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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville  —  Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America's slide toward fascism.  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. — Mark and Nancy Dawson think Muslims should be removed from the United States.
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
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Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Jake Tapper Appears to Have Taken a Break From Truth-Telling  —  Late this afternoon, after increasing tensions among the House Democratic caucus seemed to pause in the wake of Donald Trump's racist tweets about Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib, CNN anchor Jake Tapper had some news.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Dems warn Omar in ‘imminent danger’ after Trump rally chants  —  House Democrats erupted in fury Thursday over President Donald Trump's attacks on freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar at his reelection rally, fearful that crowd chants of “send her back” have personally endangered her and her family.
Associated Press:
Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.  —  Every successful modern presidential campaign …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
House Republican campaign chairman says there's no place for ‘send her back’ language  —  The chairman of House Republicans' campaign arm on Thursday criticized the “send her back” chant that animated the crowd at Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally and added a dimension to the president's attacks on four Democratic freshman women.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump disavows ‘send her back’ chant from his rally  —  President Donald Trump claimed Thursday he “was not happy” with the crowd at his campaign rally in North Carolina the previous evening for chanting “send her home,” after he had goaded the audience with a fiery attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Trump says not happy with backers' ‘send her back’ chant
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, Claims He Tried to Stop It: ‘I Was Not Happy’
Discussion: Axios
Axios:
Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ …
NBC News:
FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show  —  The release of the previously redacted documents came one day after the judge in the case disclosed that prosecutors had concluded their probe into Cohen's campaign finance crimes.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
New Cohen documents reveal calls with Trump, National Enquirer publisher before payment  —  President Donald Trump and his campaign may have had prior knowledge of a deal to silence Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly engaged in an extra-marital affair with the then-presidential candidate …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and The Gateway Pundit
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - Three years after the “Access Hollywood” tapes sent shot waves of panic through the Trump campaign and the publishers of the National Enquirer, hundreds of pages of new search warrant materials unsealed on Thursday catalogue the cover-up that ensued.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Reveal Details From Michael Cohen Investigation  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors provided their most detailed account to date of President Trump's involvement in a hush-payment scheme arranged by his lawyer, Michael Cohen, in the weeks before the 2016 election …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
FBI believed Trump was in contact with Cohen, Hope Hicks over hush money payments
Discussion: Washington Post
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:   Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Cohen Called Trump and Hope Hicks During Stormy Daniels Deal, According to FBI Documents
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor Allegedly Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill  —  Feds charged Darryl Varnum in late June after he told a member he was ‘gonna kill your ass if you do that bill.’  —  A Pentagon cybersecurity contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a member …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Miami Herald:
Leaked documents show Jeffrey Epstein kept funds offshore.  Can the money even be tracked?  —  Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys, hoping to persuade a judge to release the accused sexual predator on bail while awaiting trial, submitted a bare bones accounting of his financing this week.
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Wall Street Journal:
Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein's Bail Request
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Boing Boing
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Judge to decide whether Jeffrey Epstein can be released from jail
Discussion: Vox, Vanity Fair and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever  —  The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Conservatism Conference, an opportunity for people who may never have punched a time clock to declare their eternal enmity toward elites …
Discussion: Vox
CNN:
House passes $15 minimum wage bill  —  Washington (CNN)The House passed a bill Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade — but there's little chance the measure will be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.  —  The House vote was 231-199.
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Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
The Alaska village where every cop has been convicted of domestic violence  —  Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in Alaska communities.  Often, they are the only applicants.  In Stebbins, every cop has a criminal record, including the chief.
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are planning a visit to Israel and the West Bank in the coming weeks, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to decide whether they...
Discussion: Jewish Insider, JNS.org and Fox News
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Trump might not get about impeachment
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Just a random group of ‘Republicans’?  CNN doesn't tell the whole story about a Trump-loving panel  —  There's no question that the panel of women CNN interviewed about President Trump liked him a lot and don't think he's a racist, despite a congressional resolution to the contrary on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Epstein Scandal Brings Legal Titans to Blows  —  Four-year battle between David Boies, Alan Dershowitz turns uglier following financier's arrest  —  The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein is escalating a long-simmering fight between two of the nation's best-known lawyers, Alan Dershowitz and David Boies.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Grindr Had Dreams To Make The World Better For Queer People.  Then A Chinese Gaming Company Bought It.  —  Over the last 18 months, Grindr has faced a federal investigation, layoffs, mismanagement, and internal turmoil.  Now the popular gay dating and hookup app is looking for a new owner.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scaramucci disinvited from Florida GOP fundraiser for bashing Trump's ‘racially charged’ attacks  —  The Palm Beach County GOP disinvited Anthony Scaramucci from addressing its annual fundraising event after the short-lived White House communications director criticized President Trump's …
Quartz:
William Barr's donations to Senate Republicans spiked just before they confirmed him as attorney general  —  In between stints as US attorney general for George HW Bush in the early 90s and now for Donald Trump, while making millions as an executive at Verizon and a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions  —  Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Mt. Vernon Has 2 Mayors, and Its Police Commissioner Was Just Arrested  —  Things are really not O.K. in this New York suburb.  —  MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — On one side of City Hall, Richard Thomas, the former and possibly still-current mayor of Mount Vernon was in his office on Tuesday, the door guarded by two police officers.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Obama and Clinton's bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates  —  Big-money Democratic donors have jumped off the sidelines of the presidential race, and three candidates are the clear winners of their support: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.  —  Each of those three candidates received …
Discussion: NBC News
Agence France-Presse:
‘You had the Nobel Prize?’  Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad  —  Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help the Yazidis of Iraq.  —  Murad, one of thousands of women …
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu's Farewell Party  —  Don't worry.  There's video.  —  When it's your last day on the job, assuming you've worked at your job for a long time, there will probably be a toast with some sort of alcoholic beverage.  You'll say a few words.
Discussion: Billy Penn
 
 
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Discussion: Mediaite and Breitbart
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
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Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein says he quit over concerns about revealing pictures and topless young women
Discussion: New York Post
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Where Is Ivanka?  —  Ivanka Trump wants it both ways.
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