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Colin Drury / The Independent:
Grinning Trump gives thumbs-up with baby whose parents were shot dead in El Paso terror attack  —  Infant was brought for photo op at hospital where patients refused to meet president  —  It is the sort of photo politicians have long been known to favour: adorable baby, thumbs up, big smiles.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Trump and First Lady Smiling With Baby Orphaned in El Paso Massacre Draws Criticism: ‘Act Like a Human Being’  —  One day after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Twitter erupted in disgust at an image Tweeted …
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:   The Media Erased Latinos From the Story
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Democratic candidates' quandary: How to call out Trump on race without offending potential voters
Discussion: USA Today, Axios and Breitbart
KYTV-TV:
Former firefighter stops man armed with 100 rounds of ammunition at south Springfield Walmart  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Springfield Police Department says it responded to a call of an active shooter at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Republic Rd., near Golden Ave., Thursday evening.
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KOLR:
Springfield Police arrest armed person at Walmart on Republic  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield Police Department tweeted out Thursday that an armed man was arrested at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on W. Republic Road. … Later, Lt. Mike Lucas with Springfield Police confirmed …
New York Times:
Trump's Opponents Want to Name His Big Donors.  His Supporters Say It's Harassment.  —  WASHINGTON — For many businesses, a sudden deluge of phone calls might signal an influx of new customers.  But most of the 25 calls Justin Herricks received before noon on Thursday were from people …
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Don Gonyea / NPR:
SoulCycle Owner, Trump Donors Face Public Shaming
Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Biden in Iowa Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Smart as ‘White Kids’  — Latest gaffe on campaign trail from former vice president  — Trump campaign posts video of Biden remark without walkback  —  Joe Biden told a group of mostly Asian and Hispanic voters in Iowa on Thursday that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Biden tells minority voters in Iowa that ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
Discussion: Jezebel
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’
Discussion: Splinter and UPI
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Biden says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’ in latest gaffe
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: If Elected President, I'll Let Mitch McConnell Block Everything
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Trump announces shakeup at top of U.S. intelligence  —  President Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he will name Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting director of national intelligence.  —  Maguire will assume the role Aug. 15, when Sue Gordon …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 4 reasons why the gun debate is all noise
Discussion: The Week
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Deputy Intel Chief Sue Gordon Is Out After Trump Snub
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Yahoo News:
Here's the data on white supremacist terrorism the Trump administration has been ‘unable or unwilling’ to give to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Alleged white supremacists were responsible for all race-based domestic terrorism incidents in 2018, according to a government document distributed earlier …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Stephen Ross expressed qualms about Trump bash after liberal backlash  —  Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today.  —  The state of play: Liberal customers had threatened …
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Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
They Paid $42 for a SoulCycle Ride, Not for Trump  —  A look at what happens when politics enters every spandex-clad corner of life, especially in the Hamptons.  —  WATER MILL, N.Y. — Dressed in workout clothes, Lulu Hall hovered by the front door of the SoulCycle while fighting back tears.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette Duped by Left-Wing Hoaxer Posing as Communist Construction Worker  —  “Archie Carter,” who pretended to be a blue-collar member of the Democratic Socialists of America, says he set out to humiliate the conservative site with his error-riddled story.
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Aaron Freedman / Jacobin:   Exclusive: We Found Archie Carter
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday, arguing that his assertion that white supremacy is a “hoax” was getting “outsized coverage” compared to other threats.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:   Tucker Carlson, Now on Vacation, Could Face More Advertiser Defections
Washington Post:
'If you're a good worker, papers don't matter': How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status  —  OSSINING, N.Y. — For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls …
The Daily Beast:
Trump to NRA Bigwigs: Get Better Lawyers  —  This spring, the president told the gun group's top lobbyist and exec their legal team was “lousy.”  Now the NRA is in an unusually weak position—and trying to keep Trump in line.  —  At the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis …
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New York Times:
Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump heads for golf club holiday - but summer storms loom  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president's discontent.  —  As Donald Trump prepares to leave Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he's confronting a storm of crises …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
Twitter giving conservatives the silent tweetment  —  When Ben Goldey, a House communications director from Kentucky, saw a Facebook Live video of protesters outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's house, he immediately took a screen grab of the video and posted it to Twitter.
Discussion: CNSNews and TheBlaze
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:   Skepticism greets a White House meeting devoted to violent online extremism
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts  —  Once upon a time, President Trump pledged to “drain the swamp.”  —  This resonated with lots of Americans, who resented the ecosystem of interest groups rigging government in their favor: corrupt officials …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Gizmodo
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
'They're afraid': Suburban voters in red states threaten GOP's grip on power  —  BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Republicans face a reckoning in the red-state suburbs that have long been a bedrock for the party, propelled by the stormy confluence of President Trump's searing racial attacks …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You're a Democrat or a Republican  —  Tell us a few details about you and we'll guess which political party you belong to.  It shouldn't be that simple, right?  We're all complex people with a multiplicity of identities and values.
Bloomberg:
First U.K. Contraction Since Wake of Crisis Raises Brexit Stakes  — Firms run down stocks after hoarding before March exit date  — Underlying growth has lost momentum amid no-deal Brexit fears  —  Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story.
Janon Fisher / New York Daily News:
Ex- Gov. David Paterson to wed Mary Sliwa, ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder  —  Ex-governor David Paterson will wed Mary Sliwa, the ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, at a Manhattan ceremony packed with political power brokers.  —  Former mayor David Dinkins will perform …
USA Today:
Man who assaulted a boy during national anthem is convinced Trump ordered it, lawyer says  —  MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana man charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat during the national anthem believed he was doing what President Donald Trump wanted him to do, his attorney said.
Discussion: Missoulian, Task & Purpose and Splinter
Wall Street Journal:
Lost in Life, El Paso Suspect Found a Dark World Online  —  Gunman who allegedly killed 22 people with an intent to attack Hispanics told investigators he came to his views on the internet  —  ALLEN, Texas—The family of Patrick Crusius, the alleged gunman in El Paso's mass shooting …
 
 
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Jacob T. Levy / Niskanen Center:
The Metastasizing Crisis: Executive Authority and the Crumbling of the Separation of Powers
Roxane Gay / New York Times:
The Legacy of Toni Morrison
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
In private memo, Democrats underscore commitment to N.C. special election
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
How Pete Buttigieg would overhaul rural health
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Going to Extremes Against Guns
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Tipping / Beacon:
Collins attends fundraiser at $4m mansion of nation's top anti-choice judicial activist
NBC News:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos
John Fritze / USA Today:
A USA TODAY analysis found Trump used words like ‘invasion’ and ‘killer’ at rallies more than 500 times since 2017
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Will Shootings Sway Voters? Look First to Virginia Races
CBS News:
Sobbing 11-year-old girl begs for dad's release after massive ICE raid
Discussion: WDEF-TV and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Harvard Professor Scam Gets Even Weirder Six other men describe their encounters …
 

 
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