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7:50 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
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.
New Yorker:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Trump's Crisis at the Border
Washington Post:   White House pushes Congress to strike deal as Treasury could run out of cash faster
Washington Post:
‘Regrets is not what I do’: Pelosi defends her comment about four House women
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: NBC News and The Guardian
Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House  — was invited to a social media summit (featuring several far-right figures), but not Facebook and Twitter.  —  Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is meeting with a series of right wing figures at the White House to discuss social media issues.
Discussion: Reuters
NBC News:
Conspiracy theorists, far-right agitators head to White House with social media in their sights
Discussion: Vox and ThinkProgress
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Social Media Summit’: All the President's Memes
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.
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 …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Former Vice President Joe Biden to lay out his vision on foreign policy in New York speech
Discussion: Politico
CBS News:   Biden tells lawmakers he would end detention of migrant children
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.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump moves into damage control mode (just like every other politician)
Discussion: Axios, New York Times and Mercury News
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Major Garrett / CBS News:
Analysis: What's missing from the Ross Perot obituaries  —  The people.  —  That's what's missing.  —  Ross Perot died Tuesday of leukemia at age 89.  Obituaries noted many extraordinary details about his life - that he was a self-made billionaire, champion of Vietnam veterans and POWs …
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 …
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, VICE and Politico
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 …
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
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Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Clarence Thomas Effect
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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
Chuck Jones / Forbes:
Trump's Golf Trips Could Cost Taxpayers Over $340 Million
 Earlier Items: 
Drew Florio / Kevin McCarthy for Congress:
McCarthy Shatters Record, Raising $33.7M for House GOP
Discussion: Breitbart
Bernie Sanders / Washington Post:
The straightest path to racial equality is through the one percent
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Fox effect? GOP voters agree with harsh messaging on migrant kids
Scott Cohn / CNBC:
The comeback state of 2019: Kansas economy rebounds from tax-cutting disaster
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Trump's July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says