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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.
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
19 Questions We Have for Mueller About His Investigation  —  THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION  —  Were Robert S. Mueller III ever to tell the inside story of his investigation, much of America would likely come to a standstill to hear what he had to say.  There is virtually no chance that will happen …
Discussion: Just Security and emptywheel
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Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Adam Schiff Is Back From the Wilderness  —  Adam Schiff was everywhere, until he was nowhere.  —  In nearly 20 years as a Democratic congressman from Southern California, Schiff has grappled with issues from national security, to intellectual property, to the Armenian genocide.
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's huge week  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE ARE ENTERING what could be one of the most momentous weeks in what's left of DONALD TRUMP'S presidency, a week that could set the tone for the rest of his first term.  Not only is former special counsel Robert Mueller testifying live …
Discussion: The Week, Axios and New York Times
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Inside the preparations for Mueller's history-making testimony
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 …
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Alex Thompson / Politico:   Warren warns of ‘coming economic crash’
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Officer suggests Ocasio-Cortez should be shot, after he read fake news on Facebook  —  It was not clear from his Facebook post whether police officer Charlie Rispoli knew he was responding to fake news when he suggested Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) should be shot.
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James Downie / Washington Post:
Stephen Miller lets the mask slip  —  When you're a politician who has said something indefensible or an ally/staffer appearing on behalf of that politician, dealing with especially tough questions in interviews has a pretty set routine.  The first time, you dodge the question and/or attempt a weak defense.
Discussion: Vox, CNN, ABC News and Daily Wire
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 …
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Republicans pull social media aimed at four Democratic congresswomen who were subjects of President Trump's ‘go back’ tweets, calling them ‘Jihad Squad’  —  Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Top Democrat on tax committee faces left-wing primary challenge  —  WASHINGTON — Alex Morse, the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, announced Monday that he will mount a primary challenge against Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee who has been criticized …
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James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Bernie Sanders might be losing his N.H. firewall
Discussion: Washington Post
David Siders / Politico:   Warren pulls closer to Sanders in progressive straw poll
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: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
White House and congressional leaders close in on budget deal  —  White House officials and congressional leaders are closing in on a budget deal on Monday that would raise spending levels for both the Pentagon and non-defense programs while extending the debt limit until at least July 2021, according to sources close to the talks.
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Bloomberg:   Congress, White House on Brink of Two-Year Debt Limit Deal
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 …
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.
Osita Nwanevu / New Yorker:
Conservative Nationalism Is Trumpism for Intellectuals  —  On the final night of this past week's National Conservatism Conference, Senator Josh Hawley—a graduate of Stanford and Yale and a former instructor at an English private school—warned the attendees gathered in the ballroom …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
A GOP senator just laid out his blueprint for theocratic segregationism
Discussion: The Federalist
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?
Discussion: RedState and Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Abandoned in the Night Woods  —  It may sound extreme, but it's normal in the Netherlands.  —  AUSTERLITZ, the Netherlands — Shortly after 10 p.m. on a recent night, a car came to a stop at the edge of the woods.  The door opened to release three children …
Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal Huawei's secret operations to build North Korea's wireless network  —  Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump's trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers  —  The ‘baseless smear’ that can't be debunked  —  Media outlets scrambled to prove false the accusation that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) married her brother after President Donald Trump mentioned it, but none have been able to definitively reach an answer …
Discussion: Breitbart
Pew Research Center:
Trust and Distrust in America  —  Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems.  They have a wealth of ideas about what's gone wrong and how to fix it  —  Trust is an essential elixir for public life and neighborly relations …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Contested NC House race in dead heat: internal poll  —  Democrat Dan McCready and North Carolina Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop are neck and neck in their race to represent the state's contested 9th congressional district, according to an internal poll from McCready's campaign obtained first by The Hill on Monday.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Indian Americans, a rising political force, give $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns  —  Indian Americans are a sliver of the nation's population but a growing political force.  They have contributed more than $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns — more than the coveted donors of Hollywood.
 
 
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump resort in mix to host G7
Discussion: Daily Kos
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats weigh vengeance on Republicans over judges
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
2020 Candidates Delayed Paying Staff to Look Richer on Paper
James B. Cutchin / Los Angeles Times:
How U.S. video game companies are building tools for China's surveillance state
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Attackers wielding Chinese flags bash Hong Kong protesters, as political crisis takes sinister turn
Discussion: Bloomberg
Aaron Morrison / The Appeal:
Decarceration Activist Janos Marton Launches Run For Manhattan D.A.
New York Times:
Politicians Tackle Surprise Bills, but Not the Biggest Source of Them: Ambulances
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's attempts to release A$AP Rocky are part of a pattern on race.
Discussion: Associated Press, VICE and Daily Wire
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
South Bend cops warn of ‘mass exodus,’ as morale tanks over Buttigieg handling of shooting
Discussion: IJR and Breitbart
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump struggles to win over voters reaping economic boom
Axios:
Donald Trump Jr.'s new book coming for Christmas
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Media: The SDNY Will Take Down Trump
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico prepares for massive protest to expel governor
Discussion: Common Dreams
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and New York Post
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.