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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 …
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Al Franken did the right thing by resigning
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Al Franken Says He ‘Absolutely’ Regrets Resigning Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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CNN:
Trump, Pakistani PM to talk Taliban, Afghan peace talks at White House
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.
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
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
New York Times:
These Michigan Voters Show How Trump's ‘Go Back’ Attack May Help Him  —  PORT HURON, Mich. — As President Trump presses his attacks against four women of color in Congress, suggesting they are unpatriotic and should leave the country, many voters in this city on Lake Huron are embracing his …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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?
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 …
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
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump Jr., Guilfoyle raise $2.5 million on California swing for Trump campaign
VICE:
Why Democrats Could Be Heading for the Dreaded Contested Convention
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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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Tech CEOs head to the White House
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump resort in mix to host G7
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist