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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘The headline was bad’: New York Times amends front page on Trump's response to mass shootings after backlash  —  The New York Times weathered intense backlash Monday night for its front-page headline about President Trump's response to the pair of mass shootings that read: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.”
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
New York Times' Dean Baquet on Trump Front-Page Controversy: ‘It Was a Bad Headline, and We Changed It’  —  Amid criticism of its “Trump Urges Unity Against Racism” headline, the executive editor says he “understood” concern, but hopes people read the “strong” coverage beneath.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
NYT's Trump Headline Is So Outrageous That People Are Canceling Subscriptions  —  Twitter users are shredding The New York Times for its newspaper headline about Trump's comments on mass shootings.  —  The New York Times is being run through the shredder after an overly generous headline …
Los Angeles Times:
‘We were safe until he started talking’: El Paso residents respond to President Trump  —  Watching President Trump step up to a White House podium Monday to assert that “hate has no place in America,” many people in this Texas border city were dumbfounded.  —  “We were safe until he started talking …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump attacks Obama for statement on shootings  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked former President Barack Obama over the latter's statement on the weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, tweeting edited quotes from Fox News hosts to make his point and again claiming he is “the least racist person” in the world.
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.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Trump Exposes the GOP's Moral Spinelessness
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
USA Today:   While Trump condemns white nationalism, his campaign Facebook ads lean on talk of migrant invasion
Washington Post:
Teleprompter Trump meets Twitter Trump as the president responds to mass slayings
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump plans visits to El Paso and Dayton, where he won't be universally welcome
Discussion: CNN
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Republicans Fear ‘Extinction in the Suburbs’ Over Gun Control  — Two new mass shootings renew debate over firearm restrictions  — Suburban and college-educated voters favor new gun limits  —  After two gruesome mass shootings in a 24-hour span, some Republicans are raising alarms …
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John Seewer / Associated Press:
GOP governor urges gun sale background checks after shooting  —  DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio's Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales …
Alex Johnson / NBC News:   As many call for tighter gun laws, Texas set to loosen up
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to Russia, resigns to return to Utah for possible run for governor  —  Washington  • U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is returning home to Utah where he is reportedly mulling another run for governor.  —  Huntsman sent President Donald Trump …
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CNN:   US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resigns
Zoe Haylock / Vulture:
Beloved Author Toni Morrison Has Died at 88  —  The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf.  She was 88 years old.  The cause of death is not yet known.  Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed …
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump is increasingly relying on himself — not his aides — in trade war with China  —  President Trump is increasingly acting based on his own intuition and analysis and not the advice of aides in the increasingly fraught trade war with China, five people briefed on the actions said …
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez confronts McConnell over photo of men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ her cutout  —  The young men wear matching shirts from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)'s campaign, and cluster around a cardboard cutout of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
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Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Campaign Manager Says Boys Will Be Boys Over Photo of Teens Groping, Choking AOC Cutout
Houston Chronicle:
Galveston police apologize after photo surfaces of horse-mounted officers leading handcuffed suspect  —  Galveston police are apologizing after a dramatic photo circulated online showing horse-mounted officers leading a handcuffed man of color by what appears to be a rope.
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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Photo of Mounted Police Leading Black Man by a Rope Prompts Outrage
Discussion: Vox and The Root
Quint Forgey / Politico:
FBI agents warn domestic terrorism poses ‘threat to the American people’  —  The FBI Agents Association on Tuesday demanded that members of Congress codify domestic terrorism as a federal crime, warning it poses “a threat to the American people and our democracy.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
How Bill de Blasio Went From Progressive Hope to Punching Bag  —  The New York mayor turned quixotic presidential candidate seems sick of his city—and the feeling is mutual.  —  Aides to Bill de Blasio have long observed that he seems to grow happier with each mile of distance from the city he leads …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
New poll: Biden leads O'Rourke in Texas presidential primary, race against Sen. John Cornyn wide open  —  A new poll has former Vice President Joe Biden leading Beto O'Rourke in the Texas presidential primary and toppling Donald Trump in a head-to-head showdown.
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Biden, Sanders, and Warren top postdebate survey of N.H. Democrats  —  The first poll of likely New Hampshire Democrats since last week's debates shows that penetrating a top-tier of three candidates might be tougher than ever in the state's first-in-the-nation primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
‘Brutally candid,’ ‘damaging,’ ‘embarrassing’: Some urging caution about releasing Texas speaker audio  —  Updated at 6:51 p.m. with comments from Collin County Judge Chris Hill.  —  AUSTIN — For the past week, Texas Republicans, Democrats and even Speaker Dennis Bonnen have called …
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Sarah Palin Wins Appeal Reviving Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times (UPDATED)  —  A federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday reinstated Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, overturning a district court's ruling which dismissed her claim in 2017.
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Reuters:
Sarah Palin can pursue defamation case against NY Times: U.S. court ruling
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
China Deals ‘Body Blow’ to Struggling U.S. Farm Belt  —  Farmers, agricultural groups decry retaliatory move to stop buying U.S. crops and livestock  —  The U.S. Farm Belt braced for deeper pain from the escalating trade battle between the world's two biggest economies after China …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
‘Unbelievable’: Capitol Hill Aides to Go Shooting With Gun Lobbyists After Mass Shootings
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dear Walmart C.E.O.: You Have the Power to Curb Gun Violence. Do It.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
How a criminal investigation in Georgia set an ominous tone for African-American voters
Roseann Moring / Omaha World-Herald:
Ben Sasse announces reelection campaign, says 2020 is ‘choice between civics and socialism’
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Gun-Control Proposal That Could Unite Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, NPR and Bearing Arms
Adriana Belmonte / Yahoo Finance:
U.S. farmers are exasperated by latest trade war moves: ‘Another nail in the coffin’
Max Fisher / New York Times:
White Terrorism Shows ‘Stunning’ Parallels to Islamic State's Rise
Discussion: The Week and Common Dreams