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7:45 PM ET, July 13, 2019

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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 …
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 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 …
Brian Contreras / The Seattle Times:
Armed man attacking Tacoma's ICE detention center killed in officer-involved shooting  —  Tacoma police said they shot at an armed man early Saturday who was attacking the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility in Tacoma for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The man died at the scene.
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Armed man shot, killed after throwing incendiary devices at Washington ICE detention center  —  Police in Washington state say an armed man was shot and killed early Saturday after trying to attack a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center.
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Q13 FOX News
Associated Press:
Trump Administration Gets Court Victory in Sanctuary Cities Case  —  SEATTLE — A federal appeals court on Friday gave President Trump a rare legal victory in his efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, upholding the Justice Department's decision to give preferential treatment …
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Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Cities prepare for showdown with Trump over ICE raids: You ‘have to come through us’
Discussion: Vox and Denver Post
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Deflecting blame, Acosta pointed finger at others.  Why they may have some explaining to do  —  On Oct 23, 2007, as federal prosecutors in South Florida were in the midst of tense negotiations to finalize a plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior prosecutor in their office …
Discussion: Splinter and Big League Politics
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Acosta's Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein's SDNY Prosecution
Washington Post:
The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein's wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal
Discussion: CNN
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Jeffrey Epstein: how US media - with one star exception - whitewashed the story
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CNBC
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.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   President Trump in Milwaukee says farmers are ‘over the hump’ as dairy farms continue to close in Wisconsin
Politico:   POLITICO PLAYBOOK: What the VP saw at the border
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
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
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 …
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
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: PJ Media Home, Hullabaloo and Breitbart
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 …
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag  —  Authorities in Colorado restored an American flag to its place Friday evening after protesters demonstrating outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility pulled …
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Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
'We're Almost Extinct': China's Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi
Washington Post:
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
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg calls ‘Medicare for All’ and free college plans ‘questionable on their merits’
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Favorite Ambassador Makes a Very Trumpian Splash in Berlin
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How the Stress of Separation and Detention Changes the Lives of Children
USA Today:
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Bil Browning / LGBTQ Nation:
Every member of Trump's new human rights commission is an anti-LGBTQ activist
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Megan McArdleKaren Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats learn the hard way: Latino voters don't care just about immigration
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
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Letters in Amy McGrath campaign launch video were postmarked the same day
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com