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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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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: Axios, The Week and New York Times
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
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico prepares for massive protest to expel governor
Discussion: Common Dreams
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, ABC News, USA Today and CNN
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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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:   Illinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen ‘Jihad Squad’
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
David Siders / Politico:   Warren pulls closer to Sanders in progressive straw poll
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Sanders and Warren have a similar message, but they're battling different weaknesses
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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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Washington Post:
Emerging budget deal likely to include few or no actual spending cuts, while lifting debt limit for two years
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:   Progressive trying to unseat Nadler puts pressure on the N.Y. congressman with ‘Impeach Trump Now’ petition
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
A GOP senator just laid out his blueprint for theocratic segregationism
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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 …
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: Real Clear Politics
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
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 …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99  —  Robert M. Morgenthau, a courtly Knickerbocker patrician who waged war on crime for more than four decades as the chief federal prosecutor for Southern New York State and as Manhattan's longest-serving district attorney, died on Sunday in Manhattan.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and New York Post
 
 
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James B. Cutchin / Los Angeles Times:
How U.S. video game companies are building tools for China's surveillance state
Los Angeles Times:
Indian Americans, a rising political force, give $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Attackers wielding Chinese flags bash Hong Kong protesters, as political crisis takes sinister turn
Discussion: Bloomberg
Aaron Morrison / The Appeal:
Decarceration Activist Janos Marton Launches Run For Manhattan D.A.
New York Times:
Politicians Tackle Surprise Bills, but Not the Biggest Source of Them: Ambulances
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's attempts to release A$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: Breitbart and IJR
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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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he wants to meet with Schumer ‘ASAP’ on conditions at the border
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Idea of Selective Citizenship
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Cumulus Media Blocks Country Radio Stations From Airing Pete Buttigieg Interview
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.
Discussion: The Daily Caller