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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
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.
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
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies  —  No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms.  —  Donald Trump has invited personalities from across the right-wing internet to the White House on Thursday for a …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census  —  Trump and A.G. William Barr have said they'd soon announce how the administration intends to ask the citizenship question as part of the census process.  —  President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive action …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Social Media Summit’: All the President's Memes
Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
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.
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.
CBS News:
Biden tells lawmakers he would end detention of migrant children  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged not to hold migrant children in detention centers if elected president, according to several lawmakers who met with him in Washington on Wednesday.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:   Bernie Sanders to Skip Netroots Nation
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Former Vice President Joe Biden to lay out his vision on foreign policy in New York speech
Discussion: Politico
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)
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.
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
Sexual Assault Allegation Surfaces About Nominee for Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman
Discussion: Shareblue Media and 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.
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Who Will Clean Up America's Voter Rolls?  —  Los Angeles County has too many voters.  An estimated 1.6 million, according to the latest calculations - which is roughly the population of Philadelphia.  That's the difference between the number of people on the county's voter rolls and the actual number of voting age residents.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:   Britain says it thwarted Iranian vessels from interfering with its tanker in the Strait of Hormuz
Bill Haslam / The Tennessean:
Why I am not running for U.S. Senate in 2020 |  Opinion  —  Bill Haslam: ‘This is a difficult decision because I have loved my time in public service and I believe so deeply in the importance of our political process.’  —  To my fellow Tennesseans:  —  For the last several years …
Discussion: Tennessee Star and Roll Call
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
New book details how Republican leaders learned to stop worrying and love Trump  —  Few people have more power in President Trump's White House than Madeleine Westerhout, his executive assistant who controls access to the Oval Office, delivers the president's marker-scribbled messages …
Summer Said / Wall Street Journal:
Saudis Plan to Ease Travel Restrictions on Women  —  Allowing women to move freely across borders would be a departure from the kingdom's male-dominated guardianship system  —  Saudi Arabia is planning this year to loosen restrictions on women's ability to travel without a male guardian's permission …
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 …
Fact check: Trump wrong on all 3 claims in tweet on Iran deal  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's Wednesday tweet on the Iran nuclear deal contained three inaccurate claims.  —  “Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal …
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 …
Washington Post:
New polling shows how much sexism is hurting the Democratic women running for president.  —  More than a quarter of Democratic primary voters score higher than average on a “hostile sexism” scale.  —  Over the last several years, debates between Republicans and Democrats …
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
AOC Is Making Monetary Policy Cool (and Political) Again  —  There's a strong case that the most important economic policy decisions of the past decade have been at the Federal Reserve.  In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, America's central bank decided which troubled financial institutions …
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Laura Kayali / Politico:
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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
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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
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
State Department Analyst Resigns After White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony
Discussion: Washington Post