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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 …
CNN:
Murdoch lieutenant ordered removal of New York Post story on Trump sexual assault allegation, sources say  —  New York (CNN)The New York Post's former top editor, a supporter of President Trump and an old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch who returned to the conservative tabloid as an adviser in early 2019 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Iran's president says about Trump's White House  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT ... AP: “Iran's President Rouhani mocks President Trump, says the White House is ‘afflicted by mental retardation.’”  — WAPO'S ERIN CUNNINGHAM in Dubai and RUTH EGLASH in Jerusalem …
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
John Gage / Washington Examiner:   Anderson Cooper cuts to commercial after Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll calls rape ‘sexy’
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’
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Migrant Children Are Moved Out of an Overcrowded Border Station  —  Following a public outcry, hundreds of migrant children have been transferred out of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they were detained for weeks without access to soap, clean clothes or adequate food, the authorities confirmed on Monday.
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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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats
Associated Press:
Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed
Washington Post:
America should be horrified by this  —  CHILDREN WEARING clothes …
Discussion: The Week, Bloomberg and KTLA
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as ‘appalling’
Discussion: NB Blog
Slate:   What You Need to Know About the Crisis at the Border
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  —  The cast includes Justin Long, Piper Perabo, Michael Shannon and Zachary Quinto, among others.  Sigourney Weaver, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mark Hamill will also make appearances.  —  LOS ANGELES — Haven't perused the Mueller report yet?
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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The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE — Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election  —  President Trump on Monday said he would make a nomination to the Supreme Court if there's a vacancy anytime before the 2020 presidential election.  —  “Would I do that?  Of course,” Trump said in an exclusive interview …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   Mike Pompeo's dilemma: Stick with Trump or bet on his own future
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
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran calls new US sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the “permanent closure” for diplomacy between the two nations.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic,’ warns that path to diplomacy is permanently closed
Discussion: New York Post and UPI
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
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Commerce Dept. ordered ex-official not to answer House panel questions  —  A former senior Commerce Department official refused to answer more than 100 questions during an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee that centered on the Trump administration's controversial decision …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:   Former top Commerce aide says he was directed by Ross to add Census citizenship question
CNN:
White House says Kellyanne Conway won't show up to Hatch Act hearing
Discussion: Townhall and The Week
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Joe Biden Doesn't Look So Electable in Person  —  He may be a likable white man, but his performance on the trail doesn't inspire confidence.  —  On Saturday, Joe Biden was one of 20 presidential candidates to speak at a Planned Parenthood forum in Columbia, S.C., held right next door to the state's Democratic convention.
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
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
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 …
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.
Max Hastings / The Guardian:
I was Boris Johnson's boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister  —  The Tory party is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people.  He cares for nothing but his own fame and gratification  —  Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Blurred lines: Trump's UN choice and her coal magnate spouse  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The email went out from senior Environmental Protection Agency officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, responding to questions she had about a funding matter.
 
 
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Fox Business:
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The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump accuses Biden of lying about Obama's lack of endorsement
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Michael Flynn's New Lawyer Seeks Security Clearance, Citing Unknown Evidence
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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
Rob Hotakainen / E&E News:
Emails show scramble to dump Stonewall pride flag: ‘Oy vey’
Discussion: Splinter
Premier:
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