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2:00 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 …
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 …
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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Jeffrey Epstein: how US media - with one star exception - whitewashed the story  —  The Miami Herald exposed a vast criminal network and a government cover-up - but why the silence elsewhere?  —  When Julie K Brown of the Miami Herald approached a former police chief of Palm Beach, Florida …
Washington Post:
The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein's wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal
Discussion: CNN
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:   Prosecutors say Epstein tried to tamper with witnesses after Herald published series
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Alex Acosta Had to Go, But the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Is Really About Money and Privilege
Discussion: The Atlantic, Reuters and Boing Boing
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  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION in Milwaukee begins a year from today.  (h/t Steven Shepard)  —  A BREAK-GLASS SCENARIO TO THINK ABOUT ... There are just 8 DAYS left this month when the House and Senate are both in session.
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 …
Washington Post:
‘This is tough stuff’: At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds  —  MCALLEN, Tex. — When Vice President Pence visited a migrant detention center here Friday he saw nearly 400 men crammed behind caged fences with not enough room for them all to lie down on the concrete ground.
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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: Breitbart
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
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 …
New York Daily News:
Rep. Greg Meeks lobs veiled primary threat against Ocasio-Cortez amid ‘intolerable’ feud with Democratic leadership  —  The gloves are coming off in the Capitol Hill brawl between Democratic moderates and progressives.  —  Queens Democratic boss and 11-term congressman Greg Meeks took …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Pelosi's House of Pain
Discussion: twitchy.com, Hot Air and Instapundit
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.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Honors KKK Grand Wizard With Proclamation  —  The day of observation calls on Tennesseans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave-owning war criminal and Klan grand wizard.  —  Despite public outcry, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) re-signed a proclamation Thursday declaring July 13 …
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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” …
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Letters in Amy McGrath campaign launch video were postmarked the same day  —  Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath's three-minute campaign launch video retells her personal story of getting no answer to letters to members of Congress, then features four Kentuckians writing …
Discussion: twitchy.com
USA Today:
Now a hurricane, Barry nears Louisiana coast packing heavy rain  —  The winds of newly minted Hurricane Barry pushed toward the south-central Louisiana coast west of New Orleans Saturday, bringing torrential downpours along the Gulf Coast that could soak some areas with up to two feet of rain and add to widespread flooding.
Discussion: UPI, Daily Kos and NBC News
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: Mother Jones and Daily Wire
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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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
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
The Texas Tribune:
Family separations aren't over.  As many as five kids per day are separated from their parents at the border.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Yashar's Newsletter:
Exclusive: Boehner Baited Ailes With Non-Public Info on Benghazi Probe in Attempt to Sway Fox …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Can Dante de Blasio Save His Father's Presidential Campaign?
Discussion: The Week and twitchy.com
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Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Protesters rail against Biden on deportations
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement
Anna Jean Kaiser / Associated Press:
Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How Trump Doubled Down On The Crazy Claim He's Immune From Oversight
Discussion: Hullabaloo