplanned announcements, staff departures, taunting tweets and erratic behavior is wearing off …
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Trippi / USA Today:
First, fire all the pollsters?  Trump doesn't get it.  Bad news can save a campaign  —  Donald Trump hates hearing news that doesn't bode well for him.  Does that mean he plans to fly blind everywhere he doesn't like his poll numbers?  —  CONNECT  —  Bad news comes from many places in a campaign.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The 2008 Class That Explains Elizabeth Warren's Style  —  In the middle of the volatile fall of 2008, with foreclosures skyrocketing and companies failing and unemployment spiking and the stock market sinking, 80 rattled first-semester Harvard Law School students stood outside a classroom and watched the Dow plummet yet again.
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Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Warren Channels the Real New Deal
Discussion: New York Times and Sean Hannity
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Maduro's ex-spy chief lands in U.S. armed with allegations against Venezuelan government  —  BOGOTA, Colombia — In a palace said to be filled with plotters, turncoats and thieves, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro could count on the loyalty of at least one man: Gen. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera.
Discussion: The Week
BBC:
The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?  —  Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa.  —  The finding is one of a number on how Arabs feel …
The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump declines to say he has confidence in FBI director  —  President Trump on Monday declined to say he has confidence in Christopher Wray and stressed that he disagrees with the FBI director, who has said he does not believe there was spying on the president's 2016 campaign.
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Dear Democrats, Here's How to Guarantee Trump's Reelection  —  As you prepare for your first debates later this week, some unsolicited thoughts on what you could do to blow this election.  With 20 of you clamoring for attention over two nights, the opportunities are abundant for you to kick off …
Discussion: NPR
Bloomberg:
Debt, Conflict and Vacancy Imperil Kushners' Times Square Dream  —  Jared Kushner's family averted disaster last year when a Canadian asset manager swooped in to buy their skyscraper in midtown Manhattan, which had been hemorrhaging millions of dollars.  Now they're facing a similar crisis a few blocks away.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Once the poorest senator, ‘Middle Class Joe’ Biden has reaped millions in income since leaving the vice presidency  —  The Georgian-style home — from the front a brick version of the White House — once belonged to Alexander Haig, the former secretary of state.
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
How Elizabeth Warren Learned to Fight
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump's Chaotic Immigration Policy
Discussion: Shareblue Media
David French / National Review:
America's Most Educated, Engaged Citizens Are Making Politics Worse
Discussion: The Week
USA Today:
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
White House says Kellyanne Conway won't show up to Hatch Act hearing
Discussion: Townhall and The Week
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Blurred lines: Trump's UN choice and her coal magnate spouse
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Michael Flynn's New Lawyer Seeks Security Clearance, Citing Unknown Evidence
Discussion: Bloomberg
Max Hastings / The Guardian:
I was Boris Johnson's boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister
Yasser Okbi / Jerusalem Post:
Iran attempted attack in Paris, half a ton of explosives found - report
Discussion: Jewish Journal
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Joe Biden Doesn't Look So Electable in Person
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Trump Promised a Manufacturing Renaissance. What Happens in 2020 in Places That Lost Those Jobs?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA