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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 …
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Washington Post:
During El Paso hospital visit, Trump compared his and O'Rourke's crowd sizes at political rallies, video shows  —  A video that surfaced of President Trump's visit Wednesday to an El Paso hospital in the wake of a mass shooting shows him talking to medical staff about the crowd sizes …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Maggie Haberman: White House Staffers Privately Admit Trump's El Paso, Dayton Visits Were a ‘Debacle’  —  New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is quite sure the White House thinks President Donald Trump behaved disastrously on Wednesday while he was supposed to be consoling the victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The ugliness of politics is on full display right now  —  Three Democratic presidential candidates say they think the president is a white supremacist.  The brother of one of those candidates tweeted a list of names of Trump donors in his hometown, saying they were “fueling hate.”
Discussion: NRCC and PJ Media Home
Bloomberg:   Trump's Hamptons Fundraisers Put High-Profile Donors in a Bind
CNN:
Trump brags about crowd size during hospital visit in El Paso
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
O'Rourke to remain in El Paso, miss Iowa State Fair
Discussion: Breitbart and CNN
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Confusion at the Iowa State Fair? Biden says ‘we choose truth over facts’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Holds Lead, Warren on the Chase  —  Most prefer public option over Medicare for All; Less than half the 2020 field seen as likely to beat Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a lead in the Hawkeye State, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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Daily Mail:
‘You just want me to say the words!’  Joe Biden explodes as he refuses to call Donald Trump a white supremacist like Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren and demands to know why reporters are ‘hooked on that’  — Joe Biden exploded Thursday when asked why he wouldn't call Donald Trump …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: If Elected President, I'll Let Mitch McConnell Block Everything  —  Joe Biden, touring Iowa, told reporters, in so many words, that his plan is to have an ineffectual, failed presidency.  Or, as Biden put it more pithily, “Ending the filibuster is a very dangerous move.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Graham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell: Background checks, red flag laws will be ‘front and center’
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
‘Medicare for All’ complicates Democrats' pitch to retake Senate
Discussion: Politico
CBS News:
Sobbing 11-year-old girl begs for dad's release after massive ICE raid  —  After ICE agents took approximately 680 workers at seven Mississippi food processing plants into custody on Wednesday in the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history, 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio tearfully begged for her father's release.
Discussion: WDEF-TV and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Alex Love / WJTV:
Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter  —  FOREST, Miss. (WJTV) — Following a massive undocumented immigration enforcement operation resulting in more than 650 arrests, many children of those taken into custody were left temporarily homeless.
Sophie Tatum / ABC News:   ICE releases hundreds rounded up in Mississippi as children left behind
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Andrew McCabe sues FBI over firing, alleges plot by Trump to oust those disloyal to the president  —  Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director who authorized an investigation into President Trump for ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, filed a lawsuit against the bureau …
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal
Discussion: Power Line
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Ex-FBI Head Andrew McCabe Sues, Says Trump Ordered His Firing
Discussion: Vox, Politico and Axios
Chuck Park / Washington Post:
I can no longer justify being a part of Trump's ‘Complacent State.’ So I'm resigning.  —  Chuck Park's resignation from the Foreign Service is effective Thursday.  —  I was 26, newly married and more than a little idealistic when I set off for my first diplomatic assignment almost a decade ago …
Discussion: CNN, Hullabaloo and Mediaite
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Harvard Professor Scam Gets Even Weirder Six other men describe their encounters with the same mysterious Frenchwoman.  —  Two weeks ago, New York readers were introduced to Bruce Hay, the Harvard Law School professor who had a brief affair with a young woman named Maria-Pia Shuman …
New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez rips her ex-chief of staff for ‘divisive’ tweet about fellow Dems, but insists he left her office on good terms  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scolded her ex-chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti on Wednesday for comparing some of her centrist colleagues to racist Dixiecrats …
Kim Zetter / VICE:
Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials  —  The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet.  But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet …
Seaborn Larson / Billings Gazette:
Superior man believed he was acting on Trump's orders in attacking boy for wearing hat during national anthem  —  The attorney for a 39-year-old man charged with assaulting a child who didn't take his hat off for the national anthem says his client, compromised by a traumatic brain injury …
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Washington Post Adds Whopping 15 Corrections To Article  —  Authors and journalists make mistakes like everyone else.  Sometimes a media outlet has to add a correction to an article.  Sometimes they have to retract an article.  Sometimes they should retract an error-riddled article.
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump announces departure of No. 2 intelligence official Sue Gordon  —  President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the country's No. 2 intelligence official had resigned, adding more uncertainty to the search of who will eventually lead the country's spy apparatus.
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and The Daily Caller
Miami Herald:
Lead U.S. prosecutor in '08 Epstein case — who sources say wanted to charge him — resigns  —  A. Marie Villafaña, the lead federal prosecutor who helped negotiate a controversial plea deal for accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has submitted her resignation to the Justice Department, the Miami Herald has learned.
Discussion: Breitbart
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
DHS Was Asked What They're Doing About White Nationalist Terror.  They Sent a Report About Environmentalists  —  The agency called it an “administrative error”  —  WASHINGTON — It was a pretty straightforward request.  —  In January, the watchdog group American Oversight asked the Department …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Task & Purpose
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TIME:
‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Tess Owen / VICE:
The FBI Needed Child Porn Charges to Arrest a Man with “Hunting Guides” for Jews, Muslims, and Refugees  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  The FBI received a tip in January that someone was posting “hunting guides” online targeting Jews, Muslims, and refugees.
Darran Simon / CNN:
Racial slurs and swastika found at scene of house explosion in Ohio, sheriff says  —  (CNN)Racial slurs and a swastika were found spray-painted on a garage at the scene of a house explosion in Ohio, officials said Wednesday.  —  Wayne County Sheriff's deputies and fire officials responded …
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump campaign, GOP committees halt Twitter spending after McConnell account locked  —  President Donald Trump's campaign and the major, national Republican campaign committees announced Thursday they will stop spending money to advertise on Twitter after the social media platform locked …
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Republican Party to hold voter registration at gun show one week after mass shootings  —  'We can't let a sick, deranged individual like that shooter impact the normal democratic process,' the state party chairman said.  —  The Republican Party of Florida is planning to hold …
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS Miami
Paul M. Krawzak / Roll Call:
Senate GOP plans to divert health, education funds to border wall  —  Senate Republicans are looking to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall in part by putting about $5 billion less in the largest domestic spending bill, several people with knowledge of the process said.
Discussion: Daily Kos and WhoWhatWhy
Archie Carter / Quillette:
DSA Is Doomed  —  I am working class and a Marxist-Leninist.  I believe in a revolution of the proletariat, and the usurpation of the ruling class.  As I looked around the political landscape after Donald Trump's election win, I noticed the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
Discussion: Splinter
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Hickenlooper's possible retreat to Senate race in Colorado could be rocky  —  For months, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has been under pressure from fellow Democrats to abandon his long-shot presidential bid and tackle a task closer to home — challenging vulnerable Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Will Shootings Sway Voters?  Look First to Virginia Races  —  The state's elections in November will test the potency of gun rights as a voting issue.  Democrats are looking to take power and enact gun control legislation next year.  —  CENTREVILLE, Va. — At door after door, house after house …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Who's a terrorist and who's mentally ill? We looked at 10 years of news coverage to find out.
Discussion: fox8.com and CNN
Emily McFarlan Miller / Washington Post:
An entire Lutheran denomination has declared itself a ‘sanctuary church body,’ signaling support for immigrants
New York Times:
Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns Amid Changing Politics
Scott Smith / Associated Press:
Shootings prompt other countries to warn about travel to US
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Gender Will Be An Issue For Men As Well As Women In 2020
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Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Officials Eye Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton's Family
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Yes, Republicans Should Worry About Texas