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5:55 AM ET, July 11, 2019


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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein's ‘Infinite Means’ May Be a Mirage  —  When federal prosecutors announced sex-trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein this week, they described him as “a man of nearly infinite means.”  They argued that his vast wealth — and his two private jets — made him a flight risk.
New York Post:
NYPD let convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein skip judge-ordered check-ins  —  Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days — and the NYPD says it's fine with that.
Discussion: The Federalist Papers and Page Six
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Whispers, suspicion about Epstein on Caribbean island  —  CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Ask about Jeffrey Epstein on St. Thomas and rooms go quiet.  Some people leave.  Those who share stories speak in barely audible tones.  —  The 66-year-old billionaire bought Little St. James Island off …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Cyrus Vance's Office Sought Reduced Sex-Offender Status for Epstein
Washington Post:
‘Outright disrespectful’: Four House women struggle as Pelosi isolates them  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished Democrats for personally attacking one another, warning in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the party's fracturing was jeopardizing its majority.
Washington Post:
‘Regrets is not what I do’: Pelosi defends her comment about four House women
New Yorker:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Trump's Crisis at the Border
New York Times:
U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members  —  Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House ‘social media summit’  —  New York (CNN Business)Some of the right-wing media universe's biggest stars are set to descend on the White House Thursday for what has been billed as a “social media summit” and will likely become a forum …
Discussion: The Guardian
NBC News:
Conspiracy theorists, far-right agitators head to White House with social media in their sights  —  President Donald Trump is scheduled to host several internet personalities at an event that disinformation researchers say legitimizes people who traffic in trolling and harassment.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump's company cancels strip-club-sponsored golf tournament at his Florida resort  —  President Trump's company has canceled a golf tournament that a Miami-area strip club planned to hold at his Doral, Fla., resort this weekend.  —  In a statement, the president's company …
Skyler Swisher / Sun-Sentinel:
Strip club-sponsored golf tournament at Trump's Doral resort is canceled
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
US rescued Ilhan Omar  —  Like many of you, we've been watching with amazement and alarm as the leaders of the Democratic Party, day after day, attack the country they say they want to govern.  —  It's remarkable, and a very new development.  Just a few years ago, even the most liberal Democrats …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Officer accuses general of sexual misconduct  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Axios
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
Sexual Assault Allegation Surfaces About Nominee for Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman
Discussion: Boing Boing
New York Times:
Acosta Defends Role in Brokering Epstein Plea Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Wednesday publicly defended his role in overseeing the prosecution of Jeffrey E. Epstein for sex crimes committed in Florida over a decade ago, bucking a growing chorus of Democratic calls for his resignation.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Sanders to Skip Netroots Nation  —  Before he committed to attending, his team brought up potential concerns that a moderator might have been biased towards him.  —  Before confirming his attendance at this weekend's Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, members of Sen. Bernie Sanders …
CBS News:   Biden tells lawmakers he would end detention of migrant children
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Amy McGrath: 'If President Trump has good ideas, I'll be for them'  —  Democrat Amy McGrath is hoping she can convince Kentuckians who voted for President Donald Trump and his pledge to “drain the swamp” that Republican Mitch McConnell is the biggest swamp-dweller in Washington.
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Analyst Resigns After White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony  —  A State Department intelligence analyst has resigned in protest after the White House blocked portions of his written testimony to a congressional panel to exclude data and evidence on climate change …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
‘It Could Have Been Any of Us’: Disdain for Trump Runs Among Ambassadors  —  WASHINGTON — Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday, wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump administration …
Claremont Institute:
2019 Lincoln Fellows  — Publius Fellowship - Lincoln Fellowship - John Marshall Fellowship - Speechwriters Fellowship - Alumni Spotlights - Application Forms  —  Christopher Bedford is editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation.  He is also the vice chairman of Young Americans …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Trump's July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says  —  President Trump's overhauled July Fourth celebration cost the D.C. government $1.7 million, an amount that — combined with police expenses for demonstrations through the weekend …
Iranian boats ‘tried to intercept British tanker’  —  Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf - before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence has said.  —  HMS Montrose, a British frigate escorting the tanker British Heritage …
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Scott Cohn / CNBC:
The comeback state of 2019: Kansas economy rebounds from tax-cutting disaster  —  KEY POINTS  — The year's biggest declines belong to Michigan, California, Idaho, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  —  The Sunflower State jumped 16 spots to No. 19 in this year's CNBC America's Top States …
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
How Many Florida Voters Could Tom Steyer Enfranchise for the Amount He Plans to Spend Running for President?  —  A proposal for a better investment in democracy.  —  Tom Steyer, a California investor/billionaire/liberal activist, announced this week that he is running for president …
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A candidate for governor says a female journalist can't shadow him — unless she brings a man along  —  Before announcing his campaign to become Mississippi's governor, state Rep. Robert Foster made a commitment to his wife, Heather.  He'd follow the “Billy Graham rule” — which, in his words …
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Trump administration's new human rights commission alarms LGBTQ advocates  —  The administration's Commission on Unalienable Rights is stacked with people who have a history of “fighting against LGBTQ progress,” critics say.  —  The Trump administration on Monday announced the formation …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
FBI makes arrests in Puerto Rico corruption scandal, prompting calls for governor's ouster and concerns about billions in storm aid  —  The FBI on Wednesday arrested two former senior officials who served in the administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló …
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Audio Suggests Secret Plan for Russians to Fund Party of Italy's Salvini
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Clarence Thomas Effect
Todd Wallack /
Bill would limit public access to police video in Massachusetts
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
New Jersey Political Boss Warns “Certain Elements of the Working Class” Are Turned Off by Embrace of Immigrants
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump's Salute to America cost DC, feds more than $5 million
Discussion: Shareblue Media and TheBlaze
Chuck Jones / Forbes:
Trump's Golf Trips Could Cost Taxpayers Over $340 Million
Drew Florio / Kevin McCarthy for Congress:
McCarthy Shatters Record, Raising $33.7M for House GOP
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Bernie Sanders / Washington Post:
The straightest path to racial equality is through the one percent
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Kenny Marchant of Coppell hit with ethics complaint that alleges impermissible donations by staff
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Roll Call
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
A desperate Beto O'Rourke goes for broke, claims America was founded on white supremacy
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Fox effect? GOP voters agree with harsh messaging on migrant kids
Jed Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Missed the Crime: Trump's Campaign Coordinated With Russia
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Appeals court dismisses emoluments lawsuit involving Trump's D.C. hotel