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Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Trump Says It's Not Free Speech to ‘Write Bad’ About ‘Something Good’: That's ‘Dangerous Speech’  —  President Donald Trump had a lot to say at the White House Social Media Summit on Thursday, including offering his take on what does and does not constitute free speech.
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event  —  WASHINGTON — It was an unusual spectacle, even by the unconventional standards of the Trump administration.  After President Trump invited a group of right-wing and fringe media figures to the White House for a …
Discussion: VICE
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Praises Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists at White House: ‘The Crap You Think of Is Unbelievable’  —  The social media summit at the White House featured a who's who of the right wing fringe, but the president was the one who made it a truly bizarre affair.
CNN:
Trump makes 6 false claims during his ‘social media summit’  —  (CNN)During a wide-ranging, largely off the cuff speech during his “social media summit” Thursday, President Donald Trump made several misleading and downright false claims about social media companies, the census, the economy …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Uncle Trump Wants You!  (To Join His Troll Army)  —  The White House meme summit was a circus.  But you shouldn't dismiss it.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  On Thursday afternoon, just as the titans of the pro-Trump internet gathered at the White House to commiserate …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   ‘Like a rocket’: Trump revels in his love-hate relationship with Twitter
Miami Herald:
New victims come forward as Epstein asks to be released from jail to his Manhattan mansion  —  At least a dozen new victims have come forward to claim they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein even as the multimillionaire money manager tries to convince a federal judge to allow him to await …
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The Daily Beast:
Acosta's Epstein Excuses Are Nonsensical and Self-Serving
Discussion: Breitbart
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Biden, Warren top 2020 Democratic field  —  Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders round out the top four candidates in the first NBC/WSJ post-debate poll.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., lead the Democratic presidential field …
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden holds commanding lead among South Carolina Democrats  —  South Carolina Democratic primary voters, more than half of whom are expected to be African American, say former Vice President Joe Biden is the best candidate to handle racial issues.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
CBS News:   Biden answer's Trump's “America first” with his own foreign policy plan
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
AOC's Chief of Change  —  Saikat Chakrabarti isn't just running her office.  He's guiding a movement.  —  On a Wednesday morning in late May, emissaries of two of the strongest political voices on climate change convened at a coffee shop a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker unloads on Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff for ‘using the race card’  —  Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) unloaded on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday for “using the race card” after Ocasio-Cortez accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of being racially insensitive.
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
House Dem blasts ‘juvenile’ Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff: ‘Ignorance is beyond belief’
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
NBC New York:
R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges: Law Enforcement Officials  —  The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigators on sex trafficking charges  —  Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according two law enforcement sources.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Fox News Host Tyrus Sent Lewd Text Messages To Colleague: ‘Pull Your Boobs Out’  —  Fox News split up Tyrus and his former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, after he sent her the messages.  But he still works at the network.  —  Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network's digital channel …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump announces end of fight to add citizenship question to census  —  President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain …
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   Trump Has Backed Down On Adding A Citizenship Question To The 2020 Census
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid  —  President Trump is not on board with a potential Senate bid by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).  —  Shelby told The Hill on Thursday that he has discussed a potential Sessions candidacy …
KRON4.com:
ICE raids have already begun in Bay Area, immigration attorneys say  —  CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — While the focus is on upcoming weekend ICE raids, immigration attorneys in the Bay Area say those raids have already begun.  —  A group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The ‘Billy Graham rule’ doesn't honor your wife.  It demeans her — and all women.  —  It's charitable to first assume our fellow humans are acting in good faith, so let's first assume that Robert Foster genuinely believes he is the hero of this story.  Let's assume that when the Mississippi …
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 …
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan said he wanted to ‘scold’ …
Cassandra Sweetman / KFOR-TV:
Logan Co. man allegedly driving stolen vehicle filled with uranium, a rattlesnake, and Kentucky Deluxe  —  GUTHRIE, Okla. - Two people were arrested after a traffic stop of a stolen car revealed the two had a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe.
John Solomon / The Hill:
Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians  —  When the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee in summer 2016, one of the crown jewels obtained by Vladimir Putin's team was the party's opposition research files on then-GOP candidate Donald Trump.
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Weinstein's Legal Team Falls Apart Again: 'He's Impossible to Work With'  —  Lawyer Jose Baez, who once represented Casey Anthony, was granted permission to withdraw from the disgraced movie mogul's sexual-assault case.  —  Harvey Weinstein's legal “dream team” for his much-anticipated …
Discussion: The Week and CityNews Toronto
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren takes on Trump with immigration overhaul  —  Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled her plan to reform the nation's immigration system amid a deepening crisis over detention at the southern border and a fraught debate across the country and within the Democratic Party on the way forward.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘A real barn-burner’: Potential Senate showdown looms in Wyoming  —  Former Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced a bid for Senate in Wyoming Thursday, becoming the first Republican to jump into the race and setting up a potential clash with her successor in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘You are asking my client to lie’: Flynn lawyers fought with prosecutor  —  During a tense exchange last month, Michael Flynn's new legal team accused a federal prosecutor of trying to coerce the former Trump national security adviser to lie under oath, new court documents revealed on Thursday.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Judiciary approves subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including Jared Kushner  —  The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 crucial witnesses as part of House Democrats' ongoing investigations targeting President Donald Trump.
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Kevin Collier / CNN:
As Feds struggle, states create their own anti-election propaganda programs  —  New York (CNN)As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, individual states are ramping up education efforts to counter the threat posed by foreign disinformation campaigns to US elections.
 
 
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
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