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Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
These 7 Prominent Conservatives Have Nothing in Common With White Supremacists, Nothing at All  —  Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images  —  In the wake of the El Paso massacre, the prominent conservative commentator Ben Shapiro — aka the “cool kid's philosopher” …
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Timothy Archuleta / El Paso Times:
Mr. President, the hatred of the El Paso shooting didn't come from our city  —  When you visit today, you will see El Paso in the agony of our mourning.  You also will see El Paso at its finest.  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  Today is a tragic day to visit El Paso.
Discussion: The Week and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics  —  SUGAR LAND, Tex. — Nearly 700 miles from the El Paso Walmart where the suspect in the killing of 22 people on Saturday denounced a “Hispanic invasion,” Rish Oberoi, a candidate for state representative, gestured toward …
El Paso Times:
El Paso braces for Trump visit: Medical workers petition against visit, groups plan joint vigil  —  President Donald Trump was expected to be greeted with denunciations from some El Paso leaders when he visits Wednesday.  —  U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, along with the Border Network …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Be quiet!’:  Trump mocks O'Rourke before traveling to El Paso  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night mocked Beto O'Rourke's performance in the Democratic presidential primary and commanded him to “be quiet” in the wake of a mass shooting in the former congressman's hometown of El Paso …
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
A ‘hero’ grandfather, a teen, an Army vet: These are the victims of the El Paso massacre  —  A gunman opened fire at a Walmart Saturday, killing 22.  —  The trip to Walmart was supposed to be fun: an excuse for David Johnson and his wife, Kathy, to take their 9-year-old granddaughter …
Discussion: NPR, Military.com, Task & Purpose and KTLA
Jonathan M. Katz / The Long Version:   How the New York Times made ‘The Charlottesville Lie’ hoax possible
New York Times:   The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.
Elizabeth Harrington / The Hill:
The ‘Hate Trump’ agenda by the Democrats has gone way too far
Discussion: CNN, Rolling Stone and The Nation
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden the durable
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
USA TODAY headquarters evacuated; police confirm report of man with a weapon  —  WASHINGTON — USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was being evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after police reported a man with a weapon at the suburban Washington building.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's claim that white supremacy is a hoax is easy to prove wrong.  Just watch his show.  —  In his ongoing and remarkably successful quest to be the worst of the Fox News nighttime hosts, Tucker Carlson hit a new low on his Tuesday show.  —  White supremacy, he claimed …
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Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines  —  A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.
Discussion: Political Wire, VICE and Boing Boing
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Joaquin Castro outed one of his own donors in bid to shame Trump supporters  —  EXCLUSIVE: Trump donors whose names and employers were posted in a highly controversial tweet by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro blasted the Texas congressman on Wednesday for what they described as a “ridiculous” …
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Proposes A Public Option For The Internet  —  The White House contender wants to make sure every U.S. home has a fiber broadband connection at an affordable cost.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced a plan Wednesday to create a public option for the internet, aiming to ensure universal broadband access.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Students for Trump founder pleads guilty to posing as lawyer in $46K scam  —  The founder of Students for Trump pleaded guilty Tuesday to running a $46,000 scam in which he posed as a lawyer and gave legal advice.  —  John Lambert, 23, created a website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Don't Assume Trump's Approval Rating Can't Climb Higher.  It Already Has.  —  Millions of Americans who did not like the president in 2016 now say they do.  —  Donald J. Trump doesn't always seem like a candidate focused on expanding his base of support.  He may have done so anyway.
CNN:
Texas to loosen firearm laws, allowing guns in churches and on school grounds  —  A tribute to the victims of the horrific attacks in El Paso, Dayton  —  (CNN)A series of new firearm laws will go into effect in Texas next month — further loosening gun restrictions in a state that's had four …
Discussion: The Root, VICE and The Trace
Los Angeles Times:
Orange County, longtime GOP stronghold, now has more registered Democrats than Republicans  —  Orange County, long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue.  —  The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan's conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home …
Wall Street Journal:
High-Level Cyber Intrusions Hit Bahrain Amid Tensions with Iran  —  Intrusions come as tensions between Iran and its Gulf neighbors ratchet up over sanctions, nuclear program and shipping  —  Suspected Iranian hackers infiltrated critical infrastructure and government computers …
Fran Tirado / Out Magazine:
The Owner of Equinox Is Hosting a Huge Fundraiser for Trump … Heads up, gym bunnies.  Yet another brand we consume in our vast, daily practice of capitalism has been implicated into the problematic views of billionaires.  —  Real estate developer and majority owner of Related Companies Stephen Ross …
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and Washington Post
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Cory Booker on White Supremacy: ‘There Is No Neutrality in This Fight’  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey called on Wednesday for a national crusade against gun violence and a moral reckoning with the strains of white supremacy “ingrained in our politics since our founding …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Ad Features QAnon Signs  —  Whether accidental or not, the Trump campaign keeps nodding to QAnon conspiracy theorists, even after the FBI called them a potential source of domestic terror  —  Two signs promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory are visible in a video …
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
Alleged predator Jessica Yaniv arrested, home searched  —  UPDATE: According to the National Post, after the Monday afternoon Blaire White livestream in which the prohibited weapon was brandished, Yaniv was arrested and brought to an RCMP holding cell.  Yaniv was released Tuesday morning.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Warren has built a monster’: Inside the Democrats' battle for Nevada  —  LAS VEGAS — Kamala Harris hired a dream team of operatives.  Joe Biden has solid establishment support.  Bernie Sanders heads a volunteer army.  And Julián Castro is seen as a “sleeper.”
Discussion: Fox News, Vanity Fair and QU Poll
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats ready lawsuit to enforce subpoena for McGahn testimony  —  As early as Wednesday, Democrats are expected to file a lawsuit to enforce their subpoena for former White House counsel Donald McGahn's testimony, sharply escalating their dispute with the White House by sending …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
NRA chief sought purchase of $6 million mansion in wake of Parkland shooting  —  The chief executive of the National Rifle Association sought to have the nonprofit buy him a luxury mansion last year after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, selecting a French country-style estate …
Heather Havrilesky / The Cut:
My In-Laws Are Careless About My Deadly Food Allergy!  —  The Cut's advice columnist Heather Havrilesky answers readers' questions about how to be in the world.  Got a question for Polly?  Email askpolly@nymag.com.  —  Dear Polly,  —  I have a very severe allergy to mushrooms.
 
 
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Journalism in Iran nears extinction
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
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Daily Mail:
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Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
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