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Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Anger as grinning Trump gives thumbs-up while Melania holds El Paso orphan  —  A backlash is building over a picture posted by Melania Trump on Twitter that showed her and Donald Trump smiling broadly while holding a baby who was orphaned in the mass shooting in El Paso.
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Kelly Tyko / USA Today:
Walmart removing violent video game displays, signs from stores but still selling guns  —  Following two shootings inside its stores, Walmart is removing violent video game displays and signs from stores, the retailer confirmed Thursday.  —  Stores were sent a memo that called for …
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.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Denialists  —  It takes a lot of work to try to exonerate the president's fomenting of racist violence, but Trump fans are giving it their all.  —  “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”  —The El Paso killer's manifesto  —  Byron York wants to make sure …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Armed Trump supporter detained and released at El Paso immigrant center  —  People at the community center are still “terrified” and “frustrated,” a center employee told NBC News.  —  An armed Trump supporter was detained and released by police Wednesday outside a community space for immigrants in El Paso …
Discussion: KTSM-TV
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:
The Media Erased Latinos From the Story
Discussion: New York Times
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Trump and First Lady Smiling With Baby Orphaned in El Paso Massacre Draws Criticism: ‘Act Like a Human Being’
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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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 …
Don Gonyea / NPR:
SoulCycle Owner, Trump Donors Face Public Shaming
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Names Powerful Men in Alleged Sex Ring  —  In newly unsealed documents, Virginia Giuffre claims that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her to politicians, princes, and a high-flying financier, among others.  —  A young woman who says financier Jeffrey Epstein …
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 …
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Axios:
Report: Trump Organization employed undocumented construction workers
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media  —  The White House is contemplating issuing an executive order that would widen its attack on the operations of social media companies.  —  The White House has prepared an executive order called …
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Iowa Caucus Is a Frontrunners' Nightmare  —  This week was the start of the Iowa State Fair.  Besides being one of the few places in America where you can eat fried Oreos AND watch a baby pig being born, the Iowa State Fair is also the unofficial kick-off to campaign season in the state.
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden says ‘poor kids’ are ‘just as talented as white kids’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Biden tells minority voters in Iowa that ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Root, The Week and Jezebel
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 …
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
Prosecutors pick their battles.  I chose not to pursue an ICE raid in Alabama.  —  U.S. attorneys don't have the resources to charge all crimes.  Shouldn't they focus on people who present the greatest threat?  —  Federal prosecutors have broad discretion to choose what cases they will bring.
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Associated Press:   Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns
Washington Post:
U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Sen. Tim Scott says his 2022 SC reelection bid will be his last political race  —  In three years time, Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will be facing reelection in South Carolina, but he will also be facing something else: His last political run.  —  In a wide-ranging interview Thursday …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
A black man was about to buy a cop's house.  Then, he found a KKK application in a bedroom.  —  The Confederate flag place mat on the dining room table was Rob Mathis's first hint that something was off inside the home he was thinking of buying.  —  “I thought to myself …
Discussion: VICE and New York Post
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
8Chan Refugees Blow Their Anonymity  —  An unofficial new version of the hate-filled forum isn't as anonymous as its users might hope.  —  Refugees from the anonymous 8chan forum are flooding into a new censorship-resistant home on the dark web, and inadvertently giving up their anonymity along the way.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Egypt jails American traveler, saying she criticized the government on Facebook  —  CAIRO — When Reem Mohamed Desouky arrived from Washington last month with her 13-year-old son, Egyptian authorities detained them at the airport, he said.  They confiscated their phones and interrogated Desouky, holding the two for hours.
Discussion: National Review
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
FBI Ranks ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda, White Supremacists: Leaked Documents  —  Leaked FBI documents indicate “black identity extremists” and animal rights activists are among the agency's top counterterrorism priorities under President Donald Trump.
Discussion: TYT Network
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Bruce Ohr Documents Undercut FBI Claims In Carter Page FISAs  — Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told the FBI in November 2016 about meetings between dossier author Christopher Steele and a reporter who published a story about the former British spy's allegations against Carter Page.
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Suspected White Nationalist Leader Suspended From State Department: Reports  —  The employee, Matthew Q. Gebert, allegedly oversaw a chapter of a white nationalist group and hosted white nationalists at his home.  —  The State Department has placed one of its employees on leave following …
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy
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: The Week and Mediaite
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 …
Jacob T. Levy / Niskanen Center:
The Metastasizing Crisis: Executive Authority and the Crumbling of the Separation of Powers  —  Headnote: The news cycle inspires twin effects: being overwhelmed by the noise and the sheer volume of terrible things to keep track of or letting it all fade to background noise and getting used to it …
David Byler / Washington Post:
Blue Texas is a Democratic dream.  Shifting left is a reality.  —  For three years now, Texas Republicans have been taking on water.  In 2016, Donald Trump won the state by nine points — a seven-point decline from Mitt Romney's 16-point margin four years earlier.
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
From a former disbeliever: Why Texas could go blue in 2020  —  (CNN)Texas politics are in the spotlight again this week.  A number of House Republicans from the state have announced their retirements, and, after a mass shooting in El Paso this past weekend, Beto O'Rourke tussled …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Ellen Ioanes / Business Insider:
A scathing new Pentagon report blames Trump for the return of ISIS in Syria and Iraq
Discussion: CNBC and Wall Street Journal
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
'We're a totally peaceful racist group,' says ‘Straight Pride’ organizer to a California city council
Discussion: Splinter
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Psychologist: Google generated at least 2.6 million votes for Hillary
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Arizona senator thinks mass shootings really aren't the federal government's problem
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Have Pollsters Forgotten That Nevada Is An Early State?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fox News and Common Dreams
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
Legislators want the state to study state studies
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The Daily Beast:
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Bethany Mandel / New York Post:
Twitter giving conservatives the silent tweetment
Discussion: TheBlaze and CNSNews
Janon Fisher / New York Daily News:
Ex- Gov. David Paterson to wed Mary Sliwa, ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder
Bloomberg:
First U.K. Contraction Since Wake of Crisis Raises Brexit Stakes
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette Duped by Left-Wing Hoaxer Posing as Communist Construction Worker
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Kellyanne Conway Defends Tucker Carlson, Says White Supremacy Gets ‘Outsized Coverage’ Compared to Antifa
 

 
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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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