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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 …
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Taught at Dalton.  His Behavior Was Noticed.  —  Some students at the esteemed Manhattan prep school recall that Mr. Epstein, now charged with sex trafficking, was willing to violate norms in his encounters with girls.  —  In the mid-1970s, students at one of New York's …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Prosecutors say Epstein tried to tamper with witnesses after Herald published series
Discussion: The Guardian, TheBlaze and Vox
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 …
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
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.
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Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:   Border Patrol Official Circulates Article That Deems Our Reporting on Secret Facebook Group a Threat
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
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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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
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
Trump Is Poised to Sign a Radical Agreement to Send Future Asylum Seekers to Guatemala  —  Early next week, according to a D.H.S. official, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a major immigration deal, known as a safe-third-country agreement, with Guatemala.
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.
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).
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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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
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020.  Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems.
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘It works out actually better’: When Trump loses, he's quick to tout Plan B as the real victory  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  After fighting for months in court to try to get a citizenship question on the 2020 Census — and briefly overruling …
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats learn the hard way: Latino voters don't just care about immigration  —  MILWAUKEE — As the nation's oldest Latino civil rights organization gathered here this week for its annual convention, anxiety over immigration issues could hardly have been higher.
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 …
 
 
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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
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'
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He's Immune From Oversight
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
Discussion: Boing Boing
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census
Discussion: CityLab, Rolling Stone 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: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze