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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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Al Franken did the right thing by resigning
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’
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
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's huge week
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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: RedState, USA Today, CNN and Vox
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 …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Trump turns tables on ‘Squad,’ calls reps ‘very racist’ as feud drags on  —  President Trump's feud with four freshman congresswomen known collectively as the “Squad” dragged into its second week as the president sought Monday to flip the script on those accusing him of stirring racial tensions.
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump and Pakistani PM Khan meet amid tense relations, discuss ending Afghanistan conflict
CNN:
Trump, Pakistani PM to talk Taliban, Afghan peace talks at White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook vs the feds: The tech giant will have to pay a record fine for violating users' privacy.  But the FTC wanted more.  —  Almost as soon as Joe Simons took his seat at a Senate hearing last November, he found himself under political siege.  It had been eight months since the agency he leads …
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
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 …
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
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
The Babylon Bee:
New York Times Praises Soviet Union For Unprecedented Gender Equality In Labor Camps  —  NEW YORK, NY—The New York Times was criticized late last week for praising the Soviet Union for its unprecedented gender equality at its brutal prison camps.  —  The piece swooned over the way the …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Trump pays respects to Justice Stevens lying in repose at Supreme Court  —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Monday paid their respects to the late Justice John Paul Stevens who died last week at the age of 99.  —  They paused before the flag-draped casket …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Politico:
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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Liberal Democrats pick Jo Swinson as leader
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Pew Research Center:
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller, Breitbart and IJR
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers
Discussion: Breitbart
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Media: The SDNY Will Take Down Trump
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and New York Post