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4:40 PM ET, July 13, 2019

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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Taught at Dalton.  His Behavior Was Noticed.  —  Some students at the esteemed Manhattan prep school recall that Mr. Epstein, now charged with sex trafficking, was willing to violate norms in his encounters with girls.  —  In the mid-1970s, students at one of New York's …
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender.  The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.  —  A strange thing happened when Jeffrey Epstein came back to New York City after being branded a sex offender: His reputation appeared to rise.  —  In 2010, the year after he got out of a Florida prison …
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Washington Post:
The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein's wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal
Discussion: CNN
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
OxyContin Made The Sacklers Rich.  Now It's Tearing Them Apart.  —  A rash of lawsuits, which accuse its Purdue Pharma of helping fuel the addiction crisis, has exacerbated longstanding divisions  —  Jacqueline Sackler was fed up.  HBO's John Oliver had just used his TV show to pillory her family …
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Politico:   POLITICO PLAYBOOK: What the VP saw at the border
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   President Trump in Milwaukee says farmers are ‘over the hump’ as dairy farms continue to close in Wisconsin
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
‘No shower, no shower!’:  Migrants shout as Pence visits Texas detention centers  —  The vice president saw detainees packed into their holding areas surrounded by chain-link fence.  —  Vice President Mike Pence saw firsthand the extreme overcrowding migrants are often forced to endure …
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Washington Post:
‘This is tough stuff’: At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds
Ginger Thompson / ProPublica:   Border Patrol Official Circulates Article That Deems Our Reporting on Secret Facebook Group a Threat
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
Trump Is Poised to Sign a Radical Agreement to Send Future Asylum Seekers to Guatemala  —  Early next week, according to a D.H.S. official, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a major immigration deal, known as a safe-third-country agreement, with Guatemala.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, PJ Media Home and Breitbart
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Scaling Wokeback Mountain  —  WASHINGTON — I was feeling on edge.  Writing a column that sparks an internecine fight among the highest-profile women in the Democratic Party is nerve wracking.  —  So I went to the gym.  Alex Toussaint, the digital Peloton instructor inside the little screen …
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New York Daily News:
Rep. Greg Meeks lobs veiled primary threat against Ocasio-Cortez amid ‘intolerable’ feud with Democratic leadership
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020.  Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems.
Discussion: The Verge
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Acosta's Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein's SDNY Prosecution  —  Double-jeopardy rules almost certainly prohibit settling a federal case and then prosecuting it again in federal court.  —  Alex Acosta did a bad job on the Jeffrey Epstein case.  This column was nearly finished …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump  —  House Republicans are pushing back on former Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) criticisms of President Trump, with some arguing the Wisconsin Republican didn't yield as much power over the president's decisionmaking as the ex-lawmaker suggested in a new book.
Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
A Somali-Canadian journalist returned to Somalia to tell ‘uplifting’ stories.  Then terrorists killed her.  —  Hodan Nalayeh spent the last days of her life doing what she loved most: sharing a side of Somalia rarely depicted in the West.  On Twitter, she posted photos of young boys grinning …
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
American Carnage: a masterful must-read on Trump's Republican takeover  —  Tim Alberta of Politico has written a compelling, alarming and scoop-heavy history of the fall of the party of Lincoln  —  Like the deity on the sixth day of creation, Donald Trump has recast the Republican party in his own image.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Yashar's Newsletter:
Exclusive: Boehner Baited Ailes With Non-Public Info on Benghazi Probe in Attempt to Sway Fox …
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Favorite Ambassador Makes a Very Trumpian Splash in Berlin  —  Like the president, Richard Grenell, U.S. envoy to Germany, has a direct and confrontational style—and he makes liberal use of Twitter  —  During a meeting with Angela Merkel, Vice President Mike Pence praised Richard Grenell …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A White House Correspondent Departs the Jaw-Dropping Trump Beat  —  WASHINGTON — Choosing a single day that epitomizes Donald J. Trump's presidency — amid the endless tangle of jaw-dropping, reality-bending, norm-shattering days — is a fool's errand.  But for a White House correspondent departing …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's threatened ICE raids could hearten his base, and terrify immigrants  —  When unconfirmed reports surfaced this week that the Trump administration had resurrected threats of nationwide immigration raids expected to launch Sunday, Roberto Suro, a public policy professor at USC …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and L.A. TACO
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats learn the hard way: Latino voters don't just care about immigration  —  MILWAUKEE — As the nation's oldest Latino civil rights organization gathered here this week for its annual convention, anxiety over immigration issues could hardly have been higher.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mother Jones
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘It works out actually better’: When Trump loses, he's quick to tout Plan B as the real victory  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  After fighting for months in court to try to get a citizenship question on the 2020 Census — and briefly overruling …
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg calls ‘Medicare for All’ and free college plans ‘questionable on their merits’  —  Buttigieg isn't interested in winning without the black vote  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg weighed in on his opponents' plans to implement “Medicare for All” …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people's faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling …
 
 
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They used to be Beto O'Rourke fans.  But Texans' allegiance to him has vanished as quickly as ‘Beto-mania.’
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
'C'MON MAN': Biden Criticized Over Use Of ‘Gendered’ Phrase
Discussion: Instapundit
Aura Bogado / Reveal:
The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How the Stress of Separation and Detention Changes the Lives of Children
USA Today:
Now a hurricane, Barry nears Louisiana coast packing heavy rain
Discussion: UPI, KFOR-TV and NBC News
Bil Browning / LGBTQ Nation:
Every member of Trump's new human rights commission is an anti-LGBTQ activist
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Xander Landen / VTDigger:
Kamala Harris considers Vermont campaign presence in challenge to Bernie Sanders
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Letters in Amy McGrath campaign launch video were postmarked the same day
Discussion: twitchy.com
CBS Denver:
Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag Outside ICE Facility In Aurora
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Can Dante de Blasio Save His Father's Presidential Campaign?
Discussion: The Week and twitchy.com
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement
Anna Jean Kaiser / Associated Press:
Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate