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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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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.
New York Times:
Acosta to Resign as Trump's Labor Secretary Over Epstein Plea Deal
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
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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HuffPost:   Democrats Continue Search For The Smoking Gun They Already Have
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect’: Trump
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Decider
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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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella under scrutiny for work with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff  —  KEY POINTS  — Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Acosta's 72-hour failure to win back Trump
Washington Post:
Alex Acosta resigns as labor secretary, the latest Trump official to leave amid scandal
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: Townhall and Daily Wire
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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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.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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Jason Hall / WZTV:   Gov. Lee signs proclamation for ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day’ to be observed in Tennessee
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House votes to restrain Trump on war with Iran, setting up showdown with the Senate
Discussion: Common Dreams and Axios
New York Times:
House Votes to Check Trump's Authority to Strike Iran
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Mueller testimony tentatively delayed by one week  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly-anticipated Capitol Hill testimony will likely be delayed one week under a tentative arrangement he reached with House Democrats, according to multiple sources briefed on the discussions.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Long Version
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).
Discussion: Mediaite and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
New York Times:
Why Sanders Wanted His Meeting With a Rabbi Kept Secret  —  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.
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan under federal investigation for alleged leaks  —  Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is at the center of a federal investigation into the leak of confidential government information in late June that forced Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist Papers
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California  —  Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter is sending Islamophobic mail pieces to voters in his Southern California district, attacking his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, for his deceased grandfather alleged ties to a 1972 terrorist attack.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops  —  Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals.  —  Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis.
Jeremy Hunt / BBC:
Brexit  — Wants to leave with a deal, but says he would back a no-deal Brexit with “a heavy heart” if necessary.  - Will create a new negotiating team to produce an “alternative exit deal” to Theresa May's plan, and engage with EU leaders over August.  - Will present a provisional …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Rift between Michael Flynn and government deepens on eve of business partner's trial  —  The U.S. government has extensive evidence that the Turkish government attempted to influence President Trump's 2016 campaign through adviser Michael Flynn, according to a statement read in Alexandria federal court Friday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Fox News:
Trump administration asks for Supreme Court intervention over border wall construction  —  The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to intervene and lift an injunction imposed by a lower federal court that blocks the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds to construct the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Discussion: Politico
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
As Tom Steyer Enters 2020 Race, Climate Activists Shrug: 'I Really Don't Get It, Man'  —  The billionaire activist, who championed the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, surprised many when he joined a crowded Democratic field this week.  —  Billionaire activist Tom Steyer announced …
 
 
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Anna Jean Kaiser / Associated Press:
Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Pence visits migrant detention center near southern border to ‘see firsthand the humanitarian crisis’
Discussion: Washington Post
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He's Immune From Oversight
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
What a lifeguarding job on the black side of Wilmington taught Joe Biden about race
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
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP heads off potential embarrassment for Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general issues subpoenas to NRA, its charitable foundation
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Fired-up women or blue-collar dudes? Two paths for beating Trump collide at Netroots Nation.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Why Pence spiked a Trump judge
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Congratulations Again, Mr. President”: Trump and the Co-opting of the G.O.P.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Daily Kos
ABC7:
CA lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential candidates to release tax returns
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart