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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  —  Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images  —  If he could remember that, everyone would be better off.  —  Personal conduct aside, I feel confident that, more so than most senators, Al Franken is someone who got into electoral politics for the right reasons.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mediaite
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.
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’
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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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
19 Questions We Have for Mueller About His Investigation
Discussion: Just Security and emptywheel
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is getting a second chance to cover Robert Mueller's findings — and this time get it right
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?
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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.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Pushes Rule to Allow Swifter Deportations
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Top Dem Think Tank Warns Party: You're Losing Immigration Messaging War to Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
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, New York Times and Althouse
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 …
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.
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
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why ‘National Conservative’ Josh Hawley Wants to Enrich Foreign Banks
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
WTVF-TV:
ICE tries to bring man in Hermitage in custody, neighbors form human chain to let them get home  —  HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent tried to bring a man in Hermitage into custody, but neighbors formed a human chain to allow the man and his son to get home.
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 …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Mnuchin reach ‘near-final agreement’ on budget, debt ceiling
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
Bloomberg:
NYC Mayor Suggests ConEd Takeover After Heat Forces Shutdown  — Utility shut off electricity to prevent damaging its equipment  — ConEd faces expanded probe on second shutdown in eight days  —  After two major power failures involving Consolidated Edison Inc. in eight days …
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?
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump: I could win Afghanistan war ‘in a week’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday touted a secret plan to win the war in Afghanistan “in a week” at a tremendous cost to life, but insisted he would rather work with regional partners to “extricate” U.S. troops and bring to a close the nearly two-decade-long military conflict.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Behind the Scenes of the House Democrats' Twitter War
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia
The Babylon Bee:
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Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Politico:
How Congress Can Exploit Mueller's Legal Mistakes
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Tech CEOs head to the White House
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Trump pays respects to Justice Stevens lying in repose at Supreme Court
Discussion: Axios
Diego Torres / Politico:
Sánchez's plea: Make me PM again
Jake Pearson / ProPublica:
Want to Meet With the Trump Administration? Donald Trump Jr.'s Hunting Buddy Can Help
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Liberal Democrats pick Jo Swinson as leader
Discussion: Breitbart
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
NBC News poll of the South: Voters' support for Trump grows, residents see race relations improving
Pew Research Center:
Trust and Distrust in America
Discussion: Nieman Lab and New York Times
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Contested NC House race in dead heat: internal poll
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers
Discussion: The New Neo and Breitbart
New York Times:
A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Abandoned in the Night Woods