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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ tells Mueller to limit testimony to his report  —  Justice Department officials have communicated to Robert Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony this week to the public findings of his 448-page report, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the preparations.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is getting a second chance to cover Robert Mueller's findings — and this time get it right  —  In political media, as in love, there aren't many chances to correct a serious wrong.  —  But the news media will get just that on Wednesday when Robert S. Mueller III testifies before Congress …
Fox News:   Justice Department tells Mueller his House testimony ‘must remain within the boundaries’ of public report
Fox News:
Read the letter: Department of Justice instructs Mueller to keep testimony to information from his report
Discussion: Townhall
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
19 Questions We Have for Mueller Ahead of His Testimony Before Congress
Discussion: Just Security, TalkLeft and emptywheel
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller's Mind
Discussion: NPR
Rep. Adam Schiff / YouTube:   Rep. Schiff Chairs Intelligence Committee Open Hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Case of Al Franken  —  A close look at the accusations against the former senator.  —  Last month, in Minneapolis, I climbed the stairs of a row house to find Al Franken, Minnesota's disgraced former senator, wandering around in jeans and stocking feet.  It was a sunny day, but the shades were mostly drawn.
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Trent Spiner / Politico:
Behind Pence's Air Force Two cancellation: A drug dealer  —  Vice President Mike Pence was one short plane ride away from shaking hands with an alleged interstate drug dealer.  —  Pence abruptly canceled his trip to Manchester, N.H., earlier this month but never said why he was pulled from Air Force Two at the last minute.
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
The Cop Who Said AOC “Needs A Round” Just Got Fired  —  The Louisiana cop who called AOC a “vile idiot” who “needs a round” has reportedly been fired, along with a fellow cop who “liked” the post.  —  Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson on Monday afternoon fired officer Charlie Rispoli and another officer …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘Racially charged’: Reuters is struggling with descriptions of Trump's racist tweets  —  A mystery hangs over a story that Reuters published on July 16 regarding President Trump's racist tweets regarding four Democratic congresswomen of color: … Emphasis added to ask several questions: From where do those quotation marks come?
Discussion: CNN and Townhall, more at Mediagazer »
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Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Republicans pull social media aimed at four Democratic congresswomen who were subjects …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mike Pence and Stephen Miller are playing an ugly game
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Trump, Democrats clinch two-year budget deal  —  President Trump announced on Monday that Congress and the White House had reached a two-year budget deal after days of furious negotiating.  —  The agreement, spearheaded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Trump announces support for two-year bipartisan budget deal that boosts spending, suspends debt limit
Brian Riedl / National Review:   New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Americans Not Sold On Trump — Or Democrats  —  Democratic presidential candidates are proposing lots of progressive policies in this election.  And while those policies may resonate with the party base, some of those ideas are not popular with a general election electorate, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
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William Cummings / USA Today:
President Trump's job approval rating reaches high mark in NPR/PBS/Marist poll after racist tweets  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's job approval rating so far does not appear to have been negatively impacted by the racist tweets he sent last week telling four Democratic congresswomen …
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
The Coming Economic Crash — And How to Stop It  —  I warned about an economic crash years before the 2008 crisis, but the people in power wouldn't listen.  Now I'm seeing serious warning signs in the economy again — and I'm calling on regulators and Congress to act before another crisis …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Trump administration to expand its power to deport undocumented immigrants  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday will significantly expand its power to quickly deport undocumented immigrants who have illegally entered the United States within the past two years, using a fast-track deportation process that bypasses immigration judges.
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Top Dem Think Tank Warns Party: You're Losing Immigration Messaging War to Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Army Lets Slip That It's Conducting Secret Operation Around D.C.  — Black Hawk copters working on ‘emerging classified’ mission  — Service asks Congress for an extra $1.55 million for project  —  The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
'It's a disaster over there': Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction  —  Constant infighting among top officials.  Sudden departures of senior staffers without explanation.  A leader who is disengaged and prone to falling asleep in meetings.  —  The Commerce Department has reached …
Brock Colyar / New York Magazine:
Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?  A close study of his circle — social, professional, transactional — reveals a damning portrait of elite New York.  —  By The Editors Reporting by Brock Colyar, Kelsey Hurwitz, Charlotte Klein, Ezekiel Kweku, Amy Larocca, Yinka Martins, Adam K. Raymond …
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist  —  Kristian Rouz appears on segments for One America News Network—ironic given he is working for a Russian outlet fingered in the 2016 election attack.  —  If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look …
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is building a chaos machine
John Solomon / The Hill:
How Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann's offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ  —  The ink was still drying on special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment papers when his chief deputy, the famously aggressive and occasionally controversial prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, made a bold but secret overture in early June 2017.
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
Officials call it a common-sense zoning change.  These homeowners say it's a ‘betrayal.’  —  The group of 20 or so homeowners, many of them retirees, marched into Montgomery County Council headquarters in Rockville wielding handmade signs and binders stuffed with research.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump met with Nunes to talk intel chief replacements  —  President Donald Trump recently spoke to top House Intelligence Republican Devin Nunes about replacements for the country's intelligence chief — the latest sign that Dan Coats' tenure may be short-lived.
Discussion: The Atlantic and POLITICUSUSA
CNBC:
Betsy DeVos and family see profits soar after Trump tax reform bill, deregulation efforts  —  KEY POINTS  — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have seen their investments skyrocket since President Donald Trump started enacting business policies that have helped corporate leaders.
WTVF-TV:
ICE tries to bring man in Hermitage in custody, neighbors form human chain to let them get home  —  HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent tried to bring a man in Hermitage into custody, but neighbors formed a human chain to allow the man and his son to get home.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
BuzzFeed News:
Two Unofficial US Operatives Reporting To Trump's Lawyer Privately Lobbied A Foreign Government In A Bid To Help The President Win In 2020  —  Two unofficial envoys reporting directly to Donald Trump's personal lawyer have waged a remarkable back-channel campaign to discredit the president's rivals …
Discussion: Washington Press
Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Former Nevada Sen. John Ensign divorces wife  —  Former Sen. John Ensign and his wife, Darlene, left, pictured with former Ensign aide Doug Hampton and his wife, Cynthia.  (Inside Edition)  —  Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., answers a question about his extra-marital affair during a town hall meeting …
Discussion: Political Wire and Roll Call
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Wendy Davis announces bid for Congress, will challenge U.S. Rep. Chip Roy  —  The former state senator is running for office for the first time since her unsuccessful campaign for Texas governor.  —  WASHINGTON - Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is running for Congress.
Deb Haaland / New York Times:
Trump Wants Immigrants to ‘Go Back.’ Native Americans Don't.  —  The president and his followers lack authority to tell anyone to leave this country because they are not indigenous to this land.  —  Ms. Haaland is a Democratic representative from New Mexico.
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Endnotes  — While immigrants have always been an essential part of America—86.4 million people in the country today are foreign born or are the children of immigrants—it is equally important to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by enslaved people and Native peoples to the nation's founding.
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump: I could win Afghanistan war ‘in a week’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday touted a secret plan to win the war in Afghanistan “in a week” at a tremendous cost to life, but insisted he would rather work with regional partners to “extricate” U.S. troops and bring to a close the nearly two-decade-long military conflict.
Discussion: Breitbart, Al Jazeera and Daily Kos
 
 
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Nick Iannelli / WTOP:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Dara Lind / ProPublica:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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