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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
‘This is tough stuff’: At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds  —  MCALLEN, Tex. — When Vice President Pence visited a migrant detention center here Friday he saw nearly 400 men crammed behind caged fences with not enough room for them all to lie down on the concrete ground.
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and New York Post
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Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:
Border Patrol Official Circulates Article That Deems Our Reporting on Secret Facebook Group a Threat  —  An official who directs a Border Patrol intelligence gathering center sent the article to all top intelligence officials and field offices.  The article directly attacks a ProPublica reporter …
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
‘No shower, no shower!’:  Migrants shout as Pence visits Texas detention centers  —  The vice president saw detainees packed into their holding areas surrounded by chain-link fence.  —  Vice President Mike Pence saw firsthand the extreme overcrowding migrants are often forced to endure …
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Honors KKK Grand Wizard With Proclamation  —  The day of observation calls on Tennesseans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave-owning war criminal and Klan grand wizard.  —  Despite public outcry, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) re-signed a proclamation Thursday declaring July 13 …
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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.
Jason Hall / WZTV:
Gov. Lee signs proclamation for ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day’ to be observed in Tennessee
Discussion: twitchy.com
THE TENNESSEE HOLLER:
GOV. LEE SIGNS FIRST KKK GRAND WIZARD DAY PROCLAMATION
Discussion: Progress Pond
New York Daily News:
Rep. Greg Meeks lobs veiled primary threat against Ocasio-Cortez amid ‘intolerable’ feud with Democratic leadership  —  The gloves are coming off in the Capitol Hill brawl between Democratic moderates and progressives.  —  Queens Democratic boss and 11-term congressman Greg Meeks took …
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   Pelosi's House of Pain
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect’: Trump
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
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: Mediaite and Daily Wire
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
9th Circuit rules in favor of Trump admin in ‘sanctuary city’ case  —  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Trump administration's efforts to prioritize federal dollars for local policing to towns and cities that complied with certain immigration policies.
Yashar's Newsletter:
Exclusive: Boehner Baited Ailes With Non-Public Info on Benghazi Probe in Attempt to Sway Fox News Bookings, New Book Reveals  —  In 2014, then-Speaker of the House John Boehner tried to bait Fox News Chief Roger Ailes into pulling certain conservative lawmakers off the Fox airwaves …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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).
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 …
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New York Times:
House Votes to Check Trump's Authority to Strike Iran
CBS Denver:
Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag Outside ICE Facility In Aurora  —  AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)- Hundreds of protesters gathered in Aurora on Friday evening to march to the ICE detention facility where illegal and undocumented immigrants are being housed.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Acosta's Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein's SDNY Prosecution  —  Double-jeopardy rules almost certainly prohibit settling a federal case and then prosecuting it again in federal court.  —  Alex Acosta did a bad job on the Jeffrey Epstein case.  This column was nearly finished …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Fortune and UPI
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Letters in Amy McGrath campaign launch video were postmarked the same day  —  Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath's three-minute campaign launch video retells her personal story of getting no answer to letters to members of Congress, then features four Kentuckians writing …
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
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say  —  The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran's influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.  —  In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered …
CNN:
Robert Mueller public hearing to be delayed one week  —  (CNN)Robert Mueller's long-awaited testimony has been delayed a week, until July 24, to allow more time for Mueller to testify, House Democrats said in a statement late Friday.  —  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Can Dante de Blasio Save His Father's Presidential Campaign?  —  With Mayor Bill de Blasio trailing badly, his son is heading to Iowa and beyond.  —  It started out with a soft launch: a snippet of Dante de Blasio supposedly giving his father some tongue-in-cheek advice before he stepped on the presidential debate stage.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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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Kamala Harris considers Vermont campaign presence in challenge to Bernie Sanders
The Texas Tribune:
Family separations aren't over.  As many as five kids per day are separated from their parents at the border.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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'
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He's Immune From Oversight
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan under federal investigation for alleged leaks
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist Papers
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
Discussion: Boing Boing
Washington Post:
Rift between Michael Flynn and government deepens on eve of business partner's trial
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census
Discussion: Rolling Stone, CityLab and Bloomberg
Darlena Cunha / New York Times:
ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate
Discussion: The Long Version
Rick Perry / Dallas Morning News:
Now that Ross Perot is gone, I can tell this story
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump tells confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats