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11:20 AM ET, July 7, 2019


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The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Minors  —  Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on Saturday and will appear in New York court on Monday to be charged with sex trafficking, according to multiple law enforcement sources.  —  Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex trafficking charges  —  More than a decade after receiving one of the most lenient sentences for a serial sex offender in U.S history, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested outside of New York, sources confirmed to the Miami Herald Saturday night.
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein, Billionaire Long Accused of Molesting Minors, Is Charged  — Mr. Epstein, a financier, was charged by federal prosecutors with sex trafficking in New York.  — He avoided federal criminal charges a decade ago in a plea deal after he was accused of paying dozens of underage girls for sexual massages.
Washington Post:
Jeffrey Epstein taken into custody in New York on new charges related to sex crimes involving minors  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected multimillionaire who was sentenced to just more than a year in jail to resolve allegations that he molested dozens of young girls …
Discussion: Spectator USA
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:   Trump's longtime friend Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking minors in Florida, New York
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking bust: Convicted pedophile arrested on the tarmac after he jets …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested and accused of sex trafficking minors, sources say
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Jeffrey Epstein Arrested in NYC on Sex Trafficking Charges: Sources
Discussion: Breitbart
Daily Mail:
Britain's man in the US says Trump is ‘inept’: Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is ‘uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace’  —  Britain's Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’ in a series of explosive memos to Downing Street.
Jack Maidment / Daily Mail:
'Totally unsuitable - the sooner he is gone the better': Farage leads calls for Britain's man in Washington be SACKED after leaked memos reveal how he called Trump's White House ‘inept’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional’  —  Nigel Farage has called for Britain's ambassador to the US to be sacked …
CNN:   Cables from UK's ambassador to the US blast Trump as ‘inept,’ ‘incompetent’
Daily Mail:
Trump's speeches are ‘full of false claims’ …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ellen Barry / New York Times:   In Leak, U.K. Ambassador Calls Trump Administration ‘Inept’ and ‘Clumsy’
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trump reaches career-high approval, yet faces a range of reelection risks: Poll  —  Bolstered by a strong economy, Donald Trump reached the highest job approval rating of his career in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll and runs competitively for reelection against four of five possible Democratic contenders.
Washington Post:
Aided by a strong economy, Trump approval rises, but a majority also see him as ‘unpresidential’  —  Aided by a strong economy and perceptions that he has dealt with it effectively, President Trump's approval rating has risen to the highest point of his presidency, though a slight majority …
Discussion: NB Blog and IJR
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Justin Amash: GOP was broken even before Trump's presidency  —  Rep. Justin Amash, just days after he announced his departure from the Republican Party, said Sunday he would have left even if Donald Trump weren't the president but insisted that this term in Congress was what “really broke it for me.”
Discussion: Breitbart
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Amash doesn't rule out 2020 bid, potentially complicating Trump's path to reelection  —  Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), a conservative critic of President Trump who recently left the Republican Party, would not rule out a 2020 presidential bid on Sunday, potentially complicating Trump's path to reelection.
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Justin Amash on what his GOP colleagues say behind closed doors
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Post
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
It's Nancy Pelosi's Parade  —  “If the left doesn't think I'm left enough, so be it,” she told me.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common.  —  Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards.  They both love big bowls of ice cream.
Andrew Marra / Palm Beach Post:
Spanish River High's principal refused to call the Holocaust a fact  —  A mother pushed for a year to address what she described as a school leader's failure to separate truth from myth.  —  She sent off the email with few expectations — a routine question seeking a routine answer.
Discussion: Yahoo, and Townhall
New York Times:
Iran Announces New Breach of Nuclear Deal Limits, and Threatens Further Violations  —  Iran said on Sunday that within hours it would breach the limits on uranium enrichment set four years ago in an accord with the United States and other international powers that was designed to keep Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Warren and Harris Rise in Democratic Primary, Challenging Male Front-Runners  —  LAS VEGAS — When Beth Krerowicz began reviewing the platoon of Democratic presidential candidates, her first instinct was to back Joseph R. Biden Jr., whom she saw as the strongest opponent to President Trump.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
‘Members are looking over their shoulders’: Democrats spooked by new primary threats  —  Just when it looked like the threat of widespread primary challenges to House Democrats had quieted down, the activist left is agitating again to go after many of the party's longtime incumbents.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeh Charles Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump-era politics are drowning out consensus on immigration.  It's time for some straight talk.  —  Jeh Charles Johnson was homeland security secretary from 2013 to 2017.  —  Americans are and should be outraged at reports of migrants detained in dirty, overcrowded conditions near the Southern border.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Threat of budget disaster rises amid discord in both parties  —  Washington is deadlocked ahead of a series of fiscal deadlines, time is growing scarce and it's only going to get harder to avoid a debacle.  —  Congressional leaders and the Trump administration have so far tried in vain …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden's mastery of backlash politics takes center stage  —  For better and worse, the former vice president's Senate civil rights record is currently central to his presidential campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware didn't need to hear any more from the legion of critics lined …
Discussion: The Hill
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Mia Love says she's poised to run again, none of Republicans in race so far can beat McAdams  —  SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mia Love said she's ready to run again in Utah's 4th Congressional District unless a Republican she deems strong enough to beat Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams enters the race.
Discussion: Political Wire
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's “Inoffensive” War on Reality  —  Donald Trump's Fourth of July address was most remarkable for the things it did not contain.  Immediately afterward, commentators noted that Trump didn't use the opportunity to attack the Democratic Party, to issue explicit campaign slogans …
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Boston Herald:
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Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
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Heather Timmons / Quartz:
US taxpayers funded this epic Trump 2020 campaign ad
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and NB Blog
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists
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Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
Ilhan Omar's American story: It's complicated
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