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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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and The Week
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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 …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
19 Questions We Have for Mueller Ahead of His Testimony Before Congress
Discussion: Just Security, TalkLeft and emptywheel
Rep. Adam Schiff / YouTube:   Rep. Schiff Chairs Intelligence Committee Open Hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller's Mind
Discussion: NPR
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Al Franken did the right thing by resigning
Discussion: Mediaite
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Al Franken Says He ‘Absolutely’ Regrets Resigning Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Politico, Townhall, Fox News and Daily Kos
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Mnuchin reach ‘near-final agreement’ on budget, debt ceiling
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, CNBC and Althouse
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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: Roll Call and Political Wire
Brian Riedl / National Review:
New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin  —  The conventional wisdom among Washington Republicans is that populist conservative voters no longer care about spending or deficits.  —  President Trump and congressional leaders are nearing a deal that would raise …
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.
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Comey's Under DoJ Scrutiny for Leading Probe While Misleading Trump  —  It is one of the most enduring and consequential mysteries of the Trump-Russia investigation: Why did former FBI Director James Comey refuse to say publicly what he was telling President Trump in private — that Trump was not the target of an ongoing probe?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump Jr., Guilfoyle raise $2.5 million on California swing for Trump campaign  —  Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle headlined fundraisers for President Trump's reelection campaign in California that brought in about $2.5 million over the course of 48 hours last week …
Daily Mail:
By CHEYENNE ROUNDTREE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  —  Anthony Weiner has moved back in with Huma Abedin, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.  —  The 54-year-old was seen rolling boxes and designer garment bags into the Hillary Clinton aide's home over the weekend.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bloomberg:
NYC Mayor Suggests ConEd Takeover After Heat Forces Shutdown  — Utility shut off electricity to prevent damaging its equipment  — ConEd faces expanded probe on second shutdown in eight days  —  After two major power failures involving Consolidated Edison Inc. in eight days …
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Behind the Scenes of the House Democrats' Twitter War  —  In an exclusive interview, Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal explains how she helped broker a truce among the warring factions of the party.  —  Donald Trump's racist attacks on four left-leaning, first-term congresswoman …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Asylum Seekers That Followed Trump Rule Now Don't Qualify Because of New Trump Rule  —  Migrants hoping for U.S. protection have been waiting in Mexico for months, as the U.S. allowed fewer than ever to enter.  Then it changed the rules entirely. … The Trump administration has long …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Equifax to pay up to $700 million to settle state and federal investigations into 2017 security breach  —  Equifax has agreed to pay as much as $700 million to settle a series of state and federal investigations into a massive 2017 data breach that left more than 147 million Americans' Social …
 
 
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Deb Haaland / New York Times:
Trump Wants Immigrants to ‘Go Back.’ Native Americans Don't.
Nick Iannelli / WTOP:
Montgomery County will not cooperate with ICE
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
New York Times:
These Michigan Voters Show How Trump's ‘Go Back’ Attack May Help Him
Discussion: CNN
VICE:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mike Pence and Stephen Miller are playing an ugly game
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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The Babylon Bee:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
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