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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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Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes  —  For those who have read it, the special counsel's report speaks for itself.  For those who haven't, he can speak for it in Congress.  —  Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general in the Obama administration.
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 …
Just Security:   35 Questions for Congress to Ask Robert Mueller (+ Questions from Readers)
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller's Mind
Discussion: NPR
Fox News:
Read the letter: Department of Justice instructs Mueller to keep testimony to information from his report
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
Rep. Adam Schiff / YouTube:   Rep. Schiff Chairs Intelligence Committee Open Hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Washington Post:
Justice Department tells Mueller to not answer a wide swath of questions
Discussion: The Week
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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Will Weissert / Associated Press:   Gillibrand: Female senators unfairly blamed for Franken exit
New York Times:
Federal Budget Would Raise Spending by $320 Billion  —  WASHINGTON — White House and congressional negotiators reached accord on a two-year budget on Monday that would raise spending caps and lift the government's debt ceiling, likely averting a fiscal crisis but splashing still more red ink on an already surging deficit.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Deficit Don? Red ink gushes in Trump era
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Trump announces deal with Democratic and GOP leaders on budget and debt ceiling
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Trump, Democrats clinch two-year budget deal
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Riedl / National Review:   New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin
Washington Post:
Trump announces support for two-year bipartisan budget deal that boosts spending, suspends debt limit
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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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
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
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is building a chaos machine
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist
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
NBC News:
Abner, 17, describes 11 days of hunger and thirst at Yuma's border station  —  Abner said he gave food to younger migrant kids so they wouldn't go hungry, saw a guard hit a boy, and drank from the sink by cupping his unwashed hands.  —  CHICAGO — Abner, a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy …
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 »
Elizabeth Warren / Medium:
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Dispute builds over Georgia lawmaker's confrontation at grocery store  —  A confrontation at a grocery store between a black state legislator and a man she accused of demanding that she “go back” to where she came from has led to barbed attacks from partisan leaders, calls for her to resign and threats of litigation.
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.
Discussion: The Stranger
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks  —  An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says.
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.
VICE:
Why Democrats Could Be Heading for the Dreaded Contested Convention  —  WASHINGTON — It's June 2020.  Former Vice President Joe Biden ground out a win in Iowa, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren crushed him in New Hampshire.  Biden narrowly beat Sen. Kamala Harris in Nevada, but she bounced back to win South Carolina a week later.
 
 
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Kelly Craft was out of Canada for half her days as ambassador
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Giuliani warns Epstein case could ‘implicate a lot of people’
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Ken Dalecki / National Press Club:
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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Pizzagater Jack Posobiec Granted Fellowship By Increasingly White Nationalist Think Tank
Discussion: The Federalist
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Endnotes  — While immigrants have always been an essential part …
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Deb Haaland / New York Times:
Trump Wants Immigrants to ‘Go Back.’ Native Americans Don't.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump Jr., Guilfoyle raise $2.5 million on California swing for Trump campaign
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
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New York Times:
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The Babylon Bee:
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Daily Mail:
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