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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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New York Times:
Acosta to Resign as Trump's Labor Secretary After Epstein Plea Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday 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 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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Alex Acosta resigns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Alex Acosta resigns as labor secretary amid intense scrutiny of his handling of Jeffrey Epstein case
Discussion: Mother Jones and Florida Politics
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump Labor Secretary Acosta resigning after criticism over Epstein plea deal in sex case
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Acosta is gone as Trump retreats again  —  Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and President Trump bowed to reality, the reality that retaining the man who cut a secret plea deal with a “monster” (as Republicans described him) sex offender was untenable.  Acosta, as many anticipated after his heartless …
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: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
John Solomon / The Hill:   Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians
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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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
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
AOC's Chief of Change
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.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common  —  PHILADELPHIA — Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are two of the most ideologically aligned candidates in the Democratic primary — both left-wing populists who rail against a “rigged” economic system.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Trump Says It's Not Free Speech to ‘Write Bad’ About ‘Something Good’: That's ‘Dangerous Speech’  —  President Donald Trump had a lot to say at the White House Social Media Summit on Thursday, including offering his take on what does and does not constitute free speech.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
President Trump Says Only Trump Supporters Deserve Free Speech
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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 …
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 …
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: NB Blog, CNN and VICE
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
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.
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 …
Playboy:
If we cannot recognize the fool in the rain is merely a fool standing in the rain spouting nonsense, then we will be the ones excised.  —  Words have a fluid meaning in Trump's mind.  Communication is not based on facts, but feelings and words.  His Fourth of July speech in D.C. thus was the perfect speech for our times.
Discussion: Reason
 
 
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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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democrats warn push for border crossing decriminalization will prove costly in 2020
Discussion: twitchy.com
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway's flushable claims about the census citizenship question
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fortune
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: Politico, Breitbart and TheBlaze
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: National Review, Salon and Althouse
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
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.