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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Aide Will Appear Alongside Mueller During Hearings  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III's longtime right-hand aide will appear beside him at the witness table during Wednesday's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee to assist as needed as the former special counsel answers questions …
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CNN:
Mueller makes last minute ask to swear in deputy for hearing  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller made a last-minute request to have his deputy sworn in for Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing in case he needed to answer any questions the special counsel could not fully answer himself …
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Robert Mueller will frustrate the hell out of Congress  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director and is the author of a forthcoming book on the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation.
Discussion: National Review
Morgan Phillips / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guests Keep Repeating False Claim That Fox News Isn't Covering the Mueller Hearings
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Robert Mueller asks to bring his chief of staff with him for congressional testimony: Sources
Discussion: Politico
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes
John Harwood / CNBC:
Why the GOP keeps losing the fight in budget deals  —  KEY POINTS  — Having failed to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump and his party now plan to surrender their own achievement: budget caps Republicans once forced on President Barack Obama.  — This latest concession tells …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
With budget deal, Trump drains the swamp — of the Tea Party  —  President Trump once vowed to drain the swamp, but by joining with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the latest budget deal, he has merely drained it of the Tea Party.  —  There are many ways in which the Trump presidency has been disruptive to the status quo.
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:   Moderation in the Trump era? Democrats, it's futile
Issues & Insights:
A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions
Discussion: Instapundit
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The budget deal shows how unserious the GOP is about deficits in the Trump era
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump sues House Ways and Means panel to block disclosure of his tax returns  —  KEY POINTS  — President Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state's attorney general and tax chief to block the disclosure of years of his tax returns.
Discussion: VICE, Pirate's Cove and The Daily Beast
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Protect State Tax Returns
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:   Trump Sues to Block House From Getting State Tax Returns
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns
Discussion: Politico
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
The Fall Of Mic Was A Warning  —  “I don't need a pair of Nikes.  I need a 401(k)” — and other lessons from the death of a venture-backed, Facebook-dependent, millennial-focused news site.  —  Esther Bergdahl felt invigorated.  How could she not?  It was 2014, and she had just joined …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News helped radicalize domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc, say his lawyers  —  Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to mailing improvised explosive devices to 13 people, including many prominent Democratic figures, among them former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Mediaite
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:   MAGA Bomber's Lawyers Blame Trump, Sean Hannity for His Radicalization
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Lawyers For Trump ‘Super Fan’ Cesar Sayoc Say Trump's Rhetoric Inspired Terrorist Plot On Democrats
Discussion: ThinkProgress and UPI
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks  —  An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says.
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New York Times:
Trump Relies on Populist Language, but He Mostly Sides With Corporate Interests  —  WASHINGTON — History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term …
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Mediaite
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge A Harvard Law professor who teaches a class on judgment wouldn't seem like an obvious mark, would he?  —  It was just supposed to have been a quick Saturday-morning errand to buy picture hooks.  On March 7, 2015, Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay, then 52 …
Malachi Barrett / MLive.com:
NAACP supports Trump impeachment at Detroit convention  —  Gallery: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michigan officials speak at NAACP national convention  —  America's oldest and largest civil rights organization called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at its annual national convention in Detroit.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump mocks Tlaib for ‘screaming’ at 2016 speech: ‘This is not a sane person’
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: Rashida Tlaib Was Once Dragged Out of Trump Speech As Supporter Yelled 'You're an Animal!'
Discussion: Washington Times
CNN:
Warplanes from four countries face off in Asian confrontation  —  Seoul (CNN)Warplanes from four countries faced off Tuesday in a chaotic and unprecedented confrontation above a small, disputed island off the coast of South Korea and Japan.  —  South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff issued …
Aidan Smith / The Nation:
The Overlooked Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren  —  It's their approach to party politics—not policy—that truly sets the progressive senators apart.  —  The skeptics were wrong.  After a long period of speculation that only one of the progressive icons would run …
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Washington Post:
Centrist Democrats worry that Medicare-for-all imperils control of the House
Discussion: Townhall and GOP.com
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How “Medicare Extra” gets to universal coverage without single-payer
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Who is Kamala Harris, really?  Ask her sister Maya.  —  DES MOINES — It was the Fourth of July, Independence Day, and Kamala Harris was explaining to her sister, Maya, that campaigns are like prisons.  —  She'd been recounting how in the days before the Democratic debate in Miami life had actually slowed down to a manageable pace.
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Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:   Gabbard: ‘Kamala Harris is Not Qualified to Serve as Commander in Chief’
Tom Polansek / Reuters:
Trump administration pursues rule that would remove 3.1 million people from food stamps  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Sherrod Brown Is the Only Democrat in America Not Running for President  —  EL PASO, Tex. — As 20 Democrats debated on national television, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, texted each other a running critique of the candidates.
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Moved Money Overseas in Transactions His Bank Flagged to U.S.  —  As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions …
Discussion: Florida Politics and Boing Boing
Jim Treacher / PJ Media Home:
IMPORTANT CORRECTION: AOC Was Weeping Over an Empty Road, Not an Empty Parking Lot  —  We've all seen the harrowing, heartbreaking pictures: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez standing next to a chain-link fence, weeping in anguish over what she saw on the other side.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors  —  U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democratic Progressives and Centrists Are Both Committing Strategic Suicide  —  From the standpoint of its activist base, the Democratic Party is a hidebound claque of traditionalists who are consistently outmaneuvered by a more disciplined and ruthless opposition.
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar over Potential Immigration, Marriage, Tax, and Student Loan Fraud  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that it hand-delivered ethics complaint to Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Office …
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Associate of Michael Flynn Is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A business associate of the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was convicted on Tuesday in Northern Virginia of secretly lobbying for Turkey, a victory for the government …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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David W. Blight / New York Times:
Lincoln Would Not Recognize His Own Party
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib: BDS Movement Against Israel Like American Boycott of Nazi Germany
C.J. Ciaramella / Reason:
Tucker Carlson's Unhinged Rant Against Prison Reform Makes Us All Dumber
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Bill Barr Already Won
Discussion: Daily Kos and Axios
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mentions of Immigration as Top Problem Surpass Record High
Discussion: Townhall and RedState
Jon Gerberg / Washington Post:
'I just don't want to kill 10 million people': Trump's comments reverberate in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Doctors find differences in brains of U.S. diplomats who alleged mystery attacks in Cuba
Discussion: The Week
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Does Trump mean what he tweets?
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Heritage Blasts ‘Vengeful’ Conservative Critics—Including Its Former President
NBC News:
Human rights groups lead chorus of alarm over new Trump administration commission
Discussion: Politico