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1:55 PM ET, July 22, 2019

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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.
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’
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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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, ABC News, CNN 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 …
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
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's huge week
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Budget negotiators close on debt, agency spending deal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are on the cusp of a critical debt and budget agreement, a deal that would amount to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Bloomberg:   Congress, White House on Brink of Two-Year Debt Limit Deal
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
White House and congressional leaders close in on budget deal
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 …
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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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 …
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: CNBC, Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
A GOP senator just laid out his blueprint for theocratic segregationism  —  The frustrating thing about Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), is that he so often walks right up to the edge of an excellent idea, presenting a compelling case that he's identified a problem that demands a solution …
Discussion: The Federalist
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump resort in mix to host G7  —  The Trump administration, which next year will host the leaders of the world's most powerful economies for the G7 summit, is down to its final few choices after completing site surveys of possible locations — and Trump National Doral …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Common Dreams
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 …
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.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
NBC News poll of the South: Voters' support for Trump grows, residents see race relations improving  —  The survey also measured support for Democratic presidential candidates.  —  President Donald Trump's approval ratings in the South have ticked upward, with 54 percent of voters giving …
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Liberal Democrats pick Jo Swinson as leader  —  Swinson served as a business minister during the 2010-2015 coalition administration.  —  LONDON — The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats have elected Jo Swinson as their first female leader.  —  A business minister during the 2010-2015 coalition government …
Discussion: Breitbart
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats weigh vengeance on Republicans over judges  —  Republicans are steamrolling Democrats on judges.  But the question of whether to be as cutthroat as the GOP is already splitting the party as the 2020 campaign ramps up.  —  The left has been radicalized by the Republican offensive …
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and New York Times
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.
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 …
Jake Pearson / ProPublica:
Want to Meet With the Trump Administration?  Donald Trump Jr.'s Hunting Buddy Can Help  —  Tommy Hicks Jr. isn't in government, but he's a longtime pal of the president's son.  That has put him in the room when the administration talks China and 5G policy, and it lets him help others …
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Diego Torres / Politico:
Sánchez's plea: Make me PM again
Associated Press:
Iran says it arrested 17 Iranians allegedly recruited by CIA
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Week
Donald Trump / Associated Press:
Trump to host state dinner for Australian prime minister
Ina Fried / Axios:
White House convenes a China-focused tech meeting
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
Aaron Morrison / The Appeal:
Decarceration Activist Janos Marton Launches Run For Manhattan D.A.
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New York Times:
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New York Times:
Wealth Tax and Free College Get Poll Support. Democrats Worry It Won't Last.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Bernie Sanders might be losing his N.H. firewall
Discussion: Washington Post
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Media: The SDNY Will Take Down Trump
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and New York Post