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New York Times:
Trump Uses a Day of Healing to Deepen the Nation's Divisions  —  EL PASO — President Trump visited Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso on Wednesday on a day intended as a show of compassion to cities scarred by a weekend of violence, but which quickly devolved into an occasion for anger-fueled broadsides against Democrats and the news media.
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CNN:
Exclusive: El Paso suspect's mother called police concerned about gun  —  (CNN)The El Paso shooting suspect's mother called the Allen, Texas, Police Department weeks before the shooting because she was concerned about her son owning an “AK” type firearm, lawyers for the family confirmed to CNN.
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and New York Post
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Sherrod Brown, Dayton mayor of misrepresenting his hospital visit  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, his press secretary and his director of social media accused Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both of whom are Democrats …
Richard Parker / New York Times:
Was Trump's El Paso Visit a Turning Point?  —  A day of racist comments left him looking small and isolated, while the city united against him.  —  Mr. Parker is the author of “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America.”  —  EL PASO — If consoling the nation in a time of desperate need …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
In photos: Trump's visit to El Paso and Dayton met with protests and some support
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump attacks Ohio politicians, Biden, Fox News after visiting shooting victims
R. Derek Black / USA Today:   I grew up a white nationalist. We never blamed ourselves for mass shootings like El Paso.
Courier-Journal:
McConnell's campaign suspended from Twitter for posting critic's profanity-laced video  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.  —  After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican's home in Louisville …
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Twitter freezes McConnell campaign account for posting video of protester's violent threats
Discussion: Courier-Journal
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Twitter locks McConnell campaign account over video of protesters hurling threats
Discussion: Washington Times
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven work sites in six cities across Mississippi on Wednesday, arresting approximately 680 people …
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Washington Post:   ICE arrested hundreds of people in raids. Now ‘devastated’ children are without their parents.
WJTV:
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter
Discussion: CNN and ImmigrationProf Blog
Sarah Fowler / The Clarion Ledger:
Where are Mom and Dad? School on standby to help children in aftermath of ICE raids
Discussion: New York Times
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:   Families “Are Scared To Death” After A Massive ICE Operation Swept Up Hundreds Of People
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Suggests He's Likely to Commute Sentence of Rod Blagojevich  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday night that he was “strongly considering” commuting the 14-year prison sentence of Rod R. Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted of trying …
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Warren Joins O'Rourke in Calling Trump a White Supremacist  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on Wednesday night that she believed President Trump was a white supremacist, broadly accusing him of dividing Americans along racial lines and providing direct …
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Independent
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he's considering commuting Blagojevich sentence
Discussion: Washington Post
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Divisive Voice Once Again Has Trump's Ear  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump doubles down on a re-election approach of stoking fear of immigrants, he is once again elevating a voice of validation — and many say racism — that he discovered during his last presidential campaign.
Kamala Harris / YouTube:
Me, Maya, and Mom … This election is about American families and what wakes them up in the middle of the night.  My 3AM Agenda offers and delivers tangible benefits that improve Americans' daily lives; including Medicare for All, giving working and middle-class families an overdue raise, and guaranteeing women are paid equally.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
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CNN:
Kamala Harris buys first TV ad slots with 6-figure purchase in Iowa
Discussion: Political Wire
Tarini Parti / Wall Street Journal:
Harris Aims for the Middle of a Divided Democratic Field
Discussion: Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Iraqi man dies after Trump administration deports him  —  A 41-year-old Detroit man deported to Iraq in June died Tuesday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and two people close to the man's family.  —  The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, spent most of his life in the U.S. …
Discussion: Slate, Facebook, Political Wire and Splinter
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Bill de Blasio Attacks Fox News in Wild Clash With Hannity: This is ‘Such a Charade!’  —  In the wild world of cable news, little surprises us here at Mediaite these days.  But we must admit, the sight of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sitting across from Sean Hannity made us do a double take.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Tucker Carlson Rails Against The Left's ‘Frenzy of Racial Hatred’: ‘This is the Path to Civil War’
Safid Deen / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Kenny Stills calls out team owner Steve Ross for hosting Trump luncheon … Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross was publicly criticized by the most outspoken NFL player on his team Wednesday for his plan to host a pricey fundraiser supporting President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election at his New York residence later this week.
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Lisette Voytko / Forbes:   Backlash Hits Billionaire Stephen Ross—Equinox, SoulCycle, Dolphins Owner—Over Trump Fundraiser
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Kimberly Breier resigns as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere  —  Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere since October, has resigned, leaving a key vacancy at the top of the diplomatic office in charge of the Trump administration's efforts …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Hand Over Documents on Russians Possibly Linked to Trump  —  Some documents are related to Russians who may have had dealings with Mr. Trump, his family or Trump Organization  —  Major Wall Street banks have given congressional committees investigating President Trump thousands of pages …
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley's alleged anti-conservative bias  —  The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official …
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Climate Change Threatens the World's Food Supply, United Nations Warns  —  The world's land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
Washington Post:
Trump's openness to extensive background checks for gun buys draws warning from NRA  —  President Trump has repeatedly told lawmakers and aides in private conversations that he is open to endorsing extensive background checks in the wake of two mass shootings, prompting a warning …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge greenlights libel suit against NPR over Seth Rich reports  —  A federal judge has rejected National Public Radio's bid to dismiss a Texas investment adviser's libel suit over news reports about conspiracy theories surrounding the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer during the 2016 campaign.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump is harsh on China, except when it comes to democracy  —  In the past week, President Donald Trump has described China's trade practices as “an anchor on us,” saying Beijing is “killing us” and wants to “hurt” U.S. jobs.  —  Yet as Chinese officials increasingly hint …
 
 
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CBS News:
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Discussion: CBS New York
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
After HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military — But Others Allowed To Remain
U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler:
Chairman Nadler Announces Filing of Lawsuit for Testimony of Former White House Counsel Don McGahn
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Page Six
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
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The Babylon Bee:
Democrats Propose Creation Of National Trump Voter Registry
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Leslie Wexner Says Jeffrey Epstein ‘Misappropriated Vast Sums of Money From Me’
Discussion: New York Post
Colleen Flaherty / Inside Higher Ed:
N-Word at the New School  —  Another professor is under fire …
Discussion: The College Fix
Bloomberg:
Farm Discontent Spills Over as Ag Secretary Is Confronted in Minnesota