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New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA  —  Jeffrey E. Epstein, the wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker, had an unusual dream: He hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.  —  Mr. Epstein over the years confided …
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Tim Ryan, Who Believes Medicare for All Will Ruin the Democrats, is Co-Sponsoring a Medicare for All Bill  —  The congressman warned that Bernie Sanders' proposal would lead to the loss of 48 states for the party.  He also is co-sponsoring a bill with similar objectives.
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Axelrod: “Large Numbers Of People” Oppose Medicare For All, Healthcare For Illegals, Decriminalizing Border  —  Former chief strategist for former President Obama's presidential campaign and advisor to the president David Axelrod said the agenda presented by Democratic presidential candidates …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Here's Who Won (and Lost) the Second Democratic Debate, Night One  —  Days after a heavily armed sociopath unleashed hell on yet another American community — and the president directed yet another racist tantrum at his nonwhite constituents — ten of the Democratic Party's top 2020 hopefuls gathered …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
CNN Was Ill-Equipped for This  —  “Tonight: a fight for the heart of the party.
Discussion: Washington Post, Splinter and Breitbart
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The realists attacked the revolutionaries, and the revolutionaries won, in the Democratic debate
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Mediaite
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Marooned Together on Fantasy Island
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. has intel that Osama bin Laden's son and heir Hamza is dead, say officials  —  The officials would not provide details of how Hamza bin Laden died, or if the U.S. played a role.  It is unclear if the U.S. has confirmed his death.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. has obtained intelligence …
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New York Times:
Hamza bin Laden, Son of Qaeda Founder, Is Dead  —  The United States had a role in the operation that killed the younger Mr. bin Laden, officials said.  But other details, including where he died, remained unknown.  —  WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Cary Aspinwall / Dallas Morning News:
'You're gonna kill me!':  Dallas police body cam footage reveals the final minutes of Tony Timpa's life  —  Tony Timpa wailed and pleaded for help more than 30 times as Dallas police officers pinned his shoulders, knees and neck to the ground.  —  “You're gonna kill me!  You're gonna kill me!
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Why People Like Marianne Williamson  —  On some level, we all seem to know that Marianne Williamson shouldn't exactly be on the debate stage.  Even she seems to know it, because she operates like she's performing a commentary on the rest of the stage, speaking from a different stage about the debate taking place.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Reason
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The debate format is an embarrassment.  Here's how to make it better.  —  About 40 minutes after the start of Tuesday night's Democratic debate, I got an email from a Washington Post reader with this subject line: “I don't care for this.”  —  He was complaining, of course …
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Democratic debate on CNN sees steep ratings drop
Discussion: RedState and The Federalist
Sara Fischer / Axios:   8.7 million watched Night 1 of second Democratic debate
Associated Press:
US imposes financial sanctions on Iran's foreign minister  —  The U.S. government is imposing financial sanctions on Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic.  —  The highly unusual action of penalizing …
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Washington Post:
U.S. sanctions Iran's foreign minister amid escalating tensions
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project  —  Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
NeverTrumpers skewer ‘Moscow Mitch’
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
How Long Can Real Conservatives Make Excuses for Trump?  —  Republicans who made the so-called transactional case for Trump didn't anticipate the full cost.  —  During each week of the Donald Trump presidency, but especially the last few, liberals and conservatives have been splitting further apart on race.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Yahoo:
Mario Lopez: It's ‘dangerous’ for parents to support transgender kids  —  Mario Lopez claims that parents who allow their children to live according to their  —  self-identified genders are setting a “dangerous” example.  —  Lopez, a father of three, shared his opinions during a June interview …
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Baltimore Sun:
HUD Sec. Ben Carson decries Baltimore ‘animosity’ after church boots news conference from property  —  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson came to Baltimore Wednesday to tout the Trump administration's efforts to improve urban areas.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Trump's pick for managing federal lands doesn't believe the government should have any  —  President Trump's pick for managing federal lands doesn't think the federal government should have any.  —  This week, Trump's Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order making …
Discussion: Common Dreams and VICE
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Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Top Dem Puts Hold On Trump Interior Nominee, Requests DOJ Perjury Probe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Fed Cuts Interest Rates for First Time Since 2008 Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, an effort to guard the record-long economic expansion against mounting global risks.  —  The widely expected quarter-point move …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
FED CUTS RATE BY A QUARTER POINT, CITES ‘GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS,’ ‘MUTED INFLATION’
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and Daily Wire
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Heartland Is Moving in Different Directions  —  The Midwest remains undecided, but conflicting trends point alternately toward victory for Trump or his eventual opponent.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.
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Jessica Campisi / The Hill:
Trump attacks CNN's Don Lemon over debate question  —  President Trump took aim at Don Lemon Wednesday, calling him “the dumbest man on television” over a question the CNN host asked during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate.  —  “CNN's Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television …
Deena Prichep / Washington Post:
Even one of Trump's favorite foods has a hidden Russia connection  —  It's high summer — hamburger season.  The char, the fat, the squishy perfection of processed bread sopping up the overflowing juices — doesn't it somehow seem like Americans' birthright?
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox's Cavuto Calls Out Lou Dobbs in Fiery Clash: What Has Trump Done to Contain Deficits and the Debt?!  —  A panel between some of the biggest Fox Business anchors got heated between Neil Cavuto and Lou Dobbs over whether President Donald Trump has done enough to address deficits and the debt.
Washington Post:
Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein partied together.  Then an oceanfront Palm Beach mansion came between them.  —  For the better part of two decades starting in the late 1980s, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump swam in the same social pool.  They were neighbors in Florida.
Discussion: Vox and The Week
Associated Press:
Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Davon Jones doesn't have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump's tweets that Baltimore is a “rat and rodent infested mess.”  His apartment owned by the president's son-in-law has been invaded by mice since he moved in a year ago.
 
 
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Senate Armed Services advances John Hyten
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Joe Biden is ready to throw down at tonight's debate
Discussion: Politico and USA Today
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Much-Heralded Terrorism Conviction From 2006 is Overturned
Glenn C. Loury / New York Times:
Why Are Democrats Defending Al Sharpton?
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Judiciary and DOJ agree to timeline for Mueller grand jury petition
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Winners and Losers of the Democratic Debate
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Vox
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
Democrats just purged white party staffers, and it's a bigger deal than anyone wants to admit
Discussion: Instapundit
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump administration may end protected status for Syrians, leaving many fearing ‘a death sentence’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
White House races to come up with health-care wins for Trump's campaign
John Archibald / al.com:
George Wallace's daughter: 'I've never seen anything like it'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
San Francisco Chronicle:
Search of Gilroy gunman's home finds items suggesting massive attack, white supremacy materials
Discussion: American Greatness and UPI
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Nunes Ally Kash Patel Who Fought Russia Probe Gets Senior White House National Security Job
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ratcliffe questioned intelligence community's role in Russia investigation