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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Epstein Paid $350,000 to Possible Witnesses Against Him, Prosecutors Say  —  Federal prosecutors made the allegations in an effort to have bail denied for Mr. Epstein, the financier facing sex-trafficking charges.  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing sex-trafficking charges in New York …
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NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein paid $350K to ‘influence’ possible co-conspirators: prosecutors  —  Prosecutors said the payments were made last November just days after the publication of a bombshell Miami Herald story.  —  Accused child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to a pair …
Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing  —  Long before Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida more than a decade ago, his fellow Palm Beach resident and hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass was intrigued by the local gossip about his neighbor.
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Prosecutors say Epstein tried to tamper with witnesses after Herald published series
Discussion: The Daily Beast and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Acosta to Resign as Trump's Labor Secretary Over Epstein Plea Deal
CNN:
Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say  —  (CNN)A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and Daily Wire
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost Was a Member of Secret Facebook Group  —  When news broke that thousands of current and former Border Patrol agents were members of a secret Facebook group filled with racist, vulgar, and sexist content, Carla Provost, chief of the agency, was quick to respond.
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Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Quartz:   This framed photo of Tomi Lahren hangs in US Border Patrol headquarters
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Trump's new replacement Secretary of Labor just had his Russian ties exposed  —  President Trump has appointed a new Acting Secretary of Labor, Patrick Pizzella, to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.  But it turns out that Acting Secretary Pizzella could be the one man …
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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella under scrutiny for work with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff  —  KEY POINTS  — Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Acosta's 72-hour failure to win back Trump
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day proclamation, is not considering law change  —  Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee, a day of observation to honor the former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader whose bust is on display in the state Capitol.
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Jason Hall / WZTV:
Gov. Lee signs proclamation for ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day’ to be observed in Tennessee
Discussion: twitchy.com
Scott Wong / The Hill:
CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries  —  Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African-American lawmakers.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump tells confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats  —  President Trump has told confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, according to five sources who have discussed the matter directly with the president.  —  The state of play: Trump hasn't told …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Mueller testimony delayed by one week  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated Capitol Hill testimony will be delayed one week under an arrangement he reached with House Democrats, the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees announced Friday evening.
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CNN:
Robert Mueller public hearing to be delayed one week
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, The Week and Fox17
HuffPost:   Democrats Continue Search For The Smoking Gun They Already Have
Rick Perry / Dallas Morning News:
Now that Ross Perot is gone, I can tell this story  —  This week, the nation remembers Ross Perot for his success in business, his two independent White House bids and his no-nonsense, straight Texas talk.  His love of country, larger-than-life personality and generosity are all part of his legacy that will live on.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $733 Billion Defense Bill Checking Trump's War Powers  —  WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval Friday to a sweeping defense bill that would put a liberal stamp on military policy, shackling President Trump's ability to wage war in Iran and Yemen, restricting the use …
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House votes to restrain Trump on war with Iran, setting up showdown with the Senate
Discussion: Common Dreams and Axios
New York Times:
House Votes to Check Trump's Authority to Strike Iran
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census  —  How Stephanie Hofeller's estrangement from her family may have altered American political history.  —  At around half past nine on the last day of September, Stephanie Hofeller was parked at a Speedway in Kentucky, where she lives …
Dale Peck / New Republic:
My Mayor Pete Problem  —  One of the worst things I ever did happened in 1992.  I was leaving the bar called The Bar (RIP) on Second Avenue and 4th Street to go to a party called Tattooed Love Child at another bar, Fez, located in the basement of Time Cafe (RIP x 2).
Discussion: Mediaite and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Arizona Gov. Ducey has change of heart for Nike following Betsy Ross flag controversy  —  Ducey previously tweeted in regard to Nike that “we don't need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation's history.”  Now he's saying, “welcome.”  —  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is ready …
Darlena Cunha / New York Times:
ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate  —  Even American citizens are not immune from immigration raids.  —  Ms. Cunha is a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.  —  Tracy Nuetzi, a Trump voter and resident of Florida, was an American citizen for 60 years, until the country decided she wasn't.
Discussion: The Long Version
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A White House Correspondent Departs the Jaw-Dropping Trump Beat  —  WASHINGTON — Choosing a single day that epitomizes Donald J. Trump's presidency — amid the endless tangle of jaw-dropping, reality-bending, norm-shattering days — is a fool's errand.  But for a White House correspondent departing …
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement  —  FTC commissioners broke along party lines, 3-2, with the Republican majority lining up to support the pact while Democratic commissioners objected  —  The Federal Trade Commission has endorsed a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
FTC settles with Facebook for $5 billion fine: report
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California  —  Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter is sending Islamophobic mail pieces to voters in his Southern California district, attacking his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, for his deceased grandfather alleged ties to a 1972 terrorist attack.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Jeremy Hunt / BBC:
Brexit  — Wants to leave with a deal, but says he would back a no-deal Brexit with “a heavy heart” if necessary.  - Will create a new negotiating team to produce an “alternative exit deal” to Theresa May's plan, and engage with EU leaders over August.  - Will present a provisional …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He's Immune From Oversight  —  WASHINGTON-If anything was clear from Friday's appeals court hearing in the accounting firm subpoena case, President Trump is going all in on the argument that Congress has almost no right to investigate or regulate his conduct.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Why Sanders Wanted His Meeting With a Rabbi Kept Secret  —  WASHINGTON — When Senator Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Pittsburgh earlier this year, he quietly added a poignant stop to his schedule: a visit to the Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 congregants were killed in an anti-Semitic shooting last fall.
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Protesters rail against Biden on deportations  —  DOVER, N.H. — Protesters disrupted Joe Biden's first campaign event Friday at the start of his weekend swing through New Hampshire.  —  Frustrated by immigration policy under the Obama administration, a dozen activists led …
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
9th Circuit rules in favor of Trump admin in ‘sanctuary city’ case
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
Anna Jean Kaiser / Associated Press:
Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate
Fox News:
Trump administration asks for Supreme Court intervention over border wall construction
Discussion: Politico
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
As Tom Steyer Enters 2020 Race, Climate Activists Shrug: 'I Really Don't Get It, Man'
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan under federal investigation for alleged leaks
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist Papers
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
Sara Castellanos / Wall Street Journal:
Protesters Disrupt Amazon Event Over Its Ties With ICE
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Rift between Michael Flynn and government deepens on eve of business partner's trial
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
What a lifeguarding job on the black side of Wilmington taught Joe Biden about race
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP heads off potential embarrassment for Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general issues subpoenas to NRA, its charitable foundation
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Why Pence spiked a Trump judge
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo
Discussion: The Week