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New York Times:
Acosta Resigns as Trump's Labor Secretary After Epstein Plea Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday morning that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier, Jeffrey Epstein, when he was a prosecutor in Florida.
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Instapundit
Laura Bassett / GQ:
When Does America Reckon with the Gravity of Donald Trump's Alleged Rapes?
Discussion: Page Six
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Alex Acosta resigns as labor secretary amid intense scrutiny of his handling of Jeffrey Epstein case
Discussion: Mother Jones
ABC News:
Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and The Resurgent
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 …
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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Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway's flushable claims about the census citizenship question
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fortune
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Warren responds to Trump retreat on census citizenship question: 'Wow, he's going to follow the law?'
Discussion: Washington Press
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump aborts yet another plan
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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David Montgomery / Washington Post:
AOC's Chief of Change
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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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
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Biden, Warren top 2020 Democratic field
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.
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.
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John Solomon / The Hill:   Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians
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: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event  —  WASHINGTON — It was an unusual spectacle, even by the unconventional standards of the Trump administration.  After President Trump invited a group of right-wing and fringe media figures to the White House for a …
Discussion: CNN and VICE
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 …
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
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The ‘Billy Graham rule’ doesn't honor your wife.  It demeans her — and all women.  —  It's charitable to first assume our fellow humans are acting in good faith, so let's first assume that Robert Foster genuinely believes he is the hero of this story.  Let's assume that when the Mississippi …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's big deal gets battered by 2020 Dems and Pelosi  —  The Democratic presidential primary is becoming a big problem for what would be President Donald Trump's premier bipartisan achievement.  —  The leading White House contenders are amping up their opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia  —  SZOLNOK, Hungary — Secretive, behind-the-lines mission rehearsals and other operations by 1,400 American and allied commandos to combat shifting Russian threats have laid bare a fundamental tension in the Trump administration …
Sean Wilentz / New Yorker:
Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History  —  Crises make and break historical reputations.  In our current constitutional emergency, a few unlikely figures, above all the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have upheld the rule of law, possibly redeeming their places in history.
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democrats warn push for border crossing decriminalization will prove costly in 2020
Discussion: twitchy.com
Playboy:
If we cannot recognize the fool in the rain is merely a fool standing in the rain spouting nonsense …
Politico:
Rep. Moulton on Trump voters, what Biden did wrong in the debate
Discussion: Breitbart
Nikole Hannah-Jones / New York Times:
It Was Never About Busing  —  Court-ordered desegregation worked.
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Chicago Mayor Permanently Bans ICE From Accessing Police Databases Ahead Of Raids
Discussion: Breitbart, CNN and USA Today
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's (Un)certain Fate
Discussion: National Review, Salon and Althouse
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
House report: At least 18 migrant children under the age of 2 were separated from parents for 20 days to 6 months
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New York Times:
A Koch Executive's Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors
Discussion: CNBC
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Claremont Would Make Founders Weep
David Reid / CNBC:
Turkey takes delivery of Russian missile system, despite risk of US sanctions
Max Cohen / USA Today:
Obama sends letter to prisoner he freed, who made the dean's list: ‘I am so proud of you’
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
A Soviet-era submarine is emitting radiation at levels 800,000 times normal, Norway says
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Weinstein's Legal Team Falls Apart Again: 'He's Impossible to Work With'