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2:25 PM 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.
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking bust: Convicted pedophile arrested on the tarmac after he jets …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Jeffrey Epstein taken into custody in New York on new charges related to sex crimes involving minors
Discussion: Spectator USA
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:   Trump's longtime friend Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking minors in Florida, New York
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested and accused of sex trafficking minors, sources say
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Justin Amash on what his GOP colleagues say behind closed doors  —  (CNN)Newly independent Rep. Justin Amash, the only congressional Republican to have publicly argued that President Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct, told CNN that high-level party officials have thanked …
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
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Ellen Barry / New York Times:   In Leak, U.K. Ambassador Calls Trump Administration ‘Inept’ and ‘Clumsy’
Daily Mail:
Trump's speeches are ‘full of false claims’ …
Discussion: Breitbart
Cables from UK's ambassador to the US blast Trump as ‘inept,’ ‘incompetent’
Discussion: The Guardian and Mother Jones
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and it's With Her Own Party's Future  —  They call themselves the “Squad.”  From climate change to student debt to migrants in detention, progressive House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have been energetic …
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:   Threat of budget disaster rises amid discord in both parties
Andrew Das / New York Times:
U.S. Wins Record Fourth World Cup Title  —  The United States women's soccer team claimed its fourth Women's World Cup title on Sunday, beating the Netherlands, 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions.  —  “It's surreal,” said United States forward Megan Rapinoe …
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart, BBC and Slate
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’
Discussion: Fox News, NB Blog, Slate, CNN and IJR
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Artist Who Created ‘Blatantly Anti-Semitic Cartoon’ Invited By Trump To White House  —  The Anti-Defamation League slammed Ben Garrison's “Jewish conspiracy” cartoon, which was created for Pizzagate promoter Mike Cernovich.  —  An artist blasted by the Anti-Defamation League for creating a …
Jeffrey Cook / ABC News:
Michelle Obama won't comment on Biden apology, holds off on endorsement at Essence Festival  —  Six Democratic presidential candidates took the stage at the Essence Festival on Saturday, but it was a former inhabitant of the White House who got a rock star's welcome — regardless of her tendency …
Discussion: Breitbart and UPI
Associated Press:
Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists
Discussion: Washington Post
Will Bunch /
Can Democrats grow a spine before American democracy collapses in a limp, lifeless heap?  —  It took less than a century for the Party of FDR to become the Party of Fear Itself.  Democrats once earned decades of good will simply by being brave — in launching they-said-it-couldn't-be-done programs …
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.
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
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Quinn Owen / ABC News:
Acting DHS secretary doesn't accept report on conditions at Border Patrol stations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Hasson / Campus Reform:
UMich and Harvard prof: #MeToo wouldn't have happened if Hillary won
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
USA Today:
Trump says detention facilities ‘beautifully run’ after report describes dangerous conditions
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Mia Love says she's poised to run again, none of Republicans in race so far can beat McAdams
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
2019 Belongs to Shirley Chisholm
New York Times:
Sound, Fury and Prescription Drugs
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden's mastery of backlash politics takes center stage
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's “Inoffensive” War on Reality
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
‘Members are looking over their shoulders’: Democrats spooked by new primary threats
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
USA's formidable women's soccer team is no accident. It's a product of public policy
Jeh Charles Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump-era politics are drowning out consensus on immigration. It's time for some straight talk.
Fording the River Styx:
On MAGA hats...  Would you choose a hat over a friend?
James Cusick / openDemocracy:
Revealed: Boris, the Russian oligarch and the Page 3 model