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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim  —  Some of President Trump's re-election ads have repeated his inflammatory claims about an “invasion” on the southern border — language that is under scrutiny after the El Paso shooting.
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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 …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
In tragic self-owns, Trump denounces racism, and calls for immigration reform  —  Analysis: Rather than risk alienating his allies in the wake of another round of mass shootings, Trump chose to expose himself to claims of responsibility.  —  WASHINGTON — In looking to place blame …
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.
Center for Public Integrity:
Trump campaign still hasn't paid El Paso police bills  —  President Donald Trump has pledged the federal government will provide “whatever is needed” to help El Paso, Texas, recover from a mass shooting Saturday that killed 22 people.  —  But Trump's own 2020 re-election committee still …
Courtney Hagle / Media Matters for America:
How Fox News pushed the white supremacist “great replacement” theory  —  Fox News figures have repeatedly warned of an immigrant “invasion”  —  The shooter who killed 20 people and injured dozens in El Paso, TX, over the weekend first posted online a document outlining the white nationalist …
New York Times:
Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls
The Daily Beast:   DHS Official: Trump Can't Admit ‘This Is Terrorism’
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:   Trump's Habit of Contradicting Himself After a Tragedy
CNN:
El Paso shooting death toll rises to 22 in anti-immigrant massacre
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Confusion: Biden offers sympathy for the ‘tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan’
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Politicians Again Blame Video Games for Shootings, Despite Evidence
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.
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Morgan Stanley: If the trade war escalates, a recession will be here in 9 months
Discussion: UPI
Associated Press:   Markets Right Now: Dow plunges 800 as trade war flares
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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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Mitch McConnell ignores calls from Democratic lawmakers to end Senate recess for gun control vote
Discussion: CNBC, USA Today and Slate
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Beto O'Rourke backs abolishing filibuster to pass gun control
Discussion: Politico and Crooked Media
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  —  'The numbers don't lie.'  —  American conservatism has a violence problem.  —  The current secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once publicly suggested that the chairman of the Federal Reserve deserved to be beaten up because of his interest rate policy.
Ali H. Soufan / New York Times:   I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren't So Different.
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, Slate and Breitbart
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is The Field Too Big For Kamala Harris?  —  In theory, the easiest way to win a presidential nomination is to bring the various wings and factions of your party together toward some type of consensus.  Not every voter has to love you (although some of them probably should or you won't have a base).
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Mercury News
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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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Alexa St. John / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Businesses Struggle to Keep Up After Minimum Wage Increase
David Badash / Raw Story:
Mike Huckabee claims the ‘lack of thoughts and prayers’ is the ‘single biggest’ cause of mass shootings
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
FBI warns of copycat attacks in wake of mass shootings
Discussion: Breitbart and El Paso Times
Adam Wren / The Daily Beast:
Team Buttigieg Aggressively Courts Superdelegates in Prep for a Contested Convention
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Katz / GovExec.com:
USDA Office Relocations Are Illegal, IG Says
Washington Post:
It's time to debate gun control on its merits
Discussion: USA Today
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Dayton Shooter Used AR-15 Pistol, Smaller Version of Popular Rifle
Discussion: twitchy.com
J. Arthur Bloom / The Daily Caller:
Ex-Google Engineer Made Troubling Posts On Listservs About Richard Spencer, Golden State Skinheads
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Seeking To Heal A Nation Is Not The Real Trump
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Ohio Republican blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates,’ Colin Kaepernick and Obama
Oli Coleman / Page Six:
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