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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned  —  With each news cycle, the system grows more efficient.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Even on an internet bursting at the seams with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisanship …
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Lindsay M. Hayes / The Atlantic:
Epstein's Death Has a Simpler Explanation  —  Baseless speculation abounded after the accused sex trafficker died, but criminal-justice scholars point instead to a broader suicide problem.  —  Until the end, their lives were different in countless ways.  Jeffrey Epstein, 66 …
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Trump Shares Unfounded Fringe Theory About Epstein and Clintons  —  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump used Twitter on Saturday to promote unfounded conspiracy theories about how Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, died in a federal prison, even as the administration …
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem
New York Times:
Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored  —  Before Jail Suicide, Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored  — The disclosures about apparent failures in the financier Jeffrey Epstein's detention deepened questions about his death.
Washington Post:
The brand label that stokes Trump's fury: ‘Racist, racist, racist.’  —  President Trump considers himself a branding wizard, but he is vexed by a branding crisis of his own: how to shed the label of “racist.”  —  As the campaign takes shape about 15 months before voters render a verdict on his presidency …
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Steve Bannon: ‘President Trump is not a racist’  —  Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon said in an interview that aired Sunday that President Trump is not a racist and blamed the “radical left” for divisions in the U.S.  —  He said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis …
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
O'Rourke: It's ‘Really Hard’ to See People Voting for Trump If They Aren't Racist
Discussion: Mediaite and The Guardian
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Marianne Williamson Goes for the Gut  —  The Democratic candidate isn't trying to appeal to voters' rational side.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—Marianne Williamson smells like rosewater, or some kind of flowery Yankee candle.  I know this because when I asked her a question at the Iowa State Fair …
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
After El Paso Shooting, Will Voters Revisit Beto O'Rourke?
Jo Becker / New York Times:
The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism  —  Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia.  Then came waves of immigrants — and the forces of populism at home and abroad.  —  RINKEBY, Sweden — Johnny Castillo, a Peruvian-born neighborhood watchman in this district of Stockholm …
Rhonda Garelick / The Cut:
Surrogate Angels of Death What to make of the First Lady holding the motherless child and youngest survivor of the El Paso massacre.  —  Imagine this: A shooter has entered a public place, where you are walking with your family.  You have but a minute to realize you can save your 2-month-old …
Mark Osborne / ABC News:
Florida white supremacist arrested for threatening shooting at Walmart, police say  —  A Florida white supremacist has been arrested for threatening a shooting at a Walmart just days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in one of the worst mass shootings in the country's modern history.
Discussion: The Root
Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Watch out for John James in 2020 … (Photo: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News)  —  John James is heading into the 2020 U.S. Senate race ready for battle, to use the candidate's military-flavored lingo.  —  The Detroit businessman and combat veteran is making another bid for the office …
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein's Opaque Finances Could Become Focal Point for Investigators  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The money, tens of millions of dollars of it, would flow among Jeffrey Epstein's dozens of bank accounts, shell companies and, at times, charities linked to high-powered friends.  —  Where was the money going?
CNN:
Suspect in Oslo mosque shooting expressed right-wing sympathies, say police  —  Oslo, Norway (CNN)The man suspected of opening fire at a mosque in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Saturday has expressed right-wing sympathies online, the police said in a news conference Sunday.
Discussion: FOX2now.com
The Guardian:
The Observer view on India's aggression over Kashmir  —  Narendra Modi's high-handed action over the disputed territory is likely to revive conflict with Pakistan  —  The crisis over Kashmir, triggered by the Indian government's decision to impose direct rule from Delhi, has universal relevance.
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New York Times:   Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear
CBS News:
Trump administration says it won't approve Roundup cancer-warning labels  —  The Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California regulation that requires labels to warn consumers that the Roundup ingredient is potentially cancer-causing.
Asher Stockler / Newsweek:
Biden, Sanders Both Trounce Trump in Head-to-Head Matchups, New Poll Finds  —  President Donald Trump would endure a resounding defeat against potential 2020 contenders Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, according to a new SurveyUSA poll that surveyed registered voters about their preferred choices in hypothetical, head-to-head matchups.
New York Times:
Why Are Florida Republicans So Afraid of People Voting?  —  There's no other logical explanation for the effective poll tax that lawmakers recently passed.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Jack Fowler / National Review:
The Trump Obsession Comes for California's Water  —  Tomorrow, the Golden State's Democrat-run, veto-proof legislature returns from its summer break and is expected to quickly take up S.B. 1, the “California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Accused Sex Trafficker Steered $100K Payday to Bannon  —  Emails show that the indicted operative George Nader and the one-time White House strategist Steve Bannon had a closer connection than previously understood.  —  An accused pedophile helped Steve Bannon secure a $100,000 speaking gig …
Emma Newburger / CNBC:
‘Trump is ruining our markets’: Struggling farmers are losing a huge customer to the trade war — China  —  KEY POINTS  — U.S. farmers lost their fourth largest customer this week after China officially cancelled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a retaliatory move following …
New York Times:
Kamala Harris, in a Pivot, Makes Her Play for Iowa  —  After months of putting the state on the back-burner, Ms. Harris has stepped up her presence in Iowa, spending more days there in recent weeks than she did through June.  —  STORM LAKE, Iowa — Senator Kamala Harris ordered tacos …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Acting Border Patrol chief on Mississippi ICE raids: 'These aren't raids'  —  Acting customs and border protection commissioner Mark Morgan said Sunday that the mass immigration raids at Mississippi workplaces last week were not “raids,” disputing the terminology that has been widely used to describe the operation.
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and Politico
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump's use of immigration as 2020 wedge could backfire on other policies  —  Donald Trump's push to restrict immigration is clashing with policy goals in ways that detractors and even some supporters say could hurt his 2020 reelection bid.  —  It's happened, they note …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM  —  Subscribe  —  ⚡ Breaking: Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan admits on “Meet the Press,” when asked by Chuck Todd about the timing of the Mississippi ICE raids, given the country's emotions after El Paso: “The timing was unfortunate.”  — Sen. Kamala Harris said on …
 
 
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Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Student Wins $725,000 in Lawsuit Over ‘Troll Storm’ Led by The Daily Stormer
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexandra Svokos / ABC News:
Alleged Dayton gunman Connor Betts showed signs of misogyny, mirroring a grim pattern for shooters
Preston Greene / New York Times:
Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Let's Not Find Out
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Tim Ryan slams Trump, NRA in wake of El Paso and Dayton shootings
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
If Trump ‘stepped forward’ on gun control, it may move Republicans: Cory Booker
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Bloomberg holds off on 2020 endorsement and says Biden is “not a lock for the nomination”
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Joe Biden hears your taunts about his age, but he's busy running for president
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Man who stormed mosque ‘armed with shotguns’ was inspired by Christchurch and El Paso attackers, 4chan post suggests
Discussion: Slate, New York Times and UPI
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The party of Robert F. Kennedy is gone
Task & Purpose:
Commentary: We invite you to celebrate Austin Tice's birthday
Discussion: CNN and American Military News
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Smuggling claims cast shadow over Brexit's £8m diamond geezer Arron Banks
Kim Norvell / Des Moines Register:
Elizabeth Warren, met with the largest Soapbox crowd so far, touts her 2-cent ultra-millionaires tax
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Shame and Disgrace Will Linger
Discussion: Hullabaloo