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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.
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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 …
New York Times:
Acosta to Resign as Trump's Labor Secretary Over Epstein Plea Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's embattled labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, on Friday announced his plans to resign as controversy lingered over his handling of a sex crimes case involving a financier, Jeffrey E. Epstein …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Alexander Acosta stepping down as Labor secretary  —  Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down from his post, just two days after he held a news conference to defend a plea deal that he brokered for wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein while serving as a U.S. attorney in Florida more than a decade ago.
Laura Bassett / GQ:
When Does America Reckon with the Gravity of Donald Trump's Alleged Rapes?
Discussion: New York Times and Page Six
Zoe Greenberg / BostonGlobe.com:
How Jeffrey Epstein made himself into a ‘Harvard man’
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Alex Acosta resigns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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  —  A large, framed photo of far-right commentator Tomi Lahren posing with US Border Patrol officials hangs prominently on the wall of the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.  A person with access to the area described …
Discussion: VICE
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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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
'This wasn't just a briefing': Pompeo grilled CIA analysts on Russia findings  —  Attorney General Bill Barr has ordered an investigation into whether the CIA was correct to determine that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to boost Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's cave on Census stuns allies  —  Top figures in the conservative legal community are stunned and depressed by President Trump's cave in his fight for a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  —  The state of play: Sources say Leonard Leo and other Federalist Society stalwarts …
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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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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
AOC tears into Trump for ‘manufactured’ border crisis at emotional hearing on migrant detention
Discussion: Politico
John Gage / Washington Examiner:   ‘Very respectful of women of color’: Kamala Harris sides with Pelosi over AOC
Hot Air:
Pelosi: I Called Out AOC And Her “Squad” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
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 a tentative arrangement he reached with House Democrats, according to multiple sources briefed on the discussions.
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Fox News:
Mueller testimony could be delayed amid ‘breakdown in negotiations’
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: Nike News and Splinter
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New York Times:
‘This Is Not a Find-a-Friend Contest’: Bernie Sanders's Resolute Campaign Style  —  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 …
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Congratulations Again, Mr. President”: Trump and the Co-opting of the G.O.P.  —  He is a Twitter cry baby, but it's more calculated than it looks.  —  Donald Trump hates criticism but loves to criticize.  As President, he's done more of it than perhaps any of his predecessors.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Daily Kos
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
President Trump Says Only Trump Supporters Deserve Free Speech  —  President Trump held a confab at the White House Thursday to promote his Orwellian notion of “free speech” online.  It confirmed yet again the president's implacable hostility to basic liberal freedoms.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Why Pence spiked a Trump judge  —  In January 2018, Judge Michael Kanne received an unexpected call from the White House.  Kanne, an Indiana native who sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was then 79 years old.  —  Under leadership of Don McGahn, the White House counsel's office …
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.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor.  That seemed terribly long at the time.  —  Seven months later, the U.S. still …
Discussion: The Week
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Harris: I'm Realistic So 'I'm Not Churning Out Plans Like a Factory'  —  Harris takes a seeming shot at 2020 rival Warren, whose motto is 'I've got a plan for that'  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) appeared to take a shot at 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren on Friday, saying that because she's realistic …
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 …
ABC7:
CA lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential candidates to release tax returns  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) — California legislation that would require presidential and state gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot cleared a significant hurdle …
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Claremont Would Make Founders Weep  —  The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and '80s.  Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching “the principles …
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Fired-up women or blue-collar dudes?  Two paths for beating Trump collide at Netroots Nation.  —  In the confusing, thorny maze that is the way out for defeating President Trump in 2020, there are two very different ways to solve the puzzle.  Do Democrats stay in the fast-moving lane that won …
Discussion: The Resurgent
 
 
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Politico:
US pressures France, UK on tech tax proposals ahead of G7
Washington Post:
Turkey takes first shipment of Russian S-400 air-defense system in defiance of U.S. and NATO warnings
George F. Will / Salt Lake Tribune:
To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet
The Hill:
Trump slams Paul Ryan for ‘atrocious’ record: 'Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!'
Playboy:
If we cannot recognize the fool in the rain is merely a fool standing in the rain spouting nonsense …
Discussion: Reason
Nikole Hannah-Jones / New York Times:
It Was Never About Busing  —  Court-ordered desegregation worked.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia
 Earlier Items: 
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's (Un)certain Fate
Discussion: Salon, National Review and Althouse
New York Times:
A Koch Executive's Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors
Discussion: CNBC
Max Cohen / USA Today:
Obama sends letter to prisoner he freed, who made the dean's list: ‘I am so proud of you’
Discussion: CNN
Sean Wilentz / New Yorker:
Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's big deal gets battered by 2020 Dems and Pelosi
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
A Soviet-era submarine is emitting radiation at levels 800,000 times normal, Norway says
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The ‘Billy Graham rule’ doesn't honor your wife. It demeans her — and all women.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event
Discussion: NB Blog, CNN and VICE