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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim  —  Since January, more than 2,000 ads mentioned an “invasion” on the southern border — language that is under scrutiny after the El Paso shooting.  —  El Paso Victims Were as Diverse as the City  —  A 2-month-old boy lost both parents.
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Washington Post:
Teleprompter Trump meets Twitter Trump as the president responds to mass slayings  —  Teleprompter Trump repudiated Twitter Trump in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Monday.  —  Speaking in the wake of two mass shootings in less than 24 hours that left at least 31 dead over the weekend …
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
How do you solve a problem like 8chan?  —  President Donald Trump's vow Monday to scour “the dark recesses of the internet” came as this weekend's deadly gun violence provoked ire over fringe online platforms like 8chan, an anonymous message board that has hosted a racist manifesto linked to Saturday's deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Los Angeles Times:
‘We were safe until he started talking’: El Paso residents respond to President Trump
Discussion: The Week and CNN
The Daily Beast:   DHS Official: Trump Can't Admit ‘This Is Terrorism’
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Politicians Again Blame Video Games for Shootings, Despite Evidence
New York Times:
Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
China confirms it is suspending agricultural product purchases in response to Trump's new tariffs  —  KEY POINTS  — A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce says Chinese companies have stopped purchasing U.S. agricultural products in response to President Trump's new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods.
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Axios:
Trump administration designates China as currency manipulator  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday night declared China to be a currency manipulator, just hours after the Chinese government allowed the yuan to slip below a 7-to-1 dollar ratio for the first time in over a decade.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump Is a White Nationalist Who Inspires Terrorism  —  Don't pretend his teleprompter speech changes anything.  —  A decade ago, Daryl Johnson, then a senior terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, wrote a report about the growing danger of right-wing extremism in America.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Conservatism Has a Violence Problem
Discussion: twitchy.com
Raw Story:
Young Mitch McConnell supporters pose for a photo strangling a cardboard cutout of AOC  —  On Monday, a picture appeared on Instagram, apparently taken by a group of young men supporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the Fancy Farm, Kentucky political picnic.
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Mitch McConnell campaign tweets image of tombstone with opponent's name  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign tweeted out a photo of satirical tombstones over the weekend, including one featuring an election opponent's name, hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that claimed the lives of 22 people.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Washington Post and CNN
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Beto O'Rourke backs abolishing filibuster to pass gun control
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Crooked Media
VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: Dayton Shooter Was in a “Pornogrind” Band That Released Songs About Raping and Killing Women  —  Before he killed nine people in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, Connor Betts was deeply involved in the misogynistic, male-dominated “goregrind” or “pornogrind” extreme metal music scene.
Discussion: New York Post
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Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
The Dayton Shooter Was The Lead Singer Of A “Pornogrind” Metal Band  —  The man who killed nine and injured 27 in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was the lead singer of a “pornogrind” metal band, a genre defined by its explicit subject matter and themes of gore and violence …
Max Fisher / New York Times:
White Terrorism Shows ‘Stunning’ Parallels to Islamic State's Rise  —  Many scholars of terrorism see worrying similarities between the rise of the Islamic State and that of white nationalist terrorism, seen most recently in the carnage in El Paso, Tex.  —  “The parallels are stunning,” …
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Ali H. Soufan / New York Times:
I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren't So Different.
Discussion: American Greatness
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Rise of far-right violence leads some to call for realignment of post-9/11 national security priorities
Discussion: The Stranger and Breitbart
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Had Another Very Good Debate, Poll Finds  —  For the second time, voters who watched her came away with improved opinions, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren racked up a second well-received Democratic presidential debate performance last week …
Discussion: CNN
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
These are the winners of the post-debate media competition
Discussion: Deep Root Analytics
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is The Field Too Big For Kamala Harris?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expands Sanctions Against Venezuela Into an Embargo  —  New measures mark a significant escalation of pressure against the regime of President Nicolás Maduro and countries including Russia and China that continue to support him  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is moving …
Wall Street Journal:
America Needs an Independent Fed  —  The economy functions best when the central bank is free of short-term political pressures.  —  As former chairs of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, we are united in the conviction that the Fed and its chair must be permitted …
Discussion: CNBC
Washington Post:
Cesar Sayoc, who mailed explosive devices to Trump's critics, sentenced to 20 years in prison  —  NEW YORK — Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who mailed explosive devices to prominent Democrats and media figures was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.  —  Prosecutors had called for a life sentence …
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Associated Press:
Judge sentences man who sent pipe bombs to Dems to 20 years
Discussion: Daily Wire
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Trump made it easier for the mentally ill to get guns when he rolled back Obama regulation  —  In 2017, Trump quietly rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illness to buy guns.  —  President Donald Trump responded to the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings …
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Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:   Trump Calls for ‘Involuntary Confinement’ of Mentally Ill in Shooting Address
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge signals interest in removing Mueller report redactions  —  A federal judge signaled Monday he's considering removing the Mueller report's redactions.  —  During more than two hours of oral arguments in Washington, District Judge Reggie Walton appeared on several occasions to side …
Discussion: emptywheel
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Judge questions Barr's handling of Mueller findings
Discussion: Law & Crime
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
GateHouse Media owner to acquire USA TODAY owner Gannett  —  GateHouse Media's owner and Gannett have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting overlapping costs and enabling the combined company to pursue a digital transformation as the media industry grapples with the disruptive forces of online news, social media and smartphones
Alexa St. John / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Businesses Struggle to Keep Up After Minimum Wage Increase  —  Business owners and leaders say labor costs have forced cuts in jobs and work shifts  —  More than six months after the $15 minimum wage went into effect in New York City, business leaders and owners …
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Neo Nazis boast ‘We got Tulsi in the debates’  —  Racist website takes credit for boosting Democratic presidential hopeful  —  A neo-Nazi website took credit for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-HI) qualification for the first two Democratic primary debates.  The Daily Stormer, a notorious white supremacist …
 
 
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Isabella Borshoff / Politico:
Post-Brexit UK ‘desperate’ for Trump trade deal, former US treasury secretary says
Adriana Belmonte / Yahoo Finance:
U.S. farmers are exasperated by latest trade war moves: ‘Another nail in the coffin’
David Badash / Raw Story:
Mike Huckabee claims the ‘lack of thoughts and prayers’ is the ‘single biggest’ cause of mass shootings
Adam Wren / The Daily Beast:
Team Buttigieg Aggressively Courts Superdelegates in Prep for a Contested Convention
Discussion: Political Wire
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Trump's Habit of Contradicting Himself After a Tragedy
Eric Katz / GovExec.com:
USDA Office Relocations Are Illegal, IG Says
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
It's time to debate gun control on its merits
Wall Street Journal:
Dayton Shooter Used AR-15 Pistol, Smaller Version of Popular Rifle
Adam Kinzinger:
United Against Hate — How We Can Sensibly Address Gun Violence
J. Arthur Bloom / The Daily Caller:
Ex-Google Engineer Made Troubling Posts On Listservs About Richard Spencer, Golden State Skinheads
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Ohio Republican blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates,’ Colin Kaepernick and Obama
Oli Coleman / Page Six:
What's going on between Lindsay Lohan and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia?