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4:40 AM ET, July 13, 2019

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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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Splinter and Political Wire
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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 …
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, Townhall and The Hill
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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 …
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Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, The Week and Fox17
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Mueller testimony delayed by one week
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Can Dante de Blasio Save His Father's Presidential Campaign?
Discussion: twitchy.com
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Acosta Resigned. The Caligula Administration Lives On.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and GQ
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Protesters rail against Biden on deportations
Discussion: Breitbart
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'
 Earlier Items: 
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
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
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
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general issues subpoenas to NRA, its charitable foundation