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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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Democrats' frustration with the news media boils over
Discussion: Splinter, TheBlaze and Mediaite
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
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid on Trump's 2020 Odds: 'I'm Pretty Damn Worried'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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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 …
Alex Johnson / NBC News:   As many call for tighter gun laws, Texas set to loosen up
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 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
Discussion: Politico
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Sues Over California's Requirement to Release Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday against officials in California challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years …
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Trump sues over California law forcing candidates to turn over tax returns
Discussion: The Week, Political Wire and The Wrap
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:   Trump, RNC sue California over election law to release tax returns
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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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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Max Fisher / New York Times:
White Terrorism Shows ‘Stunning’ Parallels to Islamic State's Rise
Discussion: The Week
Quint Forgey / Politico:
FBI agents warn domestic terrorism poses ‘threat to the American people’
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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: The Week, Politico and Mediaite
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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Steve Rubenstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
FBI investigates Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting as act of domestic terrorism  —  The FBI confirmed Tuesday morning that it has opened a full domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three people dead and 13 wounded.
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Associated Press:   Gilroy shooting: FBI is opening domestic terrorism investigation into festival attack
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Opposing Forces  —  Issues Dividing Voters Ahead of Election 2020  —  Economy, Immigration, Political Parties  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — The Shape of the Electorate  —  Key Findings  — Democrats and Republicans are polarized on both economic and immigration issues …
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Carol Anderson / The Guardian:
Republicans' white supremacist problem is a threat to America
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is an Arsonist Pretending to Be a Fireman  —  Don't be fooled.  —  Donald Trump said some beautiful things to the nation following this weekend's mass murders in El Paso and Dayton.  —  For instance:  — “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.
 
 
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Lawrence B. Glickman / Washington Post:
How Never-Trump Republicans went extinct
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Boy Scouts failed to stop hundreds of previously unreported sexual predators, a lawsuit alleges
Discussion: Denver Post, TheBlaze and New York Post
David Cay Johnston / DCReport.org:
Private Border Wall Effort Now Under Criminal Investigation
Discussion: Byline Times and Washington Press
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Hannity Wants Every School And Mall In America Surrounded With A Paramilitary Force
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
Health Industry Lawyers and Lobbyists Seem to Really Like Michael Bennet
Catherine Kim / Vox:
Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race. He never wanted to be president anyway.
Wall Street Journal:
China Deals ‘Body Blow’ to Struggling U.S. Farm Belt
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Recker / Washingtonian:
Study: DC Is More Rat-Infested Than Baltimore
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
‘Unbelievable’: Capitol Hill Aides to Go Shooting With Gun Lobbyists After Mass Shootings
Drew Magary / gen.medium.com:
Trump Is Not a Cosmic 404 Error
Discussion: Deadspin
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
How a criminal investigation in Georgia set an ominous tone for African-American voters