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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 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 …
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 …
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.
Zoe Greenberg / BostonGlobe.com:
How Jeffrey Epstein made himself into a ‘Harvard man’
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Alex Acosta resigns
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Alex Acosta resigns as labor secretary amid intense scrutiny of his handling of Jeffrey Epstein 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 …
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
CNN:   Trump again considering replacing intelligence chief Dan Coats
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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Sophie Tatum / ABC News:
Impassioned Democrats zero in on Trump's practice of separating families at border
Discussion: twitchy.com
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
AOC in impassioned testimony: Children were separated from parents ‘in front of American flags’
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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HuffPost:   Democrats Continue Search For The Smoking Gun They Already Have
Sean Wilentz / New Yorker:   Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History
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.
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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New York Times:
House Votes to Check Trump's Authority to Strike Iran  —  Uranium ore contains less than 1 percent of U-235, an isotope used to fuel reactors and make bombs.  A process called enrichment increases the percentage of U-235.  —  ENRICHMENT PROCESS  —  3.7% enrichment
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Faces Pressure from Allies to Sharpen Message  —  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, where 11 congregants were killed in an anti-Semitic shooting last fall.
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House votes to restrain Trump on war with Iran, setting up showdown with the Senate  —  The House voted Friday to prevent President Trump from launching into war with Iran without getting Congress' approval first, after more than two dozen Republicans joined Democrats to include the provision …
Discussion: Axios, USA Today and Common Dreams
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.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census  —  How Stephanie Hofeller's estrangement from her family may have altered American political history.  —  At around half past nine on the last day of September, Stephanie Hofeller was parked at a Speedway in Kentucky, where she lives …
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 and Spectator USA
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 …
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general issues subpoenas to NRA, its charitable foundation  —  D.C's attorney general issued subpoenas Friday to the National Rifle Association and its charitable foundation, putting additional pressure on the embattled gun rights organization from nonprofit regulators.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP heads off potential embarrassment for Trump  —  The Pennsylvania Republican Party on Friday ended a messy internal battle for its next chairman — and the possibility that the preferred candidate of Donald Trump campaign's would lose — by announcing that the two contenders have reached a power-sharing arrangement.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 
 
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Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day proclamation, is not considering law change
Discussion: Splinter and THE TENNESSEE HOLLER
Joshua Silverstein / The James G. Martin Center …:
Professors Fight to Save Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom in Arkansas
Discussion: National Review
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
House overwhelmingly approves funding bill for 9/11 victims
Discussion: Daily Wire
Christopher Petrella / Washington Post:
Conservatives say Frederick Douglass was optimistic about America.  His words say something different.
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Harris: I'm Realistic So 'I'm Not Churning Out Plans Like a Factory'
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Fired-up women or blue-collar dudes? Two paths for beating Trump collide at Netroots Nation.
Discussion: The Resurgent
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's (Un)certain Fate
Discussion: Salon, National Review and Althouse
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Claremont Would Make Founders Weep
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo
Discussion: The Week
ABC7:
CA lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential candidates to release tax returns
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
A Soviet-era submarine is emitting radiation at levels 800,000 times normal, Norway says
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event
Discussion: CNN, NB Blog and VICE
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Fox News Host Tyrus Sent Lewd Text Messages To Colleague: ‘Pull Your Boobs Out’
Discussion: Washington Post